Introduction to Physics, Physics 102, Section 001Spring 2009, Prof. Steven J. Koch, Instructor
Designed for non-science students in all colleges as well as for students planning to majorin the sciences who want a general introduction to the basic phenomena and concepts of physics. The treatment is primarily descriptive, with practical demonstrations andapplications and with a minimum of elementary mathematics. No previous preparation isassumed. Topics covered may include the structure of matter, energy, sound, light,atomic and nuclear physics, mechanics, electricity and relativity. However, not all topicswill be covered and content will be adjusted to fit the needs of the class.
The primary goal of the course is to help students develop a better understanding of avariety of physics concepts that they experience or hear about in their every day lives.We will strive for true understanding of the concept versus tiresome memorization of facts and trivia. This may lead to a heightened enjoyment of everyday physics wonders(such as rainbows, sunsets, waves, phases of the moon), improved ability to understandtechnological issues (such as energy shortages and sources, nuclear power and radiation,cell phone communication), and a deeper understanding of future scientific materialincluding biology, chemistry, geology, medicine, and possibly a subsequent moreadvanced physics course!
Textbook: Conceptual Physics, 10
edition, Paul Hewitt, used or new.iClickers, available at bookstore
Registration is required in order to get participation grade. We will discuss thisduring lecture and instructions may be posted on WebCT.WebCT Vista: Automatically enrolled http://vista.unm.edu
This is the main website for the course, and will be used for electronic quizzesand homework, announcements and other electronic course materials. The mostup to date schedule and syllabus will be posted on WebCT. Assignments and duedates will be posted. You are expected to check WebCT regularly as will bediscussed in lecture.
Computers are available at multiple locations on campus, seehttp://its.unm.edu/pods/ for updated locations.Pencils are necessary for the in-class exams.