Introductory Mechanics


The fundamentals of classic physics. Topics include: vectors, units, Newton's Laws, static equilibrium, motion in one and two dimensions, rotation, conservation of momentum, work and energy, gravity, simple and chaotic oscillations. Numerical methods used to solve problems in a workstation environment. Intended principally for non-physics majors in the physical sciences and engineering. Students planning a major in physics should enroll instead in Physics 161L, 162L in their first year. Closed to students having credit for Physics 141L or 161L. Prerequisites: Mathematics 21, 122, or equivalent; Mathematics 122 may be taken concurrently with Physics 151L.
Curriculum Codes
  • NS
  • QS
Typically Offered
Spring Only