Overview: This course is intended for engineering majors who need preparation for Physics 303K. Enrollment is restricted to engineering students who have not taken high school physics, who have a weak mathematics background, or who score less that 600 on the College Board Achievement Test in Mathematics Level I. No prior physics is required. The emphasis of the course will be on problem solving: there will be weekly homework assignments, three in-class (1 hour) tests and a comprehensive final exam. My intention is to cover the following Chapters of the text: 1-10, 13. See below for a syllabus.
Tests and Exams: The three in-class tests will be given:
Recall that only your best two grades in the three tests will count towards your final grade.
The compulsory, comprehensive final exam will be held on
Friday, December 15, 1995 --- 7:00-10:00 PMFor both the tests and the finals you will be allowed to bring into the exam one 8.5 x 11.0 sheet of paper with anything written on it, as well as a calculator. No other reference materials may be used in tests or the final exam. Grades for the tests are final after 5:00 PM of the day on which the next test or exam is scheduled. Grades on the final exam are final after January 31, 1996.
Homework: This course will use computer-generated and graded homework similar to that used in Physics 303K and 303L. Details regarding the use of the computerized Homework Service can be found here. A hard copy of the instructions for using the Homework Service will also be provided to you. For each homework assigment, you must either:
Other Help: The physics department has coaches (physics graduate students) available on the fifth level of RLM from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM daily. Note that the coaches are there to help you do your work yourself, not to do it for you. Go to them first; if you aren't satisfied with their help, see me during office hours. If you cannot make my office hours, telephone or e-mail me for an appointment.
Calculators: The work in this course requires the use of a calculator. The calculator must be able to do the usual addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; and it must have the capability of taking square roots, finding y to the power x, and of computing the following functions: exponential, logarithm (to bases e and 10), sine, cosine, tangent, arcsine, arccosine, arctangent, factorial. You should be able to use the calculator rapidly and accurately. It should have at least 7 digit accuracy. You may use a more elaborate calculator if you like, or a computer, but computers (even laptops) won't be allowed in the exams.
Monday Wednesday Friday Homework Due FTD 30 Aug: Chap 1 1 Sep: Chap 1 Introduction Introduction 4 Sep: 6 Sep: Chap 2 8 Sep: Chap 2 --- H1 601 LABOR DAY One-Dim Motion One-Dim Motion 11 Sep: Chap 2 13 Sep: Chap 3 15 Sep: Chap 3 --- H2 602 One-Dim Motion Vectors Vectors 18 Sep: Chap 3 20 Sep: Chap 3 22 Sep: Chap 4 --- H3 603 Vectors Two-Dim Motion Laws of Motion 25 Sep: Chap 4 27 Sep: Chap 4 29 Sep: Chap 5 --- H4 604 Laws of Motion Laws of Motion Work/Energy 2 Oct: HOUR TEST 1 4 Oct: Chap 5 6 Oct: Chap 5 --- H5 605 Chaps 1,2,3,4 Work/Energy Work/Energy 9 Oct: Chap 6 11 Oct: Chap 6 13 Oct: Chap 6 --- H6 606 Momentum Collisions Collisions 16 Oct: Chap 7 18 Oct: Chap 7 20 Oct: Chap 7 Circular Motion Circular Motion Circular Motion 23 Oct: Chap 7 25 Oct: Chap 8 27 Oct: Chap 8 --- H7 (Mon 4am) 607 Circular Motion Rotations Rotations 30 Oct: Chap 8 1 Nov: Chap 9 3 Nov: HOUR TEST 2 -- H8 (Mon 4am) 608 Rotations Solids/Fluids Chaps 5,6,7,8 6 Nov: Chap 9 8 Nov: Chap 9 10 Nov: Chap 10 Solids/Fluids Solids/Fluids Thermal Physics 13 Nov: Chap 10 15 Nov: Chap 10 17 Nov: Chap 13 --- H9 (Mon 4am) 609 Thermal Physics Thermal Physics Thermal Physicss 20 Nov: Chap 13 22 Nov: Chap 13 24 Nov: --- H10 (Mon 4am) 610 Vibrations/Waves Vibrations/Waves THANKSGIVING 27 Nov: Chap 15 29 Nov: Chap 15 1 Dec: Review Vibrations/Waves Vibrations/Waves Chaps 9,10,13 4 Dec: HOUR TEST 3 6 Dec: Review 8 Dec: Review --- H11 (Mon 4am) 611 Chaps 9,10,13 Class Evaluation 15 DEC: COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM 7:00-10:00 PM (Chaps 1-10, 13)