ASU Spring 2016 Session B Week 1 Update

Session B started up today. This session I’m continuing on where MAT 265 – Calculus I left off with MAT 266 – Calculus II for Engineers. In addition, I’m getting started on the Physics required for Electrical Engineering with PHY 121 – Physics I and PHY 122 – Physics I Lab. Overall, a total of 7 units for this session.

MAT 266 picks up right where MAT 265 ended. Again, homework is done via WebWorks. The lecture format has changed for MAT 266. So far, wishing the student and teacher discussion format that was used for MAT 265 was being used for 266, but hopefully will still be okay. This week, we are working on:

  • The Substitution Rule
  • Integration by Parts
  • Trigonometric Integrals and Substitutions

I’m struggling a bit with the Substitution Rule and Integration by Parts this week, but given it’s the first day, hopefully a bit of time for the materials to sink in will help.

I did find an app in the Windows 10 Store called Wolfram Alpha that will allow you to enter an expression and it shows you the steps needed to arrive at an answer. I’m finding this program very handy for the problems in the text book that don’t have the answers in the back of the book.

PHY 121 begins with:

  • Motion Diagrams
  • Velocity-Acceleration
  • Coordinate Systems and Graphs
  • Sketching Problems
  • Instantaneous Velocity
  • Instantaneous Acceleration

So far, only the lectures are available for PHY 121. Looks like every Wednesday we’ll get access to the weekly homework assignment, quiz and test so I’ll have an update next week after the first round becomes available.

PHY 122 is the lab portion for PHY 121 and students receive a grade in the lab portion of the course as well as the lecture component. For the lab we received access to KET Virtual Physics Labs. In addition, we’re using LoggerPro software for data set analysis and graphing. I’m curious to see how the labs work being done via a simulation website.

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