- Final TA office hours: Monday, December 10, 3-5pm (Hao Liu).
- Final Review sessions, Sunday afternoon :
- Matthew Childers, 3-6pm, Thornton Hall (probably room 316). MEET OUTSIDE AT 2:45 TO BE LET IN, OTHERWISE THE DOORS ARE LOCKED!
- Evan Wolfe, 4-6 pm, Chem Rm 304. Reviewing Dukes Practice exam (posted to collab).
- Charlie Glaser, 5pm, Physics Bldg. MEET AT THE ENTRANCE CLOSEST TO THE BRIDGE BEFORE 5PM, OTHERWISE THE DOORS ARE LOCKED!
- If sending email to your instructor, please incude the tag PHYS2010 in the subject line
This course aims to provide an introduction
to essential concepts in the physical world, with an emphasis on analytic
thinking and problem solving. The lectures will include demonstrations and
examples intended to reinforce an understanding of physical concepts
and problem-solving strategies. The first semester focuses on
mechanics and heat, while the second semester addresses
electricity and magnetism, optics, and selected topics from solid state,
atomic, and subatomic physics.
Should I take this course?
- This course is most commonly taken by students who wish to fulfill requirements
for application to medical or dental school, or similar postgraduate work.
- The course is NOT "physics-lite". This is a challenging and rigorous course
which quickly covers a broad range of
introductory physics topics with an emphasis on problem solving. Success in the course
will require a solid grasp of a broad array of physical concepts and the ability to
analyze problems in relation to those concepts.
- A student will find
a reasonable degree of comfort with algebra and trigonometry to be a essential. If
you are concerned that your mathematical preparation may be insufficient, please
see your instructor for advice.
- This course does not explicitly use calculus, although many of the topics are most easily
understood using concepts from calculus. For this reason, if you already have a solid
grounding in calculus, you may be best suited to the two-semester sequence of
instead of PHYS 2010/2020. The 1425/2415 sequence is most often taken by students
who intend to major in engineering or a field of science besides physics. It will also
fulfill requirements for medical school and, unlike the 2010/2020 sequence, it will
satisfy the prerequisite for 3000+ level physics courses. See your instructor
for further advice.
- Concurrent registration with introductory physics labs PHYS 2030/2040 is not required.
These lab courses are administered independently from the lecture courses.