Preparatory Physics: PH100-3A Course Information

This is a one-semester introduction into how to solve simple kinematics and dynamics problems, utilizing basic algebra, trigonometry, vectors and other mathematical tools. This course may not be used to satisfy Area III of Core Curriculum.

Day and Time: Mon. & Wed,3:00PM-5:05PM
Room: EB 133
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: Wed. 12:30-1:30pm
Course Website:

MA106: Pre-Calculus Trigonometry

Suggested Textbook (Not Required)

Physics, 6th Ed.
J. D. Cutnell and K. W. Johnson
John Wiley & Sons, 2004
ISBN 0-471-20940-6
(Textbook of PH201)

Beginning Physics I
Alvin Halpern
McGraw-Hill, 1995
ISBN: 00700256535

Course Schedule

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  • Final exam score and course grade are posted in scorecard.
    Final exam class average=67, Top 5 scores=98,94,94,92,91
  • Test 3 score is posted in scorecard. Class average = 79.2
  • Homework set 10 Solution.
  • Homework set 9 Solution.
  • Homework set 8 Solution.
  • Homework sets 1 through 7 will be open on 7/26 through 8/6.
  • Final Exam Example Problems and Solution
  • Test 3 Example Problems and Solution
  • Test 2 score is posted in scorecard. Class average = 70.0.
  • Homework set 7 Solution.
  • Test 2 Example Problems and Solution
  • Homework set 6 Solution.
  • Test 1 score is posted in scorecard. Class average = 77.2.
  • Vector worksheet solution.
  • Test 2 will be held on July 10 (Mon). (Course Schedule)
  • Test 1 (PDF) given in the previous term. (Solution is not given because you have seen the same problems in class or in homework.
  • Homework Solution: Set 3   Set 5
  • Homework Set #1 is reopened till June 16.
  • CAPA server is back online. Set 1 will be reopen this evening and due at 23:59 on June 16. Other sets are open now.
  • CAPA server is currently down due to power failure. It should be back on service on June 13. A new due date for Set 1 will be announced when the server is up.
  • The first class will meet at 3:00PM on May 31, 2006 in room EB 133.

Test and Final Exam
Three tests and one comprehensive final exam will be given. No textbook nor notebook is allowed in the tests and exams. One letter-size hand-written information sheet is allowed. You can write down mathematical formulae, laws and priciples of physics, physical formulae, physical contants, and other concepts related to physics and mathematics on the information sheet. However, you are not allowed to write solutions of any problem including homework problems, example problems in textbook. A calculator may be used during exam. A make-up test may be given if unforeseen problems should happen. However, no more than one test can be made up. You must notify the instructor within a day or two of the exam day with a written reason for the make-up.

Homework are electronically processed via an internet website:

In order to solve homework problems, you need internet access and a web browser (Firefox is recommended). Homework due is strictly enforced by computer. You are strongly advised to start homework as soon as it is assigned.

Course grade is determined based on three tests (15 pts. each), final exam (30 pts.), and Homework (25 pts.)

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