Section #: 584761
Class Time: MW 12:00PM - 1:50PM
(Official) Office Hours:
M : 11A - 12P
T : 1130A - 1230P and 330P - 430P
W : 11A - 12P and 4P - 5P
R : 1130A - 1230P and 2P - 4P
If I'm in my office, feel free to ask me questions, whether or not it's during the "official" office hours.
For this course, you will be required to buy two items:
- Textbook: Physics for Engineers and Scientists, 3rd ed., Hans C. Ohanian (either Volume 1 or the full textbook). The homework for this class will not be through MasteringPhysics, so you don't need to get a copy of the book that provides the code or buy an individual code; I will be providing homework assignments for you, attached as links to the course calendar below.
- A scientific calculator, NOT a graphing calculator or any type of programmable calculator, which will NOT be allowed on exams
Throughout the course, I will be writing my own textbook for PHY2048/PHY2049. Unfortunately, it won't be ready in time for us to use it as our primary book, but I am hoping my writing will keep up with the semester, and I'll be able to post new chapters as we cover the material in class. Assuming that happens, you'll be able to use the textbook as a reference for the course, since it will be nearly identical to my lectures in class. The book's website can be found here. Included in the webiste is a breakdown on the book's status by chapter, so you'll be able to see whenever the book is updated, and know when to download a new version of the PDF.
Additionally, there are two more references I would recommend. For math, noting beats Paul's Online Math Notes, which provide an excellent review of all necessary math. For physics, MIT's Physics I lectures from 1999, given by Walter Lewin, are sort of the gold-standard for online lecture videos for physics. YouTube still has the videos uploaded, and a playlist for them can be found here. If you need more reference materials, feel free to ask me and I'll be more than happy to recommend additional sources.
We will meet for lecture twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 1:50PM. If you've never taken a physics class before, you should read my note on how to succeed in a physics class here. During the semester, we will cover the following topics:
- Mathematics review
- Newton's Laws
- Energy Conservation
- Momentum Conservation
- Rotational Motion and Gravity
- Applications: Simple harmonic motion, waves, etc.
Your grade in the course will be based on your performance on the homework assignments, the 3 exams, and the cumulative final exam. See the grading scheme below. The exams will be a mixture of multiple choice questions and free response problems, with 10 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each (total of 20 points) and 4 free response problems worth 20 points each (total of 80 points). There will actually be FIVE available free response problems, of which you only need to answer FOUR; you CANNOT do the fifth problem for extra credit. The material covered on each exam is going to break down like:
- Exam 1: 2 - 6
- Exam 2: 7, 8, 10 - 13
- Exam 3: TBD
- Final: All Previous Chapters
You can compute your grade in the class with the following formula (were HW is your grade on the homework, LG is the lowest-graded exam, MG is the mid-graded exam, HG is the highest-graded exam, and FE is the final exam):
For example, if you get a 94% on the homework, a 75% on exam 1, a 92% on exam 2, an 85% on exam 3, and an 83% on the final exam, your grade in the course will be: (0.94*15) + (0.75*10) + (0.85*20) + (0.92*25) + (0.83*30) = 86.5, which is a B (refer to the grading scale given below). For final grades, I round to the first decimal place; for instance, an 86.92 = 86.9, which is a B, but an 86.96 = 87.0, which is a B+.
Tentative Course Schedule:
|January 8||Math Review||Math Review & 1d Motion|
|January 15||MLK Day -- No class||1d Motion & 2d Motion|
|January 22||2d Motion||Newton's Laws|
|January 29||Applications of Newton's Laws||Applications of Newton's Laws||Assignment #1, Due Mon, Jan 29|
|February 5||Class Cancelled||Class Cancelled|
|February 12||Review for Exam 1||Exam 1 (Ch 2 - 6)||Assignment #2, Due Wed, Feb 14|
|February 19||Work & Energy||Conservation of Energy|
|February 26||Conservation of Energy & Momentum+Collisions||Momentum+Collisions|
|March 5||Spring Break||Spring Break|
|March 12||Rotation of a Rigid Body||Rotation & Dynamics of a Rigid Body|
|March 19||Dynamics of a Rigid Body||Dynamics of a Rigid Body||Assignment #3, Due Wed, Mar 21|
|March 26||Review for Exam 2||Exam 2 (Ch 7, 8, 10 - 13)||Assignment #4, Due Wed, Mar 28|
|April 16||Heat/Thermodynamics||Review for Exam 3||Assignment #5, Due TBA|
|April 23||Exam 3||Review for Final Exam||Assignment #6, Due TBA|
|April 30||No Class During Finals Week||Final Exam, 12:30PM - 2:20PM||Assignment #7, Due TBA|
*Blue days are days off, red days are exam dates.
|Lowest-Graded Exam||10 points|
|Mid-Graded Exam||20 points|
|Highest-Graded Exam||25 points|
|Final Exam||30 points|
|Letter Grade||Points Earned|
|A||85.0 - 100.0|
|B||75.0 - 84.9|
|C||65.0 - 74.9|
|D||55.0 - 64.9|