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Last updated: Tue Apr 24 01:02:28 pm 2012 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 183 Spring 2012

Michigan State University


Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy, Richard Hallstein
Teaching Assistant: Nathan Michael Parzuchowski, Neil John Deboer, Cody James Littley

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Instructor Information

Section 001: Tibor F. Nagy
Office: 1253 BPS, Phone: (517) 884-5508
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu, or nagytibo@msu.edu, Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/

Section 002: Richard Hallstein
Office: 1253 BPS, Phone: (517) 884-5509
Email: hallstein@pa.msu.edu, Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/courses/2012spring/PHY183/sec2/index.html

Teaching Assistants:
James Laverty (laverty1@msu.edu),
Neil Deboer (deboerne@msu.edu),
Cody Littley (littley1@msu.edu),
Nathan Parzuchowski (parzuch6@msu.edu).

Course Description

PHY 183 is a calculus-based physics course for students majoring in engineering or physical sciences. Topics include: kinematics, Newtonian dynamics, work, energy, power, conservation of energy and momentum, circular motion, rotational motion, gravity, harmonic oscillations, wave motion and sound.


MTH 132 or MTH 152H or LBS 118.
Not open to students with credit in: LBS 271, PHY 193H, PHY 231, PHY 231C.

Class Hours

Section 001: on Mo, Tu, We, Th from 4:10 to 5:00 PM in room BPS 1410.
Section 002: on Mo, Tu, We, Th from 5:10 to 6:00 PM in room BPS 1410.

Helproom Hours

Physics Learning Center, room BPS 1248.

James Laverty: Mo 2-4 PM, Th noon-5 PM, Fr noon-6 PM.
Neil Deboer: Mo 3-4 PM, Th 9 AM-noon, Fr 3-5 PM.
Cody Littley: Th 5-9 PM, Fr 11AM-2PM and 5-6PM.
Nathan Parzuchowski: Th 5-9PM, Fr 10-11 AM and 3-6 PM.

Exam Information

There will be twelve 40-minute exams every week and one 2-hour final exam. The weekly exams will be given in class every Monday* and will cover the material presented in the previous week (*- there is not an exam on the Monday immediately after spring break). There will be no make-ups for missing a weekly exam. We realize sometimes stuff happens that is beyond your control, with this in mind we will drop your lowest two exam scores when calculating your final grade.

All the exams are closed book. However, you are permitted to use a single 8-inch by 5-inch card (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of the note card.

Each weekly exam will have a correction exam assigned as a homework assignment in Lon-Capa. 30% of the positive difference between the correction exam and the in-class exam will be added to your in-class exam score as a bonus. As such, the correction exam homework assignment can only add points to your midterm exam score.

Final Exam: Thursday, May 3rd, 8-10 PM. Location: section 001: BCC N130; section 002: CEM 138. The final exam is closed book. However, you are permitted to use a two 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheets of paper (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of these sheets. The final exam cannot be dropped.

Bring a calculator with fresh batteries, two sharp #2 (HB) pencils, an eraser and your picture ID to each exam.


There are 14 homework sets. With the exception of the last set, each set will cover one chapter. The homework are always due on Sunday evenings at 11:59 PM.

There will be 12 40-minute exams; each of the associated correction exams are always due on Wednesday evenings at 11:59 PM.

Students with Disabilities: MSU is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Requests for accommodations by persons with disabilities may be made by contacting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities at 517-884-RCPD or on the web at rcpd.msu.edu. Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined, you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (VISA) form. Please present this form to your instructor at the start of the term or no later than the end of the second week of class (Jan. 20). Requests received after this date may not be honored.

Grading Information

Percent weights: Homework: 25%, Weekly Exams: 50%, Final Exam: 25%.

Clicker quizzes: Clicker quizzes will be given in class. These quizzes count as extra credit. The extra credit will be 5% added to the final course average. No makeups are available for clicker quizzes.

The guaranteed scale below is based on the total percentage of points.

Grading scale:
4.0 >= 92%,
3.5 >= 84%,
3.0 >= 76%,
2.5 >= 68%,
2.0 >= 60%,
1.5 >= 52%,
1.0 >= 44%,
0.0 < 44%.

This grading scale might be lowered, but it will not be raised.


You are expected to have completed the assigned reading prior to coming to class. A clicker quiz may be given at the beginning of class covering the assigned reading.

Wk | HW is due | Reading assignment
01 | Jan 12 Th | Syllabus, HW 0,
01 | Jan 15 Su | HW 1: Ch 1: Overview
02 | Jan 22 Su | HW 2: Ch 2: Motion in a Straight Line
03 | Jan 29 Su | HW 3: Ch 3: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
04 | Feb 5 Su | HW 4: Ch 4: Force
05 | Feb 12 Su | HW 5: Ch 5: Energy, Work, Power, Ch 6: Pot. En.
06 | Feb 19 Su | HW 6: Ch 7: Momentum and Collisions
07 | Feb 26 Su | HW 7: Ch 8: Systems of Particles,
08 | Mar 11 Su | HW 8: Ch 9: Circ. Motion
09 | Mar 18 Su | HW 9,Ch 10: Rotation,
10 | Mar 25 Su | HW 10: Ch 11: Static Equilibrum
11 | Apr 01 Su | HW 11: Ch 12: Gravitation
12 | Apr 08 Su | HW 12: Ch 13: Solids and Fluids
13 | Apr 15 Su | HW 13: Ch 14: Oscillations
14 | Apr 22 Su | HW 14: Ch 15: Waves
15 | Apr 29 Su | HW 15: Ch 16: Sound
16 | May 03 Th | Cumulative Final: 8-10 PM, 001: BCC N130; 002: CEM 138.


Wolfgang Bauer, Gary D. Westfall: University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 1, McGraw-Hill, 1st edition, ISBN 978-0-07-336795-8.

We will use iClicker in this class.

We will use LON-CAPA, MSU's own free and flexible web-based course management system.