General Physics 1 - Honors: PHYS 101H
Class schedule: In-person classes take place in Small Hall 111 at 11:00 to 11:50 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and at 3:30 to 4:20 pm on Thursdays.
Office hourse: (Preliminary and subject to change.) In person on Thursday 2:00-3:00 pm and Friday 3-3:30 pm. I will also be in my office Monday 10:00-10:30 am. My office is 326C Small Hall.
Textbook: We will use the (free) Open Stax University Physics textbook by Ling, Sanny, and Moebs.
Prerequisites: Prior exposure to calculus will be assumed, although I will introduce new concepts from calculus as needed. This means you should be comfortable with the definition of derivatives, Taylor series, and one-dimensional integrals (including the mathematical sense of ``anti-derivatives''). You should be able to calculate derivatives, Taylor series and integrals of simple functions of one variable, including basic trigonometric functions.
Instructor: Chris Monahan (he/his/him), Small Hall 326C. Email: cjmonahan'at'wm.edu.
Course grading: The grades will be calculated based on either 40% Problem Sets, 30% Midterm Tests and 30% Final Exam, or 40% Problem Sets, 10% Midterm Tests and 50% Final Exam. For each student, the final grade will be calculated using both equations, and the result with the larger numerical grade will be the one used to determine the letter grade. Problem Sets will include both written components and online submissions. I will drop the lowest grade on your Problem Sets.
This course is an introduction to topics in classical mechanics, including Newton's Laws, conservation of energy and momentum, angular motion, gravitation, and wave motion. This course is for students who intend to major in physics or physical sciences and offers a more in-depth treatment of topics covered in PHYS 101, with more sophisticated examples. Prior exposure to calculus will be assumed.
We will cover:
- Motion in one, two, and three dimensions.
- Forces and Newton's laws of motion.
- Work, energy, and power.
- Momentum and elastic and inelastic collisions.
- Angular motion, angular momentum, and moments of inertia.
- Gravity, Newton's laws of gravitation, and Kepler's laws.
- Fluid mechanics, Pascal's law, and Bernoulli's equation.
- Simple harmonic motion, circular motion, and damped oscillators.
- Waves, wave equation, and standing waves.
- Sound waves and the Doppler effect.
We will also have time to discuss some more advanced topics that are not examinable, such as special relativity and quantum mechanics.
A draft syllabus can be found here (pdf). This syllabus will get updated!
The links below should take you to PDF copies of the slides from each week.
- 8/30/23, 8/31/23, and 9/1/23.
- 9/6/23, 9/7/23, and 9/8/23.
- 9/11/23, 9/13/23, 9/14/23, and 9/15/23.
- 9/18/23, 9/20/23, 9/21/23, and 9/22/23.
- 9/25/23, 9/27/23, 9/28/23, and 9/29/23.
- 10/2/23, 10/5/23 and 10/6/23.
- 10/9/23 and 10/1/23.
- 10/16/23, 10/18/23, 10/19/23, and 10/20/23.
- 10/23/23, 10/25/23, and 10/27/23.
- 10/30/23, 11/1/23, 11/2/23, and 11/3/23.
- 11/9/23 and 11/10/23.
- 11/13/23, 11/15/23, 11/16/23, and 11/17/23.
- 11/20/23 and 11/22/23.
- 11/27/23, 11/29/23, 11/30/23, and 12/1/23.
The links below should take you to PDF copies of our Quick Quizzes.
- Quick Quiz 0.
- Quick Quiz 1.
- Quick Quiz 2.
- Quick Quiz 3.
- Quick Quiz 4.
- Quick Quiz 5.
- Quick Quiz 6.
- Quick Quiz 7.
- Quick Quiz 8.
The links below should take you to PDF copies of our Quizzes (which are totally different from Quick Quizzes).
- Quiz 1 and Solutions.
- Quiz 2 and Solutions.
- Quiz 3 and Solutions.
- Quiz 4 and Solutions.
- Quiz 5 and Solutions.
- Quiz 6 and Solutions.
- Quiz 7 and Solutions.
- Quiz 8 and Solutions.
- Quiz 9 and Solutions.
The links below should take you to PDF copies of the problem sets for each week.
- Problem Set 0.
- Problem Set 1 and Solutions.
- Problem Set 2 and Solutions.
- Problem Set 3 and Solutions.
- Problem Set 4 and Solutions.
- Problem Set 5 and Solutions.
- Problem Set 6 and Solutions.
- Problem Set 7 and Solutions.
- Problem Set 8.
The links below should take you to PDF copies of our exams.
- Practice Midterm 1 and solutions.
- Midterm 1 and solutions.
- Practice Midterm 2 and solutions.
- Midterm 2 and solutions.
- Practice final and solutions.
There are a number of organisations, societies and other opportunities to have some physics fun. I encourage you to check some of these out:
- Society of Physics Students. Join as a member via tribe link page: here.
- Women in Physics group. Contact Prof. Novikova using
- Mentoring for Careers in Physics (MCP). Professional mentoring for students from minoritized genders in phyiscs and interested in STEM careers. Contact me or Prof. Yang at rxyan2'at'wm.edu.