Anuradha Weerakkody

Physics Department, University of Rhode Island

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PHY 203: Elementary Physics I

Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

Instructor: Dr Anuradha Weerakkdoy,

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Semester: Summer 1
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: credit or concurrent enrollment in MTH 141 and concurrent enrollment in PHY 273

Catalog Description: Introduction to Newtonian mechanics. Kinematics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles. Motion of rigid bodies and oscillatory motion. Conservation principles.

Detailed Course Syllabus for : Summer 2022

Course Schedule  : Summer 2022                                   

Course Goals & Outcomes

Upon completion successful students will be able to:

  • Understand important topics of elementary physics
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Solve calculus based problems pertaining to the course
  • Apply concepts learned in lecture to experiments conducted in lab

General Education Areas

This course satisfies URI’s general education areas: “Scientific, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical Disciplines” (Full); and “Mathematical, Statistical, or Computational Strategies” (Partial).

Course Description

This course meets 3 times per week for lecture. As well, this course requires an additional 2 hours of lab and 1 hour of recitation. Separate enrollment in each is required.
Topics covered in this course include:

  • Measurement and Vectors
  • Motion in One, Two, and Three Dimension
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Additional Applications of Newton’s Laws
  • Work and Kinetic Energy
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Conservations of Linear Momentum
  • Rotation
  • Angular Momentum
  • Gravity
  • Static Equilibrium and Elasticity
  • Oscillations

Contact Information

contact Dr. Anuradha Weerakkody

Grades are based on the following criteria:

  • Unit Exams
  • Final Exam
  • Homework
  • Group work
  • Lecture quizzes

Laboratory meets twice per  a week . Grades are based on experiments conducted during these meeting.

LEC: (3 crs.) Introduction to Newtonian mechanics. Kinematics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles. Motion of rigid bodies and oscillatory motion. Conservation principles. (Lec. 3 ) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in MTH 141 and concurrent enrollment in PHY 273. Intended for science or engineering majors. (N)

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