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Last updated: Mon Apr 23 04:32:56 pm 2018 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 231 Spring 2018

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Oleksiy Bazavov, Corey Musolff, Tibor Nagy
Teaching Assistant: Rachel Nicole Smeenge, Kacey Cne Joseph, Matthew John Kowalski, Jessica Lauren Gamble, Aimee Elizabeth Shore, Nur Aqilah Zulkifli, Jonathan David Semeyn

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Instructor Information

Section 001: Prof. Alexei Bazavov
Homepage: https://cmse.msu.edu/directory/faculty/alexei-bazavov/
Office: Room 1509, Engineering Building
Phone: (517) 432-0369.
Email: bazavov@msu.edu
Office hour: Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 PM, BPS 1248.

Section 002: Dr. Tibor F. Nagy.
Homepage: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/
Office: BPS 1253.
Phone: (517) 884-5508.
Email: PA: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or MSU: nagytibo@msu.edu.
Office hour: Tuesday 2:00-3:00 PM, BPS 1248.

PHY 231C Instructors: Richard Hallstein, Corey Musolff.

Teaching Assistants: Matthew Kowalski (kowal165@msu.edu), Jonathan Semeyn (semeynjo@msu.edu), Aimee Shore (shoreaim@msu.edu), Nur Aqilah Zulkifli (zulkifl1@msu.edu).

Course Description

PHY 231 is an algebra-based general physics class, recommended for a variety of majors. Topics include: kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, momentum and collisions, oscillations, rotational motion, gravitation, solids and fluids, waves and sound, temperature, heat, thermodynamics.

Prerequisites

MTH 103 or MTH 116 or MTH 124 or MTH 132 or LBS 117.

Class Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Room: BPS 1410.
Section 001: 8:00-8:50 AM,
Section 002: 9:10-10:00 AM.

Helproom Hours

Final help room hours: 04/30/2018 Monday: 3-5 PM: Aimee, 4-6 PM: Jonathan.

Physics help room: BPS 1248.

Teaching Assistants: Matthew Kowalski (kowal165@msu.edu), Jonathan Semeyn (semeynjo@msu.edu), Aimee Shore (shoream@msu.edu), Nur Aqilah Zulkifli (zulkifl1@msu.edu).

Hours: Friday: 1:00PM: Aimee; 2:00PM: Aimee, Nur; 3:00 PM: Aimee, Nur; 4:00PM: Aimee. Monday: 11:00AM: Matt, Richard; noon: Aimee, Matt; 1:00PM: Aimee; 2:00PM: Aimee; 3:00 PM: Aimee; 4:00PM: Aimee, Matt; 5:00PM: Matt; 6:00PM: Jonathan, Nur; 7:00 PM: Jonathan, Nur; 8:00PM: Jonathan. Tuesday: noon: Corey, Nur; 1:00PM: Nur; 2:00PM: Tibor; 3:00PM: Alexei; 4:00PM: Aimee, Matt; 5:00PM: Aimee, Jonathan, Matt; 6:00PM: Aimee, Jonathan; 7:00PM: Aimee, Jonathan; 8:00 PM: Aimee.

You are also encouraged to use the discussion board inside LON-CAPA. If you don't understand a problem, or you need help, just click on the "Post Discussion" link and post your question. If you know the answer to somebody else's question, just don't be afraid to post your answer. Don't forget: The best way to learn is to teach. (Doscendo discimus.)

Project Information

Honors option: Honors option is not be available for PHY 231.

Exam Information

For each exam, each student should bring a picture ID, two #2 pencils, an eraser, a calculator with fresh batteries. (Graphing calculators are allowed, but not necessary.) On the exams the students must work individually and rules and procedures regarding academic dishonesty are strictly applied without exceptions.

Students with disabilities or other circumstances that require special arrangements should inform their instructors as soon as possible (ideally in the first two weeks) and well ahead of the exams so that proper arrangements can be made. Please present the instructor with your RCPD form.

Make-ups: Attendance of a make-up exam requires advance approval from the instructor and evidence of a serious conflict (e.g. Doctor, Dean, Coach etc.) must be provided at least one week before the exam date. In case of sickness or unexpected emergency where you cannot contact us one week in advance, you should inform us as soon as possible.

Exam #1: February 07, Wednesday, lecture hour and room: BPS 1410.
Exam #2: March 14, Wednesday, lecture hour and room: BPS 1410.
Exam #3: April 11, Wednesday, lecture hour and room: BPS 1410.
Final exam: April 30, Mondayday, 8:00-10:00 PM, VMC E100.

On the midterm exams a two-sided handwritten help sheet is allowed together with the sheets from the previous midterm exams. On the final exam the three two-sided help sheets from the midterms together with a fourth two-sided sheet are allowed.

Deadlines

Homework Set 0: January 16th, Tuesday.
Clicker Registration: January 17th, Wednesday.
Attitude Survey (pre): January 18th, Thursday.
Concept Test (pre): January 19th, Friday.
Homework Set 1: Chapter 2: January 23th, Tuesday.
Homework Set 2: Chapter 3: January 30th, Tuesday.
Homework Set 3: Chapter 4: February 6th, Tuesday.
Correction #1: February 13th, Tuesday.
Homework Set 04: Chapters 5 and 6: February 20th.
Homework Set 05: Chapter 7: February 27th, Tuesday.
***** Spring Break *****
Homework Set 06: Chapter 8: March 13th, Tuesday.
Correction #2: March 20th, Tuesday.
Homework Set 07: Chapters 9 and 10: March 27th, Tuesday.
Homework Set 08: Chapter 11: April 3rd, Tuesday.
Homework Set 09: Chapter 12: April 10th, Tuesday.
Correction #3: April 17th, Tuesday.
Attitude Survey (post): April 25th, Wednesday.
Concept Test (post): April 26th, Thursday.
Homework Set 10: Chapters 13 and 14: April 27th, Friday.

Grading Information

Percent weights: Homework: 27%. Three midterm exams: 3x13% = 39%. Final exam: 26%, Attitude Surveys: 1+1=2%, Concept Tests: 1+1=2%. Clicker questions: 5%. Total: 101%.

Clicker questions: Correct answer: 3 points. Incorrect answer: 1 point. Not present: zero point. There are no make-ups for the clicker questions.

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. For example, if you got 35 points on the midterm and got 46 points on the correction exam, you new total will be 35 + (0.3)*(46-35) = 38.3. In this case, if you got less than 35 points on the correction exam your total would still be 35.

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.

The Spartan Code of Honor: As a Spartan, I will strive to uphold values of the highest ethical standard. I will practice honesty in my work, foster honesty in my peers, and take pride in knowing that honor is worth more than grades. I will carry these values beyond my time as a student at Michigan State University, continuing the endeavor to build personal integrity in all that I do.

Readings


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Monday - Friday | Week, Chapter, Topic
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01/08 --- 01/12 | 1 Ch 1 Measurements and Mathematics Background
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01/15 -- Monday | 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: no class
01/17 --- 01/19 | 2 Ch 2 Motion in one dimension
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01/22 --- 01/26 | 3 Ch 3 Motion in two dimensions
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01/29 --- 02/02 | 4 Ch 4 Force and Newton's Laws of Motion
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02/05 -- Monday | 5 Review
02/07 Wednesday | 5 Exam #1: homework sets 1-3, chapters 1-4.
02/09 -- Friday | 5 Ch 5 Work and Energy
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02/12 --- 02/16 | 6 Ch 5 Work and Energy, Ch 6 Momentum and Coll.
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02/19 --- 02/23 | 7 Ch 7 Oscillations
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02/26 --- 03/02 | 8 Ch 8 Rotational Motion
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03/05 --- 03/09 | ***** Spring Break *****
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03/12 -- Monday | 9 Review
03/14 Wednesday | 9 Exam #2: homework sets 4-6, chapters 5-8.
03/16 -- Friday | 9 Ch 9 Gravitation
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03/19 --- 03/23 | 10 Ch 9 Gravitation, Ch 10 Solids and Fluids
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03/26 --- 03/30 | 11 Ch 11 Waves and Sound
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04/02 --- 04/06 | 12 Ch 12 Temperature
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04/09 -- Monday | 13 Review
04/11 Wednesday | 13 Exam #3: homework sets 7-9, chapters 9-12.
04/13 -- Friday | 13 Ch 13 Heat
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04/16 --- 04/20 | 14 Ch 14 The Laws of Thermodynamics
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04/23 --- 04/27 | 15 Final Review
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04/30 -- Monday | Final exam: 04/30, Monday 8-10 PM, VMC E100.
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Textbook

Andrew Rex, Richard Wolfson: Essential College Physics, Volume 1, 1st edition, 2010. ISBN-10: 0-321-61116-0, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-61116-1.
We will use i-clicker in this class.