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Physics 1

Physics 1

Fall 2024

Physics Resources – Math Resources – Computer Resources – Discussion Forum – Recommended Study Strategies – Review Questions – Instructor Office Hours – General Resources at Madison College

- Supplemental Content – many items of Physics interest, some linked from the home page
- Physics 1 Equation Sheet (pdf)
- Lab Manual (see Course Info for more lab information)
- Our textbook: OpenStax University
Physics complete table of contents
- Also: OpenStax
College Physics is an
*algebra-based*Physics textbook that has much of the same content as our text, but at a slightly easier level OpenStax College Physics

- Also: OpenStax
College Physics is an
- Video Lectures
- There are many videos including lectures, practice problems and demonstrations to be found by online search.
- I recommend the ones listed in the Supplemental Content, which are fairly
short and are at the level of this class.
- Lecture video playlists – 1D Kinematics – 2D Kinematics – Forces – Energy – Momentum & Collisions – Rotational Motion – Angular Momentum – Statics & Elasticity – Universal Gravitation

- Other online resources
- iLecture - Online, a series of short videos on many topics
- Lectures by Walter Lewin from MIT OpenCourseWare: 1-hour lectures
- HyperPhysics: a concept-map of Physics topics

- Calculus textbooks
- Calculus 1 – Functions and Graphs – Limits – Derivatives – Integration – Review of Pre-Calculus
- Calculus 2 – Integration – Introduction to Differential Equations – Sequences and Series – Power Series – Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates
- Calculus 3 – Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates – Vectors – Differentiation of Functions of Several Variables – Multiple Integration – Vector Calculus – Second-Order Differential Equations

- Table of Integrals
- See Computer Resources for online tools

- Computational Physics page – including an introduction to the Jupyter Notebook
- Online math tools
- Desmos is a nice free graphing calculator. With a (free) registered account, you can save and share your work.
- Wolfram Alpha can do equation solving and calculus. Wolfram’s technology stack (Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha Pro, etc) is available to all Madison College students. Go to the wolfram site info page and sign up with your College email.
- Cymath shows steps for equation solving

- Logger Pro (the software we will use for data acquisition and analysis) is available to students.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- The Large Language
Models available today, such as ChatGPT, Bard, Claude, or Poe, are not intended to answer
numerical questions like Physics problems. They are good at composing
prose, not math. You will find that they provide a nice
*sounding*solution, but often with the wrong theory applied and the wrong final answer. - AI models are under development that do the math and theory
correctly, such as
*Khanmigo*from Khan Academy (available for a subscription fee). But until these are available and reliable you should not count on using AI to help with your Physics homework. - Great information at the AI Library Guide.

- The Large Language
Models available today, such as ChatGPT, Bard, Claude, or Poe, are not intended to answer
numerical questions like Physics problems. They are good at composing
prose, not math. You will find that they provide a nice

This onlne discussion forum is for students to post questions, comments or hints about the homework, as well as questions or comments about the course generally.

I monitor these forums for new posts and respond promptly. If you don’t want to miss any discussion, may wish to “subscribe” to this forum – this will send you an email whenever a new post goes up. If a student asks me a question by email, I often ask that they post the question to the forum so that all students can profit from the discussion.

If you post a question about a particular homework problem, the Subject of the thread should include the HW set and problem number (example: HW2 Q4).

**Generally**- Read all sections of the text that we cover.
- Work through the example problems in the textbook and master them. You cannot learn without practice. Post any questions about these to the Course Discussion Forum.
- Follow the The 10 Rules of Good Studying.

**Homework**- If you are stuck, don’t spend more than 30 minutes on a problem. Get help from peers or the instructor. Posting at the Discussion Forum is a good place to start.
- To gain greater mastery, do extra problems from the textbook. Answers for many problems are available.
- Collaboration with peers is permitted (and encouraged), but be sure such collaborations are of mutual benefit.

**Exams and Quizzes**- Understand the solutions to the review questions. Multiple choice problems will be modeled on the Concept Questions; long Answer problems will be modeled on the Long Answer Questions.
- Be careful not to just memorize the equation that solves the long answer problem. It is almost certain to be different, and no partial credit can be given for quoting the equation in the model solution. Instead learn why the solution is as it is, so you can apply that knowledge to a slightly different situation.
- Be aware of the exam and quiz rules and expectations.

Exam and quiz questions will have concepts and solution methods based on these model questions.

- Ch 1 – Units and Measurement
- Ch 2 – Vectors
- Ch 3 – 1D Motion
- Ch 4 – 2D Motion
- Ch 5 – Newton’s Laws
- Ch 6 – Application of Newton’s Laws
- Ch 7-8 – Work and Energy
- Ch 9 – Momentum
- Ch 10 – Fixed-Axis Rotation
- Ch 11 – Angular Momentum
- Ch 12 – Static Equilibrium and Elasticity
- Ch 13 – Gravitation
- Ch 15 – Oscillations

See Course Info for exam information.

Office hours may change throughout the semester. That page will always have the correct times.

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*Last modified: October 24, 2024*