General Physics 1 – PHYS 113
Summer 2010
Course Instructor: Dr. Dave Van Domelen
Recitation Instructors:
Lab Instructors:
Textbook: Physics
, Giancoli, 6
th
Edition
Lab Manual: Available at the copy center in Eisenhower Hall
An iClicker™ handset is required
Introduction:
The goal of an introductory physics course is much like that of an introductory course in a
nonnative language: to give you a basic idea of the structure and some of the more important
vocabulary, plus help you start to think like the “natives”.
In this case, the natives are physicists,
and the language is a dialect of mathematics.
But just as you learn a language more effectively if
you have to use it to communicate, you’ll learn physics more effectively by doing it than by
listening to a lecture.
To that end, the “lecture” sections of this course will involve working on
things that you will have already read about in your textbook.
More detail on that on the
following pages, though.
To cut right to the heart of what I expect most of you are interested in, here’s the
breakdown of points for the course.
Homework: 13 assignments (drop lowest score), scaled to a total of 200 points.
Labs: 13 labs (drop lowest score), scaled to a total of 200 points.
Exams: 7 exams worth 100 points each, cumulative iClicker score of 100,
drop the lowest two of those eight scores for a total of 600 points.
Contact Information:
Dr. Van Domelen:
[email protected]
, Cardwell 402, 5321605
Recitation: Wes Erbsen (both sections),
[email protected]
Lab (12:102:10 PM): Mohammad Lersheed,
[email protected]
Lab (2:304:30 PM): Anatoly Pavlov,
[email protected]
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Units:
The semester is broken roughly into five units of unequal size, thematic chunks of
physics or the underlying math.
Unit 1: Measurement and Equations.
The language of science, and the peculiar dialect
we speak in Physics.
This will take up the first week, and hopefully help everyone get onto the
same page.
Unit 2: Properties of Matter.
The shortest unit, something of an extension of
measurement.
We’ll get back to parts of it later once we’ve covered forces and pressure.
Unit 3: Motion and Forces.
Newton’s Laws, the equations that describe motion and the
forces that make things move or keep them from moving.
Unit 4: Conserved Quantities in Motion.
A bit more abstract than forces, this unit covers
energy and momentum for things as they move around.
Unit 5: Rotation and Oscillation.
Units 3 and 4 repeated, but now things are allowed to
spin around or wobble back and forth around a point.
Waves and sound will be covered at the
end of this unit, since they use a lot of the same language as spinning objects.
Daily Routine:
Before the large class meetings on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you will
be expected to read several sections of the textbook.
So, it’s not enough to copy the homework
problems out of someone else’s book, you’ll need your own copy or very reliable access to a
classmate’s.
You might find it useful to get together with some classmates and read the sections
as a group, so that if one of you gets stuck on something the others can help.
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