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The objective of this course is to become familiar with the basic physical concepts and principles of waves, sound, light, and mechanics. A conceptual rather than a mathematical point of view is emphasized.

PowerPoint Shows

Physics 101
Conceptual Physics



Dr. Harry D. Downing
Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy
Stephen F. Austin State University




Conceptual Physics, 12th Edition by Paul Hewitt
ISBN: 978032909107  




Fall 2018

Department Course Syllabus (General)

Downing’s Lecture Syllabus

Lecture Calendar - MWF

Lecture Calendar - TR

Lab Syllabus (Printable)
Lab Syllabus with PowerPoint Introductions
Office Hours:  10-10:40 M-F; 2:30-3:30 M-R or by appointment

Frequently Asked Questions

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Access Physics 101 Grades
"How Do I Compute My Grade?"

PowerPoint Show on Calculating Grades

YouTube Video on Calculating Grades

Email Communications

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Review Sheets

Example Exams

PowerPoint Lectures Online

These are some of the slides shows that are used in class. Viewing these is no substitute for class attendance since the shows for the most part are outlines.

  • Step 1: Download Microsoft's Free PowerPoint Viewer to a temporary directory (e.g. c:\Temp\).
  • Step 2: Download one of Dr. Downing's PowerPoint Lectures to the same temporary directory.
  • Step 3: Run Microsoft's Free PowerPoint Viewer for the PC. You will find it in the temporary directory.
  • Step 4: Load one of Dr. Downing's PowerPoint Lectures and enjoy.

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