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Introduction

Syllabus
Web Site

http://www.umr.edu/~pringle/phys303

PLCs
Grading
16 PLCs
14A
12B
10C
8D

Basic Math
Your backgrounds: strong in math (duh!), all over the
place in physics.
I will skip many things I assume you know. You must
stop me if I assume incorrectly!
Mini-test.

Science?
Write down your definition of science.
discuss
Write down your definition of physics.
discuss
Write down your definition of matter.
discuss later; hold on to it for now

Science is the process of seeking and applying


knowledge about the universe.

Classroom Inquiry

These are idealized models!

It will not/should not happen exactly like this in the


classroom!!

Laws of Nature

The foundation of science is experiment.


Physics is an experimental science.
Without theories, experiments are like collections of
trivia.
Theory must not only explain everything that is known; it
must also predict that which is not yet known.

Matter
Your definitions (from earlier)
discuss
What is matter?
Not easy to define! (Except by listing properties.)
The Stuff the universe is made of.
Properties of matter.
You tell me.
What properties are essential?
Matter
has mass
takes up space (has volume)
Takes up space implies we can specify where in space
matter is.
Also implies that matter can move through space.
Aha! This gives us a starting point for doing physicsthe
motion of matter through space and time.