Course description

First course in a three-semester introductory physics sequence. This course is taught in a largely "flipped", highly interactive manner, with reading preparation required for class. Covers the mechanics of particles with focus on kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, central force fields, periodic motion. Mechanics of many-particle systems: center of mass, rotational mechanics of a rigid body, rotational equilibrium, and fluid mechanics. Temperature, heat, the laws of thermodynamics. At the level of University Physics, Vol. 1, by Young and Freedman. Students should co-enroll in PHYS 1110.

Primarily for: students in Engineering, Physics or related subjects. Students interested in majoring in Engineering Physics or Physics, and who have a strong physics and mathematics background are encouraged to consider PHYS 1116. Students in the Life Sciences (but not Engineering or Physics) should consider PHYS 1101 or PHYS 2207 and check with your program for further guidance.


MATH 1910 or MATH 1120.

This is an extremely demanding course. Precollege students should have completed one year of high school physics and the equivalent of Mathematics 1110 (college-level calculus).

No upcoming classes were found.

Previously offered classes

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Section ID:PHYS 1112 001-LEC
Session:Summer 6-week
Class dates:June 21-July 29, 2022

Residential program dates: The dates listed here are for class times only. If you’re attending the Summer Residential Program, your dates will include move-in and move-out days. See Summer Residential Program dates.

Precollege Studies may offer additional events, such as workshops and college fairs, during your session. See activities.

Final exam/project due:Monday August 01, 1:30 PM - 4 PM / Clark Hall 294D (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM / Clark Hall 294D
Mode of instruction:In person
Grade:Graded only
Instructor:Tapping, R. (rct76)
Max. enroll:20
Notes:Students should co-enroll in PHYS 1110

Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

See Eligibility for Summer/Winter Courses

To enroll:

The application deadline for this program has passed. No further applications for this course will be accepted.

New York State students: Learn how to make arrangements to take your Regents Exams at Cornell if necessary.

See Dates & Deadlines.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.