Physics I: Introduction to Classical Mechanics
As a first course of real college physics, this introduction will concentrate mainly on mechanics with perhaps some applications to astronomy. Topics include: kinematics and dynamics in one and two dimensions, planetary motion, conservation of energy and momentum, rigid bodies and rotation in three dimensions and, if time permits, relativity. This calculus-based course makes heavy use of mathematics to develop realistic examples. It is highly recommended that students take calculus in the same semester if not before. Weekly laboratory/field work is required. The labs are grouped into three major units. Evaluations will be based on class participation, problem sets, and laboratory project reports. Calculus I is a co-requisite, or ability to learn it "on the fly."