PHY 121, Mechanics (Introductory): Syllabus, Homework & Prework


Second semester of a three-course sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences and engineering. Coulomb's Law through Maxwell's equations; electrostatics, electrical potential; capacitors; electric fields in matter; current and circuits; magnetostatics; magnetic fields in matter; induction, A.C. circuits; electromagnetic waves. The laboratory portion consists of five labs: Coulomb's Law, Electrostatic Potential, e/m, Superconductivity & Ohm's Law, and Circuits

An introduction to the theory and application of analog and digital electronics, starting with basic AC and DC circuits. The unit explains the principles of operation of the power supply, amplifier, oscillator, logic circuits, micro controllers, and other basic circuits. An associated laboratory component allows construction of and measurements on the circuits under consideration.

A calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of mechanics (including periodic motion,statics and dynamics), heat and thermodynamics, and special relativity. This course includes an integrated introductory laboratory experience. This course is designed to be taken by students interested in a POE in Physics or Engineering Physics.

This course covers concepts of physics as applied to music. Topics include sound and resonance, pitch and tuning systems, psychoacoustics, anatomy of the ear, workings of musical instruments, electronic music fundamentals and literature, a review of musical notation, and aural recognition of intervals and pitches. Students will design and build a musical instrument, and participate in a performance.