PSED 200.31

PS ED 200.31 General Physics Education I (5 units)

This course is the first part of a series of three general physics courses taken by graduate students, who are mostly, physics educators. It covers the fundamental concepts of mechanics and thermodynamics. Topics include units, physical quantities, vectors and scalars, rectilinear motion, Newton’s laws of motion, work, kinetic and potential energy, momentum and impulse, rotational motion, gravitation, periodic motion, fluid mechanics, temperature, heat, thermal properties of matter and the laws of thermodynamics. The laboratory experiments deal with measurement, force and motion, momentum and impulse, translational and rotational motion, work, power, energy, temperature and heat.

Prerequisite: None


Fishbane, Gasiorowicz and Thornton, Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Extended Version, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 1997.
Halliday, D. & Resnick, R., Physics, John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
Kittel, Knight & Ruderman, Mechanics (Berkeley Physics Course), Vol. 1, New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1965.
Ohanian, H., Modern Physics 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 1995.
Serway, Raymond, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 2nd Ed., Saunders.
Young, Hugh D. & Freedman, Roger A., University Physics 9th Ed., Addison Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., 1996.