South Carolina State University


PHYSICS 201


FALL 1997



INTRODUCTION
Physics aims to describe the physical world in mathematical terms. But as a student you must first learn to describe the world pictorially  and verbally  using the language of physics. In the reading assignments below, you should pay special attention to the units of measure  for physical quantities, and how they relate to quantities that you already understand, such as time and distance. After reading, you should be able to explain some simple physical situations (e.g., a book resting on a table) in physics language. By following these suggestions you will be better prepared to solve the problems assigned below, because if you cannot describe and picture a problem before trying to solve it, the formulas, equations, and even the answers have very little meaning.

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EXCUSES AND ABSENTEEISM
Excuses cannot take the place of course work or attendance. Make-ups will not be given for examinations and quizzes missed by students unless the student notifies the instructor in advance of the exam  of an emergency situation. Homework and other assignments will not be accepted beyond the due date unless the student notifies the instructor in advance of the deadline  of an emergency situation.

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GRADING

  • Homework 10%
  • Attendance 5%
  • Lecture Exams 20%
  • Workbook Exam 10%
  • Workbook 5%
  • Recitation Quizzes 10%
  • Final Exam 15%
  • Laboratory 25%


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    TEXTBOOK
    Peter J. Nolan, Fundamentals of College Physics, Second Edition, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, Dubuque, IA (1995).


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    WORKBOOK
    Many of the details which are important in physical reasoning cannot be covered in class because of time constraints. Also, everyone is different in the amount of time required to understand a physical idea. For these reasons, the Workbook for Introductory Mechanics Problem-Solving  has been developed as a self-study resource. Working through the material by responding to every question before  looking at the answer should strengthen a student's physical intuition so that they are well-prepared to tackle any introductory-level problem in mechanics.

     

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    SYLLABUS

    WEEK 1: (August 17) MEASUREMENT and UNITS
    Reading: Chapter 1

    WEEK 2: (August 24) MEASUREMENT AND UNITS
    Problems: #3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 19, 28, 39, 43

    WEEK 3: (August 31, Labor Day holiday on September 1) VECTORS
    Reading: Chapter 2
    Problems: #2, 15, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 32, 37

    WEEK 4: (September 7, Last day for penalty-free withdrawal Sept. 12) KINEMATICS
    Reading: Chapter 3: 3.1-3.9
    Problems: #1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 13, 25, 27, 32, 40, 60

    WEEK 5: (September 14) KINEMATICS
    Reading: Chapter 3: 3.10-3.11
    Problems: #47, 48, 51, 73

    WEEK 6: (September 21) FORCES
    Reading: Chapter 4: 4.1-4.5
    Problems: #11, 13, 16, 23, 27, 29, 53, 55, 57, 59

    WEEK 7: (September 28) FORCES
    Reading: Chapter 4: 4.6-4.8
    Problems: #35, 39, 43, 45, 46, 63, 68

    WEEK 8: (October 5) STATICS
    Reading: Chapter 5: 5.1-5.2
    Problems: #4, 5, 13, 14, 17, 19

    WEEK 9: (October 12) STATICS, MID-TERM EXAM ON OCTOBER 17
    Reading: Chapter 5: 5.3-5.5
    Problems: #35, 41, 42, 43, 45, 49, 53

    WEEK 10: (October 19, SPRING VACATION October 20-21)
    CIRCULAR MOTION AND GRAVITATION
    Reading: Chapter 6
    Problems: #1, 5, 15, 21, 27, 28, 31, 34, 42, 45

    WEEK 11: (October 26, Last day for WP on October 31) WORK AND ENERGY
    Reading: Chapter 7: 7.1-7.5
    Problems: #3, 10, 12, 15, 24

    WEEK 12: (November 2) WORK AND ENERGY
    Reading: Chapter 7: 7.6-7.7
    Problems: #27, 31, 35, 37, 40, 42, 49, 52

    WEEK 13: (November 9) WORK AND ENERGY

    WEEK 14: (November 16) MOMENTUM, SECOND EXAM on Nov. 17
    Reading: Chapter 8: 8.1-8.4
    Problems: #7, 12, 13, 19

    WEEK 15: (November 23, Thanksgiving holiday November 27-30) MOMENTUM
    Reading: Chapter 8: 8.5-8.6
    Problems: #27, 29, 34, 40, 50, 57

    WEEK 16: (November 30, Last Day of Classes Dec. 4) REVIEW

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    PROFESSOR
    Dan Smith, Office: 208B Hodge Hall, Phone: 536-7162,
    Internet:
    dsmith@scsu.edu

     

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    PRACTICE QUIZZES

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    Measurement and Units
    Quiz 1
    Quiz 2

    Vectors
    Quiz 3

    Motion
    Quiz 4
    Quiz 5
    Quiz 6

    Forces
    Quiz 7

    Statics
    Quiz 8
    Quiz 9

    Circular Motion
    Circular Motion Plus (Quiz 10)

    Energy
    Energy (Quiz 11)

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    PRACTICE EXAMS

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    MidTerm 1
    MidTerm 2

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    OTHER RESOURCES
    Following your curiosity about some topic in science will help you to see the relevance of the coursework. Even if you cannot find the time to read articles in depth, browsing these publications will give you an awareness of the larger world of science.

    Science Important journal published by the largest U.S. scientific organization.
    Nature Prestigious international journal, all science fields.
    Scientific American Leading experts report on their latest research for the scientifically literate.
    Skeptical Inquirer Psychics, UFO's, aliens, crop circles, ghosts, miracle-healing, etc. are all investigated by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.
    New York Times When you hear about it in the news (sheep cloning, Mars landing), you can read about it here at a general level. Every Tuesday brings the special section "Science Times."
    Physics News-In Brief A few recent research results summarized in just a paragraph.
    More Physics News In-depth summaries of exciting research.

     

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