Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 63100301 Subject Classification Area Courses
Subject Name 物理入門
Subject Name
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Introduction to Physics
イヌイ マサノリ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Weds1-4:IAS K210
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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lecture, discussion, experiments 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Physics
Eligible Students Freshmen
Keywords Acquisition of physical concepts, understanding of logical thinking, natural phenomena (such as movement, electrical energy, vibration, the thermal phenomenon) 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status within
Liberal Arts Education
Learn what kind of thing is a logical target in the natural sciences 
Expected OutcomeBy acquiring the concepts needed in order to deal with natural phenomena logically, and by understanding the foundation of natural science, it can cultivate the ability to own evaluation and judgment with respect to a variety of problems associated with science and technology.  
Class Objectives
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Let the liberal arts students and science students who do not learn physics at high school, understand the concepts necessary in order to deal with natural phenomena scientifically. So successful in the United States, we incorporate physical education method that they considered themselves and deepen the understanding while exchanging opinions with colleagues. Being away from science is said in Japanese junior high school and high school. In the United States, the same thing happened long before in Japan, and innovative teaching methods that have been researched and practiced have demonstrated nice results. In this lecture to the liberal arts students as a main target, while conforming to the United States of textbooks, we work on concept acquisition of physics without a mathematical formula.  
Class Schedule (Two lessons on the same Wednesday)
lesson1 Guidance
lesson2  overview for History of Natural Sciences
lesson3 force (1)-balance
lesson4 force (2)-moment
lesson5 observation of free falling motion (1), using a laptop PC
lesson6 observation of free falling motion with air resistance (2), using a laptop PC
lesson7 analysis of motion (1)-velocity and acceleration
lesson8 analysis of motion (2)-2 dimensional motion
lesson9 force (3)-friction
lesson10 force (4)-equation of motion
lesson11 vibration and waves (1)
lesson12 vibration and waves (2)
lesson13 electromagnetism (1)
lesson14 electromagnetism (2)
lesson15 Theory of relativity

lesson16 Final examination(Essay: Paper materials allowed, any electronic equipment not allowed) 
Reference book: Edt. L.C. McDermott `Physics by Inquiry I & II’  John Wiley and Sons Inc. 1996 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Handouts, Video (video / PC / other image material), experimental props, PC 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
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Preparation and
Consider what is worrisome and wondering, being always bear in mind. A subject presented in the lecture will not be answered by a tutor but hints for understandings will be given.  A student is expected to get a correct answer by himself.
Requirements This course is aimed at understanding of the physical concepts without mathematics. Students who have learned the mathematics in calculus course including trigonometric and logarithmic functions are highly recommended to take "General Mechanics" or "Fundamental Physics".  
Grading Method Final examination:60%
The attitude to class: 40%
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Ask other students what you do not understand, and actively exchange opinions. As experiments and a group work will be done,  students should be in a room in time. Not be late, please.  When contacting on the bulletin board, students should bring a PC. 
Other When more than 80 students are registered, a lottery may be done to keep the number of students in a class. A student who chose Physics in the entrance examination in Hiroshima Univ. should select lectures such as "General Mechanics" or "Fundamental Physics" instead of this lecture.  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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