College Physics: Reasoning & Relationships,
by N.J. Giordano (Brooks/Cole).
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Topics, Objective & Level, Math Pre-Requisites
Topics:From Chs. 1-13 of text.
Detailed coverage will be announced as we go.
This course is at the standard introductory physics
Objective: This is 1st semester, Algerbra-Trig based Physics!! See Syllabus. The pace of the material is
necessarily fast. Some colleagues call it "Firehose Physics"
because it goes so fast that learning something is analogous to
drinking out of a firehose!
Pre-Requisites: The math needed for this course is Algebra & Trigonometry (or
Pre-Calculus). This ISN'Ta math
course! It's not my job to teach you math.
There isn't time!
I must assume that you know
problems that students have with this course are the fast pace
& the math. TheSyllabushas course
details, discussions of
Quizzes, Homework, & grading scheme. PLEASE READ IT!
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Exams I, II, & III will be scheduled approximately evenly throughout the semester. The exact dates will be announced well in advance.
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out the Top 10 most influential people of the
borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!).
5. In this course, we talk about the
view of the physical world
developed first byGalileo
later put into precise mathematical form by Sir Isaac Newton.
The lives of both are interesting (to me) from
a historical viewpoint as well as from a scientific viewpoint. The
following two documents give brief
of what I mean. Galileo
Galilei document. Sir
Isaac Newton document. A
"Google" search on
Galileo gives 2,110,000 hits. Here is an
interesting one. A
"Google" search on Newton
gives 1,840,000 hits. Here
is a good one.