Physics 201: General Physics I

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Class Schedule: M 11:00 am -- 12:55 pm  W 11:00 am -- 11:55 am  F 11:00 am -- 11:55 am
Professor: Steve Liebling         Office:  Geology LC-23
Office Hours: M 2:00 pm -- 4:00 pm; W 1:00 pm -- 2:00 pm
Phone: 287-8413             Classroom: LC-4
Text: Halliday and Resnick's Fundamentals of Physics, Fifth Edition         WWW Home Page:

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

Grading Policy:
Homework 20%
Test 1  
Test 2 25% Each for 2 Tests
Test 3  
Final Exam 30%
Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit, extra credit papers, or alternatives to passing. Do the homework and take the tests.

Labs: The lab for Physics I (PHYS 201L)is required for this class but the grade is separate.

Homework: Homework assignments will be presented in class and will generally consist of problems from the required text. The due dates for the various assignments are listed on the syllabus. Homework is due by midnight on the day indicated.  Late homework will be accepted with a late penalty of 50%.

Tests: The class will have three tests as indicated on the syllabus. Each test will cover the material presented since the previous test (to be technical, 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). I will allow the full classtime for the tests. I will drop the lowest test grade, so that each of your two best test scores counts 25% towards your final grade.

Final: The final will cover only the material since the last test, and will be held during the time dictated by the Registrar during Exam Week (5/15-5/19).

Cheating:  You are encouraged to work on homework problems with others. However, what you turn in must be your own work in your own writing. During tests you obviously will not work with anyone else. On both tests and exams you may bring only a calculator and writing utensils; I will give you an equation sheet.

Other Resources: tutors, library books, office hours, supplemental texts (see in the Preface page ix), consult the web page: How to Study Physics.

(L)--indicates that the solutions are available on reserve at the library.

Week 1 Jan. 31 Measurement Course Overview; Ch. 1; Math Review
Feb. 2 Motion Along a Straight Line Ch. 2
Feb. 4
Week 2 Feb. 7 Vectors Ch. 3; HW 1 Due (L)
Feb. 9
Feb. 11 HW 2 Due (L)
Week 3 Feb. 14 Motion in Two and Three Dimensions Ch. 4
Feb. 16
Feb. 18 Review
Week 4 Feb. 21 Test 1 (Ch. 1-4) (L); HW 3 Not Graded (L)
Feb. 23 Force and Motion I Ch. 5
Feb. 25
Week 5 Feb. 28 Force and Motion II Ch. 6
March 1
March 3 HW 4 Due (L)
Week 6 March 6 Kinetic Energy and Work Ch. 7
March 8
March 10 Potential Energy & Conservation Ch. 8; HW 5 Due (L) (Solutions)
Week 7 March 13
March 15
March 17 Test 2 (Ch. 5-8); Review Problems for Ch. 8 (Solutions)
Week 8 March 20 SPRING BREAK
Week 9 March 27 Systems of Particles Ch. 9
March 29
March 31
Week 10 April 3 Collisions Ch. 10
April 5
April 7 Rotation Ch. 11; HW 6 Due (Solutions); HW 7 Due (Solutions)
Week 11 April 10
April 12
April 14 Angular Momentum Ch. 12; HW 8 Not graded (Solutions)
Week 12 April 17 Test 3 (Ch. 9-11); (Solutions)
April 19
April 21 Holiday
Week  13 April 24 Holiday
April 26 Gravity Ch. 14
April 28 HW 9 Due (Solutions)
Week 14 May 1 Fluids Ch. 15
May 3
May 5 HW 10 Due (Solutions)
Week 15 May 8 Temperature, Heat, etc. Ch. 19
May 10
May 12 Last Day of Class; HW 11 Due (Solutions)
Week 16 May 17 EXAM (Ch. 12,14,15,19); Review Problems

Last updated May 18, 2000.
Steve Liebling (home)