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New Jersey City University

Department of Physics
PHYS 0130 - 1738 Spring 2012 Christopher Herbert Room: S-519 Tel: 201.200.3447 email: cherbert@njcu.edu

College Physics I: Lecture


Meets: Wednesday 9:00 10:50 AM Room S-523 Tentative Office Hours: Monday 7 AM 9 AM Wednesday 7 AM 9 AM Thursday 7 AM 9 AM Textbook: Raymond Serway and Jerry Faughn, College Physics, Eighth Edition, Brooks Cole, 2008. ISBN-10: 0495386936. Notice that you have several options regarding the textbook: The whole book in one volume, the book divided in two volumes and online chapters. You should consider which method is more convenient for you. Supporting materials (homework assignments and solutions, etc.) will be posted on WebCT. Prerequistes: The prerequisite for this class is Math 165, Pre-Calculus. You must have taken and passed that class. Goals of the course: A. To provide an understanding of the basic concepts of physics through: 1. The study of nature to deduce general principles. 2. The statement of those general principles in terms of definitions, physical laws, and mathematical expression. 3. The use of theoretical principles to understand and to find solutions to defined problems.

B. To develop in the student the ability to translate word problems into numerical problems. C. To develop in the students the ability to use scientific notation. D. To develop in the student the ability to use: 1. The International System (SI units). 2. Vectors to represent and calculate physical quantities. 3. Graphing and contouring techniques 4. Proportions, percentages, probability, and simple statistics. E. To provide an understanding of the difference between: 1. Fundamental and derived quantities. 2. Conservative and non-conservative processes. 3. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of experimental data. 4. Opinion and data-supported or verifiable information. F. To develop insights into the salient aspects of the scientific method and the scientific perception of nature. G. To develop and/or nurture an excitement and appreciation for, and curiosity about, science, in general, and physics in particular. H. To provide an understanding of the importance and roles of the physical sciences in the contemporary world. I. To provide an understanding of the influence of the physical sciences on other forms of scientific knowledge and art, and vice-versa. Course outline: A. Mechanics. 1. Motion in one and two dimensions. 2. Displacement, velocity, and acceleration. 3. Vectors. B. Newton's Laws of Motion. C. Work, energy. 1. Conservative and non-conservative forces. 2. Kinetic and potential energies. 3. Conservation of energy. D. Collisions. 1. Conservation of momentum. 2. Elastic collisions. 3. Inelastic collisions. 4. Internal explosions. E. Circular Motion. 1. Angular speed and acceleration. 2. Centripetal force and centripetal acceleration. F. Gravitation. 1. Newton's Law. 2. Kepler's Laws. G. Rotations. 1. Torque. 2. Rotational kinetic energy. 3. Angular momentum.

4. Torque and conservation of angular momentum. Course requirements and student evaluation : A. Students are expected to attend all classes. Class participation is considered part of the grade. B. Students should be prepared to discuss assigned readings and homework problems. C. Homework problems will be assigned every class and collected the following week. A list of problems will be posted on WebCT after each lecture. Homework assignments will be graded based upon the effort shown to solve each problem. Solutions will be posted on WebCT. No late homework will be accepted. D. Quizzes: 1. There will be online quizzes based on the material covered on lectures given two weeks earlier. Each quiz will take 10 to 15 randomly selected questions from a bank of 50 possible questions. 2. Some questions will be Multiple Choice and some will require simple calculations. Be sure that you have a calculator when taking the quiz. 3. Quizzes will be accessible online for a week. 4. Each quiz can be taken at most two times and the highest score will be recorded. 5. There will be no quiz during the first two weeks of classes and during the weeks when there are scheduled tests. 6. Make-up quizzes will not be available. E. There will be three tests. All tests must be taken at the scheduled time. No make-up test will be given, except in rare extenuating circumstances. F. The final examination will be the third midterm. G. Any violation of Academic Integrity (such as plagiarism and/or cheating) will result on an F for the class and a report to the Dean of Students. H. There will be no extra credit granted for this class. Study materials: A. Solutions will be posted on WebCT. No late homework will be accepted. B. Theoretical handouts are available in the library, at the reserve desk on a folder under my name, and in the website. Each handout covers the same material as each chapter of the textbook. C. Selected software will be made available at the Physics Computer lab during times to be arranged. I strongly recommend that you use this software to practice. D. The textbook's publisher has a web site listed in the book. This site has solutions for some of the problems included in the book

Student evaluation: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Class participation Homework Quizzes Test I Test II Final Exam 10% 10% 20% 20% 20% 20%

Important dates: Test 1 Test 2 Final (Test III): Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 Schedule: 6:00 - 8:00 PM - Room S-523 February 29th April 4th

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Introduction Motion in One Dimension Motion in One Dimension Vectors and Two Dimensional Motion The Laws of Motion The Laws of Motion Test I Energy Spring Break Momentum and Collisions Momentum and Collisions Test II Rotational Motion and Gravity Rotational Motion and Gravity Rotational Equilibrium and Dynamics Rotational Equilibrium and Dynamics Final Exam (Test III)