Physics 5A
Fall 2002
Introduction to Physics I
University of California at Santa Cruz
MWF 8:00 am to 9:10 am, Thimann Lecture Hall, Room 3
Discussion Session A: Mon 5-6:30 Thimann 185
Discussion Session B: Tue 4-5:30 Thimann 185
Advanced Discussion: Wed 7-8:30 ISB 231
TEXT: Young and Freedman's `University Physics', Tenth Edition
Instructor: Bruce Schumm
Office: 329 Natural Sciences II
Phone: (831) 459-3034
Office Hours:
12:00 to 2:00 pm Monday, Nat Sci II Rm 329
And by appointment if necessary
Physics is the science which attempts to explain what's really going on in the corporal world at the most fundmental level. The notions which make up much of the content of Physics 5A - the nature of motion, energy and momentum conservation, and gravitation, are direct outgrowths of questions posed by the metaphysicists of Ancient Greek's Golden Age. With the advent of the so-called `Age of Reason', beginning as far back as the 14th Century AD, and crystallizing with the work of Isaac Newton in the 17th century, a formal, quantitative foundation emerged which allowed the blossoming of physics as an exact science. It is this body of work which we will attempt to master in Physics 5A.

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