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 |
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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 |