Physics 151/201

Space, Time and motion

What does it mean for an object to be in motion? More specifically, what is the cause of motion? How can it be measured, or quantified? Is it possible to think something is in motion when it is truly standing still? And is there a maximum speed of that any object can move?

In this course, we will engage in a careful study of dynamics—the science of the causes of motion and rest—paying particular attention to the ideas of space and time. We will focus on reading selections from Galileo’s Dialogues, Pascal's Physical Treatises, Newton’s Principia and Einstein’s Relativity. Weekly laboratory sessions complement our classroom discussions.

I look forward to our time together this semester studying some of the most significant and insightful works on physics that have been written!

Course update (as of March 23): I have assembled all of my lecture videos into a my youtube channel as a playlist. Henceforth, I will use this course web page to post solutions to homework problems and to notify you as to where you should be on my lecture video playlist.

Online office hours (beginning March 23)
: I will be holding online office hours via zoom on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during our regular class time from 10:30 - 11:20. You should have received an invitation via email; I hope you can join us!

  • ASG v2 Ch 5: asgv2_ex5.1, asgv2_ex5.2, asgv2_ex5.3, What makes John Bonham such a good drummer?
  • ASG v2 Ch 6: asgv2_ex6.1, asgv2_ex6.2, asgv2_ex6.3 (PHY 201 students), asgv2_ex6.4, asgv2_ex6.5
  • ASG v2 Ch 7: asgv2_ex7.1, asgv2_ex7.2
  • ASG v2 Ch 8: asgv2_ex8.2, asgv2_ex8.3 (PHY 202 students)
  • First practice test from 2019, second practice test from 2019
  • ASG v2 Ch 9: asgv2_ex9.1, asgv2_ex9.2, asgv2_ex9.3, asgv2_ex9.4 (PHY 202 students)
  • ASG v2 Ch 10: asgv2_ex10.1
  • ASG v2 Ch 11: asgv2_ex11.1 (PHY 202 students), asgv2_ex11.2, asgv2_ex11.3
  • ASG v2 Ch 14: Watch all of the videos for Chap. 14 by the midnight on Tuesday, March 24. asgv2_ex14.1
  • ASG v2 Ch 15: Watch all of the videos for Chap. 15 by the midnight on Saturday, March 28. Do Lab Ex. 15.3 (Canoe Conundrum) at home this week. There is a short video on my playlist (ASG v2 Ch15 Lect07) explaining the experiment. Your lab write-up is due on Saturday, March 28 at midnight. Uploaded your scanned files via the MyWLC course web page for your lab section. Do asgv2_ex15.1, asgv2_ex15.2.
  • Lab Ex. 11.4 (our old Artillery lab) is due on Monday, March 30 at midnight. Uploaded your scanned files on the MyWLC course web page for your lab section.
  • ASG v2 Ch 16: Watch all of the videos for Chap. 16 by the midnight on Tuesday, March 31. Do asgv2_ex16.1 and asgv2_ex16.4. HW due: Upload your solution to asgv2_ex16.4 by Wednesday, April 1 on the mywlc website.
  • ASG v2 Ch 17 and 18: Watch all of the videos for Chap. 17 and 18 by midnight on Friday, April 3. Do asgv2_ex17.1 and asgv2_ex17.2.
  • Force and Rotation Lab: On Friday, April 3, Prof. Schindler and Dr. Kuehn videotaped ourselves doing the Force and Rotation laboratory (asgv2_ex. 20.3). I have posted the associated videos. You should watch them all and carry out the requested calculations and data analysis. The lab reports will be due by Saturday at midnight (the night before Easter). By the way: the hanging mass was 456 +/- 5 grams. You'll need this to calculate its momentum while it is swinging around.
  • ASG v2 Ch19: Watch all of the videos for Chap 19 by the night of Good Friday.