Dr. Dan Boye, Fall 2010
PHYSICS 120
 
Office: Dana 134  
daboye@davidson.edu
GENERAL PHYSICS I
 
Phone: 894-2394
Fall 2010
 

Classroom: Dana 146    Lecture: 8:30 - 9:20 am, MWF
Laboratory: 2:30 - 5:30 pm, M; 1:00 - 4:00, T; and 1:30 - 4:30 pm, F
Office Hours: I am generally available from 8:30-5:00 M-F.  Communication with me by email is very reliable.  If my office light is on and I'm not there, check around on the 1st floor of Dana.
Text: Physics: Principles with Applications, 6th Edition, Giancoli (ISBN:13-060620-0)
          Physlet Physics, Christian and Belloni (ISBN:0-131-01969-4 )

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

This course is the first half of a two-semester introduction to physics and will cover the fundamental concepts of mechanics, fluids, waves and sound, and heat and thermodynamics.  We will cover chapters 1 through 15 of the text.  The text is encyclopedic in coverage, so we will choose to omit a number of sections.  We will also not cover every assigned section in class.  Many sections will be left to your own reading, while class time will be used to discuss concepts, develop understanding, do demonstrations, look at computer simulations, and work problems.  Problem solving is an essential part of any physics course. The mental framework and question-answer dialogue needed to sharpen this skill will be developed. Class will meet as scheduled below. The chapter assignment for each day indicates where we will probably be at that time. Reading of the text material for the first time before the lecture is required.  This class requires your active participation, and reading the text material a number of times is part of that participation.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Attendance: Attendance at class follows the College's 25% rule. It is one of the primary responsibilities of the student to attend each and every class. Each student is responsible for the material discussed in class and the announcements made in class. Absence from class does not relieve one from this responsibility. Please mark the roll on the side board each day you are in class. Attendance at all lab sessions and reviews is required. Wireless connectivity of your electronic gadgets (i.e., laptops and phones) must be turned off during lecture.

Homework: Questions, problems and Physlet problems for each chapter are assigned below.  They are to be turned in to be graded at the beginning of the next class period following completion of that chapter in lecture.  Other problems may be assigned from time to time.  These will be announced in class and updated on the web version of this syllabus.  Discussion among class members, me and tutors in the MSC regarding homework problem solving strategies; however, copying another student's work from this class or any previous class is an honor code violation. Using publicly or electronically available solutions is also an honor code violation as well as having an MSC tutor solve the problems for you.  The word Pledged along with your signature and the date written on your homework signifies your compliance with these requirements. Homework will not be accepted late or unpledged. Unsupported answers will not receive full credit. If you need help, please see me.

Laboratory: Laboratory sessions will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.  Note that the Friday lab section meets from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, not 2:30 to 5:30 pm.  The lab schedule is given below.  The lab manual is available on the web. Specifics concerning lab will be given in the first several class periods and in the individual lab meetings.

Reviews: The reviews and final exam will be comprised of problems similar to those worked in the lecture and assigned for homework. They will also include definitions, explanations of phenomena and interpretations of physical principles. Any student requiring additional time on reviews and the exam must have the Dean of Sudents Office contact me directly well before the first review.

Final Exam: The final exam will be a self-scheduled, closed book, comprehensive exam. Questions concerning material covered between the last review and the last day of class will be on the final exam.

GRADES:
Homework 15% Lab 15% Reviews 45% Exam 25%

CLASS SCHEDULE

Date

Chapter

Homework

HW Due

Omit

8/23

Introduction & 1

Ch.1: Q: 3; P: 21, 27, 44, 50, PP: I1.1,1.3; P1.1

 

 

8/25

1,2

Ch. 2: Q: 15;  P: 7, 29, 42, 47, 59, 72; PP: P2.1, 2.10

 

2.8

8/27

2

 

Ch1

 

8/30

2

 

 

 

9/1

3

Ch. 3: Q: 3, 7;  P: 10, 31, 41, 55, 65; PP: E3.2, P3.10

Ch2

 3.7

9/3

3

 

 

9/6

3

 

 

 

9/8

4

Ch. 4: Q: 12; P: 14, 23, 29, 45, 49, 56; PP: P4.1, 4.11 

Ch3

 

9/10

4

 

 

9/13

4

 

 

 

9/15

5

Ch. 5: Q: 6, 19; P: 7, 9, 19, 33, 49, 79; PP: P5.11 

Ch4

5.4,5,9

9/17

5

 

9/20

5,6

Ch. 6: Q: 10, 18; P: 8, 20, 37, 55, 86; PP: P6.10, 7.6

9/22

6

 

Ch5

 

9/24

Rev. #1 (1-5)

 

 

 

9/27

6

 

9/29

7

Ch. 7: Q: 8, 10; P: 12, 19, 27, 35, 50; PP: P8.1, 8.8 

Ch6

7.9,10 

10/1

7

 

10/4

7

 

 

 

10/6

8

Ch. 8: Q: 10, 12; P: 24, 40, 48, 60, 68; PP: P10.4, 10.6

Ch7

8.9

10/8

8

 

 

 

10/11

No Class

Fall Break

 

 

10/13

8

   

10/15

9

Ch. 9: Q: 2, 9; P: 12, 20, 28, 59, 70 

Ch8
9.5,6,7

10/18

9

 

   

10/20

10

Ch. 10: Q: 3, 23; P: 19, 34, 39, 46, 79; PP: P14.3

Ch9
10.11,12,13,14

10/22

10

   

10/25

11

Ch. 11: Q: 5, 19; P: 9, 10, 20, 33, 44, 57; PP: P16.6 

Ch10
11.10,14,15,16

10/27

Rev. #2 (6-10)

 

10/29

11

 

   

11/1

11

 

   

11/3

12

Ch. 12: Q: 14,16; P: 16, 35, 38, 42, 53; PP: P18.13, 18.15 

Ch11
12.3,8,9 

11/5

12

 

 

 

11/8

12

 

11/10

13

Ch. 13: Q: 10, 17; P: 15, 33, 40, 51, 57, 78; PP: P20.3

Ch12

 13.5,11,12,13,14

11/12

13

 

11/15

13

 

11/17

14

Ch. 14: Q: 3, 15; P: 13, 18, 26, 39, 41, 53; PP: P19.9

Ch13

11/19

14

 

 

11/22

14    

11/24

  Thanksgiving Break  

 

11/26

  Thanksgiving Break  

11/29

15

Ch. 15: Q: 3, 19; P: 10, 12, 21, 40, 43, 51;PP: P 21.3 

Ch14

15.11

12/1

Rev. #3 (11-14)

 

 

 

12/3

15

 

12/6

15

 

Ch15

 

12/8

15, Eval

 

 

 

12/9

Reading Day

 

 

 

12/10-16

Exam Period

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAB SCHEDULE - Fall 2010

Week

Experiment 

Aug. 23

Introduction and Assessment

Aug. 30

Statistical Treatment of Data 

Sept. 6

Measurement of g and Graphical Analysis of Data 

Sept. 13

Newton's Laws 

Sept. 20

Centripetal Force 

Sept. 27

Trajectories

Oct. 4

Conservation of Linear Momentum and Energy 

Oct. 11

Fall Break

Oct. 18

No Lab

Oct. 25

Angular Acceleration and Moment of Inertia

Nov. 1

Simple Harmonic Motion I

Nov. 8

Simple Harmonic Motion II

Nov. 15

Properties of Waves and Sound

Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Break, No Lab

Nov. 29

Latent Heat of Vaporization