Physics 201: General Physics I

Spring 1999

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: T Th 9am-11am
Phone: 287-8413
Text: Halliday and Resnick's Fundamentals of Physics, Fifth Edition
Classroom: E105
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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 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 (11:00am--12:55pm) 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: My final exams are usually comprehensive, but I will try having a non-comprehensive final this semester. It will be held during the time dictated by the Registrar during Exam Week (5/17-5/21).

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.

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


Week 1 Feb. 1 Measurement Course Overview; Ch. 1
Feb. 3
Feb. 5 Motion Along a Straight Line Ch. 2
Week 2 Feb. 8 HW 1 Due
Feb. 10
Feb. 13 Vectors Ch. 3
Week 3 Feb. 15 HW 2 Due
Feb. 17
Feb. 19 Motion in Two and Three Dimensions Ch. 4
Week 4 Feb. 22 Test 1 (Ch. 1-3); HW 3 Due
Feb. 24
Feb. 26 Force and Motion I Ch. 5
Week 5 March 1 HW 4 Due
March 3
March 5 Force and Motion II Ch. 6
Week 6 March 8 HW 5 Due
March 10
March 12 Catch Up Day
Week 7 March 15 SPRING BREAK
Week 8 March 22 Kinetic Energy and Work Ch. 7; HW 6 Due
March 24
March 26
Week 9 March 29 Test 2 (Ch. 4-7.4); HW 7 Not graded
March 31 Potential Energy and Energy Conservation Ch. 8
April 2 Holiday
Week 10 April 5 Holiday
April 7 Systems of Particles Ch. 9; HW 8 Due
April 9
Week 11 April 12 Collisions Ch 10
April 14
April 15 Rotation Ch. 11
Week 12 April 19 Test 3 (Ch. 8-10); HW 9 Due
April 21 Angular Momentum Ch. 12
April 23
Week  13 April 26 Gravitation Gravitation; HW 10 Due
April 28
April 30 Fluids Ch. 15
Week 14 May 3 HW 11 Due
May 5 Oscillations Ch. 16
May 7
Week 15 May 10 Temperature, Heat, and the First Law of Thermodynamics Ch. 19; HW 12 Due
May 12
May 14 Last Day of Class
Week 16 EXAM

Last updated February 3, 1999.
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