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Michael Schick
PHYS 114
Seattle Campus

General Physics

Basic principles of physics presented without use of calculus. Suitable for students majoring in technically oriented fields other than engineering or the physical sciences. Mechanics. Credit is not given for both PHYS 114 and PHYS 121. Recommended: working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry; one year high school physics; concurrent registration in PHYS 117. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Physics 114B General Physics, particularly Mechanics, with an emphasis on biological applications. This course will cover, approximately, the first nine chapters of the text by Giancoli, Physics, (Prentice Hall), fifth edition. I will emphasize the application of the material to biological systems, and therefore will also use the text Biomedical Applications of Introductory Physics by J.A. Tuszynski and J.M. Dixon (Wiley). There are so many interesting applications of elementary physics to biological systems. Having a history of back problems, I will certainly spend an appreciable amount of time on the forces acting on various parts of the body, such as the discs between L-4 and L-5, and L-5, S-1. (The L stands for "lumbar" and the S for "sacrum".) The forces on the greater trochanter, in the hip joint, when walking, limping, or using a cane present another interesting example. Even the simple process of walking is interesting from this perspective as we do it in a way so as not to expend as much energy as one would naively expect. I find this all quite interesting, and hope that you will also.

The biological emphasis will continue throughout Phys 115B in the Winter and Phys 116B in the Spring.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

Working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry; one year high school physics; concurrent registration in PHYS 117.

Class assignments and grading

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michael Schick
Date: 05/20/2003