Preparation for College Physics

Fall Semester 2016

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4,

Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8,

Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12,

Week 13, Week 14, Week 15 Week 16

*) Monday August 21st (No class)

*) Wednesday August 23rd (No class)

1) Friday August 25th

- Presentation of the class
- Quantities in physics: units, dimensions, precision
- Working symbolically (we will be using some greek letters so it is worth reviewing that)

2) Monday August 28th

- Multiple Choice Questions, Chapter 1 in INTRODUCTORY MECHANICS

- Continued Multiple Choice Questions, Chapter 1 in INTRODUCTORY MECHANICS

*) Monday September 4th

5) Wednesday September 7th

- Finish Multiple Choice Questions, Chapter 1 in INTRODUCTORY MECHANICS
- Problems, Chapter 1 in INTRODUCTORY MECHANICS

- Quiz on trigonometry functions: Questions & Answers
- You need to have read the introduction section of Chapter 2: Kinematics in 1-D in INTRODUCTORY MECHANICS and prepare questions as needed
- You may like to read this short not on velocity and acceleration in one dimension
- Read and think about the fist 7 Multiple Choice Questions (2.1 to 2.7)

7) Monday September 11th

- You need to have read the introduction section of Chapter 2: Kinematics in 1-D in INTRODUCTORY MECHANICS and prepare the multiple choice questions
- We will continue the discussion on the relations between position, velocity and acceleration
- We will start a short calculus review.

- We continued with the calculus review.
- We wrote equation of motion for uniform motion and uniformly accelerated motion.
- We had a quiz 03: Question and answer

- We will cover a little more calculus
- We will cover Taylor expansions
- See this note
- See these practice exercises

10) Monday September 18th (Class with Wayne and Mei-Hui)

- More derivative practice
- Return to the multiple choice questions of Chapter 2

12) Friday September 22nd (Class with Wayne and Mei-Hui)

- You had quiz 04 and here are the answers
- You worked on a problem involving an object thrown upward against gravitation

13) Monday September 25th (Class with Wayne and Mei-Hui)

- You should have read the introduction to chapter 3: Kinematics in 2D (and 3D)
- You started discussing vectors and here are the slides Wayne used
- As you move into kinematics in more than one dimension, I compiled some of my notes on vectors and motion in two and three dimensions from last year

15) Friday September 29th (Class with Wayne and Mei-Hui)

16) Monday October 2nd (Class with Wayne and Mei-Hui)

17) Wednesday October 4th (Class with Wayne and Mei-Hui)

18) Friday October 6th

*) Monday October 9th (Fall break)

*) Wednesday October 11th (Fall break)

*) Friday October 13th (Fall break)

19) Monday October 16td (Class with Mei-Hui)

- You reviewed the midterm

- We discussed vectors a little more formally. See this note.

- We discussed uniform circular motion. See this note.

22) Monday October 23th

- We continued with circular motion exercises (Problems 3.3, 3.3, and 3.20)

- We continued with circular motion exercises (Problems 3.21, 3.22, and we will discuss a problem about a roller coaster loop)

- We started working on Chapter 4

25) Monday October 30th

- Chapter 4 continued

- Chapter 4 continued

- Chapter 4 continued

28) Monday November 6th

- Chapter 4 continued
- We talked about the differential equation describing the motion of a mass attached to a spring. You may go over this in more detail in this note and also start seeing how such equation can be solved numerically.

- Chapter 4 continued

- Chapter 4 continued

31) Monday November 13th

- Chapter 4 continued

- Chapter 4 continued

34) Monday November 20th

- Chapter 5: Energy; read the introductive material and the multiple choice questions.

- Chapter 5: Energy; continued

36) Monday November 27th

- Chapter 5: Energy; continued

- Chapter 6: Momentum; read the introductive material and the multiple choice questions.

- Chapter 6: Momentum; continued

39) Monday December 4th

- Chapter 6: Momentum; continued

- Numerical solving of the simple pendulum.
- Excel sheet for the numerical solution of the harmonic oscillator and simple pendulum.