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Last updated: Tue Oct 3 12:25:08 pm 2006 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 231 Fall 2006

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: William Lynch, Tibor Nagy, Felicia Berryman
Instructor: Chien-Peng Yuan
Teaching Assistant (Section [_1]): Erin Maureen Nolan, Eric Macaulay, Tibor F Nagy 9, Andrew James Degroot, Rhiannon Therese Meharchand
Teaching Assistant (Section [_1]): Eric Macaulay, Tibor F Nagy 9, Erin Maureen Nolan, Rhiannon Therese Meharchand, Andrew James Degroot
Teaching Assistant (Section [_1]): Erin Maureen Nolan, Andrew James Degroot, Tibor F Nagy 9, Eric Macaulay, Rhiannon Therese Meharchand
Teaching Assistant (Section [_1]): Tibor F Nagy 9, Erin Maureen Nolan, Rhiannon Therese Meharchand, Andrew James Degroot, Eric Macaulay
Teaching Assistant (Section [_1]): Eric Macaulay, Tibor F Nagy 9, Erin Maureen Nolan, Rhiannon Therese Meharchand, Andrew James Degroot
Teaching Assistant (Section [_1]): Erin Maureen Nolan, Andrew James Degroot, Rhiannon Therese Meharchand, Eric Macaulay, Tibor F Nagy 9

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Instructor Information

Section 001: Dr. William Lynch
Office: W105 NSCL
Phone: (517) 333-6319
Email: lynch@nscl.msu.edu
Office hours: Tuesday, 09:10-10:10 in BPS 1248

Section 002: Dr. C.-P. Yuan
Office: 3213 BPS
Phone: (517) 355-9200 x 2135
Email: yuan@pa.msu.edu
Office hours: Monday, 15:00-16:00 in BPS 1248

Section 003: Dr. Tibor F. Nagy
Office: 1253 BPS
Phone: (517) 355-9200 x 2515
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu
Office hours: Tuesday 14:00-15:00 in BPS 1248

Teaching Assistants:
Eric Macaulay (Fr: 3-5PM, Mo: 11:30-12:30, 3-6PM, Tu: 10-11, noon-9PM)
Rhiannon Meharchand (Mo: 9-11:30, 3-6PM, Tu: 9-noon, 1:30-9PM)
Erin Nolan (Mo: 9-11, Tu: 9-noon, Th: 5:30-7:30PM)

Course Description

Physics 231/231C is an algebra-based general physics class, recommended for a variety of majors. Topics include: Kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, momentum and energy conservation, rotational motion, gravity, thermodynamics, oscillations, wave motion, sound.

Prerequisites

MTH 103 or MTH 116 or MTH 124 or MTH 132 or LBS 117.
Restrictions: not open to students with credit in PHY 181B, PHY 183, PHY 183B, PHY 193H, PHY 231B, PHY 231C, or LBS 271.

Class Hours

Room 1410 BPS.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Section 001: 08:00-08:50,
Section 002: 09:10-10:00,
Section 003: 10:20-11:10.

Helproom Hours

BPS 1248, Strosacker Learning Center.
Friday: 15:00-17:00,
Monday: 09:00-18:00,
Tuesday: 09:00-21:00.

Exam Information

Midterm #1: Sep 22, Fr, BPS 1410, PHY 231: lecture hour, PHY 231C: 15:00-16:00.
Midterm #2: Oct 20, Fr, BPS 1410, PHY 231: lecture hour, PHY 231C: 15:00-16:00.
Midterm #3: Nov 17, Fr, BPS 1410, PHY 231: lecture hour, PHY 231C: 15:00-16:00.

Final exam: Dec 12, Tuesday, 20:00-22:00, location TBA.

Grading Information

Percent weights:
Clicker questions: 5%,
Homework: 10%,
Midterm exams: 3 x 20% = 60%,
Final Exam: 30%.

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%.

Readings


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From ------- To | Week, Chapter, Topic
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08/28 --- 09/01 | 1 Ch 1-2. Introduction, Motion in One Dimension
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09/04 -- Monday | Labor Day (no classes)
09/06 --- 09/08 | 2 Ch 3. Vectors, Motion in Two Dimensions
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09/11 --- 09/15 | 3 Ch 4. The Laws of Motion
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09/18 --- 09/20 | 4 Ch 4. The Laws of Motion
09/22 -- Friday | Midterm #1 (1410 BPS)
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09/25 --- 09/29 | 5 Ch 5. Energy
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10/02 --- 10/06 | 6 Ch 6. Momentum and Collisions
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10/09 --- 10/13 | 7 Ch 7. Rotational Motion, the Law of Gravity
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10/16 --- 10/18 | 8 Ch 8. Rotational Equilibrum and Dynamics
10/20 -- Friday | Midterm #2 (1410 BPS)
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10/23 --- 10/27 | 9 Ch 9. Solids and Fluids
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10/30 --- 11/03 | 10 Ch 10. Thermal Physics
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11/06 --- 11/10 | 11 Ch 11. Energy in Thermal Processes
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11/13 --- 11/15 | 12 Ch 12. The Laws of Thermodynamics
11/17 -- Friday | Midterm #3 (1410 BPS)
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11/20 --- 11/22 | 13 Ch 13. Vibrations and Waves
11/24 -- Friday | Thanksgiving (no classes)
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11/27 --- 12/01 | 14 Ch 14. Sound
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12/04 --- 12/08 | 15 Review
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12/12 - Tuesday | Final exam: 20:00-22:00. Location: TBA
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Textbook

Serway, Faughn, College Physics, Vol. 1, MSU edition (paperback) with H-ITT clicker. (The 7th, 6th or 5th editions are also fine.)