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Physics 231: General Physics I

Physics 231 is the first course in a three-semester, calculus-based, introductory-physics sequence.  This sequence explores the nature of matter and its interactions:  Phys. 231 focuses on mechanics; 232 focuses on Electricity & Magnetism and 233 focuses on a variety of subjects - wave phenomena, quantum mechanics, optics, and thermodynamics.  Throughout this sequence, you will engage in the physics program applying a hand-full of fundamental principles to model the behavior of diverse systems.  In Phys. 231, they range from planets to sound waves to atomic nuclei.  Unlike lower-level physics introductions, Phys. 231 takes an explicitly modern perspective from the start, gives computational approaches their due, and develops the tools of calculus (timed to parallel Calc I.)

Lecture: MWF 11 - 12:20, Appleton 116

Instructor: Eric Hill

Lab: W or Th 1 - 3:50 p.m. Appleton 101


Text: Matter & Interactions I 3rd Ed., Chabay & Sherwood.
Check its reserve status at the library.

Office: Appleton 127

Phone: Ext.  8659

Office Hours: M 2:30-3:50, Th 11:00-12:00 (if these don't work for you, check my complete schedule for other times I'm free)  Math/Physics Tutoring is available Sun,Mon,Tues,Thurs nights 7:30-9:30 in AHoN 216.

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