Physics: Motion

Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

Allen Olson
physics, education
  • UG

How can we systematically describe and predict the motion of objects, from falling apples to orbiting moons?  This course provides an overview of the physics of motion.  Topics will include forces and acceleration, momentum, energy, and special relativity.  Conceptual understanding will be emphasized with algebra and basic trigonometry as mathematical foundations.  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.

Taking this course as part of a sequence with Physics: Electromagnetism and Physics: Lightprovides 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.


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

7:30-9:30p Tue/Thu. First class meeting Tue, Sept 27, 7:30pm, Seminar 2 A2105.

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

May be offered again in

Fall 2017-18