Physics 3210

Physics 3210: Physics for Scientists I

Professor John Belz

Spring Semester 2018




Course information and syllabus.

Physics home page.

Physics 2235 page.

Contact the instructor: belz@physics.utah.edu

Contact the TA: renbo.wang@utah.edu





Lecture Notes
  1. Vectors; Mon Jan 08
    Math 2210 Lectures including dot and cross-products.
  2. Kinematics; Wed Jan 10
  3. Kinematics in Polar Coordinates; Wed Jan 17
  4. Newton's Laws; Mon Jan 22
  5. Newton in Polar Coordinates; Wed Jan 24
    Supplemental Slides
  6. Forces: Gravity and Friction; Mon Jan 29
  7. Forces: Viscosity and the Harmonic Oscillator; Wed Jan 31
  8. Momentum; Center of Mass; Mon Feb 05
    Supplemental Slides
  9. Momentum Conservation and Rocket Motion; Wed Feb 07
  10. Work-Energy Theorem, Line Integrals; Wed Feb 14
  11. Conservative Forces and Potential Energy; Wed Feb 21
  12. Lagrangian Mechanics; Mon Feb 26
  13. Coupled Oscillations and Normal Modes; Wed Feb 28
    Supplemental Slides
  14. Rotational Dynamics I; Mon Mar 05
  15. Rotational Dynamics II; Wed Mar 07
  16. Angular Momentum Vector; Mon Mar 12
    Supplemental Slides
  17. Noninertial Reference Frames; Mon Mar 26
  18. Fictitious Forces, Examples; Wed Mar 28
  19. Central Forces; Mon Apr 02
  20. Planetary Motion; Wed Apr 04
  21. The Damped Harmonic Oscillator; Mon Apr 09
  22. Intro to Special Relativity; Wed Apr 11
  23. Space-Time Diagrams; Mon Apr 16
    Annalen der Physik 17 (1905)
  24. Slides: pole-and-barn problem; Wed Apr 18
  25. Slides: Final Review


Homework Assignments
  1. Homework 01; due in class Mon Jan 22 solutions
  2. Homework 02; due in class Mon Jan 29 solutions
  3. Homework 03; due in class Mon Feb 05 solutions
  4. Homework 04; due in class Wed Feb 21 solutions
  5. Homework 05; due in class Wed Feb 28 solutions
  6. Homework 06; due in class Mon Mar 05 solutions
  7. Homework 07; due in class Mon Mar 12 solutions
  8. Homework 08; due in class Mon Apr 02 solutions
  9. Homework 09; due in class Mon Apr 09 solutions
  10. Homework 10; due in class Mon Apr 16 solutions
  11. Homework 11; due in class Mon Apr 23 solutions


Discussion Exercises
  1. 20180109 solutions
  2. 20180111 solutions
  3. 20180116 solutions
  4. 20180119 solutions
  5. 20180122 solutions
  6. 20180126 solutions
  7. 20180130 solutions
  8. 20180201 solutions
  9. 20180206 solutions
  10. 20180216 solutions
  11. 20180222 solutions
  12. 20180227 solutions
  13. 20180301 solutions
  14. 20180306 solutions
  15. 20180308 solutions
  16. 20180327 solutions
  17. 20180329 solutions
  18. 20180403 solutions
  19. 20180405 solutions
  20. 20180410 solutions
  21. 20180412 solutions
  22. 20180417 solutions
  23. 20180419 solutions


Old Exams

Exam Solutions
  1. Exam 1
  2. Exam 2
  3. Final Exam