This course was set up and taught by myself in the first semester of 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 to 2nd year students in a Teaching of Computer Science degree (eventually they become teachers of the subject in High and Secondary Schools). 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 computers in general.
These students came to me (pity on them, oh Lord!) with their last contact with physics at year 9 in their national educational scheme (12 years before attending university). Hence, both their background and motivation was not very strong (to say the least). But I used a similar approach as in General Physics 1. 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 also alert these 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...
Program, Evaluation Methods and Bibliography
In the following links you may find
No lecture notes are currently available.
But you can browse through the scanned images of several lectures
overheads/slides in General Physics:
the course content is similar. I hope to have time
to update the information below.
The lecture notes for General Physics I (Fisica
Geral I) are in W97.doc (after scanning) format.
Please browse through the scanned images of several lectures
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 useful the several problem
sets and laboratory assignments
This is the current academic year (2000-2001)
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 THIS questionaire
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 Foundation of Physics to be both more effective in the
(very!) near future.
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