- Focus on the development of general scientific competencies such as mathematical modeling and mechanistic reasoning;
- Fit effectively into a standard curriculum for biologists and pre-health care students;
- Be biologically authentic – help biology students understand important results they learn in their biology and chemistry classes that rely on physics.
- Introduction to the class
- Using math in science
- Kinematics: Where and When?
- Newton's Laws
- Modeling Forces
- Coherent vs random motion
- Heat and temperature
- Mechanical Energy
- Chemical energy - An essential energy for life
- Thermodynamics and statistical physics
- The harmonic oscillator
- Waves in one dimension
Types of content
Examples and workouts are associated with readings and are listed in the detailed table of contents. Find problems at the end of chapters and from the problem tab above.
- Examples (solved problems)
- Workouts (activities)
Reading materials for this wiki have been uploaded for the first 16 chapters, equivalent to 2 semesters of instruction. They cover topics including a review of basic math, kinematics and dynamics, properties of matter with fluid flow, energy including chemical energy, basic thermodynamics, electric currents, oscillations and waves, and models of light. (See the Chapter list at the left.)
We are continuing to edit existing pages and we’ll be adding pages and examples through the 2019-20 academic year. Please let us know if you have suggestions for pages and examples to be added.
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