PHY 11 Section 2: College Physics I

Class Schedule:
  Sec. 002: M W 5pm--7:50pm (PH 203)
Professor: Steve Liebling
Classroom: Section 002: PH 203 Office:  Pell Hall 210
Text: Giancoli's Physics 6th Ed. 0-13-060620-0 Office Hours: M W 1:00-2:00pm
Web: Phone: 299-3439
Course Credit: 4 credit hours Pre-Reqs: High school algebra

Course Description (from the campus bulletin): Physics 11 is the first half of an introductory, non-calculus physics course that covers the laws and principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, and waves. The combination of Physics 11 and 12 satisfies the physics requirement of most schools of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and the like.

Course Objectives: 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. Group problems will also be given in class and you're expected to participate.

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.

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.

Week 1 Sept. 7 Introduction, Measurement, Estimating   Course Overview; Ch. 1 Introduction to Lab 
Week 2 Sept. 12 Describing Motion: Kinematics in One Dimension  Ch. 2  
Sept. 14   Ch. 2   L1: Measurement  
Week 3 Sept. 19 Kinematics in Two Dimensions; Vectors   Ch. 3    
Sept. 21   Ch. 3   L2: Force Table  
Week 4 Sept. 26 Dynamics: Newton's Laws of Motion   Ch. 4   
Sept. 28   Ch. 4   L3: Pulleys  
Week 5 Oct. 3 Test 1  Test 1  Test 1 
Oct. 5 Circular Motion; Gravitation  Ch. 5   L4: Air Track I  
Week 6 Oct. 10 NO Class NO Class NO Class
Oct. 12 Work and Energy  Ch. 6   L5: Hooke's Law 
Week 7 Oct. 17   Ch. 6    
Oct. 19 Linear Momentum   Ch. 7   L6: Centripetal Force  
Week 8 Oct. 24 Rotational Motion   Ch. 8    
Oct. 26   Ch. 8   L7: Ballistic Pendulum  
Week 9 Oct. 31 Static Equilibrium; Elasticity and Fracture  Ch. 9    
Nov. 2 Test 2  Test 2  Test 2 
Week 10 Nov. 7  Fluids  Ch. 10    
Nov. 9   Ch. 10  L8: Moment of Inertia  
Week 11 Nov. 14. Vibrations and Waves   Ch. 11    
Nov. 16. Sound   Ch. 12   L9: Simple Harmonic Motion  
Week 12 Nov. 21 Temperature   Ch. 13    
Nov. 23 NO CLASS NO CLASS Thanksgiving
Week 13 Nov. 28   Ch. 13    
Nov. 30   Heat   Ch. 14   L10: Waves on a String  
Week 14 Dec. 5 The Laws of Thermodynamics  Ch. 15   
Dec. 7   Ch. 15   L11: Speed of Sound  
Week 15 Dec. 12   Review/Catch-up   
Dec. 14 Snow/Study Day Snow/Study Day Snow/Study Day
Week 16 Dec. 19, 5pm Final Exam Period   Final Exam Period   Final Exam Period  

Last updated September 3, 2011.
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