PHY 110 Physics For Scientists and Engineers

Spring 2018

MTWR 10:00 – 10:50, MLT 214

Instructor:     Dr. George Rutherford                   e-mail           MLT 308-A           438-2934

Text:              Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 9th edition, by Serway and Jewett, published by Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

Note: While you are not required to purchase the hard-copy of the text, you are required to have electronic access (which includes electronic access to the full text) in order to do the online homework problems. A good compromise might be the publisher’s “hybrid” version, which includes full electronic access and a paperback version of the text (this limited version of the text does not include the end-of-chapter problems, but they are included in the electronic access). Be sure you purchase "Multi-Term" access if you plan to take PHY 111 and/or PHY 112 in following semesters.     The multi-term electronic access is ISBN 9781285858401

WebAssign Class Key is  ILSTU 7484 5680
   

Here is a video with instructions for enrollment in WebAssign. Use the class key above to enroll yourself in the WebAssign part of the course.

Here is a link to the User's Guide for Students.

Labs:             

Section Day and Time Room TA
2 Fri 8:00 - 10:50 MLT 217 Dr. Bogue
3 Fri 1:00 - 3:50 MLT 217 Zachary Temple

Laboratory Manual for PHY 110 is required and may be purchased at the usual bookstores.

Calculator: A scientific calculator is also required and should be brought to every class or lab meeting.

Course Objectives: This is the first of a three-semester sequence in a calculus-based treatment of fundamental physics topics. This first semester will cover topics in mechanics. The associated laboratory will focus on measurement, data analysis, and presentation skills. Upon successful completion of this course, you should:

Course Format: The course consists of lecture periods and laboratory sessions. Hour exams will occur during the lecture sessions indicated on the tentative schedule. Pop quizzes can occur at any time.

Grading: Your performance will be assessed in a number of ways. There will be three hour-long exams and a comprehensive final exam, several pop-quizzes, electronic homework problems and lab reports. These components will be combined with the following weights to determine your final course grade:

Exams (3 x 10% each)
30%
Pop Quizzes (drop lowest)
15%
Electronic Homework (drop lowest)
15%
Lab Reports (drop lowest)
20%
Final Exam
20%
Total
100%

Letter grades are typically determined by: A: 90%, B = 80 to 89%, C = 70 to 79%, D = 60 to 69%, and F: 59% or below. A curve is possible but not guaranteed. Class behavior and participation can influence letter grades awarded for course averages near the numerical boundaries between letter grades. In addition, your course grade can be reduced even further for rude or disruptive behavior, chronic late arrival to class, use of mobile electronic devices in class, or similar behavior. Cheating or plagiarism is considered grounds for failure in the course.

Quizzes and exams can be a combination of multiple choice, short answer, or show-your-work problems, and they can cover any topic in the text (whether we discuss it in class or not), lectures, or lab. Since one pop quiz grade, one electronic homework grade, and one lab report grade will be dropped before your course average is calculated, no make-ups are allowed in those categories. A make-up or rescheduled exam may be possible in rare cases with sufficiently good reason (sickness, death in the immediate family, official university absence, etc.).

General Advice: The following is a collection of general advice gleaned from more than twenty years of teaching physics.

The following is a tentative schedule of the topics we’ll cover, lab assignments, and exam dates, etc. Remember that it is tentative and subject to change at my discretion.

15-Jan
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lab 0: Intro to Mathematica
16-Jan

Intro to class; Scientific notation; uncertainty; dimensional analysis

Unit conversion; 1-d motion

 

   Free online Mathematica training

17-Jan
Calculus refresher   A Graphing Notebook
18-Jan
More 1-d motion

  Some Test Data

 
   
22-Jan
1-d motion problems and graphs Lab 1:  Making and using graphs
23-Jan
Vectors 1D Motion Problems
24-Jan
Problems and demonstrations Easy Projectile Problems
25-Jan
2-d motion; projectile motion  
 
   
29-Jan
More projectile motion; uniform circular motion Lab 0.1 More Mathematica
30-Jan
General curvilinear motion; relative motion  
31-Jan
Problems and demonstrations   TestData2.txt
1-Feb
Laws of motion  
 
   
5-Feb
Laws of motion, cont'd. Lab 2:  Intro to DataStudio
6-Feb
Friction  
7-Feb
Problems and demonstrations Practice Exam 1
8-Feb
Circular motion  
 
   
12-Feb
Resistive forces  
13-Feb
Scalar product; Work  
14-Feb
Problems and demonstrations  
15-Feb
EXAM 1:  Chapters 1 - 5  
 
   
19-Feb
Work-energy theorem Lab 3:  Freefall
20-Feb
Potential energy and conservative forces Linear Regression Formulas
21-Feb
Problems and demonstrations  
22-Feb
More energy problems  
 
   
26-Feb
Conservation of energy Lab 4:  Projectile Motion
27-Feb
Problems using conservation of energy  
28-Feb
Problems and demonstrations  
1-Mar
Linear momentum; intro to collisions  
 
   
5-Mar
2-d collisions Lab 5:  Newton's Second Law
6-Mar
Center of mass  
7-Mar
Problems and demonstrations  
8-Mar
Angular variables and kinematics  
 
   
12-Mar
Spring Break  
13-Mar
   
14-Mar
 
15-Mar
   
 
   
19-Mar
Torque and kinetics and moment of inertia Lab 6:  Conservation of Energy
20-Mar
Continued Revised Lab 6 Instructions
21-Mar
Problems and demonstrations  
22-Mar
Conservation of energy in rotation; rolling motion  
 
   
26-Mar
Vector cross product Practice Exam 2
27-Mar
Conservation of angular momentum  
28-Mar
Problems and demonstrations  
29-Mar
EXAM 2:  Chapters 6 - 10  
 
   
2-Apr
Statics, continued Lab 7:  Ballistic Pendulum
3-Apr
Statics problems Wheel Suspension diagram
4-Apr
Review of Chapters 13 and 14  
5-Apr
Oscillatory motion; mass on a spring  
 
   
9-Apr
Simple harmonic motion; add energy  
10-Apr
Pendulum; damped and forced oscillation  
11-Apr
Problems and demonstrations  
12-Apr
Motion of a disturbance; traveling pulses  
 
   
16-Apr
Traveling harmonic waves Lab 8:  Simple Harmonic Motion
17-Apr
Sound waves; pressure variation  
18-Apr
Problems and demonstrations  
19-Apr
Intensity and sound level Practice Exam 3
 
   
23-Apr
Doppler effect  
24-Apr
Superposition and interference  
25-Apr
Problems and demonstrations  
26-Apr
EXAM 3:  Chapters 11–12, 15–16  
 
   
30-Apr
Standing waves Lab 9:  Standing Waves
1-May
Continued  
2-May
Problems and demonstrations Practice Final Exam
3-May
Review and catch-up  

 

The final examination time will be announced later in the semester.