PHY 193H: Honors Physics I - Mechanics

Spring 2007 - General Information (as of 1-05-2007)

(check http://www.pa.msu.edu/courses/2007spring/PHY193H/ for updates & announcements)

Course Outline: Classical Mechanics and Waves
Prerequisites: MTH 133 or MTH 153H or LBS119 or concurrently
Instructors:

Prof. Pawel Danielewicz
Office: 223 Cyclotron Laboratory
Phone: 333-6330 (from campus: 5-9672 ext 330)

Mr. Richard Hallstein  
Office: 1253 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building
Phone: 355-9200 ext 2517

Ms. Aleksandra Tomic
Office: B100 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building
Phone: 355-9200 ext 2243

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:20 - 11:10 am, BPS 1415
Recitations: Tuesday, 10:20 - 11:10 am
Students with last names on A-L: BCH 114
Students with last names on M-Z: BPS 1415
Office Hours: Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Thursday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
BPS 1248 (Charles J. Strosacker Center)
and by appointment
Textbook:

Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition, by P. M. Fishbane, S. Gasiorowicz and S. Thornton, Prentice Hall.

Options:
Full Text (Ch. 1-40), ISBN: 0-13-142094-1
Volume 1 (Ch. 1-20), ISBN: 0-13-141883-1
Extended Version (Ch. 1-45), ISBN: 0-13-035299-3

A copy of the textbook is at the BPS Library on 2h reserve.

Homework:

There will be 12 homework assignments, typically due on Wednesday at 9:00 am (see course schedule). MSU's LONCAPA (http://msu.loncapa.org) system will be used for the course homework One of the advantages of the LONCAPA system is in that students may enter solutions to questions and problems and know immediately if they are right. Incorrect answers may be entered many times without penalty and credit is earned if the correct answer is entered within a prescribed number of trials, prior to the due date.

Help:

The help room is BPS 1248 (Charles J. Strosacker Center).

One of the instructors will be available for help in the Center on:
Monday, 11:15 am - 2:15 pm
Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, 3:00- 4:00 pm
Thursday, 3:00- 4:00 pm
Friday, 11:15 am - 1:15 pm

On-line help may also be requested. To receive it, send an e-mail to the user 'Help Please' within the LONCAPA system. Within the system, select the COM box and use the username: helpplease or select Help Please using the Select User menu. An instructor monitoring the e-mail should respond within 24h from the time of your e-mail arrival. In addition, there is a discussion forum within LONCAPA where students can post and answer questions.

Reading:

Students are expected to read the chapters listed in the course schedule prior to each lecture. There will be LONCAPA-based quizzes on the reading assignments, posted following each lecture, with a due date at 9:00 am on the day of the forthcoming lecture. The reading quizzes will, in particular, communicate to the lecturer difficulties in physics understanding of the material in the reading assignments; special attention will be dedicated to the problematic topics during the lecture. Those reading quizzes will contribute to the 7% of the quiz grade contribution.

Quizzes:

In addition, there will be unannounced short quizzes during lectures and recitations. For the quizzes and exams, you will need a calculator and a #2 pencil.

Exams: There will be three one-hour midterms and a final exam.
Grades: Course scores will be calculated based on the contributions listed below:
Homework assignments
Quizzes
Midterms (13% each)
Final exam
Contribution to the score
21%
7%
39%
35%

The contributions add up to 102% and include 2% bonus points for potentially missed quizzes. Course grades are going to be determined relying on the following thresholds:
 
x=score in %
90 ≤ x <100
83 ≤ x < 90
76 ≤ x < 83
70 ≤ x < 76
64 ≤ x < 70
58 ≤ x < 64
52 ≤ x < 58
0 ≤ x < 52
Final grade
4.0
3.5
3.0
2.5
2.0
1.5
1.0
0.0


PHYSICS 193H -- Spring 2007

Course Schedule (as of 4-20-2007)

(check http://www.pa.msu.edu/courses/2007spring/PHY193H/ for updates & announcements)

Date Topics Reading Assignment

1-8 (Mon)

Introduction

Chapter 1.1-1.6

A-1, Due 1-17

1-10 (Wed)

Linear Motion 1

Chapter 2.1-2.3

 

1-12 (Fri)

Linear Motion 2

Chapter 2.3-2.4


1-15 (Mon)

Martin Luther King Holiday

1-17 (Wed)

Linear Motion 3

Chapter 2.5-2.6

A-2, Due: 1-24

1-20 (Fri)

Two-Dimensional Motion 1

Chapter 3.1-3.3


1-22 (Mon)

Two-Dimensional Motion 2

Chapter 3.3-3.5

1-24 (Wed)

Two-Dimensional Motion 3

Chapter 3.5-3.6

A-3, Due: 1-31

1-26 (Fri)

Newton's Laws 1

Chapter 4.1-4.3


1-29 (Mon)

Newton's Laws 2

Chapter 4.3-4.6

1-31 (Wed)

Newton's Laws 3

Chapter 4.6-5.2

A-4, Due: 2-7

2-2 (Fri)

Newton's Laws 4

Chapter 5.2-5.4


2-5 (Mon)

Newton's Laws 5

Chapter 5.4-5.5

2-7 (Wed)

Review

2-9 (Fri)

Midterm I

Partial Credit, Due: 2-14


2-12 (Mon)

Work and Kinetic Energy 1

Chapter 6.1-6.3

A-5, Due: 2-21

2-14 (Wed)

Work and Kinetic Energy 2

Chapter 6.3-6.4

 

2-16 (Fri)

Work and Kinetic Energy 3

Chapter 6.4-6.6


2-19 (Mon)

Potential Energy and Energy Conservation 1

Chapter 7.1-7.2

2-21 (Wed)

Potential Energy and Energy Conservation 2

Chapter 7.3-7.4

A-6, Due: 2-28

2-23 (Fri)

Linear Momentum 1

Chapter 8.1-8.3


2-26 (Mon)

Linear Momentum 2

Chapter 8.3-8.5

2-28 (Wed)

Linear Momentum 3

Chapter 8.5-8.8

A-7, Due: 3-14

3-2 (Fri)

Rotational Motion 1

Chapter 9.1-9.3


Spring Break


3-12 (Mon)

Rotational Motion 2

Chapter 9.3-9.5

3-14 (Wed)

Rotational Motion 3

Chapter 9.6-10.1

A-8, Due: 3-21

3-16 (Fri)

Rotational Motion 4

Chapter 10.2-10.4


3-19 (Mon)

Rotational Motion 5

Chapter 10.5-10.8

3-21 (Wed)

Review

3-23 (Fri)

Midterm II

Partial Credit, Due: 3-28


3-26 (Mon)

Statics 1

Chapter 11.1-11.3

A-9, Due: 4-4

3-28 (Wed)

Statics 2

Chapter 11.3-11.4

 

3-30 (Fri)

Gravitation 1

Chapter 12.1-12.3


4-2 (Mon)

Gravitation 2

Chapter 12.4-12.6

4-4 (Wed)

Simple Harmonic Motion 1

Chapter 13.1-13.3

A-10, Due: 4-11

4-6 (Fri)

Simple Harmonic Motion 2

Chapter 13.3-13.5


4-9 (Mon)

Simple Harmonic Motion 3

Chapter 13.6-13.8

4-11 (Wed)

Waves 1

Chapter 14.1-14.3

A-11, Due: 4-18

4-13 (Fri)

Waves 2

Chapter 14.4-14.6


4-16 (Mon)

Waves 3

Chapter 14.7-14.9

4-18 (Wed)

Review

4-20 (Fri)

Midterm III

 

Partial Credit, Due: 4-25


4-23 (Mon)

Superposition and Interference 1

Chapter 15.1-15.3

A-12, Due: 4-28

4-25 (Wed)

Superposition and Interference 2

Chapter 15.3-15.5

 

4-27 (Fri)

Superposition and Interference 3

Chapter 15.6-15-7


5-1 (Tue)

Final Exam 9:00 am 11:00 am