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Robert S Van Dyck
PHYS 116
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. Sound, light, and modern physics. Credit is not given for both PHYS 116 and PHYS 123. Prerequisite: PHYS 115 or PHYS 122; recommended: concurrent registration in PHYS 119. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Simple harmonic motion, mechanical waves (from both strings and sound), electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures with demonstrations (when appropriate) plus clicker questions.

Recommended preparation

read appropriate sections before coming to lectures.

Class assignments and grading

Eight homework assignments (with at least 7-days prior notice) plus lecture participation.

Total homework will be worth 10% of the student's final course grade.


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.
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Last Update by Robert S Van Dyck
Date: 12/28/2009