Last updated: Wed Apr 29 02:02:42 pm 2009 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

Course Coordinator: | Tibor Nagy |

Homepage:

Office: BPS 1253.

Phone: (517) 884-5508.

Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu.

Office hours: Wednesday 11:00 AM - noon, BPS 1248.

Teaching Assistants:

Matthew L. DeNinno (deninnom@msu.edu)

Arsham Farzinnia (farzinni@msu.edu)

Michael J. Kilgroe (kilgroem@msu.edu)

Cheng Sun (sunchen2@msu.edu)

PHY 231, section 001: 10:20-11:40 AM.

PHY 231, section 002: 6:10-7:30 PM.

PHY 231C, sections 730 and 731: no lectures.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

Midterm #2: Mar 17, Tu; sec 001: 10:20 AM, BPS 1410; sec 002, 730, 731: 6:10 PM, ANH 1281.

Midterm #3: Apr 14, Tu; sec 001: 10:20 AM, BPS 1410; sec 002, 730, 731: 6:10 PM, ANH 1281.

Final exam: May 07, Thursday, 8:00-10:00 PM, BCC N100 and N130.

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.

Clicker questions: 6%.

Homework: 16%.

Three midterm exams: 3 x 16% = 48%.

Final exam: 32%.

Percent weights for PHY 231C (online students in sections: 730 and 731):

Homework: 17%.

Three midterm exams: 3 x 17% = 51%.

Final exam: 34%.

(The online students don't have clicker questions.)

The weights for both 231 and 231C add up to 102%.

Clicker questions: Correct answer: 3 points. Incorrect answer: 1 point. Not present: zero point.

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.

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Tuesd --- Thurs | Week, Chapter, Topic

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01/13 --- 01/15 | 1 Ch 1, 2 Math backgr., Motion in one dimension

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01/20 --- 01/22 | 2 Ch 3 Motion in two dimensions

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01/27 --- 01/29 | 3 Ch 4 Forces and Newton three laws

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02/03 --- 02/05 | 4 Ch 5 Applying Newton's laws

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02/10 - Tuesday | Exam #1

02/12 --------- | 5 Ch 10 Energy and work

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02/17 --- 02/19 | 6 Ch 9 Momentum conservation

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02/24 --- 02/26 | 7 Ch 6, 7 Circular motion, Gravity

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03/03 --- 03/05 | 8 Ch 7, 8 Rotation, Static equilibrium

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03/10 --- 03/12 | Spring Break

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03/17 - Tuesday | Exam #2

03/19 --------- | 9 Ch 8 Elasticity

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03/24 --- 03/26 | 10 Ch 13 Fluids

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03/31 --- 04/02 | 11 Ch 12 Thermal properties of matter

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04/07 --- 04/09 | 12 Ch 11 Using energy

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04/14 - Tuesday | Exam #3

04/16 --------- | 13 Ch 14 Oscillations

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04/21 --- 04/23 | 14 Ch 15 Waves and sound

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04/28 --- 04/30 | 15 Ch 16 Superposition

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05/07 - Thursday| Final Exam: 8:00-10:00 PM, BCC N100 and N130

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The lecture students (sec 001 and 002) will need an i-clicker.

The online students (sec 730 and 731) don't need to buy the clicker.