Introductory Physics 1

Meet the Faculty

Onuttom Narayan


Since its inception, modern condensed matter physics and statistical mechanics has dealt almost exclusively with the study of systems in thermal equilibrium. However many interesting and qualitatively different phenomena occur only in systems that are not in equilibrium. This is what Professor Narayan's research focuses on.


Joshua Deutsch is Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He got his undergraduate B.A. from the University of California, San Diego (1978) and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University (1983). After that he had postdoctoral positions at Cambridge and at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara. In 1986 he moved to U.C. Santa Cruz where he has been ever since.

Created by Onuttom Narayan, Joshua Deutsch

Introductory Physics 1

Winter/Spring 2018
UC Santa Cruz, PHYS 6A
5 quarter units

Elementary mechanics. Vectors, Newton's laws, inverse square force laws, work and energy, conservation of momentum and energy, and oscillations.

Discussion sections will be held online, using the online video conferencing service Zoom. Once registered, each student must enroll in one of these discussion sections, with a maximum enrollment of 35 students per section. To enroll in a discussion section, click on the item “People” in the left sidebar, and then on “Groups”. Choose one of the discussion sections with less than 35 students enrolled, and join it.

Important dates: 

Registration opens: Nov 27, 2017 
Registration ends: Jan 7, 2018
First day of instruction: Jan 8, 2018
Last day of instruction: March 16, 2018


Please click here to download a syllabus for this course.

Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 11A or 19A or 20A or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 15A. Concurrent enrollment in course 6L required.

Joshua Deutsch