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Last updated: Thu Nov 18 03:35:47 pm 2010 (EST) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 231C Fall 2010

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Instructor: Richard Hallstein

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Instructor Information

Dr. Tibor F. Nagy
Homepage: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/
Office: BPS 1253.
Phone: (517) 884-5508.
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu.
Office hours: Wednesday noon - 1:00 PM, BPS 1253.

Course Description

Physics 231C is an online, algebra-based general physics class, recommended for a variety of majors. Topics include: kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, momentum and energy conservation, circular motion, gravitation, rotational motion, thermodynamics, oscillations, waves, sound.

Prerequisites

MTH 103 or MTH 116 or MTH 124 or MTH 132 or LBS 117.

Class Hours

PHY 231C, sec 730 and 731 (online sections): there are no lectures.

Helproom Hours

BPS 1248, Strosacker Learning Center: Mo/Tu/We/Th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Fr from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Teaching Assistants: Ding Wang (wangdin1@msu.edu), Xu Lu (luxu@msu.edu), Jun Hong (hongjun9@msu.edu), Emerson Cruz (efcruz@msu.edu).

Exam Information

For each exam, each student should bring a picture ID, two #2 pencils, an eraser, a calculator with fresh batteries. (Graphing calculators are allowed, but not necessary.)

Midterm #1: Sep 28, Tuesday: 5:10-6:10 PM, BCH 101 (Biochemistry).
Midterm #2: Oct 26, Tuesday: 5:10-6:10 PM, FAE 116 (Farrall Agr Eng Hall)
Midterm #3: Nov 23, Tuesday: 5:10-6:10 PM, BCH 101 (Biochemistry).
Final exam: Dec 15, Wednesday, 5:45-7:45 PM, BPS 1410 (Biomedical Physical Sci.)

On the midterm exams a one-sided handwritten help sheet is allowed together with the sheets from the previous midterm exams. On the final exam the three one-sided help sheets from the midterms together with a fourth one-sided sheet are allowed. These can all fit on two pieces of paper.

Grading Information

Percent weights for PHY 231C:
Homework: 17%.
Three midterm exams: 3 x 17% = 51%.
Final exam: 34%.

These weights add up to 102%.

Homework: Every homework question is worth 1 point.

Midterm exams: Maximum score on each midterm: 50 points. The midterm exams will have correction exams as a homework. 30% of the positive difference between the correction exam and the in-class exam will be added to your in-class exam score as bonus.

Final Exam: Maximum score on the final: 100 points. The final exam will not have correction.

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.

Readings


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Week 01 Ch 1 Mathematical Backgr., Ch 2 Motion in One Dimension
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Week 02 Ch 3 Vectors and Motion in Two Dimensions
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Week 03 Ch 4 Forces and Newton's Laws of Motion
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Week 04 Ch 5 Applying Newton's laws
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09/28 Tuesday: Exam #1: 5:10-6:10 PM, BCH 101 (Biochemistry).
Week 05 Ch 10 Energy and work
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Week 06 Ch 9 Momentum
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Week 07 Ch 6 Circular motion, Orbits and Gravity
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Week 08 Ch 7 Rotation, Static equilibrium
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10/26 Tuesday: Exam #2: 5:10-6:10 PM, FAE 116 (Farrall Agr Eng).
Week 09 Ch 8 Equilibrium and Elasticity
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Week 10 Ch 13 Fluids
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Week 11 Ch 12 Thermal properties of matter
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Week 12 Ch 11 Using energy
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11/23 Tuesday: Exam #3: 5:10-6:10 PM, BCH 101 (Biochemistry).
Week 13 Ch 14 Oscillations
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Week 14 Ch 14 Oscillations, Ch 15 Traveling Waves and Sound
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Week 15 Ch 15 Waves, Ch 16 Superposition
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12/15 Wednesday: Final Exam: 5:45-7:45 PM, BPS 1410.
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Textbook

Knight, Jones, Field: College Physics (A Strategic Approach), Volume 1 (1st or 2nd edition) or Volume 1 and 2 combined (1st edition).

If your book came with the Mastering Physics access kit, don't open the kit. We will use the LON-CAPA course system instead.

You don't need to buy clicker, this is an online class, we don't have clicker questions.