Physics 1050 General Physics I: Mechanics

1050 General Physics I: Mechanics is a calculus based introduction to mechanics. The course emphasizes problem solving, beginning with a review of vectors and one-dimensional kinematics. The main part of the course covers motion in two dimensions, forces and Newton’s Laws, energy, momentum, rotational motion and torque, and finally oscillations. For details regarding recommendations for students taking PHYS 1050, see Note 4 under Physics and Physical Oceanography.

CO: MATH 1000
CR. PHYS 1020
LH: 3
PR: MATH 1000

Physics 1050 is a standard calculus based introduction to mechanics with elements of special relativity. Students with no high school physics would find it very challenging. It is recommended (often required) for students interested in physical science and engineering programs. While PHYS1050 covers material comparable to that introduced in PHYS1020, the approach is calculus based and emphasizes a more scientific approach to problem solving. Students taking the course require a solid algebra background and good analytic skills. Laboratory work is a major component of the course and should complement classroom lectures. Normally there will be six laboratory sessions per semester and 3 problem solving sessions held during the laboratory time slot on weeks when no laboratory is scheduled.
MATH1000 can be taken concurrently.


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