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Physics 210 General Physics I. Dr. Fortner FW 204 mfortner@niu.edu. Course Content. Physics—the science of energy and matter. Mechanics—the motion (or lack thereof) of physical objects Physical quantities describe behavior Physical quantities are related to each other

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physics 210 general physics i

Physics 210General Physics I

Dr. Fortner

FW 204

mfortner@niu.edu

course content
Course Content
  • Physics—the science of energy and matter.
    • Mechanics—the motion (or lack thereof) of physical objects
    • Physical quantities describe behavior
    • Physical quantities are related to each other
    • Theoretical relations predict behavior
  • Mathematics
    • Tool for understanding physics
    • Problem solving, not just plugging into equations
    • Algebra and trigonometry are essential (MATH 155)
physics sequences
Algebra-based Courses

PHYS 210 (Motion, Energy, Matter, and Heat)

PHYS 211 (Electricity, Magnetism, Light, and Atoms)

Calculus-based Courses

PHYS 253 (Motion and Energy)

PHYS 273 (Electricity and Magnetism)

PHYS 283 & 284 (Light and Atoms)

Physics Sequences
course topics
Course Topics
  • Laws of Motion
    • Measurement, Force, Acceleration, Kinematics
  • Conservation Laws
    • Circular Motion, Energy, Linear and Angular Momentum
  • Continuous Media
    • Fluids, Oscillations, Waves, Sound
  • Thermal Physics
    • Temperature, Heat, Thermodynamics
web pages
Web Pages
  • www.niu.edu/~mfortner/PHYS210/description.html
    • Description and goals
    • Lectures slides
    • Laboratory handouts
    • Assignments
    • Grading scale
lectures
Lectures
  • Powerpoint slides
    • Corresponds to text sections in reading
    • Different than text
    • Students are responsible for both
  • Demonstrations
    • Interactive questions
    • Physical demonstrations
    • Web and electronic media demonstrations
laboratories
Experimental labs

Measurement techniques

Data analysis

Data presentation

8 Experimental Labs

Problem labs

Story problem interpretation

Equation handling

Solution strategy

4 Problem Labs

Laboratories
problems and quizzes
Problems

Due the day after the lecture

Use TA for help if needed

Conceptual questions and problems

Quizzes

Covers readings and lecture

Multiple choice, matching

Midterms cover problems, too

Final covers the whole course

Problems and Quizzes
how to do well
How to Do Well
  • Skim the text before class to get a head start on the lecture.
  • Don’t just take notes in class (try to also listen). Slides are on the web page and can be printed out.
  • Do the problems, they are great practice.
  • Do multiple choice in the chapter to review.,
  • Ask questions: in class and in lab.

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