Welcome to PH211-213
This is the web page for campus-based Physics for Engineers and Scientists. These courses might be referred to as "University Physics" or "Calculus-based Physics" at other institutions. This is a sequence of three introductory physics courses using the hardcover textbook Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 1st edition, by Randall Knight, ISBN-10: 0805386858 ISBN-13: 978-0805386851.
You may purchase your text
from Amazon (the version that includes Modern Physics, the international version, and the boxed set are also fine).
I will also have some books you can check out from me for the entire
You can sign up for these courses through Chemeketa's website, but please read this webpage before doing so. Once you enroll, please download the syllabus and see the course calendar from the following table:
||Math review, kinematics, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, gravity, and rotation
||Fluids, waves, thermodynamics, and electricity
||Circuits, magnetism, induction, light, and relativity
||1 to 13
||14 to 21, 25 to 27
||22, 23, 28 to 36
||MTH252 and PH211
We will use three different websites in this course.
The website you are on right now is open to all. The calendar should be your first stop whenever you go online
for these courses.
The second website we will use is MasteringPhysics. It is the website for some of your homework. You will need to purchase access.
The third website we will use is eLearn. Use your user name and password from My Chemeketa to access this site. Consult eLearn support (503-399-7399) if you have difficulty accessing it. We will use eLearn to report grades, use e-mail, and post errors for extra credit.
These are challenging courses. The necessary mental and temporal resources are significant.
The prerequisites for the courses are listed above. You should have
a strong grasp of algebra, trigonometry, vectors, and differential
calculus before beginning PH211. You are not required to have any
formal training in physics to begin PH211.
You will need to commit a significant amount of time each week
to complete the work necessary to master the physics topics. You
will attend lectures, read the text, perform and write up labs, do
homework, and do other activities as posted in the class calendar.
All told, you should expect to spend from 12 to 20 hours per week on
Extra credit opportunity: Find a correctable error in a webpage or document on this site or eLearn to earn a one point bounty. This includes simple things such as typos and dead links. If an error is made repeatedly, you only get one point. Please post errors to the discussion board on eLearn. See the extra projects page for other suggestions.
If you need help with this class or outside issues, there are numerous resources available at Chemeketa which are listed in the class syllabus. You might also consult my help page. You can post to the class discussion board or send me an e-mail through eLearn.