PHYS 215G – Engineering Physics I

PHYS 215G – Engineering Physics I:

General Information: Taught in Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

Lectures (491): Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 09:30-10:20, GD Hall 230
The prerequisites are PHY 315 (Modern Physics), PHY 395 (Intermediate Mathematical Method for Physics) and MATH 392 (Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations). ..
Problems (496): Monday, 14:00-14:50, P&A 184
Instructor: Professor Edwin Fohtung
office: GD Hall 259A, email:, office hours: Monday 11:00-12:00, otherwise you may arrange a meeting by appointment.
Teaching Assistant: TBA
Textbook: Young & Freedman, University Physics with Modern Physics, 13th edition, Addison Wesley (required)


Course Overview

The aim of the course is to familiarize the student with concepts and methods used to find a workable description of the physical world. We cover the main principles of mechanics and show how these principles can be applied to solve real-world problems. Understanding of the concepts is stressed more than memorization of mathematical formulas, and the meaning behind the formulas is explained. The students are expected to develop quantitative and qualitative scientific reasoning skills and to acquire knowledge to approach problems found in engineering and scientific applications. See Area III objectives at
It is quite important to do exercises and assignments, in order to digest notions and methods in engineering physics learned in the lectures. The assignments are not only used to help you understand the material but also to give you a broader insight from into the subject.

The final grade will be determined based on the performance of mid-term exams and assignments (their weights are 65 % and 35 % respectively, for now). Their problems will be largely selected from the problems found at the end of chapters and those discussed during the lectures.
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