Physics H7A, Fall 2009

Introduction to Mechanics

Physics H7A class Fall 2009

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When and where: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11, room 2 LeConte

Format: two 1.5 hr lectures per week (student participation strongly encouraged), weekly homework, discussion section, labs

Instructor: Professor Dmitry Budker

Professor's Office hour: by appointment (send e-mail to setup), 273 Birge

GSI: Daniel Butter

GSI's Office hours:  Wednesday 4-5 and Thursday 2-3 in 105 LeConte

Discussions (led by D. Butter): Th, 1-2 in room 4 Evans and Tu, 4-5 in room 6 Evans

Labs: schedule (labs will be led by the H7A GSI)

Midterm will be on Thursday, Oct. 8. Please bring blue books. Books/computers/calculators are not allowed; one-page (two-sided) "cheat-sheets" are allowed and encouraged

Final will be on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 8:00-11 at location TBA. Please bring blue books

Synopsis and goals of the course:
The course will provide an introduction to physics for natural scientists and engineers, and will cover a more-or-less standard range of topics, including:

Required text: Daniel Kleppner and Robert J. Kolenkow Introduction to Mechanics. McGraw Hill ; Boston, 1973

Recommended texts:

  1. R. P. Feynman, R. B. Leighton, and M. Sands The Feynman Lectures on Physics, v. 1, Addison-Wesley (any edition)
  2. T. E. Faber Fluid Dynamics for Physicists, Cambridge University Press, 1997
  3. A. P. French Vibrations and Waves, Norton,  1971
  4. P.-G. de Gennes, F. Brochard-Wyart, and D. Quere Capillarity and Wetting Phenomena. Drops, Bubbles,Pearls, Waves, Springer, 2003

Grading policy: the final grade will be based on the following weighting: Homework - 40%; Midterm - 20%; Final - 20%, Labs - 20%. It will be required that all components of the course are successfully completed in order to get an "A" (i.e., no "A" without completing labs, for example). See late/missing homework policy below.

Invaluable resource: questions on organizational aspects of the course may be directed to Ms. Claudia Trujillo of Physics Student Services.


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