Supplemental PHYSICS

PHYSICS 1012 and 1013:

Supplemental Course for introductory Physics classes

WHY DO STUDENTS TAKE SUPPLEMENTAL PHYSICS?

“Confusing topics got easily clarified.”

“The teacher and the class environment. Energetic teacher and there’s lots of room for interaction. The class was extremely helpful.”

“Went over concepts again and the class was actually better than the lecture.”

“The atmosphere was very positive. The discussions went into depth and there were lots of real world problems— great for me as an engineer.”

“Review of concepts that made it intelligible.”

“The problem solving on the board. Lots of problems!”

“The instructor makes sure that everyone understands the material.”

“I could keep asking questions. He made sure everyone understands and is participating.”

WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I TAKE SUPPLEMENTAL PHYSICS?

Vital to mastering Physics is getting students to perceive the basic underlying principles. (In Physics there are surprisingly very few laws: In Mechanics it’s essentially Newton’s Laws; in Electricity & Magnetism it’s Maxwell’s four equations— though these underlying ideas have enormous power and a multitude of spell-binding ramifications.). To that end, these courses let the student see the inherent simplicity in what often at first strikes them as complex.

In these classes we use a unique approach. To begin with, we solve real world problems— the things one encounters in every day life, from wheels and car engines, to light bulbs and computers and TVs. Often we start with a simple specific example, keep modifying it, making it ever more complex, until we reach the general and underlying concept. The emphasis in the class is to create an environment that’s pleasant and open. It’s a place where students feel free to ask questions and interact without the worry of looking silly.

The course meets weekly on Wednesday evenings. There are handouts, especially sample prelims and finals— solutions not generally available elsewhere. Successful completion of the course (an “S” grade) requires attending a minimum of 8 classes during the semester.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFO ABOUT SUPPLEMENTAL PHYSICS?

For additional information, contact the Learning Strategies Center.