PHYS 1116

PHYS 1116

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

First in a three-semester introductory physics sequence. Explores quantitative modeling of the physical world through a study of mechanics. More mathematical than a typical mechanics course - for example, considers how choice of coordinate system (Cartesian, cylindrical, etc.) influences the nature of kinematical equations. Includes kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, central force fields, periodic motion, and special relativity. At the level of An Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow, which assumes a strong mathematical foundation in calculus.

When Offered Fall, Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Corequisite: PHYS 1110 must be taken to remain enrolled in PHYS 1116. Prerequisite: students must have Calculus II credit (AP Calculus BC, MATH 1910, MATH 1120, or equivalent). A strong high school math and physics course background (at the AP/IB level or equivalent) is expected.
Forbidden Overlaps Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will receive credit for only one course in the following group: EAS 1600, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1112, PHYS 1116, PHYS 2207. In addition, students may not receive credit for both PHYS 1116 and PHYS 2216.

Distribution Category (PBS-AS, PHS-AS)

Comments Intended for students who are comfortable with a deeper approach to physics, such as prospective majors in physics, astronomy, or applied and engineering physics. Transfers between PHYS 1116 and PHYS 1112 (in either direction) must occur during the first two weeks of instruction.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  3607 PHYS 1116   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Required co-enrollment in PHYS 1110. The waitlist for this class can be found at The Physics Department will assist you if you are unable to resolve a conflict between your Physics course and another required course for your degree; however, if changing your first-year writing seminar, PE class, or another elective is possible and will resolve the conflict, then you should resolve the conflict on your own rather than seeking an accommodation from Physics. Engineering students should refer to pre-enrollment directions at

  •  3608 PHYS 1116   DIS 201

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  3609 PHYS 1116   DIS 202

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  4890 PHYS 1116   DIS 203

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  5806 PHYS 1116   DIS 204

  • Instruction Mode: In Person