General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, and Sound
Physics 101 is an introductory course in physics, aimed primarily at students considering medical, dental, or veterinary school. Although prior experience with physics would be helpful, it is not required. Students should be comfortable with basic algebra, trigonometry, and geometry; some knowledge of calculus is helpful but not necessary.
Students should recognize that the summer version of Physics 101 is quite intense. The course covers the same material as during the fall and spring semesters, but in about 1/3 the time, so the pace is quite rapid. The class will meet for 140 minutes each morning (generally with a break somewhere in the middle), plus two 150-minute labs each week. You should expect two homework assignments each week (which will be collected and graded), an hourly exam almost every Friday, and a short quiz every morning. In addition to the time spent in class, most students find that several hours per day are required to prepare for the class and to complete the homework assignments.
Due to the heavy workload and fast pace of the class, students should limit their other commitments. Some students find that they are able to hold down a part-time job while taking this course, but almost none find that they can work for more than a few hours a week, or take a second science course even if this is possible "on paper."