221-syllabus-f08

221-syllabus-f08 - Revised: Oct. 3 and Dec. 3 Note changes...

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Physics 221, Physics with Calculus I Sections 1 & 2, Fall 2008 Dr. Yost Office: Phone: E-Mail: Classes: Office Hours: 216 Grimsley Hall 843-953-5475 scott.yost@citadel.edu 117 Grimsley Hall, MWF: 8AM (section 1) 9AM (section 2) MWF 10-11 AM or by appointment Textbook: Web Page: Homework: Serway & Jewitt, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 7 th ed. ISBN: 0-495-11245-3 www.vic.com/syost/phys221 www.webassign.net Welcome to Dr. Yost’s sections of Physics 221, Physics with Calculus I ! This course is a first step in the study of the classical foundation of physics: Newtonian mechanics. More generally, the course is designed to give practice in elementary mathematical modeling of natural phenomena and problem solving in the physical sciences. Developing these skills is an essential prerequisite for further study in engineering and science. By the end of the course, you should have a basic understanding the Galilean concept of motion and Newton’s Laws of mechanics, and be able to apply them to solve problems relating to simple systems. You should begin to develop the skills necessary to apply mathematical reasoning to new physical situations. Topics covered include motion in one to three dimensions, forces, Newton’s Laws, energy and momentum, circular motion, rigid body motion, statics, universal gravitation, and fluid mechanics. This course assumes some knowledge of calculus: MATH 131, 107, or HONR 131 is a prerequisite. Calculus may be taken concurrently, since we will use only the more basic aspects this semester, but if that is the case, you may expect to see some concepts of calculus for the first time in this course. This should not be a problem, since Newton invented calculus precisely to formulate his laws of mechanics, and the two subjects can reinforce one another when studied simultaneously. Mathematics, including calculus, is the language of physics, not merely a computational tool, and our most important need for calculus is in formulating the laws of mechanics in their full generality. Revised: Oct. 3 and Dec. 3 – Note changes in red.
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Grades The final course grade will be determined by a combination of factors: Hour Exams (four) 60% Final Exam 25% Homework 15% Individual course work will be graded numerically. The interpretation of these grades in arriving at a midterm or final letter grade will be based on a comparative study of the performance of the cadets. As a rough guide, you should expect the average grade in the course to be a low B, and approximately 20% of the grades to be A’s. No student who truly puts in an adequate effort should fail this course. If you feel that you are falling below expectations, seek help. Exams
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221-syllabus-f08 - Revised: Oct. 3 and Dec. 3 Note changes...

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