• Objective: to develop self-responsibility and knowledge of Mechanics

Physics Topics:

Kinematics                            Projectile Motion

Newton’s laws of motion   Work and Energy

Momentum                          Systems of particles

Rotational Dynamics         Oscillations and Waves

Related Calculus topics:

Differentiation                                                                                     Integration

Limits and Continuity                                                                        Fundamental Theorem                                                                                                                                         of Calculus

Derivative as a function                                                                     Antidifferentiation

Higher order derivatives                                                                    Integration techniques

Related rates                                                                                     Area under a curve

Optimization

In 1665, at the age of 23, Sir Isaac Newton set out to solve the problem of universal gravitation.  Newton experienced a considerable amount of difficulty in solving this problem, because he was not equipped well enough mathematically to solve this problem in physics.  Therefore, Newton simple decided to invent his own type of math, which he called the theory of fluxions.  Today, Newton’s new type of mathematics is known as calculus, one of the most powerful branches of mathematics of all time.  Calculus was invented to fill a need in physics, and since its conception, the two have been intimately related.  We teach physics and calculus together because there is now better application of calculus then physics and physics is best understood through the eyes of calculus.

Homework:

Formal homework will be assigned for each unit of study.  This homework is essential to the development of necessary skills.  Solutions will be expected to be neat, easy to follow, and have a clear progression from the base equation to the final answer.

I suggest a homework group consisting of two or three students.  The purpose of these groups is to encourage you to use group members as consultants when you do the problems.  Please consult the academic honesty guidelines for the distinction between consultation and plagiarism.  Do not copy homework, without the struggle of homework learning will not take place.  Homework sets will be graded on the correctness of your individual formal responses.

Notebooks:

In order to facilitate learning and reviewing, you will be required to keep a notebook of all notes, investigations, and homework. This notebook is a valuable learning tool, and will be quite helpful when you are reviewing for subsequent college courses.

Test and quizzes:

Quizzes will be given frequently and are both announce and unannounced.  You will be allowed to use your notebook on quizzes that are unannounced, so bring them to class and keep them well updated.  Tests will be given at the end of each unit, and notebooks will not be allowed.  Talking is not allowed during tests of quizzes.