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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University


PHYS-H 221: Physics I
Professors Mark Messier* & John Carini*
Section 13658 TuTh 10:10-11:00am SW 135

Overview:

Honors Physics is a two semester introductory physics course intended primarily but not limited to freshmen interested in sciences. During the first semester we will begin by discussing the role of physics in understanding workings of nature; the approach physicists take to achieve this goal and location of physics with respect to other sciences. We will discuss the evolution of the knowledge base, breakthrough discoveries, ideas, and development of mathematics as language of physics. We will illustrate rules of the game for physicists by studying motion. First we will develop tools to describe motion (kinematics) and then ask the question what makes things move (dynamics).

We want the best, most efficient, most flexible language to describe and communicate our findings (algebra, calculus). Every time we come across new tools we will practice using them by solving problems. We will discuss how "simple things and relations" (symmetries) may have very profound consequences (relativity, quantum world). We will discuss the nature and sources of limitations in our ability to describe things and how we use statistics and thermodynamics to incorporate those limitations into our understanding of nature.

Once we have collected the basic rules and mastered the tools we will look at many examples, which we hope you will find interesting (collisions, rotations, oscillations).


Course Information:

Students enrolled in Honors Physics I will meet daily in sessions led by the professors assigned to the class. The honors physics sections are scheduled as lectures on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and discussion sections on Tuesday and Thursday and students should be enrolled in the lecture section and the discussion section.

For administrative reasons, students should be enrolled in the Laboratory section, which is used to control total enrollment in the course; additional laboratory time is not scheduled: we introduce the lab projects during regular class times and you finish them on your own.

There will be no practical distinction made between the lecture and discussion sections and class time will be treated as an integrated whole. Attendance at all class sections is expected.

The course is organized in a "flipped" format. Students will be expected to watch lectures online outside of class and read the text. Class time will be dedicated to putting the lecture and reading material to use to solve problems and complete projects while students have access to the instructors and their peers. The problems are chosen to challenge students and spark discussion with peers and the course instructors. It is not expected that students will be able to easily solve these problems on their own without help so every effort should be made to make the most efficient use of the class time.

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