Physics 106

Fall 2019


Name: Dr. Tom Kirkman     Office: PEngel 132/6        Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (typically)
Phone: 363-3811     email:


Lecture: MWF 11:30
Labs: F: 12:40, 3:00 (Langley)


Homework assigments

Syllabus and Schedule

Course Guide

mp4: screencasts


Introductory physics demands a great deal: the ability to use all the mathematics you've learned over your lifetime, the ability to read with comprehension the equation-filled textbook, the ability to convert the descriptive text in a problem into a physical situation, the ability to read instruction manuals and use equipment in lab,... With so many simultaneously applied demands, students around the world struggle with introductory physics. I've collected some advice to students taking physics that can be found on the web.

  1. Problem Solving Strategy by Fr. Wilfred Theisen (SJU, 1952)

  2. How to Study Physics by Len Valley (SJU, 1955)

  3. Advice from Daniel F. Styer, Oberlin College (Ohio) Physics Department

  4. Advice on Learning Physics by dduq0619 at University of Rhode Island

  5. How to Study Physics David R. Hubin and Charles Riddell at UTexas Austin

  6. How to Study Physics Seville Chapman (1946, Stanford) [web version by: Donald E. Simanek, Lock Haven University]

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Sample Exams from PHYS 106 Spring 2015 (PDF format)

Sample Quizzes from PHYS 106 Spring 2015 (PDF format)

Homework assigments from PHYS 106 Spring 2015