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General Physics with Algebra 
Phys 201
4 credits.

Professor:  Dr. Tovar Contact Information

Quick Overview:

  • Course Text is College Physics by Wilson, Buffa, and Lou
  • Course Covers Ch. 1-5.
  • Make sure you're registered for lab (it's a co-req).
  • No Lab 1st week.
  • Bring printer paper to lab each week.
  • Print out Motion POGIL for lab for week 2.
  • Sign up for Sapling Learning homework system.
  • Start extra credit assignments asap.
Official Syllabus
Phys 201 LAB
In Class Examples (Print This Off, Bring to Each Class)cool

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New to the Phys 201?  Read This Now!

How to Succeed in College


Course Notes from other places around the web:

PY105 Notes from Boston University
Notes from PY105, which is an algebra-based introductory physics course at Boston University taken primarily by life science majors. This course covers the first half of a typical introductory physics textbook.

PY106 Notes from Boston University
Notes from PY106, which is an algebra-based introductory physics course at Boston University taken primarily by life science majors. This course covers the second half of a typical introductory physics textbook.

IUN/FYDE Introductory Physics Notes
Notes from a non-calculus introductory physics course given through the IUN/FYDE distance education program of the University of Winnipeg.


Important Links
Physicists are forthright with their assumptions: Spherical Chickens in a vacuum joke
How are velocity and acceleration different? Usaine Bolt 2009 race video1. Bolt tells you how he does it video2.
Tovar's Projectile Motion Summary Sheets
Tovar's Physics Cheat Sheet
Tovar's Sexy Math Talk!
Ramp Race Video (Conservation of Energy)

Group Study Sessions:
Leader:  (email)
Times: TBA

All web information relating to this course is subject to change.

Note: Exams and Quizzes are Closed Book, 1 Page of Notes, Open Non-graphing Calculator
 


Class Activities
Assignments Due
Week 1 Monday:  First Class Session

Wednesday:  Physics Primer, Pre-Physics

 Friday:

Week 2 (Check Grade Option Date) Monday: 


Wednesday: 
HW1 Due

Friday:

Week 3 Monday: 


Wednesday: Exam 1:
covers position/time graphs and concepts, dimensional analysis
HW 2 Due

Friday:

Week 4 (Check Drop Date)
Monday: 


Wednesday:
HW 3 Due

Friday: Example: 2D Project Motion

Week 5 Monday: 


Wednesday:  Exam 2:
1D motion (constant velocity and constant acceleration), 1D and 2D projectile motion
HW 4 Due

Friday:

Week 6 Monday: 


Wednesday:
HW 5 Due

Friday:

Week 7 (Check Withdraw Date) Monday: 


Wednesday:  Exam 3: HW 6 Due

Friday:

Week 8 Monday: 


Wednesday: 
HW 7 Due

Friday:

Week 9 Monday: 


Wednesday:  Thanksgiving Break -


Friday: No Class
Week 10 Monday: 


Wednesday:  Exam 4 (optional): HW 8 Due

Friday: 

Finals Week
Final Exam:


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Other Links
Physics Virtual Laboratory
How Things Work
How to solve physics problems

Some good physics problems online


How to Succeed in College:

  • Go to Class, Take Notes, and Review Them OFTEN (Required)
  • Make a Calendar Schedule (Like This).  Pencil in all of your classes including THIS CLASS.  Write in an ADDITIONAL 10 hours for study THIS CLASS.  Be sure some of the hours cover the time when you can...
    • Visit the Learning Center so you can get some FREE face-to-face help from a paid tutor (Loso 234) (Cool!)
    • Do your Homework.  Try to do some of the homework BEFORE you read the section.
    • Read your Textbook.  Probably you won't be able to do all of the homework assignment before reading the book, but you will know what to pay special attention to.
    • Meet with a Study Group.  Sometimes the explanations that make the most sense to you are the ones that come from your fellow students.  Likewise, you will cement your understanding of the material when you explain it to someone else.
  • Read Problem Solving in Physics (Cool!)
  • If you need to review College Algebra, here is  Online Textbook with examples! (scroll down after clicking) (Cool!)
  • If you need to, Use a printable online College Algebra formula "Cheat Sheet" (Cool!)
  • If you need a review, Watch any part of an entire College Algebra Course in VIDEO! (scroll down to Lecture 6, for example) (Cool!)

  • New Students:

    • I suggest you get a 1" - 1 1/2" binder devoted exclusively to this course (with dividers).  I'll have handouts that you'll need to have quick reference to during class, and a binder is best for this.
    • You'll need a printer paper for each lab session.
    • You'll need a quadrilled (graph paper-type) laboratory notebook.
    • Bring your textbook to each class session.
    • Read my comprehensive Physics Primer.
    • Read the Homework Grading Criteria
    • Read the Syllabus

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