General Physics 1 - Fisica Geral 1


This course was set up and taught by myself in the first semester of 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 to 1st year students in a Biochesmetry degree. It provides a basic background on Kinematics and Dynamics, followed by a simple survey on Thermodynamics. Finally, it concludes with an enthusiastic description of how and why Electricity and Magnetism is important to Biochemestry, Biophysics and Medicine in general.

Biochemestry students do not approach in a happy manner a physics course, so although I do not expect them at the end of semester to change for a physics degree, I put all my efforts in order for them to get a (nice!) taste of physics and understand most (if not all!) of it.

In order to alert students to undesirable learning attitudes, I please ask them to have a look at the 2000-2001 data regarding sucess or faillure in General Physics I (Fisica Geral I). And give it a thought or two...

Have you ever asked why is Physics SO important and crucial for current and future researh in Biochesmetry (Bioquimica)? Have a look at this recent paper-article: Page 1 & Page 2 & Page 3 & Page 4 & Page 5 and conclude that you DO NEED some knowledge in physics. Otherwise,...

Program, Evaluation Methods and Bibliography

In the following links you may find

Lecture Notes

Here are the lecture notes for General Physics I (Fisica Geral I). They are in W97.doc (after scanning). Please browse through the scanned images of several lectures overheads/slides:

Tutorials Schedulle

  • Here is the Tutorials (Atendimento) schedulle (it is now outdated...)

  • This is the monthly-weekly-daily schedulle (tentative!) with indication of overheads-slides for the 1st semester: October & November & December & January It is also aimed at assisting you in improving your class atendance, work and study.

    Exams, Tests,Problem Sets and Marks (classifications)

    Students may peruse previous example/exercice sheets and tests/exams (some may be missing - I will try to update this section):

    Students may also find the several problem sets and laboratory assignments posted here.

    This is the current academic year (2001/2002) Marks/Classifications

    Other Resources Available

    The following links may provide additional material and resources elsewhere that you may find useful for your study:

    Students Feedback on the Course

    Finally, I ask the students to fill in THESE questionaires (Inquerito1) Query1 and (Inquerito3) Query3 at the start of the semester and THIS questionaire (Inquerito2) Query2 at the end. I stress that these are THE questionaires that interest me the most. I am further grateful in advance for any constructive criticism that may assist me and the teaching of General Physics 1 to be both more effective in the (very!) near future.

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