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Readings Physics 131

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Physics 131: Fundamentals of Physics for Biologists I

This course is intended for biology majors and pre-health care professionals. The physics topics chosen are selected for these students and the contexts emphasize authentic biological examples. Prerequisites for the course include:

  • One year of college biology (BSCI 105 and 106 or the equivalent)
  • One semester of college chemistry (CHEM 131 or the equivalent)
  • One year of college mathematics (MATH 130 and 131 or the equivalent -- calculus and an introduction to probability).

The materials created for this class are "in-process" drafts. We expect to revise and expand them significantly in the 2012-2014 period. Comments and suggestions should be sent to Prof. E. F. Redish.

 

Readings

These readings are intended as a base for a wikibook that can serve as a base from which students can start.  Each link connects to a webpage of content materials. Those listed in bold were explicitly assigned in the Fall of 2011. The unbolded pages were optional reading. Note these are linked materials.  They are not intended to be read as a linear textbook.  For example, some of the math elements are linked to elements that occur much later.  They were read at the appropriate time. They are not intended as a replacement for all the components present in a traditional textbook.

 

Readers will notice the absence of sample solved problems, for example, and problems for student homework and in-class discussions. In our delivery of this class they are used in conjunction with an extensive set of clicker questions, problems for group problem solving, and homework problems (to be distributed later).

 

Class homepage and description (Fall 2011)

 

Overview

 

Introduction to the class

 

Thinking about Thinking and Knowing

 

Math Background

 

Modeling with mathematics

 

Using mathematics in science

 

Mathematics Recap

 

Kinematics

 

The Main Question: How do things move?

 

Where and When

 

Kinematic Variables

 

Laws of Motion

 

Newton's Laws

 

 

Kinds of Forces

 

Linear momentum

 

Macroscopic description of matter

 

Macro models

 

Solids

 

Fluids

 

Heat and temperature

 

Energy

 

Energy: The Quantity of Motion

 

Microscopic description of matter

 

The Micro to Macro Connection

 

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

 

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