Course Syllabus

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The course is "Introduction to Physics I." It is the first of a
four part sequence that covers most aspects of traditional and modern physics.
There is no prerequisite for the course, but a parallel course in Calculus I or
pre-calculus is strongly recommended. There is no assumption that you have had a
previous course in physics, but any prior exposure may be of help to you. The
language of physics is mathematics, and we will learn to speak that language
fluently. If you are concerned that your mathematical background is not up to
the challenge, don't be. A reasonable grasp of algebra is enough of a start, if
it is accompanied by a willingness to do math. In other words, if you *like*
to do math you will probably love (well, maybe not love, but at least *like*)
physics. We will teach you the requisite mathematics as we go along.

- The class meets three times a week, MWF 12:00 - 12:50 PM. It is expected that you will attend class (see the attendance policy for details).
- The laboratory portion of the course will meet once a week. The lab schedule will be as flexible as possible to accommodate your schedules - check with your instructor.
- Text for the course is Serway & Jewett, "Principles of Physics", available in the bookstore.
- Homework will be assigned for each chapter. Check the Course Outline page for details. Homework will be graded and count as part of your course grade. Homework is generally due one week after the assigned date. Late work will not be accepted.
- There will be three quizzes during the semester and a comprehensive final exam.

The instructor for the course is William Seeley:

Office, Room 107A (In the physics labs)

Phone, 662-5457

e-mail, wseeley@mcla.edu

Web pages (where course information will be available), http://wgseeley.net
(There is a link to these pages from the Physics Department web pages at http://www.mcla.edu).

Office Hours:

Monday 10:00 AM, Wednesday 2:00 PM, Thursday 2:00 PM, by
appointment or by chance (stop in any time).