PHY 3 Section 2: University Physics
(Equation Sheet)

Class Schedule:
  Section 002: M W 11am--1:50pm (PH 203)
Professor: Steve Liebling
Classroom: Section 002: PH 203 Office:  Pell Hall 210
Text: Young and Freedman's University Physics 12th Edition Office Hours: T Th 1:00-2:00pm
Web: Phone: 299-3439

Course Objective: Students will learn the principles and applications of mechanics and fluid dynamics through classroom lectures, problem solving sessions, and laboratory work.  Student knowledge will be evaluated through the use of quizzes and tests. Ultimately, this class should improve your:

Grading Policy: Grades will basically follow the traditional divisions at 90% (A or A-), 80% (B+, B, B-), 70% (C+, C, C-), and 60% (D), with minimal adjustments based on how the class proceeds.

Labwork 20%
Quizzes 20%
Classroom Work, Participation, and Attendance 10%
Test 1 15%  
Test 2 15%
Final Exam 20%

Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit or extra credit papers, Do the homework, labs, and take the quizzes and tests, and everyone can do well in this class. As the semester progresses, there is less and less to be done to increase your grade.

Class Work & Participation: Everyone starts with 90% participation grade. Subtractions are made for being disruptive (excessive talking, ringing phones, being late, etc) as well as excessive absences. Additions are made for contributing (questions or answers) to class discussions. Problems will also be given to be done in class. These problems can be done in groups (up to 3 people). The intent of these is to have you benefit both from working in groups and have my (limited) assistance at making it past the stumbling blocks of problem solving.

Homework: Homework assignments will be presented in class and will generally consist of problems from the required text. The homeworks will not be graded. Instead, quizzes will cover the material and problem solving skills. Even though the homework will not be graded, the homework problems must be done in order to gain mastery of the material and skills necessary for both the quizzes and tests.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be 20 minutes long given in class usually every week in which we don't have a test. The intent of the quizzes is to insure: (1) that you have read the chapter to be covered that day and (2) that you can solve problems from the previous material. Hence, questions on the new material that you are to have read will be very straightforward covering, for example, new vocabulary. Questions on the older material will be more along the lines of the easier homework problems. I will drop your lowest quiz grade.

Tests: The class will have two tests as scheduled on the syllabus. Each test will cover the material presented since the previous test (to be precise, much of what we will learn applies throughout all the chapters, however, the questions will be geared towards specifically covering material presented between the tests). The tests will be given during classtime.

Final: The final will be held during the time dictated by the Registrar during Exam Week and will be similar in style to the two tests.

Lab: The lab is integral with the lecture. You receive a single grade for the class which represents the work you do in lecture and lab. I will drop your lowest lab grade. As part of your lab work will be a lab final covering both the content of the labs and good lab practice in general.

Cheating: You are encouraged to work on homework problems with others. However, you must work alone on quizzes and tests. On quizzes and exams you may use only a calculator (not a cell phone's calculator) and writing utensils; I will give you an equation sheet for each test.

Other Resources: Department-provided tutors, library books, office hours, and supplemental texts provide additional assistance.

Syllabus: Below is the anticipated schedule of what we'll cover. Near the end of the semester, I generally have flexibility in what we cover. If you have a preference for what we might cover, please feel free to provide feedback.

Week 1 Sept. 8 Units, Physical Quantities, and Vectors   Course Overview; Ch. 1 Introduction to Lab 
Week 2 Sept. 13   Vectors  
Sept. 15 Motion Along a Straight Line   Ch. 2   L1: Measurement  
Week 3 Sept. 20   Ch. 2    
Sept. 22 Motion in 2 Dimensions   Ch. 3   L2: Force Table  
Week 4 Sept. 27      
Sept. 29   Ch. 3   L3: Pulleys  
Week 5 Oct. 4 Test 1  Test 1  Test 1 
Oct. 6 Newton's Laws of Motion   Ch. 4   L4: Air Track I  
Week 6 Oct. 11   Ch. 4    
Oct. 13 Applying Newton's Laws   Ch. 5   L5: Hooke's Law 
Week 7 Oct. 18   Ch. 5    
Oct. 20 Work and Kinetic Energy   Ch. 6   L6: Centripetal Force  
Week 8 Oct. 25 Potential Energy & Energy Conservation   Chs. 6&7    
Oct. 27   Ch. 7   L7: Ballistic Pendulum  
Week 9 Nov. 1 Momentum & Impulse   Ch. 8    
Nov. 3 Test 2  Test 2  Test 2 
Week 10 Nov. 8  Angular Motion  Ch. 9    
Nov. 10   Ch. 9  L8: Moment of Inertia  
Week 11 Nov. 15. Torque & Angular Momentum   Ch. 10    
Nov. 17.   Ch. 10   L9: Simple Harmonic Motion  
Week 12 Nov. 22 Gravitation   Ch. 12    
Nov. 24 NO CLASS NO CLASS Thanksgiving
Week 13 Nov. 29 Periodic Motion   Ch. 13    
Dec. 1   Fluid Mechanics   Ch. 14   L10: Waves on a String  
Week 14 Dec. 6 Mechanical Waves   Ch. 15   
Dec. 8 Temperature and Heat   Ch. 17   L11: Speed of Sound  
Week 15 Dec. 13 Friday Class Meet Friday Class Meet Friday Class Meet
Dec. 15 Snow/Study Day Snow/Study Day Snow/Study Day
Week 16 Dec. 20 10:55am Monday   Final Exam Period   Final Exam Period  

Last updated September 3, 2010.
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