Physics 135 introduces students to the basic principles of mechanics
(kinematics, Newton's Law, energy and momentum, rotation and oscillation) and
wave motion. After successfully completing this course students will have
acquired the fundamental knowledge to understand various physical phenomena and
their basis for practical applications. They will be able to apply
mathematics (vectors, algebra, trigonometry, calculus) to describe and analyze
physical properties and they will have practiced discussing physics with
classmates through active participation in the course.

Physics often serves as a support course for students studying in another
program. Physics 135 teaches students to look for the physical principles
that underlie complex technical and biological phenomena and to spot misleading
claims that defy the laws of physics.

The laboratory component is especially important. In 10 laboratories or
studio sessions students perform open-ended real or realistically simulated
experiments. These experiments, which combine many different skills and
concepts, expose the students to the experimental basis of physics.
Students acquire skills in planning and performing experimental work, in
analyzing experimental data and in estimating experimental uncertainties.

- Module 1:
Describing Motion
- Displacement, average and instantaneous velocity, average and instantaneous acceleration.

- Module 2:
Motion in one
dimension
- Motion diagrams, motion with constant acceleration.

- Module 3:
Motion in Two or More Dimensions
- Motion in a plane, tangential and radial acceleration, projectile motion, circular motion.

- Module 4:
The Laws of Motion
- The concept of force, inertial frames, Newton's 2
^{nd}and 3^{rd}law, mass and weight, free-body diagrams.

- The concept of force, inertial frames, Newton's 2
- Module 5:
Applications of Newton's Laws
- Uniform and non-uniform circular motion, friction, numerical modeling, the fundamental forces.

- Module 6:
Work and Energy
- Work done by varying forces, kinetic energy, conservative and non-conservative forces, potential energy, conservation of energy.

- Module 7:
Momentum
- Conservation of momentum, impulse, elastic and inelastic collisions, the center of mass, rocket propulsion.

- Module 8: Rotational
Motion
- Rotational kinematics, torque, angular momentum, rigid-body motion.

- Module 9:
Oscillatory Motion
- Simple harmonic motion, a mass on a spring, a physical pendulum, forced and damped oscillations.

- Module 10:
Waves
- Sinusoidal traveling waves, superposition and interference, standing waves, the Doppler effect.