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PHYS2048 General Physics with Calculus I

Spring 2018

Class Syllabus

Class Cancelled for Monday, Feb 5, and Wednesday, Feb 7. Exam 1 moved to Wednesday, Feb 14.

Exam 1 Review Questions

Exam 1 with Solutions

Chapters 7 and 8 Recommended Questions

Exam 2 Review Questions

Exam 2 Formula Sheet

Exam 2 with Solutions (Coming Soon)

Exam 3 Review Questions (Gravity, Oscillations, and Waves)

Exam 3 Formula Sheet

Exam 3 with Solutions

Final Exam (Due at Midnight, May 2, 2018)

Final Exam Solutions

Section #: 584761
Class Time: MW 12:00PM - 1:50PM
Room: 7/277

(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.

Course Materials:

For this course, you will be required to buy two items:
Further, you are expected to have a notebook (or paper of any form), a writing utensil, etc., so that you can properly take notes during the class. Feel free to record audio of the lectures to playback later; whatever helps you learn, I'm on board with it.

Reviews and Review Material

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.

Course Topics:

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:
If you have a question that you need answered, but don't have tine to meet me in my office during office hours, email me at TBA; make sure you include the class you're in with the section number, e.g. PHY2048 584761, so that I know what class you're in. I'm teaching seven courses this semester, so I might not be able to remember which class you're in off the top of my head.


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:
Even though you won't be tested on it directly, you should read chapter 1, as an introduction to the study of physics. We're going to approach the material in a way slightly out of order with respect to the textbook. For instance, we're going to begin with a mathematics review, which includes chapter 3 (and other math not reviewed in the textbook), so that's where we'll begin; chapter 9, gravitation, is best studied after we cover rotational motion, so we'll discuss it after we finish chapter 13, which is why it appears on exam 3 and not exam 2. For a detailed itinerary of the semester, see the Course Schedule below.

Grade Calculation:

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):

Grade = (%HW*15) + (%LG*10) + (%MG*20) + (%HG*25) + (%FE*30)

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:

This syllabus is subject to change with prior notification from the professor

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 2 Gravity Gravity
April 9 Oscillations Waves
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.

Grading Scheme:

I use a sliding grading scheme, with exam grades dependent on how well you do.

Homework 15 points
Lowest-Graded Exam 10 points
Mid-Graded Exam 20 points
Highest-Graded Exam 25 points
Final Exam 30 points
Total 100 points

Grading Sale:

Letter Grade Points Earned
A 85.0 - 100.0
B 75.0 - 84.9
C 65.0 - 74.9
D 55.0 - 64.9
F < 55.0