Physics 201 is the first semester of a 2-semester
introduction to physics for students preparing for careers in engineering,
science and medicine. The main topics are mechanics, including kinematics,
dynamics, statics, fluids, and oscillations. There are two lectures, two
discussions and one three-hour lab per week. Our goal is for you to
develop an understanding and intuition for physics so that you can solve
practical problems. We feel that the only way to accomplish this goal is
by thinking about and solving lots of problems and experimenting in the
lab. We hope that Physics 201 will develop the critical thinking and
collaborative skills you will need in your future career.
Prerequisites: Calculus (Math 221 or equivalent)
Professor Yibin Pan
|4283 Chamberlin Hall
- Physics for
Scientists and Engineers, 8th edition, (Chapter 1-15 will be
Thomson - Brooks/Cole
- Laboratory Manual: Physics 201/207
Lab Manual: Mechanics, Heat, Sound/Waves, by R. Rollefson, H.T.
Richards, M.J. Winokur
in bookstore; web link is
1:20pm Tuesday and Thursday in 2103 Chamberlin Hall.
The lecture topics and assigned reading are given in the syllabus.
called upon to answer questions in lecture and/or to assist with
Homework: Done online through the
evening midterm exams and one final exam (location
TBA). Follow link on the left panel for details.
If you have a
scheduling conflict with any of the exam times, please inform both
the Professor in charge and your TA by email at least 2
weeks before the exam in question, so that we can consider accommodating you.
All requests for alternative test time shall be backed by valid
reasons such as academic conflicts or medical emergence. Attending
somebody's wedding is not considered as valid excuse.
Sections: Discussion sections are held two times per week. They are
most useful for help on HW, lecture topics, and exam preparation.
are three hours long, once per week. Labs are mandatory; each
lab will automatically lower your final grade by half a letter point.
Missed labs can only be made up with an
approved excuse (it needs to be a good one!), and your
approval. Pending approval, makeup labs will be scheduled
the three midterm exam weeks (see the syllabus). Please see
the laboratory link
left for further details.
|Discussion (Quizzes and attendance)
|Midterm Exam 1
|Midterm Exam 2
|Midterm Exam 3
|The course will be graded
on students' ranking in class (ie. curved). Each exam will be curved
(normalized) individually before weighted into final grading.