PHYS 201 SYLLABUS

Dr. Johnny B. Holmes

Fall, 2016

Basics (course description, goals, topics, grading, etc.)
Collected (written) Homework (introduction, format, assignments, example)
Computer Homework (introduction, assignments, download programs)
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Basics

Description, goals, topics
Grading
Tentative Test Schedule
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Description, goals, topics

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I
A general physics course covering the topics of mechanics, heat, and sound; designed primarily for biology and biochemistry majors. Prerequisite: High school algebra and trig, or MATH 107 & 110, or MATH 117. Corequisite: PHYS 201L.

TEXT  recommended: any College Physics textbook should have the material. There is a free on-line OpenStax textbook with contents.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Johnny B. Holmes, Professor of Physics; office: AH 012; phone 321-3448; home phone 383-9045 e-mail: jholmes@cbu.edu

GOALS: The course is designed to:

  1. Teach the concepts of vectors, inertia, force, energy, power, and heat; to introduce Newton's laws of motion & law of gravity; conservation laws of energy, momentum and angular momentum; 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics:
    1. To provide a fund of concepts, images, and metaphors that can be utilized to imagine how other things in the world might work.
    2. To give you an idea of the size of some quantities (e.g., size of the earth, power of a normal human heart, values for coefficients of friction of common substances).
    3. for use in future courses;
    4. to aid you in your attempt to find your place in the natural world as well as to aid you in your attempt to become an intelligent and responsible citizen.
  2. Demonstrate how physical phenomena can be organized and described both qualitatively and quantitatively by theory.
  3. Reinforce the application of analytical reasoning.

PREREQUISITES BY TOPIC:

  1. Basic algebra (solving for an unknown) and trigonometry (sine, cosine, tangent)
  2. Solution of simultaneous equations

TOPICS:

  1. Vectors and Basic Motion. (9 classes)
  2. Forces and Motion. (9 classes)
  3. Energy, Power, and Momentum (8 classes)
  4. Fluids and Thermodynamics. (7 classes)
  5. Vibrations and Wave Motion. (5 classes)

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GRADING: grades (each based on 100 points) description

  • 5 . . . 5 tests each worth 1 grade (see tentative schedule below)
  • 1 . . . 9 collected homework assignments, together worth 1 grade (see below)
    You MUST HAVE A 65% OR BETTER on the collected homework to pass the course!
  • 2 . . . 21 computer homework assignments (see below)
  • 3 . . . the final exam counts as three grades
    --
    11 . . . TOTAL (final average based on average of these eleven grades)
  • -1 . . . I will drop your lowest grade (not counting regular or computer homework) if you have three or fewer absences.
    --
    10 . . . ADJUSTED TOTAL The average of these ten (or eleven) grades will determine your final average. Your final grade will be given based on the following ranges of your final average:

A: 93-­100; B: 82-­93; C: 70­-82; D: 65-70; F: 0­-65.

(note: a 81.9 is in the C range, not in the B!)


The tests will come essentially from the homework (both collected and uncollected - see the study guides), the computer assignments, and material covered in class. The final exam will come essentially from the five previous tests.

The course emphasizes problem solving rather than memorization. You will be permitted to bring in one 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper with whatever you wish on one side for each test. You may bring in two sheets (or one sheet both sides) for the final exam. However, the information on it must be in your own handwriting. No duplicated material will be permitted. 

Calculators are permitted, and even recommended. However, the sharing of calculators during a test will not be permitted, so come prepared!  No internet-connected devices are permitted during a test, so be sure your calculator is one without internet connection capability. During tests, calculators, hands, and eyes should remain on the desk and not in your lap.

ABSENCES:
You are expected to attend class since important concepts will be discussed in ways the text will complement but not duplicate. If you have more than three absences I will not drop your lowest test score as mentioned above. If you miss a test, then you may request a make-up test. If I grant the request, a 10% penalty will be imposed. (If you have less than four absences you may drop this test from your average.) However, if you know you will miss a test, you may arrange to take the test early with no penalty. I do need at least 24 hours notice so that I have time to prepare the test.

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TENTATIVE TEST DATES:

Sept. 14

Wed.

Vectors and Basic Motion

Oct. 7

Fri.

Forces and Motion

Nov. 4

Fri.

Energy, Power and Momentum

Nov. 23

Wed.

Thermodynamics

Dec. 9

Fri.

Vibrations and Wave Motion

TBA

 TBA

Final Exam (comprehensive)

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COLLECTED HOMEWORK

Introduction
Format
Assignments
An Example
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Introduction

The purpose of the collected homework is two­fold: (1) to enhance your problem solving skills; and (2) to enhance your communication skills.

You must get at least a 65% on the collected homework to pass the course!

The collected homework (which counts as one of your ten [or eleven] grades) consists of a set of 9 problems of which one problem will be due most every Wednesday (see schedule below). Each problem will be worth 11 points giving a total of 9 x 11 = 99 points. If you get the required 64 points (or more), I will add a point to your grade to make the homework grade be based on 100 (like all the others).

If you do not turn in the problem by the due date, you may turn it in before the last day of class but there will be a late penalty of 2 points.

If minor errors (e.g., dumb algebra mistake, incomplete units, occasional grammar error) are detected, points will be subtracted. If major errors are detected (e.g., few if any units, unclear diagram, start with specialized equations rather than basic equations), the problem will be marked REDO and no credit will be awarded unless it is redone in an acceptable manner and resubmitted by the last class. Problems will normally be returned to you at the next class so that you have time to correct the major errors. If you get any grade less than 9 on any problem, you may re-submit that problem before the last class for up to 9 points credit.

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Format for regular collected homework:


The collected homework must be done according to the following format: [BE SURE TO NUMBER EACH OF THE SEVEN STEPS FOR EACH PROBLEM.]

1) I want to and I can: State this at the beginning of the problem. Questions you should ask yourself to confirm this attitude include: Do I want to pass the course? Do I want to learn something? Do I want to see how well I know something and understand the concepts? Have I read the chapter? Have I reviewed my notes from class? Am I willing to seek help?

2) Define the situation:

  1. State what you are given (for each piece of information define a symbol and then set that symbol equal to the value you are given).
  2. Draw a diagram and put your knowns and unknowns on the diagram. I consider this VERY IMPORTANT!

3) State the objective:

  1. State what you are looking for (use a symbol or symbols that will be found in the equations you will use and define those symbols).
  2. State what units the quantity or quantities should have.

4) Explore the options:

  1. State the basic equations or principles (by name only) that could be used. Note: only definitions or equations on the study guide are allowed.
  2. State any other way you might accomplish the objective.

5) Plan your method of attack: Outline the procedure you intend to follow. Write down only the major equations to be used. Do not include all the individual steps that it will take.

6) Show the algebra (or trig or calculus) work to solve the problem. Be sure to show units in your calculations!

7) Look back:

  1. State your answer with the appropriate units.
  2. Check your units to see if they match those you listed in part 3b above.
  3. Compare your answer to known benchmarks whenever possible.

If there is more than one part to the problem, do the above for each part. Sometimes the problem will have parts a,b,c that actually involve finding different quantities in the same problem, and sometimes the parts a,b,c will actually be different problems. It is up to you to distinguish the two cases!

Be sure your homework is neat and legible. Points may be taken off or the homework may not even be accepted if the work is not neat and easily legible!

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The Assignments:

The problems referred to below come from the Letter Problems in the Study Guides. The problem numbers below link to the problem in the Study Guides.

NUM

day

date

Problem

*

NUM

day

date

Problem

.

Wed.

Aug. 24

None

*

.

Wed.

Oct. 19

Fall Break

1

Wed.

Aug. 31

L-C

*

6

Wed.

Oct. 26

L-BB

2

Wed.

Sept. 7

L-G

*

.

Wed.

Nov. 2

None

.

Wed.

Sept. 14

None

*

7

Wed.

Nov. 9

L-JJ

3

Wed.

Sept. 21

L-I

*

8

Wed.

Nov. 16

L-QQ

4

Wed.

Sept 28

L-N

*

.

Wed.

Nov. 23

None

.

Wed.

Oct. 5

None

*

9

Wed.

Nov. 30

L-SS

5

Wed.

Oct. 12

L-Y

*

.

Wed.

Dec. 7

None

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SAMPLE COLLECTED HOMEWORK PROBLEM

1) I want to and I can.

2) Define the situation:

  1. Given: length of person, yperson = 6 ft; mirror.
  2. Diagram:

diagram

3) State the Objective:

  1. Looking for useful length of mirror, yuseful
  2. Units: length should have units of feet.

4) Explore the Options:

  1. Equations: qincident = qreflected (law of reflection) Eq. (1)
    tan q = opposite/adjacent (trig def.) Eq. (2)
    yfloor + ytop = yperson (def. from diagram) Eq. (3)
  2. Other ways: obtain a long mirror and have someone mark on the mirror where you see your shoes and where on the mirror you see the top of your head.

5) Plan the method of attack:
Draw lines from eyes to mirror and back to shoes such that qincident = qreflected. Find position on mirror where ray of light from shoes (on the floor) strikes on way to eye; repeat procedure for top of head. Measure distance between these two points. (Any portion of mirror below the first point or above the second point is not useful for present purposes.)

6) Take action:

  1. draw lines from eye to mirror and from mirror to shoes;
  2. identify qincident and qreflected; note that qincident = qreflected;
  3. extend normal line used to specify q's to create two triangles;
  4. from diagram, note that since qincident = qreflected (Eq. 1) that
    tan qincident = tan qreflected ; therefore y1 /x = y2 /x (using Eq. 2);
  5. therefore, y1 = y2; and since y1 + y2 = yfloor , y2 = 1/2 yfloor;
  6. the same procedure can be used for the distance needed for the top of the head;
  7. therefore, yuseful = 1/2 yperson = 1/2 6 ft = 3 ft.

7) Look back:

  1. Answer: yuseful = 1/2 yperson = 3 ft.
  2. Units are in feet which corresponds to 3b.
  3. The useful length depends on the height of the person which is reasonable.
  4. Note: the useful length does NOT depend on the distance (x) from the object to the mirror. Is this correct? If this surprises you, check it out for yourself to see if you or the theory is correct!

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COMPUTER ASSIGNMENTS

Introduction (purpose, how to get and use the programs)
Assignments
download programs (this takes you to another CBU site)
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Introduction to Computer Homework Assignments

The purpose of the computer assignments is two­fold: (1) to give you (graded) practice applying the concepts taught in class (with immediate feedback as to whether you are correct or not), and (2) to encourage you to be accurate in your calculations (no partial credit given for wrong answers ­ instead a chance to do the whole set again [but with different numbers]).

The computer homework set, which will count as two of your eleven [or ten] grades, consists of 21 separate computer programs (schedule is below).

To do any of the programs:
1.  First create a directory in your computer called Physics.
For Mac users, follow the instructions for downloading the DOSBOX utility before proceding with step 2 below.
2.  Go to the course website at:  http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~jholmes/P201/intro.html. Download (SAVE not RUN) to your Physics directory (created in Step 1) your own copy of PV0WIN.EXE (windows) or PV0DOS.EXE (Mac) from the course web page, or see your instructor about making your own copy on a flash drive.  Later you will need to download PV1WIN.EXE and PV2WIN.EXE (or PV1DOS.EXE and PV2DOS.EXE for Macs) to your Physics directory.
3.  To begin running the programs, go to your Physics directory, and double click on the PV0WIN.EXE icon, or for Macs, drag your PV0DOS.EXE icon into the DOSBOX icon.
4.  When the program begins, it will ask you if this is your first time or if this is a repeat.  The first time you run the program, type F for first time.  It should show the path to your Physics directory.  .
5.  After verifying the path, you will be asked to enter your course number [PHYS 201, choice b], then your instructor [Dr. Holmes, choice h], then your section [B, choice b], then enter your name: Last First (use no commas). The computer will then ask you to verify your course and name - if it is correct as displayed, simply press return; if not, re-enter in the course or name.  Later, if you type R for repeat instead of F for first, you will not have to enter this info.
6.  The computer will then display the menu of programs on the volume you have chosen. Simply type in the number of the program you wish to run and then press Enter to confirm your choice. From here on out, simply follow the directions on the screen.
7.  How I read your responses:  Each time you run the program, the computer will either create a file called STRES.DAT or update this file if it already exists. When you are finished, you will have to get this file, called STRES.DAT , which should be in your Physics directory, to me to record your grades.  You must send the responses to me either by attaching the file: STRES.DAT to an e-mail message to me (at jholmes@cbu.edu) or copying the STRES.DAT file to a flash drive and giving the flash drive to me to read.
8.  I will indicate to you your current computer score on your written homework and on your tests when I hand these back to you. There will be a CH1 (and later a CH2) followed by a number to indicate your computer homework score(s).

Each of the programs asks questions or allows you to do certain things. Your answers or results are recorded on the STRES.DAT file as you do them. This allows me to grade your computer homework.

Each assignment may be performed as often as you like. I will only count your best effort, so feel free to do it over and over until you get it perfect. If you get the first 9 questions correct but miss the tenth one, you need to redo the whole program and get all 10 questions correct for full credit. The reason behind this is so that you will consider whether your answers to the questions are correct before you enter them in (step 7 of the problem solving paradigm).

The due date indicates when it should be completed if you are to remain on schedule and wish full credit. If you do the assignment after the due date but before the last day of classes, you will get 80% credit. No credit will be awarded for anything submitted after the last class.

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Schedule of Computer Assignments

SET #1 (for one grade)

.

Points

Due date

Vol-Program

Points

1

Relations

W Aug. 24

0-1

5

2

Conversion Factors

F Aug. 26

1-1

10

3

Linear Equations

M Aug. 29

0-2

5

4

Simultaneous Equations

F Sept. 2

0-3

10

5

Vector Addition

F Sept.9

1-2

10

6

Quadratic Equations

M Sept.12

0-4

10

 

Test #1 on Wednesday, Sept. 14

 

 

 

7

Motion Graphs

F Sept. 16

1-3

10

8

Acc. Due to Gravity

F Sept. 23

1-4

10

9

Trajectories

F Sept. 30

1-5

10

10

Newton's Second Law

M Oct. 3

1-6

10

11

Circular Motion & Satellites

W Oct. 5

1-7

10

 

Test #2 on Friday, Oct. 7

 

 

 

.

Total:

.

.

100

NOTE: BONUS - If you get 100/100 on the above computer assignments, 10 points will be added to your score giving you 110 points for this grade.

SET #2 (for one grade)

NUM

Program

due date

Vol-Prog

points

12

Basic Torque

M Oct. 10

1-8

10

13

Projectiles

F Oct. 14

1-9

10

14

Gravity

F Oct. 28

1-0

10

15

Energy and Power

M Oct. 31

2-1

10

16

Trolley & Sled

W Nov. 2

2-2

10

 

Test #3 on Friday, Nov. 4

 

 

 

17

Moonlanding

F Nov. 11

2-3

10

18

Pressure and Fluids

F Nov. 18

2-8

10

19

Heat

M Nov. 21

2-9

10

 

Test #4 on Wednesday, Nov. 23

 

 

 

20

Logarithms

F Dec. 2

0-6

10

21

Waves & Doppler Effect

W Dec. 7

2-0

10

 

Test #5 on Friday Dec. 9

 

 

 

 

Total:

.

.

100

NOTE: BONUS - If you get 100/100 on the above computer assignments, 10 points will be added to your score giving you 110 points for this grade.

 

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Schedule of Assignments:

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

Aug 22

24

CH 0-1

26

CH 1-1

29

CH 0-2

31

L-C

Sept. 2

CH 0-3

5

Labor Day

7

L-G

9

CH 1-2

12

CH 0-4

14

Test #1

16

CH 1-3

19

21

L-I

23

CH 1-4

26

28

L-N

30

CH 1-5

Oct. 3

CH 1-6

5

CH 1-7

7

Test #2

10

CH 1-8

12

L-Y

14

CH 1-9

Fall

break

 

24

26

L-BB

28

CH 1-0

31

CH 2-1

Nov. 2

CH 2-2

4

Test #3

7

9

L-JJ

11

CH 2-3

14

16

L-QQ

18

CH 2-8

21

CH 2-9

23

Test #4

25

Thanksgiving

28

30

L-SS

Dec. 2

CH 0-6

5

7

CH 2-0

9

Test #5

 

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