Physics 131: Spring 2017



Physics 131 is the first semester of the two semester introduction to "Classical Physics" and covers mechanics, wave motion, kinetic theory and thermodynamics. The course covers the subjects required for students majoring in physical science and engineering and is calculus based. There is a lecture and a recitation. The course will review mathematical techniques as they are used, including calculus and vectors, however students should have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in MAT 131.

The text is Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Giancoli, (Pearson Prentice Hall). We will be following edition 4, however, all problems will be assigned on the web, so you may use edition 3. You should purchase the homework access code at the same time you buy the text, but it can also be purchased on line.

Homework will be assigned using You should purchase the access code at the same time you buy your text book. The course code is MCGREWPHY131SPRING2017, and the assignments will become available when class begins. The homework is due at midnight on Sunday, and the first homework assignment is due at the beginning of the second week (1/29). Be sure and enter your SBU student number for your ID since that is how we will match you to the official grade book.

The Course Calendar gives the expected schedule for lecture topics, homework assignments, and exams. Also check the syllabus which lists the specific requirements that must be met to succeed in this class.


Instructor Contact Information


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Prof. McGrew

Mon Wed Fri 9:00-9:53 am
Simons Center Auditorium

Physics D-134
Wed 1:00-3:00


Clark.McGrew at

(631) 632-8299

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