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Instructor Info:Herbert Bernstein
Office Extension x5573
TA Info:May Benson-Martin
Lan Phuong Nguyen Hoang
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday Friday
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Cole Science Center 3-OPEN
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Cole Science Center 3-OPEN
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Cole Science Center 3-OPEN
02:30 PM - 05:00 PM Cole Science Center 3-PHYC

The beginning of a three-semester sequence in Physics, this course will concentrate mainly on mechanics with applications to astronomy. Topics will include, kinematics and dynamics in one and two dimensions, planetary motion, conservation of energy and momentum, rigid bodies and rotation, and relativity.

   The course is calculus based and may use computer modeling --if you wish-- but its education experimenting emphasis is on "flipping" the classroom to develop real understanding as well as numerical facility. It is highly recommended that students take calculus BEFORE or in the same semester that they begin this course. Weekly laboratory/field work is required. The labs are grouped into major projects. Evaluations will be based on class participation, problem sets, and laboratory project reports.

"Flipping" means you will watch a world famous instructor give the lecture as homework; this allows you to go over and over those parts which need clarification. You then write leading questions for those parts you want to know more about-- those questions are your admission ticket, and in the class we play, work and have fun with the physics you have learned!