PH111 - Physics I

Fall Term 2014

General Information

Instructor:    Galen C. Duree Jr., PhD

Office:    DL102                       Phone:    872-6025                                 Box:    182

E-Mail:  duree@rose-hulman.edu

Office Hours:    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM   T Th  &  4:20 PM - 5:30 PM  M T Th F

Goal:

Mechanics is one of the fundamental modeling tools available in physics.  With this in mind, the goal for this course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of many of the fundamental concepts in the field of mechanics and some of the terms used to describe and explain many physical phenomena that occur in this area.  The students will deal with many problems that relate these concepts together and investigate the implications as well as perform some laboratory experiments to investigate some of the models.  The students should develop a proper conceptual understanding about motion and the effect forces can have on an object in motion, whether circular or linear.  The students should also develop an awareness of the different ways that forces can manifest themselves in a problem and what implications their presence may have on a system.

Text:

University Physics, 13th edition, Hugh Young and Roger Freedman (2012)

Homework: In general, homework in the Physics Department is all supposed to be done on-line using Mastering Physics.  Since not everyone loves doing things on-line, I will give you three options for dealing with homework in this class.  Option 1:  Do all of the homework on paper and by hand; option 2: Do all of the homework on-line using Mastering Physics; option 3: Do not do any homework problems, but 65% of your final course grade will be determined by three of the midterm exams.

If you choose to do option 1, please follow the listed rules and guidelines:
 
Homework problems will be assigned in class (and listed at the bottom of this page) and will be due at my office by 5:30 PM on the next day that the class meets.  No credit will be given for homework problems turned in late.  Please show all of your work.  Include the formula used and the numbers used, or give your reasoning when appropriate.  Partial credit will be given if this information is missing, even if you have the correct answer.   Place a box around your numerical answers and include appropriate units.  If the units are missing, when appropriate, the answer is not correct.  Please write only on one side of the paper.  Problems written on the back will not be graded.  Please fold homework papers in half (to make an 8.5 x 5.5 in. rectangle) and write your name and box number (neatly, please!) on one side.
Exams: There will be four examinations (September 23, October 13 or 14, October 30 and November 11).  The highest three scores will be used to determine the exam grade.
Grades: The final grade will be determined as follows:
  Homework – 20%  (Unless you choose NOT to do any of the homework!)
  Exams – 45%  (If you do not turn in homework, this will be 65%!)
  Laboratory – 15%
  Final Exam – 20%
You must pass the laboratory in order to pass the course!

Grading

Scale

93% +

A

86% - 92%

B+

80% - 85%

B

75% - 79%

C+

70% - 74%

C

65% - 69%

D+

60% - 64%

D

0% - 59%

F

 

 Syllabus

The following is a rough outline of the material that will be covered in the class sessions:

PH111-01: The Master Physics Course ID is TBD and the ZIP code for the school is 47803.

PH111-02: The Master Physics Course ID is TBD and the ZIP code for the school is 47803.

The Physics I Equation Sheet from last year's Final Exam.

Date Material Assignment
Thursday, September 4, 2014 Introduction,  Chapter 1   Chapter 1A:  Q8, Q10, 1, 9, 10
Friday, September 5, 2014 Chapter 1   Chapter 1B:  Q15, 30, 31, 35, 39 
Monday, September 8, 2014 Chapter 1   Chapter 1C:  Q20, 40, 42, 45, 49
 
Error Analysis Worksheet - due Friday, Sept. 12
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Chapter 2  
Thursday, September 11, 2014 Chapter 2  
Friday, September 12, 2014 Chapter 2  
Monday, September 15, 2014   L Chapter 2  
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   L Chapter 3  
Thursday, September 18, 2014   L Chapter 3  
Friday, September 19, 2014   L Chapter 3  
Monday, September 22, 2014    L Chapter 3  
Tuesday, September 23, 2014    L Exam #1  
Thursday, September 25, 2014    L Chapter 4  
Friday, September 26, 2014    L Chapter 4  
Monday, September 29, 2014 Chapter 5  
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Chapter 5  
Thursday, October 2, 2014 Chapter 5  
Friday, October 3, 2014 Chapter 13  
Monday, October 6, 2014    L Chapter 21  
Tuesday, October 7, 2014    L Chapter 21  
Thursday, October 9, 2014    L Chapter 27  
Friday, October 10, 2014    L Chapter 27  
Monday, October 13, 2014  or Exam #2  
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Exam #2  
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Fall Break - No Class  
Friday, October 17, 2014 Fall Break - No Class  
Monday, October 20, 2014    L Chapter 6  
Tuesday, October 21, 2014    L Chapter 6  
Thursday, October 23, 2014    L Chapter 6  
Friday, October 24, 2014    L Chapter 7  
Monday, October 27, 2014 No Class  
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Chapter 7  
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Exam #3  
Friday, October 31, 2014 Chapter 8  
Monday, November 3, 2014    L No Class  
Tuesday, November 4, 2014    L Chapter 8  
Thursday, November 6, 2014    L Chapter 8  
Friday, November 7, 2014    L Chapter 8  
Monday, November 10, 2014 Chapter 8  
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Exam #4  
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Class   Review for Final Exam
Friday, November 14, 2014

No Class

  Review for Final Exam

 

Modified August 21, 2014 by Galen C. Duree Jr.