University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 1401V.002

Honors Physics I

Session: Fall 2014 (9/02-12/10)
Instructor: TBA
Time: 1115 Th
Location: ROOM-TBA

This is the first of a three semester introductory course in physics for students in the University Honors Program. It is designed to prepare you for work in your field by: having a solid conceptual understanding of the way the real world works based on a few fundamental principles of physics; being able to solve realistic problems using logical reasoning and quantitative problem solving skills; applying those physics concepts and problem solving skills to new situations; and learning to effectively communicate technical information. This course requires you to understand the material in depth; it will go at a faster pace than Physics 1301W and at a higher mathematical level. The emphasis will always be on the application of physics principles to interesting situations, and problems will be designed to simulate such situations. 1401V will emphasize the application of physics to mechanical systems beginning with the description of motion of interacting objects and the forces that they exert on each other. Conservation ideas will also be used to describe the effect of the interaction on systems of objects. These fundamental ideas will be applied to complex systems such as continuous material, fluids, and gasses. This course assumes a background equivalent to high school physics and familiarity with calculus. Students should have the ability and desire to use mathematics not yet introduced in math class. A laboratory is included to allow you to apply physical principles to the real world in a carefully controlled environment, and will also emphasize technical communications skills. A discussion section will give you the opportunity to clarify your conceptual understanding, and practice your problem-solving skills, by practicing working problems with other students.

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