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Last updated: Mon Mar 18 09:58:12 am 2013 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 183 Spring 2013

Michigan State University


Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy, Richard Hallstein
Teaching Assistant: James Patrick Howell, Hannah Marie Mcquade, Thomas Allen Quinn, Mengze Zhu, Tibor F Nagy 9, Alaina Brooke Ross, Cory Howard Holtshouser

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Instructor Information

Sections 001 and 002: Dr. Tibor F. Nagy
Office: 1253 BPS, Phone: (517) 884-5508,
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu, or nagytibo@msu.edu, Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/

Teaching Assistants: Thomas Quinn (quinnth5@msu.edu), Alaina Ross (rossalai@msu.edu), Mengze Zhu (zhumengz@msu.edu).

PAL Tutors: Cory Holtshouser (holtsho1@msu.edu), James P. Howell (howell20@msu.edu), Hannah McQuade (mcquadeh@msu.edu).

Course Description

PHY 183 is a calculus-based physics course for students majoring in engineering or physical sciences. Topics include: kinematics, Newtonian dynamics, work, energy, power, conservation of energy and momentum, circular motion, rotational motion, gravity, harmonic oscillations, wave motion and sound.


MTH 132 or MTH 152H or LBS 118. Not open to students with credit in: LBS 271, PHY 193H, PHY 231, PHY 231C.

Class Hours

Section 001: on Mo, Tu, We, Th from 4:10 to 5:00 PM in room BPS 1410.
Section 002: on Mo, Tu, We, Th from 5:10 to 6:00 PM in room BPS 1410.

Helproom Hours

Physics Learning Center: room BPS 1248.
Thomas Quinn: Th 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Fr 2:00 to 5:00 PM;
Alaina Ross: Th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Fr noon to 3:00 PM;
Mengze Zhu: Th 9 AM to 1 PM, Fr 2:00 to 6:00 PM.

PAL help rooms: 3400 Eng. Bldg & G24 Wonders: 7 to 10 PM on Su, Tu, We, Th.
Cory Holtshouser: We 7-10 PM, 3400 EB; Th 7-10 PM, G24 Wonders 7-10.Hannah James P. Howell: Su 7-10 PM, G24 Wonders; Tu 7-10 PM, G24 Wonders.
McQuade: Su 8:30-10PM 3400 EB, We 7-10PM G24 Wonders, Th 7-10PM 3400 EB.

Exam Information

There will be twelve 45-minute exams every week and one 2-hour final exam. The weekly exams will be given in class on Mondays and they will cover the material presented in the previous week. There will be no make-ups for missing a weekly exam. We realize sometimes stuff happens that is beyond your control, with this in mind we will drop your lowest TWO exam scores when calculating your final grade.

All the exams are closed book. However, you are permitted to use a single 8-inch by 5-inch card (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of the note card.

Each weekly exam will have a correction exam assigned as a homework assignment in Lon-Capa. 30% of the positive difference between the correction exam and the in-class exam will be added to your in-class exam score as a bonus. As such, the correction exam homework assignment can only add points to your midterm exam score.

Final Exam: Wednesday, May 1st, 8-10 PM. Location: TBA. The final exam is cumulative and closed book. On the final you are permitted to use TWO 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheets of paper (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of these sheets. The final exam cannot be dropped. The final exam doesn't have correction.

Bring a calculator with fresh batteries, two sharp #2 (HB) pencils, an eraser and your picture ID to the midterm exams and to the final exam.


The homework sets are going to be due on Sunday evenings at 11:59 PM.

There will be twelve 45-minute exams on Mondays during lecture hours. The associated correction exams are going to be due on Wednesday evenings at 11:59 PM.

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

Grading Information

Percent weights: Homework: 25%, Weekly Exams: 50%, Final Exam: 25%. Clicker Questions: 5% (extra credit). Total: 105%.

The Clicker Questions will be given during the classes. The scores from the clickers will count as 5% extra credit. No makeups are available for the clicker questions. The possible scores from a clicker question are: Correct answer: 3 points; Incorrect answer: 1 point; Not present: zero point.

The guaranteed scale below is based on the total percentage of 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.


Wk | HW is due | Reading assignment
01 | Jan 10 Th | Syllabus, Clicker Registration inside LON-CAPA
01 | Jan 13 Su | HW 1: Ch 1: Overview
02 | Jan 20 Su | HW 2: Ch 2: Motion in a Straight Line
03 | Jan 27 Su | HW 3: Ch 3: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
04 | Feb 03 Su | HW 4: Ch 4: Force
05 | Feb 10 Su | HW 5: Ch 5: Energy, Work, Power, Ch 6: Pot. En.
06 | Feb 17 Su | HW 6: Ch 7: Momentum and Collisions
07 | Feb 24 Su | HW 7: Ch 8: Systems of Particles,
08 | Mar 10 Su | HW 8: Ch 9: Circ. Motion
09 | Mar 17 Su | HW 9,Ch 10: Rotation,
10 | Mar 24 Su | HW 10: Ch 11: Static Equilibrum
11 | Mar 31 Su | HW 11: Ch 12: Gravitation
12 | Apr 07 Su | HW 12: Ch 13: Solids and Fluids
13 | Apr 14 Su | HW 13: Ch 14: Oscillations
14 | Apr 21 Su | HW 14: Ch 15: Waves, Ch 16: Sound
15 | Apr 25 Th | Mo: 12th (last) exam, Tu-We-Th: Review
16 | May 01 We | Final Exam: 8-10 PM, location: BCC N130.


Wolfgang Bauer, Gary D. Westfall: University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 1, McGraw-Hill, 1st edition (ISBN 978-0-07-336795-8) or 2nd edition.

We will use iClicker in this class.

We will use LON-CAPA, MSU's own free and flexible web-based course management system.