University of Delaware
Fundamentals of Physics I
This is the brief version of the home page for PHYS207 Honors, the
honors section of the first semester of the calculus-based
introductory-physics course. The course will cover introductory
mechanics based on Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, Fundamentals of
Physics, fifth edition. These pages contain material from the
Fall of 1999.
For specific information about the course, see
Policies and General Information.
For a version without frames, see
Policies and General Information 2.
The frames version is prettier and easier to navigate; the nonframes
version gives direct access to the contents pages of the fancier
It is possible to arrange for an honors-section student
to take a regular-section laboratory, but the honors discussion
section is required.
What is different about the Honors section:
I use the appropriate mathematics for a given topic, even if you
haven't gotten to it in math classes [rare, happily]. If I use any
math that you haven't seen, tell me immediately,
and I will go over it until everyone is satisfied that they understand
We will go into much of the physics at greater depth than I would
attempt in a regular class.
I will spend an average of half a lecture a week talking about topics
in current science, as often as possible something which has become
known within the last few months. You will not be held responsible for
this material on exams. If you would like for me to talk about
something in particular, ask me; if your question is not in a field I
know I will do my best to learn enough about it to explain
it. Occasionally I may ask other people from the Department of Physics
and Astronomy to talk about things of special interest to them.