Physics 150: Technical Physics I

Fall 2002 Syllabus and Exam Policy

Instructor:  Dr. Michael R. Gallis
Office: C112
Phone: 385-6053

Office Hours:

Problem Session: 

MW 10:00-11:00
T 10:00-12:00
or by appointment

W 12:00-1:00

Required Materials
  • TEXT: Modern Technical Physics - A. Beiser (Addison-Wesley, 6th edition ISBN 0-201-57899-9)
  • CALCULATOR: a pocket calculator capable of using scientific notationandevaluating trig. functions is required, and must be brought to everyclass.
  • In addition to the required materials, it is highly recommended that students keep a problem notebook (3-ring loose leaf notebook or binder) for homework problems, sample tests and similar materials. This will provide a benifit the student during problem sessions and occasional open note quizzes, aswell as for reviewing for the exams.

     The student is expected to attend every class, and will be heldresponsible for all work covered in the course. Students are expected towork every assigned problem as a minimum. There may be some additionalhomework problems assigned during the class. Old exams will be on filein the library as anadditional source of problems for the student.

     As with any university course, student preparation is essential. The student is expected to read the material in the text before the corresponding lecture, and is expected to review the appropriate material, includinghandouts, before lab.

    Failure to take a scheduled exam will result in a grade of zero. Make-up exams will be given only in the event of illness (confirmed by a physician) or death in the immediate family. Lab reports are due at the beginningoflab, one week after the completion of the experiment. Missed labs mustbemade up, and any missing lab reports will result in the student receivingan F forthe course. Missed quizzes will recieve a grade of 0, and maynotbe made up(the student's lowest quiz grade will be dropped beforecalcutionof theirquiz average).

    Students will be supplied an equation sheet for each exam (consistinglargely of equations from the relevant chapter summaries, as well as equationsfrom the previous exams) to aid the student in rembembering complex equations. A copy of the equation sheet will be made available to the students inadvance of the exams so that the students may better prepare for the exam.Any needed constants will be provided by the instructor. It is stronglyadvised thatthe students use the equation sheets as they do the homework,so that theyarefamiliar with the equations and their appropriate use.

    Grading Policy:

    1. The grade will be determined by three midterm exams (100 points each), a comprehensive final (200 points), a 100 point laboratory grade basedupon the laboratory reports, and a 50 point quiz grade.

    2. Grades will be determined approximately by the standard cutoffs (90% for an A, 80% for a B, ...). Plus and minus grades will be assigned asrefinements of this scale. The Instructor will determine the actual cutoffsat the end of the semester.

    Physics 150 Course Outline
    Chapter Exercises, Questions and Multiple Choice
    1 Describing Motion (1.1-1.10)  MC 1,2,7-12 Q 2-4,6 E 1,5,10,12-14,20,21,23-25,31,33-35,41-44,47,48 
    2 Vectors (2.1-2.7) MC 3,19 Q 2,4,5,9 E 1-3,6,11,14,17,19-21,23,24,26,33,34,39,40,51
    3 Force and Motion (3.1-3.9) MC 2-4,6,7,9,10 Q 1,3,7,9,10 E 2-5,9,15,17,21,25,26,35,36,37,39,46,49 
    Exam I
    4 Energy (4.1-4.8) MC 2-4 Q 1-4,6 E 2-4,6,9,12,12,15,26,27,33,35,38,41,45,48,51,53
    5 Momentum (5.1-5.7) MC 1-3,6,9-11 Q1-3,7 E 1,5-7,9,13,15,27,28,31
    6 Circular Motion and Gravity (6.1-6.7)  MC 1-8 Q1,3,4,6,9 E 2-4,7,11,13,14,20,21,25,29,30,32,38,39,41,43
    Exam II
    7 Rotational Motion (7.1-7.9) MC 1,3-5,7,11-14 Q 1,5,9 E 1,2,5,9,11,15,17,23,24,26,32,33,38,39
    8 Equilibrium (8.1-8.4) MC 5-7,9,10 Q 1,2,7 E 1,3,4,6,8,13,15,17,31,32,35
    9 Mechanical Properties of Matter (9.1-9.6) MC 1,3-5,7,8 Q 1,3,4 E 1,3-5,9,10,12,13,15,19-21
    Exam III
    10 Fluids (10.1-10.9) MC 2-5,7,9,11 Q 1-3,7,8,13 E 1,3,4,9,11,23,24,26,29,38,39,40,45,48
    11 Harmonic Motion (11.1-11.8) MC 1-5,8,8,10-12 Q 1-4,7 E 1-4,7,8,11,28,29,30
    12 Waves (12.1-12.7)  MC 1-6, 10-17 Q 1,5,9 E 3,5,6,9,10,11,12,19,23

    Laboratory Experiments

    - Significant Figures and Errors
    1. Measurement
    2. Free Fall
    3. Vectors
    4. Friction
    5. Conservation of Momentum
    6. Centripetal Force

    7. Rotational Inertia
    8. Equilibrium of a Rigid Body
    9. Young's Modulus
    10. Archimede's Principle
    11. Simple Harmonic Motion
    12. Standing Waves
    13. Speed of Sound
    (addition/modification of labs is at the discretion of the instructor)