Physics 1: Intro to Physics I

Professor Jessica Kintner

Moodle is the real place to go if you are in this course: Physics 1, Fall 2021, Prof Jessica Kintner.

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Jessica Kintner's Information:

  • Office: Gal 106-B
  • Office hours: TBD, and by appointment
  • email:

Course Information

Syllabus and Schedule to come.

Textbook and Mastering Physics (MP)

These two things can be purchased together through MasteringPhysics (MP), so please read all of this section before you buy.
  • Textbook (strongly recommended)
    Homework problems in MP come directly from this text. All text references (section numbers given in the Calendar/Schedule) will be to this book.
    • Essential University Physics by Wolfson, 4th ed.
    • You only need Vol 1 for the first semester. We will use Vol 2 in the second semester.
  • Mastering Physics (Required):
    Mastering Physics (MP) is the online homework system we will use extensively in this course. Your homework grade will be almost all from scores in MP. Shown below are links, course code, and instructions to register.
There are several ways to get these materials:
  • Buy from Mastering Physics (Pearson) directly:
    The easiest way is to go directly to the Mastering Physics website and buy everything from them. Start with MP (directions above), and from within MP you can then also purchase a book (ebook or hardcopy).
  • Through the SMC Bookstore:
    If you need to (or want to) go through the bookstore, they sell a bundled version of MP with the ebook version of the textbook.
  • Buy MP (from them) and go your own way for the textbook:
    Since the textbook is not officially required, you could skip it. I don't recommend this, but it's possible. There are lots of other texts and resources online. You would have to do a bit more work finding them. You can also buy used versions of the textbook or rent a copy. There are tons of options for this. You still have to buy the MP for the onling homework. But you can buy them completely separately if you wish.

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Exam Information

Exam 1

  • Date: Friday, Sept 17, 11:45am-12:50pm
  • Covers sections: Ch 2: all (1-6), Ch 3: 1-2, 4-6 (skip 3).
  • Cover pages for Exam 1 given in class 9/13


All the chapters and problems are taken from the text (by Wolfson.) Most problems/exercises in Assignments are in MP.

Date Text Topic Assignment Due (11:45a)
9/17 Ch 2-3 Exam 1 MP07, MP08 (this material is on the exam!)
9/16 4.1-5 More Newton's Laws MP10
9/15 4.1-5 Force and Newton's Laws MP09
9/13 Ch 2
Ch 3
Cover pages for Exam 1 given in class 9/13
9/10 3.6 Circular Motion MP08 MP02-06
9/9 3.4-5 More 2D motion MP07
9/8 3.1-2, 4-5 Vectors and 2D motion MP06
9/6 No Class Labor Day  
9/3 3.1 Vectors MP05
9/2 2.3-6 acceleration MP04
9/1 2.1-2 1D Motion MP03 Been in MP
8/31 1.2-3 Intro to each other
Intro to course
Units/Powers of 10
Read the Syllabus
Send me a face pic
Log in to MP
Skim Ch 1
MP01 (practice, no credit)
MP02: Ch 1: 37, 12, 26, 30, 31