Physics

Learning Center

The Physics Learning Center is a resource for all physics students. It is a comfortable learning environment where problem-solving and study skills are emphasized through peer-to-peer coaching. Successful student coaches, who receive continual training for professional development, staff the center. Coaching is available on a walk-in basis for students in introductory physics courses beginning the second week of the semester. Weekly individual appointments and study-group sessions are also available by walk in and sign up.

Physics coaching is available for the following courses:

PH 1110 - College Physics I

An overview of basic principles of kinematics, dynamics, elasticity, fluids, heat, thermodynamics, mechanical waves, and interference and diffraction of mechanical waves.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following College(s): School of Technology, College of Engineering; May not be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Physics, Applied Physics
  • Co-Requisite(s): PH 1111
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1031 or MA 1032 or MA 1135(C) or MA 1160(C) or MA 1161(C) or ALEKS Math Placement >= 56 or CEEB Calculus AB >= 2 or CEEB Calculus BC >= 2 or CEEB Calculus AB Subscore >= 2

PH 1140 - Applied College Physics I

An algebra-based introduction to classical mechanics and its applications. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, impulse and momentum, work and energy, simple harmonic motion, mechanical waves and sound, and temperature and heat.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): General Technology, Electrical Eng Tech, Construction Management, Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Mechanical Engineering Tech, Computer Network & System Admn
  • Co-Requisite(s): PH 1141
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1031 or MA 1032 or MA 1160(C) or MA 1161(C) and (PH 1100 or PH 1111 or PH 1141(C) or PH 1161)

PH 1210 - College Physics II

An overview of basic principles of static and dynamic electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves, reflection and refraction of light, interference and diffraction of light, special theory of relativity, wave theory of matter, particle theory of electromagnetic waves, theory of the atom, the nucleus, and elementary particles.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following College(s): School of Technology, College of Engineering; May not be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Physics, Applied Physics
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PH 1200(C) and (PH 1110 or PH 1100)

PH 1240 - Applied College Physics II

An overview of static and dynamic electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves, basic optics, and an introduction to modern and nuclear physics with an emphasis on problem solving and applications.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): School of Technology
  • Co-Requisite(s): PH 1200
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PH 1140 or PH 1110

PH 2100 - University Physics I-Mechanics

A calculus-based introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, impulse and momentum, work and energy, and the universal law of gravitation.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PH 1100(C) and (MA 1160 or MA 1161 or MA 1135 or MA 2160(C))

PH 2200 - University Physics II-Electricity and Magnetism

A calculus-based introduction to electromagnetism. Topics include Coulomb's law, electric fields, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance, circuits, magnetic forces and fields, Ampere's law, induction, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (PH 1200(C) or PH 2261(C)) and (PH 2100 or PH 1160) and MA 2160

One-on-One Appointments

One-on-one appointments between students and physics coaches offer individualized instruction in physics problem solving and general study skills. Students can sign up for a weekly half-hour appointment with a coach. New sign-up sheets are posted outside the Physics Learning Center the first week of each semester. Assignments to specific coaches are made on a first come, first served basis.

Team Learning

What better way to learn than in teams? Students can meet one hour per week with a team of two to four other students in the same introductory physics course (PH1110, PH1210, PH2100, or PH2200). Under the direction of a physics coach, students learn physics fundamentals through a team approach. Sign up for team learning is available at the Physics Learning Center during the first week of each semester.

Become a Coach

We’re looking for crazy smart students with a passion for helping others. Becoming a Physics Learning Center coach requires commitment and a desire to provide direction and support to physics students as they strive for academic success. 

Preference in hiring is given to:

  • Undergraduate students at Michigan Tech
  • Students with excellent communication skills
  • Individuals with an excellent background in physics and math; applicants must have completed PH2100 or PH1160 and PH2200 or PH2260
  • Undergraduate students with significant time remaining before graduation
  • Individuals with previous teaching or coaching experience

If you are interested in becoming a physics coach, submit a resume and cover letter via email to faculty advisor, Robert S. Weidman at weidman@mtu.edu.