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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
Spring Semester 2008
Ph142  Physics for Scientists and Engineers
PROBLEM SET 1
DUE AT THE START OF RECITATION CLASS ON 31 JANUARY 2008
Some guidelines for problem solving (whether handed in and graded or not):
Focus is on understanding and implementation, not “plug and chug” problems.
Almost every problem will involve some
level of conceptual understanding and some challenge in the mathematical setup and parameterization.
Required format:
(1)
Do your work on grid style engineering paper.
(2)
Use one side of the page only.
(3)
Start each problem on a new page and state the problem number clearly.
(4)
Put your name, section number, problem set number, and due date on every page.
(5)
Include proper and reasonably professional looking diagrams or sketches for each problem.
(6) Assemble in problem order (#1, #2, #3, etc.) and staple your pages in the upper left corner.
Note #1:
For assigned problems, your work (here and on future problem sets) should be accompanied by:
(a)
A clear problem statement in words, diagrams, and equations (not a regurgitation of the problem text in Tipler and
Mosca, necessarily, but adequate for some one to know what the problem is without going back to the book).
(b)
Good clear well labeled diagrams.
(c)
Well developed equations with all parameters defined.
(d)
Graphs with clearly defined and labeled axes, etc.
Note #2:
You should parameterize all problems.
That is, assign algebraic parameters to all relevant variables and constants,
set the problem up algebraically, and solve algebraically.
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