Kerry K. Kuehn

What does it mean for an object to be truly in motion? In this course, we will engage in a careful study of dynamics—the science of motion and its causes. We will pay particular attention to the ideas of space and time, and how they have developed over time. We will focus on reading selections from Galileo’s Dialogues concerning two new sciences, Pascal's Physical Treatises, Newton’s Principia and Einstein’s Relativity.

The required textbook for the course is:

Kuehn, K. (2014). A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts: Volume II: Space, Time and Motion. New York, NY: Springer New York.

The book is available from the publisher (Springer) as well as many other booksellers. You should bring it to class on the first day!

PHY 201 lectures and laboratory sections will be held during the Spring of 2019 in Generac Hall at Wisconsin Lutheran College as follows:

Lec. 1: S109, MWF 10:30 - 11:20, R 11:30-12:20 Dr. Kuehn
Lec. 2: S115, MWF 9:00 - 9:50, R 1:00-1:50 Dr. Kuehn

Lab. 1: S115, W 12:30 - 3:20, Dr. Davis
Lab. 2: S115, R 12:30 - 3:20, Dr. Davis
Lab. 3: S115, F 12:30 - 3:20, Prof. Schindler
Lab. 4: S115, R 8:00 - 10:50, Dr. Davis

The course syllabus, homework exercise solutions, and other resources can be found by clicking on the links provided below.

If you are not currently enrolled in this course you are still welcome to sit in on one of my lecture sections; or you can check out one of my online videos.

I look forward to our time together this semester studying some of the most significant and insightful works on physics that have been written!
An interesting article on how mako sharks minimize fluid drag
This video has a nice discussion of the famous Led Zeppelin drummer that reminds me of Galileo's discussion of Harmony in Day 2 of his Dialogues.
Practice test; note: we have not studied the Chap. 8 material in Section 3 of this test yet.
Galileo uses swinging pendula to help explain musical harmony.
scaling in biology article
Cold-weather-revised syllabus for PHY 201
On being the right size: an essay on scaling in biology and physics
example lab book
notes on uncertainty propagation