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PHY2048 General Physics with Calculus I

Spring 2019

Course Announcements:

Mastering Physics Course Code: laurence55277

Exam 1 has been moved to Monday, February 25

Exam 1 Review Questions

Exam 1 Solutions

Exam 2 Review Questions

Exam 2 (Take home, Due in class Wednesday, April 10)

Exam 3 (Take home, Due Sunday April 28 at 11:59pm)

Section #: 611806
Class Time: MW 12:00PM - 1:45PM
Room: 7/277

Instructor: Douglas H. Laurence
Office: 7/135
Office Hours: Here

Course Materials:

For this course, you will be required to have the following materials:
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

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 with calculus, MIT's Physics lectures from 1999, given by Walter Lewin, are 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:

During the semester, we will cover the following topics. Note that these topics are subject to change with notification by the professor.


The exams will be a mixture of multiple choice questions and free response problems. There will be 10 multiple choice questions worth 2.5 points each (total of 25 points) and 3 free response problems worth 25 points each (total of 75 points). There will actually be FOUR available free response problems, of which you only need to answer THREE; you CANNOT do the fourth problem for extra credit. The material covered on each exam is going to break down like:
Exam 3 will be offered during Finals Week, though it will not be a comprehensive exam; it will only be on the material covered since exam 2. The date and time of Exam 3 is Wednesday, May 1, 12:30pm - 2:20pm.

Make-up exams will not be offered in this course. Instead, if you have a legitimate emergency and cannot make it to the exam, I will replace your missed exam with the average of your other two exams. If you know ahead of time that you will have to miss an exam, please let me know in advance. Legitimate reasons to miss an exam are outlined in the Student Handbook for Broward College; any other reason is up to the discretion of the professor.


Homework will be assigned through MasteringPhysics, specifically the new version called Modified MasteringPhysics (course code: laurence55277), with roughly one assignment due each week, though it depends on how long a particular topic takes us to cover in class; you will be able to see the homework schedule through the MasteringPhysics website. To access MasteringPhysics, you must go to the following website: http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com. This website, speficically, offers a 2 week free trial for MasteringPhysics in case you need time to purchase your access code. You should watch this video on how to get started with MasteringPhysics.

While each homework assignment will vary in the number of questions asked, each assignment will be worth the same number of points, i.e. each homework assignment will be equally weighted. Some homework assignments which have a lot of subject matter to cover will have extra credit questions assigned. Each homework assignment will also be available for you to turn in late up to one-week after the due date, so even if you're running a bit late, make sure to turn it in! If, for any legitimate reason, you absolutely need an extension for your homework, please let me know before the due date of the homework, and I'll be happy to provide you a reasonable extension.

Tentative Course Schedule:

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

January 7 Introduction to Physics Ch 1: Vectors
January 14 Class Cancelled Class Cancelled
January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Ch 1: Vectors
January 28 Ch 2: 2d Motion Ch 2: 2d Motion / Ch 3: 3d Motion
February 4 Ch 3: 3d Motion Ch 4: Newton's Laws
February 11 Ch 5: Applying Newton's Laws Ch 5: Applying Newton's Laws
February 18 Ch 6: Work and Energy Ch 7: Energy Conservation
February 25 Exam 1 (Ch's 1 - 5) Ch 7: Energy Conservation
March 4 Spring Break Spring Break
March 11 Ch 8: Momentum & Collisions Ch 8: Momentum & Collisions
March 18 Ch 9: Rotation of Rigid Bodies Ch 9: Rotation of Rigid Bodies
March 25 Ch 10: Rotational Dynamics Ch 10: Rotational Dynamics
April 1 Exam 2 (Ch's 6 - 10) Ch 13: Gravitation
April 8 Ch 14: Periodic Motion Ch 15: Mechanical Waves
April 15 Ch 17: Temperature and Heat Ch 18: Thermal Properties
April 22 Ch 19: 1st Law of Thermodynanics Ch 20: 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
April 29 Finals Week, No Class Exam 3 (Ch's 13 - 15, 17 - 20)

*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 25 points
Lowest-Graded Exam 15 points
Mid-Graded Exam 25 points
Highest-Graded Exam 35 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