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Last updated: Thu Nov 15 03:23:17 pm 2007 (EST) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 231 Fall 2007

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Chien-Peng Yuan, Felicia Berryman, Tibor Nagy

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Instructor Information

Section 001, 730, 731: Dr. Tibor F. Nagy http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/
Office: 1253 BPS
Phone: (517) 355-9200 x 2515
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu
Office hours: Monday 3:00-4:00 PM in BPS 1248

Section 002 and 003: Dr. C.-P. Yuan http://www.pa.msu.edu/~yuan/class.html
Office: 3213 BPS
Phone: (517) 355-9200 x 2135
Email: yuan@pa.msu.edu
Office hours: Monday 3:00-4:00 PM in BPS 1248

Teaching Assistants:
Jenna Deaven (deavenje@msu.edu, Mo:2-7PM, Tu:9AM-noon, 1-9PM)
Zsolt Rak (rakzsolt@msu.edu, Fr:noon-5PM, Mo: 9AM-noon, 1-9PM)
Pampa Devi (devipamp@msu.edu, Tu:noon-6PM)
Daniel A. Bruder (bruderda@msu.edu, ???)

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: 8:00-8:50 AM,
Section 002: 9:10-10:00 AM,
Section 003: 10:20-11:10 AM.

Helproom Hours

BPS 1248, Strosacker Learning Center.
Friday: noon-5:00 PM,
Monday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM,
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

Project Information

For the Honor Option students can work in the help room for 2 hours each week helping their classmates with their homework. A 3.0 final grade or higher must be also achieved in the class.

Exam Information

Midterm #1: Sep 21, Fr, PHY 231: lecture hour, PHY 231C: 2:00-2:50 PM, BPS 1410.
Midterm #2: Oct 19, Fr, PHY 231: lecture hour, PHY 231C: 2:00-2:50 PM, BPS 1410.
Midterm #3: Nov 16, Fr, PHY 231: lecture hour, PHY 231C: 2:00-2:50 PM, BPS 1410.

Final exam: December 13, Thursday, 3:00-5:00 PM, location TBA.

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.

Grading Information

Percent weights:
Clicker questions: 5%. Actual weight: 5%/0.8 = 6.25%. You are allowed to miss 20% of the clicker questions and you will still receive 5%.
Homework: 10%.
Midterm exams: 3 x 20% = 60%. The midterm exams will have correction exams. 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: 30%. 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.

Readings


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From ------- To | Week, Chapter, Topic
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08/27 --- 08/31 | 1 Ch 1-2. Introduction, Motion in One Dimension
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09/03 -- Monday | Labor Day (no classes)
09/05 --- 09/07 | 2 Ch 3. Vectors, Motion in Two Dimensions
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09/10 --- 09/14 | 3 Ch 4. The Laws of Motion
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09/17 --- 09/19 | 4 Ch 4. The Laws of Motion
09/21 -- Friday | Midterm #1 (1410 BPS)
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09/24 --- 09/28 | 5 Ch 5. Energy
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10/01 --- 10/05 | 6 Ch 6. Momentum and Collisions
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10/08 --- 10/12 | 7 Ch 7. Rotational Motion, the Law of Gravity
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10/15 --- 10/17 | 8 Ch 8. Rotational Equilibrum and Dynamics
10/19 -- Friday | Midterm #2 (1410 BPS)
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10/22 --- 10/26 | 9 Ch 9. Solids and Fluids
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10/29 --- 11/02 | 10 Ch 10. Thermal Physics
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11/05 --- 11/09 | 11 Ch 11. Energy in Thermal Processes
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11/12 --- 11/14 | 12 Ch 12. The Laws of Thermodynamics
11/16 -- Friday | Midterm #3 (1410 BPS)
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11/19 --- 11/21 | 13 Ch 13. Vibrations and Waves
11/23 -- Friday | Thanksgiving (no classes)
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11/26 --- 11/30 | 14 Ch 14. Sound
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12/03 --- 12/07 | 15 Review
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12/13 - Thursday| Final exam: 3:00-5:00 PM. Location: TBA
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Textbook

Serway, Faughn, College Physics, Vol. 1, MSU edition (paperback) with H-ITT clicker (either infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF)). Online students don't need the clicker. (The MSU edition of the textbook is identical to the 7th edition. However the 6th or 5th editions are also fine.)