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Last updated: Tue Mar 22 03:46:17 pm 2016 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 233B Spring 2016

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Teaching Assistant: Yunxiao Jia

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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/
Office hour: Wednesday, noon-1:00 PM, BPS 1248.

Teaching Assistant: Yunxiao Jia (jiayunxi@msu.edu).

Course Description

PHY 233B: bridging course from the algebra based PHY 231 (or equivalent) class to the calculus based PHY 183 class. 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 Assistant: Yunxiao Jia (jiayunxi@msu.edu).
Physics help room: BPS 1248.
Wednesday: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, 5:00-6:00PM.
Thursday: 9:00 AM-noon.

Exam Information

Exam #1: February 16, Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 PM, FAE 116.
Exam #2: March 22, Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 PM, FAE 116.
Exam #3: April 19, Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 PM, FAE 116.
Final Exam: This class does NOT 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 score.

For the exams you will need a scientific calculator with fresh batteries, sharp pencils and an eraser. 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%. (There is no final exam in this class.)
Homework: Every homework question is worth 1 point. Midterm exams: Maximum score on each midterm: 50 points.

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 | Jan 17 Su | Syllabus, HW 0, Ch 1: Overview
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02 | Jan 21 Th | HW 1: Ch 2: Motion in a Straight Line
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03 | Jan 28 Th | HW 2: Ch 3: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
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04 | Feb 04 Th | HW 3: Ch 4: Force
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05 | Feb 11 Th | HW 4: Ch 5-6: Energy, Work, Potential Energy
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06 | Feb 16 Tu | Exam #1: HW 1-4, Ch 1-6. 4:30-5:30 PM, FAE 116.
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07 | Feb 25 Th | HW 5: Ch 7: Momentum, Ch 8: Systems of Particles
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08 | Mar 03 Th | HW 6: Ch 9: Circ. Motion, Ch 10: Rotation,
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09 | Mar 17 Th | HW 7: Ch 11: Static Equilibrum
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10 | Mar 22 Tu | Exam #2: HW 5-7, Ch 7-11. 4:30-5:30 PM, FAE 116.
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11 | Mar 31 Th | HW 8: Ch 12: Gravitation
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12 | Apr 07 Th | HW 9: Ch 13: Solids and Fluids
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13 | Apr 14 Th | HW 10: Ch 14-15-16: Oscillations, Waves, Sound
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14 | Apr 19 Tu | Exam #3: HW 8-10, Ch 12-16. 4:30-5:30 PM, FAE 116.
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15 | Apr 26 Tu | Correction #3.
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16 | Finals wk | There is NO final exam in this class.
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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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