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Last updated: Tue Sep 11 10:26:34 am 2012 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 233B Fall 2012

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Chien-Peng Yuan, Tibor Nagy
Teaching Assistant: Nan Du, Tibor F Nagy 9, Xukun Xiang

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Instructor Information

Dr. Tibor Nagy
Office: 1253 BPS
Phone: (517) 884-5508
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu

Course Description

PHY 233B: bridging course from the algebra based PHY 231 (or equivalent) to the calculus based PHY 183. Topics include: kinematics, Newtonian dynamics, work, energy, power, conservation of energy, momentum, system of particles, circular motion, rotational motion, static equilibrium, gravity, solids and fluids, harmonic oscillations, wave motion and sound.

Prerequisites

(PHY 231 or PHY 231C) and MTH 132.

Helproom Hours

Online Teaching Assistants:
Du, Nan (dunan@msu.edu),
Xiang, Xukun (xiangxuk@msu.edu).

Exam Information

Exam #1: Sep 26, Wednesday, 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415,
Exam #2: Oct 24, Wednesday, 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415,
Exam #3: Nov 28, Wednesday, 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415.

On each midterm exam you are allowed to have a one-sided 8.5 by 11 US letter sized handwritten help sheet.

Bring a scientific calculator with fresh batteries, two sharp #2 (HB) pencils, an eraser and your picture ID to each exam. Graphing calculators are allowed, but not required.

Grading Information

Percent weights: Homework: 25%, three Midterm Exams: 3 x 25% = 75%.

Grading scale:
4.0 >= 94%,
3.5 >= 86%,
3.0 >= 78%,
2.5 >= 70%,
2.0 >= 62%,
1.5 >= 54%,
1.0 >= 46%,
0.0 < 46%.

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

Readings


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Wk | HW is due | Reading assignment
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01 | Sep 02 Su | Syllabus, HW 0, Ch 1: Overview
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02 | Sep 06 Th | HW 1: Ch 2: Motion in a Straight Line
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03 | Sep 13 Th | HW 2: Ch 3: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
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04 | Sep 20 Th | HW 3: Ch 4: Force
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05 | Sep 26 We | Exam #1: HW 1-3, Ch 1-4, 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415.
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06 | Oct 04 Th | HW 4: Ch 5-6: Energy, Work, Potential Energy
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07 | Oct 11 Th | HW 5: Ch 7: Momentum, Ch 8: Systems of Particles
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08 | Oct 18 Th | HW 6: Ch 9: Circ. Motion, Ch 10: Rotation,
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09 | Oct 24 We | Exam #2: HW 4-6, Ch 5-10, 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415.
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10 | Nov 01 Th | HW 7: Ch 11: Static Equilibrum, Ch 12: Gravitation
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11 | Nov 08 Th | HW 8: Ch 13: Solids and Fluids
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12 | Nov 15 Th | HW 9: Ch 14-15-16: Oscillations, Waves, Sound
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13 | Nov 22 Th | Thanksgiving week: no homework.
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14 | Nov 28 We | Exam #3: HW 7-9, Ch 11-16, 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415.
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15 | Dec 05 We | Correction #3 only. No homework and no final exam.
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Textbook

Wolfgang Bauer, Gary D. Westfall: University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 1, McGraw-Hill, 1st edition, ISBN 978-0-07-336795-8. The bookstores will have this book under PHY 183.

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