Physics 106:
Concepts of Physics for Humanities and Social Science Students

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
-Ernest Rutherford (who ironically won the Nobel prize for chemistry, not physics)

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.
-Albert Einstein (who won the Nobel prize in physics for the photoelectric effect, but never for Relativity)

Students, please go to the Sakai page for this course.
Go to this Sakai page for syllabus, homeworks, labs, and chat room.
Instructor: Prof. Eva Halkiadakis
email: evahal -at-
Office: Serin Physics Building, Room W318, Busch Campus

This is the course website for Physics 106, for the Spring 2017 Semester.
There are NO prerequisites for this course:
  • Familiarity with basic arithmetic, and simple high-school level algebra will be assumed.
  • Homework and exams will be minimally quantitative, but students will be expected to write short paragraph answers.

    Lecture: Monday, Thursday, 11:30 - 12:50pm in Van Dyke-211 on CAC
    Office Hours: Wednesdays from 2-3pm in my office. I will let the class know if there are certain days I cannot be in my office. Of course, if Wednesdays are inconvenient, please let me know. We can arrange another meeting time.

    Textbooks etc
  • Hobson: Physics Concepts and Connections, Fifth Edition, Addison Wesley. Book information
  • iClickers: Available at bookstore. Here are some iClicker Instructions. And be sure to Register your iClicker transmitter.
  • Labs: Most at MSLC on Busch campus. MSLC is on the top floor of the ARC on Alison Road. Lab Guidelines

    Note that the famous Feynman Lectures on Physics are available for free (!) from the Caltech website here .

  • Homework (assigned Mondays, due following Monday): 25%
  • Labs: 15%
  • iClicker: 5%
  • Exams: Midterm: 20%
  • Final: 35%

    Students with Disabilities

    Please consult me as early as possible if you have a disability that might interfere with an optimal learning experience.
    Also, please consult the website on disabilities . The University has coordinators for students with disabilities.