Physics 121, Fall 2010
Prof. E. F. Redish
The following text materials are available on our (password protected) Blackboard
- Chapters from Understanding Physics, by
Cummings, Laws, Redish, and Cooney (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). Although
this text does include some calculus, it also contains motivation and conceptual
discussions that better match my approch in this class than other texts.
- For those of you who are
pre-med or pre-health care, the introductory chapter of Dr. Jerome Groopman's
Doctors Think, makes clear the value of some of
the methods of thinking we are trying to encourage in this class in the context
of health care.
Here are some websites that might help make sense of some of the issues raised
in class. If you discover others that you find useful, let me know and I will
add them to the list.
of Ten (the 1977 version - slightly outdated in our scientific knowledge
at the upper and lower limits)
of Ten (the Simpsons version -- take it cum grano salis )
- There is a more modern IMAX version (narrated by Morgan Freeman), but the
version downloaded to youtube doesn't include the small, only the large.
If anyone finds a version of this on the web, let me know so I can add a link
Referesher (West Texas A&M review of algebra)
For practice, try the Scientific
Notation quiz from our Astronomy Department!
- Trig Refresher (I haven't
found one I like. Let me know about what you have found.)
Practice quiz (by Adam Berman)
Junior College Adding and subtracting vectors with applets (mostly
Poly Adding and subtracting vectors with applets (lots of rules)
- Raffles Junior College Adding and subtracting vectors with applets (mostly head-to-tail rule)
- Cal Poly Adding and subtracting vectors with applets (lots of rules)
- University of Colorado Physics Education Technology (PhET) Simulations (Main
moving man (good for linking graphs of position, velocity, and acceleration)
in 1-D (pushing
various objects with applied forces and friction)
objects up a ramp with friction -- and letting them slide down)
motion (some amusing variations)
(a very cool sim showing the balance of kinds of energy)
- Ladybug revolution (a
sim giving you a handle on vector and componenet kinematics in rotation)
properties (a sim visualizing the motion of the molecules in a gas)
Illinois Multi-media Learning Modules
Forest University (thanks to Megan Ritter for calling my attention to this link)
- Eureka --
A set of cartoon clips on basic physics available on YouTube.
Academy -- Lectures on physics, but be careful: some of the discussion
is really sloppy.
Physics Lectures with Walter Lewin -- one of the most popular MIT
lecturers. Lectures start with the conceptual material appropriate
for our class, but go on to more complex and mathematical terms.
(Thanks to Neil Basumalik
and Megan Young for some recommendations!)
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Last revision 2. November,