Official course description: Physics I begins a three-course introduction to Physics that includes Physics II and Physics III, and is intended to be taken in sequence starting in the Fall semester. The introductory Physics sequence is intended for physics majors and for students interested in majoring in engineering, mathematics or other scientific fields. Physics I focuses on the description and causes of motion, with a particular emphasis on physical principles that enable scientists to predict how any given object will move. These principles include Newton’s Laws of motion, Special Relativity and conservation laws. Once motivated, they will be applied to the dynamics of discrete objects including both translational and rotational motion, and also to oscillations and celestial motion. Key concepts that will be developed include the kinematic description of motion, force, momentum and energy. These concepts and principles will play a central role in all subsequent studies in Physics, engineering and the physical sciences. This course, therefore, provides the foundation for a scientist’s career.