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Fall 2009
Physics 2A – General Physics
Lecture room: Physics 2000
Lecture time: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:10-10:00
Instructor: Robert Clare
Office: Physics 3021
Phone number: 827-5335
e-mail address: Robert.Clare@ucr.edu
Office hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00 PM; Tuesdays 2:15-3:30 PM
Discussion TAs (For information on office hours, see the section below.)
Hulya Atmacan
e-mail address: Hulya.Atmacan@email.ucr.edu
John Mann
e-mail address: John.Mann@email.ucr.edu
Xiaoxiao He
e-mail address: Xiaoxiao.He@email.ucr.edu
Overview
In this course you will receive an introductory presentation of classical mechanics. Mathematics is
important in physics, and it is assumed that you have a good working knowledge of algebra,
trigonometry, and freshman calculus. We will use vectors quite often. Remember that Newton had to
develop calculus to understand mechanics, so calculus is pretty much unavoidable.
Physics is different from many of the subjects that you have studied. Memorization of equations will
not
help you. Instead, you must understand the concepts involved to be able to apply an equation to a
problem. This takes practice, and thus working problems is also critical to doing well in this course.
You are responsible for all of the course material. This means all of the reading, all of the lecture material,
and all of the course information on the iLearn course web site.
When you have trouble understanding something, get help right away so you will be able to understand
the new material that will build on what has already been covered. If you come to lecture your grade is
likely to be good; if you don’t come to lecture your grade is likely to be poor. Bring your mind, not just
your body, to lecture and discussion section. Have real questions to ask. Don’t be shy. The only stupid
question is an unasked one.
The laboratory (i.e., Physics 2AL) is a separate course handled by Doctor Chuang. Enrollment in the lab
is not necessary for this course, though some majors may require it. The labs start during the first full
week of the quarter, that is, starting September 28
th
. If you have any questions about the lab, you must
contact Doctor Chuang.
Textbook
We will use
Principles of Physics
, 4
th
edition by Raymond Serway and John Jewett, published by Brooks
Cole (ISBN 0-534-49143-X).
It is available at the UCR bookstore as well as through Amazon. We will
cover most of Chapters 1-8 and parts of Chapters 10 and 11. (Note that Chapter 11 will be covered with
Chapter 5.) If you cannot find the book at the UCR Bookstore, try the University Book Exchange at 229
West Big Springs Road. It is on the corner of West Big Springs Road and Watkins Drive, and their phone
number is 682-3634. I expect each of you to read the assigned material in the textbook by the dates
indicated in the chronological syllabus. For those who need additional support or a math review, try
The
Physics Toolbox
by Kirsten Hubbard and Debora Katz.