Physics 1A detailed description

Physics 1A "Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics," 5 units.

Lecture/demonstration, four hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisites: Mathematics 31A, 31B. Enforced corequisite: Mathematics 32A. Motion, Newton laws, work, energy, linear and angular momentum, rotation, equilibrium, gravitation. P/NP or letter grading.

The topics covered in this class and approximate schedules are listed below. Chapters listed are from Young and Freedman (Sears and Zemansky's) University Physics, 14th edition.

If a course is taught using the online Kudu textbook, homework, and clicker system, the recommended Kudu course is "UCLA Physics 1A", which covers the same topics.

Week Chapters Topics covered Optional sections
1 1, 2 Units, vectors, one-dimensional motion 1.5 Uncertainty and significant figures, 1.6 Estimates and orders of magnitude
2 3 Motion in two or three dimensions, projectiles
3 4 Newton's laws of motion
4 5 Applying Newton's laws
5 6 Work and kinetic energy
6 7 Potential energy and energy conservation
7 8 Momentum, impulse, and collisions 8.6 Rocket propulsion
8 9 Rotation of rigid bodies
9 10, 11 Dynamics of rotational motion, equilibrium 10.7 Gyroscopes and precession, 11.4 Stress, strain, 11.5 Elasticity
10 13 Gravitation 13.7 Apparent weight, 13.8 Black holes, skip Ch. 12 Fluid Mechanics

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