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Last updated: Sun Oct 2 09:11:41 pm 2016 (EDT) by William Lynch

PHY 231 Fall 2016

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: William Lynch, Tibor Nagy
Teaching Assistant: Victor Emil Mercurio Ramirez, Heda Zhang, Yanchao Pan, Adam Eric Johnson

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Instructor Information

Dr. Tibor F. Nagy: sections 001 and 003.
Homepage: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/
Office: BPS 1253.
Phone: (517) 884-5508.
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu.
Office hour: Tuesday noon-1:00 PM, BPS 1248.

Dr. Bill Lynch: section 002.
Homepage: http://people.nscl.msu.edu/~lynch/
Office: NSCL 1010.
Phone: (517) 908-7319.
Email: lynch@nscl.msu.edu.
Office hour: Monday 11:00 AM - noon; Tuesday and Friday 2:00-3:00 PM and by appointment. Office: Cyclotron 1010.

Teaching Assistants: Adam Johnson (john3604@msu.edu), Yanchao Pan (panyanch@msu.edu), Victor Ramirez (ramir193@msu.edu), Heda Zhang (zhanghed@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

BPS 1410; Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Section 001 (Nagy) : 8:00-8:50 AM,
Section 002 (Lynch) : 9:10-10:00 AM.
Section 003 (Nagy) : 10:20-11:10 AM.

Helproom Hours

Teaching Assistants: Adam Johnson (john3604@msu.edu), Yanchao Pan (panyanch@msu.edu), Victor Ramirez (ramir193@msu.edu), Heda Zhang (zhanghed@msu.edu).

BPS 1248, Physics Help Room schedule:
Friday: 9-11AM YP, 11AM-noon: VR, 2-4PM AJ.
Monday: 9-11AM: YP, 11AM-noon: VR, 1-4PM: HZ, 2-5PM: AJ, 5-9PM: VR and HZ.
Tuesday: 9AM-1PM: HZ, 1-5PM: YP, 2-5PM: AJ, 5-9PM: HZ, 7-9PM: VR.

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 where you cannot contact us 1 week in advance, you should inform us at least prior to the actual exam time. As a rule, make-up exams are scheduled BEFORE the regular exam dates.

Exam #1: September 28, Wednesday, lecture hour and room: BPS 1410.
Exam #2: October 26, Wednesday, lecture hour and room: BPS 1410.
Exam #3: November 30, Wednesday, lecture hour and room: BPS 1410.
Final exam: December 15, Thursday, 8-10 PM, location: TBD.

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 is at loncapa.msu.edu The homework sets will be opened 10 days before they are due. Corrections are open at noon on the Friday after each exam. All homework is due at 10:00 PM on the days given below.

Set 0: September 6th, Tuesday: Chapter 1.
Clicker Registration: September 6th, Tuesday.
Attitude Survey (pre): September 7th, Wednesday.
Concept Test (pre): September 8th, Thursday.
Set 1: September 13th, Tuesday: Chapter 2.
Set 2: September 20th, Tuesday: Chapter 3.
Set 3: September 27th, Tuesday: Chapter 4.
Correction 1: October 4th, Tuesday.
Set 04: Tuesday: Chapter 5,6.
Set 05: Tuesday: Chapter 7.
Set 06: Tuesday: Chapter 8.
Correction 2: Tuesday.
Set 07: Tuesday: Chapter 9,10.
Set 08: Tuesday: Chapter 11.
Set 09: Tuesday: Chapter 12.
Correction 3: Tuesday.
Attitude Survey (post): .
Concept Test (post): .
Set 10: Tuesday: Chapter 13, 14.

Grading Information

Percent weights: Homework: 20%. Three midterm exams: 3x15% = 45%. Final exam: 30%, Attitude Survey: 1+1=2%, Concept Tests: 1+1=2%. Clicker questions: 4%. Total: 103%.

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)x(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 >= 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.

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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08/31 --- 09/02 | 1 Ch 1 Measurements and Mathematics Background
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09/06 --- 09/09 | 2 Ch 2 Motion in one dimension
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09/12 --- 09/16 | 3 Ch 3 Motion in two dimensions
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09/19 --- 09/23 | 4 Ch 4 Force and Newton's Laws of Motion
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09/26 -- Monday | 5 Review
09/28 Wednesday | Exam #1
09/30 -- Friday | 5 Ch 5 Work and Energy
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10/03 --- 10/07 | 6 Ch 5 Work and Energy, Ch 6 Momentum and Coll.
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10/10 --- 10/14 | 7 Ch 7 Oscillations
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10/17 --- 10/21 | 8 Ch 8 Rotational Motion
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10/24 -- Monday | 9 Review
10/26 Wednesday | Exam #2
10/28 -- Friday | 9 Ch 9 Gravitation
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10/31 --- 11/04 | 10 Ch 9 Gravitation, Ch 10 Solids and Fluids
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11/07 --- 11/11 | 11 Ch 11 Waves and Sound
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11/14 --- 11/18 | 12 Ch 12 Temperature
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11/21 -- Monday | 13 Ch 12 Temperature
11/23 --- 11/25 | Thanksgiving
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11/28 -- Monday | 14 Review
11/30 Wednesday | Exam #3
12/02 -- Friday | 14 Ch 13 Heat
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12/05 --- 12/09 | 15 Ch 14 The Laws of Thermodynamics
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12/15 - Thursday| Final exam: 12/15, Th, 8-10 PM. Location: TBD.
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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.