TEXT: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Ext. , 6th Ed. - Paul Tipler and Gene Mosca
Physics 206 is an introduction to classical or Newtonian mechanics, the study of the universal laws governing the motion of matter. The major topics are:
Throughout, an attempt will be made to develop the new concepts, and to then illustrate them by solving sample problems. Where possible use is also made of actual demonstrations and computer software to carry out simulations and to provide graphical representation of subjects. Generally, to scientists and engineers true understanding of this material is reflected in the ability to solve problems. The 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. 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 specialized, and sometimes different, meanings in
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. Working on the homework problems on a regular basis is the single most imortant thing a student can do to master the material in the course. It is most beneficial to attempt this 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 on 4
100point hourly exams to be given during regular class periods,
a 150 point comprehensive final, and 100 points
for unannounced quizzes/homework. The lowest of the four
hourly exam scores will be dropped. Anyone missing an exam will
receive a zero and that will be treated as the lowest score.
There are no make-ups for missed quizzes but the lowest quiz will
be dropped. The final will be all multiple-choice but will still
consist of short problems. The class grade will be determined on
the basis of the number of points earned on exams and quizzes out
of a maximum of 550 points. The university grading system
includes A,A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D an F. The following
table lists the cut-offs for the various grades.
In some cases I may announce modified cut-offs, but they would
never be higher than the scale above. Anyone sending an
email to me received no later than 11 AM Tuesday, 08 Jan.
giving the correct date for exam 3 will have 1 per cent added to
their semester class average. Be sure to indicate the email
subject heading as PHY 206.
FINAL EXAM: Mon. 28 Apr., 2:30-4:20,
SC107. EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THE FINAL AT THE SCHEDULED TIME
SO PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
PROBLEM ASSIGNMENTS: C2 - 16, 32,
35, 39, 43, 44, 51, 55, 65, 79, 84, 101, 112, 121
C3 - 7, 27, 51, 56, 69, 70, 76, 77, 84, 102, 115 and C1 - 53, 57, 74
C4 - 13, 22, 37, 47, 49, 52(b, c only), 59, 62, 70, 76, 80, 82, 87, 94
C5 - 4, 16, 39, 41, 45, 47, 51, 79, 81, 87, 89, 94, 103, 105, 116, 127
C6 - 19, 27, 31, 39, 43, 54, 65, 70
C7 - 22, 23, 25, 29, 33, 34, 39, 46, 51, 63, 65, 69, 94
PHY206 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE - WINTER, 2008
This schedule is subject to change so check this site or watch for announcements made in class or by email.
|Jan 07-11||07 2
First day of classes
|08 2||09 2||10||11 2
Last day change schedule or grade opt
|Jan 14-18||14 2||15||16 3||17||18 3|
|Jan 21-25||21 HOLIDAY||22
Last day change first term grades
|23 3||24||25 4|
|Jan 28 - Feb 01||28 4
Last day W w/o record
|29||30 T1(2-3)||31||01 4|
|Feb 04-08||04 5||05||06 5||07||08 5|
|Feb 11-15||11 6||12||13 6||14||15 6|
|Feb 18-22||18 7||19||20 T2(4-6)||21||22 7|
|Feb 25-29||25 7||26||27 8||28||29 8|
|Mar 03-07||03 8||04||05 9
1st yr Mid-term grades due
|Mar 10-14||10 9||11||12 T3(7-9.4)||13||14 10|
|Mar 17-21||17 Mid-Term/ Easter Break||18 Mid-Term/ Easter Break||19 Mid-Term/
|20 Mid-Term/ Easter Break||21 Mid-Term/ Easter Break|
|Mar 24-28||24 Classes resume at 4:30 PM||25||26 10 Last day W w/record||27||28 10|
|Mar 31- Apr 04||31 10||01||02 11||03||04 11|
|Apr 07-11||07 11||08||
09 Stander Symposium Alternate Day of Learning
|Apr 14-18||14 12||15||16 T4(9.4-12)||17||18 14|
|Apr 21-25||21 14||22 14||23||24
Last day of class
|Apr 28- May 02||28 FINAL (2:30-4:20)||29||30||01||02|
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