Physics: Momentum

Winter 2018 quarter

Taught by

Allen Olson
physics, education
  • UG

Momentum seems both simple and odd, but it turns out to be central to how the physical world works. It, like energy, is a conserved quantity; but it is a vector. This course provides an overview of the physics of how to use vectors to model motion in the physical world. Conceptual understanding will be emphasized.  Laboratory exercises will involve some experimental design and will focus on developing skill in observation and analysis while reinforcing conceptual understanding.

While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior experience in physical science is beneficial as is a general confidence in approaching mathematical information. Students seeking more instruction in math should register for Precalculus Models in Physics which pairs this course with a course in precalculus/trigonometry.

Taking this course as part of a sequence with Physics: Energy and Physics: Oscillationsprovides the equivalent of a standard, algebra-based, first-year physics sequence.

Program Details

Fields of Study


Preparatory For

medicine, science education, and further studies in STEM fields.


Winter Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

7-9:30p Tue/Thu

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

May be offered again in

Winter 2018-19