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. The text is not available at the
Chemeketa Bookstore, so you will need to find a copy from a used book
supplier, such as
version that includes Modern Physics, the
international version, and the
boxed set are also fine).
You can sign up for these courses through
site, but please read this web page 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
||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 the general public. The calendar should be your first stop whenever you go online.
The second website we will use is called
Sapling Learning. It
is the website for some of your homework. You will need to purchase
The third website we will use is
eLearn. Use your user name and password from My Chemeketa to access this site. Consult
(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.
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. If you do not have the necessary mental resources to successfully complete the class, you should consider acquiring them and enrolling at a later date.
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 this class. If you do not have the necessary temporal resources to successfully complete the class, you should consider enrolling at a later date.
Extra credit opportunity: Find an error in a web page or document on this site and receive 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