PHYSICS 201-01/02                                    Fall, 2009

Instructor: Bruce Craver
Office: SC 101D      Office Hours:   Monday 1-2 and 3-4, Tuesday 3-4, Wednesday 1-2, Friday 11-12
Phone: x92219 (229-2219 from off campus)
E-mail: Bruce.Craver@notes.udayton.edu
TEXT: Physics, 6th Ed. - Douglas Giancoli

Throughout this course an attempt will be made to develop the new concepts, and to then illustrate them by solving sample problems. Where possible actual demonstrations and computer software to carry out simulations and to provide graphical representation of subjects are used.  As in all areas of knowledge a deeper understanding of science involves more than a simple recitation of various facts or laws.  It entails the ability to formulate reasoned arguments based on sound principles. Our objective is to be able to apply these definitions and laws to analyze new situations, and to be able to make predictions.  This requires not only sound mathematical skills but also a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts.  Development of these skills requires a sustained effort.   The following is a list of suggestions on how to study physics that I think can help improve understanding and performance.

1. Students should realize there is not sufficient time to discuss every covered section in class, so it is imperative that students read the material before it is discussed in class.  This introduces you to the definitions and terms used, some of which are words you use in everyday life, but which have specific, and sometimes different, meanings in physics.
2.  As you read (and reread) the text write out the details of the examples in the text.  The examples are your first illustrations of how to use the principles presented in the reading.  Do not do this with the goal of memorizing the example, but rather understanding which principles or laws are employed, and how each step follows from the preceding ones.  If there are points you do not understand note them, and ask your instructor about them.
3.  Work on the homework problems on a regular basis, before they are discussed in class.  Here you have the chance to apply your understanding in tackling a new problem.  This is the ultimate goal, but it requires practice.  Although there is no single prescription for solving all problems there are some aids.
 (i)  For most problems it is beneficial to draw a diagram representing the problem and the information given.
 (ii) In general, the solution will involve relating variables through several relations.  I find it helpful to first write out each of these equations, regardless of how simple it may be, and then to combine them to solve for the quantity desired.  It is  better to work in more short steps rather than a few larger ones.
 (iii) In addition, I find that it is often advantageous to solve a problem algebraically, and to put in numbers only at the end.   Numbers quickly lose their meaning when many appear in a calculation, whereas algebraic variables are more easily identified, especially in conjunction with a good diagram.  This makes it easier to check your work. Finally, an algebraic  solution is a solution for all choices of numerical values of the variables.  It is not necessary to redo the entire problem if values of some of the quantities are changed.  Furthermore, an algebraic solution can easily be rearranged to solve for different quantities.
 

GRADING: Grades will be determined on the basis of the number of points earned out of a maximum of 550 points distributed as follows: 3 100­point exams to be given during regular class periods, a 150­-point comprehensive final, and 100 points for unannounced quizzes/homework. The following table shows the cut-offs for the various grades.
 
 

    A

    A-

   B+

     B

     B-

     C+

     C

    C-

     D

      F

  93%

    90

   87

     83

     80

     77

    73

    70

    60

 < 60 

Exams are during normal class period in the usual classroom.  Anyone missing an exam will be given a grade of zero.  Students missing an exam must see me as soon as possible.  Students are expected to come to my office to see me about an excused absence.  Students with an excused absence will be allowed to take a MAKE-UP EXAM to be given near the end of the semester.  There will be no make-up for quizzes, but the lowest quiz score will be dropped.  There are no extra credit assignments. 

Cell phones and headphones are to be put away during class.  Cell phones and headphones are not allowed during exams.

There will be an equation sheet provided for the exams and will be re-used during the term. Personal equation sheets are not allowed. Calculators are allowed.

Any student having difficulty with the course should come see me for help as soon as possible.  Feel free to stop in either during office hours or at other times when I am in my office.  Additionally PHY 201 is participating in a Supplementary Instruction (SI) program. A peer facilitator, Stephanie Hemmer, will attend class and hold two one-hour sessions every week in order to assist any student having difficulty. For more information please see SI at UD .

Occasionally I may reach you by email.  I will communicate with you only through the email address listed in the University Address Book.  You may change your email address by going to http://address.udayton.edu and following the instructions.  I believe this ensures mail sent to your notes address will be forwarded to whatever address you introduce at this web site.  I should point out that your Lotus notes address in the form ***@notes.udayton.edu can be accessed from anywhere once you are on the web, but you will need to learn how to do that.  If you do not make this change at the above site and employ another email address you are still responsible for checking assignments or announcements which are mailed to you at the address listed in the University Address Book.
 

FINAL EXAM:  Wednesday 16 Dec., 12:20-2:10  SC119   EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THE FINAL AT THE SCHEDULED TIME.

     DO NOT SCHEDULE TRAVEL DURING THIS TIME.

PROBLEM ASSIGNMENTS: Q= questions; P= problems; GP= general problems
C1 - Q:    P:     GP:
C2 - Q: 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 13, 21    P: 11, 20, 21, 23, 25, 28, 32, 35, 39, 41, 47, 50, 52,     GP: 67
C3 - Q: 3, 6, 15, 16, 19     P: 1, 5, 9, 11, 13(c), 15, 20, 27, 31, 32, 39, 41    GP: 55, 64,
C4 - Q: 1, 9, 13, 16, 20     P: 3, 5, 13, 15, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 33, 37, 52, 53   GP: 66, 70, 75
C5 - Q: 2, 3, 19     P: 3, 9, 13, 19, 22, 23, 29, 39, 40    GP: 66, 73
C6 - Q:  2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 22    P: 8, 10, 21, 22, 25, 26, 33, 37, 40, 43, 49, 53, 59, 66    GP: 74
C7 - Q: 1, 3, 14    P: 5, 7, 12, 15, 17, 22, 27, 35, 41, 48, 49    GP: 62, 70, 74
C8 - Q: 2, 8, 12, 13      P: 12, 14, 15, 21, 28, 32, 33, 39, 45, 47, 49, 60     GP: 68, 73
C9 - Q: 2, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13     P: 1, 3, 8, 11, 15, 21, 26, 31      GP: 59, 62, 63
C10 - Q: 7, 14, 19, 23, 24   P: 8, 16, 18, 23, 25, 27, 34, 43, 45, 46    GP:
C11 - Q: 2, 5, 7, 8    P: 9, 12, 15, 21, 23, 32    GP:
C12 - Q:    P:      GP:
C13 - Q:     P:   GP:
C14 - Q:    P:    GP:
C15 - Q:    P:    GP:

 
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE - FALL, 2009 - CHAPTERS TO BE DISCUSSED
This schedule is subject to change so watch for changes posted here, or for announcements made in class or by email. For each day the date is in italic and the chapter number is in standard font in the center of each box.
 

Week of

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Aug 24 -28

24 
     

25               

   

26

          First day of classes

27               2

28


Aug  31-Sep 04

31  

01               2              

    Last day reg, change 

    schedule or grade opt

02

03               3                 

04

Sep 07-11

07     HOLIDAY

08               3/4              

09

 

10               4                  

11

Sep 14-18

14 

15               4/5            

16

     Last day W w/o record

17               5

18

Sep 21 - 25

21

22          T1(1-4)

23

24               6

25

Sep 28- Oct 02

28

29               6 

30 

01               7

02 

Oct 05-09

05 

06              7/8

07

08  Mid-term Break

09  Mid-term Break

Oct 12-16

12 

13              8

14  

15               8/9

16

Oct 19 - 23

19

20              9

21

      1st yrs Mid-term 

        grades due-4PM

22              10

23

Oct 26- 30

26

27         T2(5-9)

28

29              10/11

30

Nov 02-06

02

03              11

04 

05              11/12

06

Nov 09 - 13

09

  

10              12/13

11

12              13

13

Nov 16 - 20

16 

       Last day W  w/record

17              13

18  

19              14

20

Nov 23 - 27

23

24         T3(10-13)

25  HOLIDAY

26  HOLIDAY

27  HOLIDAY

Nov 30-Dec 4

30

01              14

02  

03              14/15

04   

Dec 07-11

07 

08   HOLIDAY

           CoC

09

     

10              15  

11 

     Last day of class

Dec 14-18

14 

15  

16  FINAL 201  12:20- 2:10

17

18

Dec 21-25

21

22 Grades due by 9 AM

23

24

25

 

                                                                                                                            

Links to sample exams:    Sample exam 1        Sample exam 2        Sample exam

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