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Last updated: Thu Sep 4 02:25:10 pm 2014 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 233B Fall 2014

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Teaching Assistant: Alexander Daniel Kreger

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Instructor Information

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

Teaching Assistants: Alex Kreger (kregera3@msu.edu), Spencer Ammerman (ammerma9@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, waves and sound.

Prerequisites

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

Helproom Hours

Teaching Assistants: Alex Kreger (kregera3@msu.edu), Spencer Ammerman (ammerma9@msu.edu).

Help room (BPS 1248) schedule:
Spencer: Thursday 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Alex: Thursday 11:30AM - 12:30 PM and 2:00-5:00 PM.

Exam Information

Exam #1: September 30th, Tuesday, 1 hour online, start anytime between 11 AM and 11 PM.
Exam #2: October 28th, Tuesday, 1 hour online, start anytime between 11 AM and 11 PM.
Exam #3: November 25th, Tuesday, 1 hour online, start anytime between 11 AM and 11 PM.
Final Exam: This class doesn't have a final exam.

Maximum score on each midterm exam: 50 points. A one-sided, hand-written, 8.5 by 11 inch US letter sized help sheet is allowed on each midterm plus the help sheet(s) from the previous midterm(s). The midterm exams will have corrections as a homework: 30% of the positive difference between the correction and the exam will be added to your exam score as bonus. The corrections are optional. The corrections can only raise your scores, they CANNOT lower your scores. The practice exams do NOT contribute to your grade.

For the exams you will need a scientific calculator with fresh batteries, pens and/or pencils, and scrap paper. Graphing calculators are allowed, but not required.

Deadlines

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 no later than the end of the first week of class. Requests received after this date may not be honored.

Grading Information

Percent weights: Homework: 25%, Three Midterm Exams: 3 x 25% = 75%.
Homework: Every homework question is worth 1 point. Midterm exams: Maximum score on each midterm: 50 points. The practice exams do NOT contribute to your grade.

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 | Aug 31 Su | Syllabus, HW 0, Ch 1: Overview
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02 | Sep 04 Th | HW 1: Ch 2: Motion in a Straight Line
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03 | Sep 11 Th | HW 2: Ch 3: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
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04 | Sep 18 Th | HW 3: Ch 4: Force
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05 | Sep 25 Th | HW 4: Ch 5-6: Energy, Work, Potential Energy
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06 | Sep 30 Tu | Exam #1: HW 1-4, Ch 1-6. Online (11 AM to 11 PM).
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07 | Oct 09 Th | HW 5: Ch 7: Momentum, Ch 8: Systems of Particles
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08 | Oct 16 Th | HW 6: Ch 9: Circ. Motion, Ch 10: Rotation,
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09 | Oct 23 Th | HW 7: Ch 11: Static Equilibrum
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10 | Oct 28 Tu | Exam #2: HW 5-7, Ch 7-11. Online (11 AM to 11 PM).
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11 | Nov 06 Th | HW 8: Ch 12: Gravitation
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12 | Nov 13 Th | HW 9: Ch 13: Solids and Fluids
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13 | Nov 20 Th | HW 10: Ch 14-15-16: Oscillations, Waves, Sound
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14 | Nov 25 Tu | Exam #3: HW 8-10, Ch 12-16. Online (11 AM to 11 PM).
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15 | Dec 02 Tu | Correction #3.
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Textbook

Wolfgang Bauer, Gary D. Westfall: University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 1, McGraw-Hill. (Either the 2nd or the 1st edition will be fine. 2nd edition: ISBN 10: 0-0774-0963-9 ISBN 13: 978-0077409630, 1st edition: ISBN 10: 0-0773-5483-4 ISBN 13: 978-0077354831.)

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