PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I

Dr. Johnny B. Holmes

Catalog description: A general physics course covering the topics of mechanics, heat, and sound; designed primarily for biology and biochemistry majors. Prerequisite High school algebra and trigonometry or MATH 107 & MATH 110 , or MATH 117. Corequisite PHYS 201L . Offered in the Fall semester. A student can receive credit for only one of PHYS 150 and PHYS 201. 

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Syllabus for PHYS 201 word document or on-line syllabus (for fall 2016)

Text: none required since all assignments are independent of any particular textbook - see syllabus.
Any College Physics textbook should have the material. There is a free on-line OpenStax textbook with contents.

Warning: do not run the computer homework directly from the web. Instead, first create a folder named Physics on your computer. Then SAVE (do not RUN) the programs accessed from the link below into the Physics folder. You may have to move the program from the Download folder into your new Physics folder. Be sure you have the actual program in the folder, and not just a shortcut. Then RUN the programs from the folder. Your response file, STRES.DAT, should then be found in the Physics folder.

Computer Assisted Homework (to see and download windows programs)
To download the physics computer homework volume 0 for windows: PV0WIN.EXE
To download the physics computer homework volume 1 for windows: PV1WIN.EXE
To download the physics computer homework volume 2 for windows: PV2WIN.EXE

Note to Mac users: If you have a windows emulator, you should be able to run the above programs.
If you don't, or if you have problems, you can use a free program called DOSBOX which is a DOS emulator - see the word document for Mac Instructions.
Once you have the DOSBOX program on your Mac, you can download the following DOS versions of the computer homework and then run them on your Mac:
To download the DOS volume 0 PV0DOS.EXE
To download the DOS volume 1 PV1DOS.EXE
To download the DOS volume 2 PV2DOS.EXE .
Here is a website that contains other options for running the windows programs on a Mac:

Instructions for e-mailing computer homework response file to me

Computer help on acceleration due to gravity experiment: GLAB201.EXE (windows) and GLABDOS.EXE (Mac with DOSBOX)

Here is the link to CBU Library's physics reference site
More science info from the library
Here are a couple of off-CBU sites you may find useful:
Weights & Measurements
Dictionary of Units of Measurement

Copy of a previous final exam Final Exam (2016 version)

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