Faculty: Krishna Chowdary, Ph.D.
College Physics was an accelerated, intensive summer course that covered the first quarter of a year-long standard sequence in algebra-based introductory physics with lab. Students worked through chapters 1-10 in College Physics (Rice University OpenStax Consortium), including: translational and rotational kinematics and dynamics and conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Emphasis was placed on developing conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability. Students had 20 three-hour class meetings consisting of interactive lectures, collaborative workshops, and labs. Students participated in 14 labs, which included the following topics: measuring linear and rotational motion with rulers & stopwatches, video analysis, sonic rangers, rotary motion sensors; vector addition; projectile motion; Newton’s 2nd law for translations and rotations; conservation of energy including rotational kinetic energy; conservation of momentum; and conservation of angular momentum. Students submitted 8 substantial homework assignments (each 18 problems, some with multiple parts) using the WebAssign on-line homework system. Students took two in-class exams. Students were evaluated through exams, exam revisions, homework assignments, and in-class work.
(Standard) Suggested Course Equivalencies
- 6 – Algebra-based Physics I with Lab (classical mechanics)