PHSX 205N -- College Physics I Fall 2016

Instructor: Paul Janzen
Office: CHCB 128
Phone: 243-2374
Office hours: M,Tu 11:00 - 12:00; W 2:00 - 5:00, and by appointment - also, I'm just usually around.
Text: College Physics: A Strategic Approach, 3rd ed.- Knight, Jones, and Field (Pearson, 2015).
Online homework requires access to Mastering Physics.
In-class quizzes require iClicker.
Lectures: M Tu W Th, 9:00 - 9:50, CHCB 131
Course website: Moodle.
Homework site: Mastering Physics.
Prerequisite: M122, M151, or equivalent
Corequisite: PHSX 206N (lab)

Course Description:

An introduction to classical physics. Topics include kinematics in one and more than one dimension, forces, conservation of energy and momentum, fluids, thermodynamics, and oscillations and waves.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, the student:


I strongly encourage regular attendance. In-class iClicker quizzes are part of the grade, but more importantly, exams will be based on lectures and in-class discussions. Regular attendance, while not mandatory, is vital to student success.


Mid-term Exams (4): 40%
Homework: 25%
iClicker Questions: 10%
Final Exam: 25%

This course can only be taken with the traditional grading option.

The four mid-term exams will be held in CHCB 131 on Fridays from 9:00 - 9:50 AM (the same time as classes Monday-Thursday). The dates are September 16, October 7, October 28, and November 18. You will be provided with a universal notecard for each exam and will probably want to bring a calculator (not a smartphone!). Otherwise, exams are closed book. Make-up exams will be given only in extreme situations and must be arranged in advance.

Weekly homework assignments are essential to the development of problem-solving skills through applying the physics you are learning. The assignments will typically take 2-5 hours to complete. No late homework will be accepted. For each student, the homework assignment with the lowest grade will be dropped and will not contribute to the student's course grade.

In-class quizzes using the iClicker will start in the second week of class (September 6). A typical class will include the posing of several questions to gauge student understanding. Some credit will be given for participation; additional credit will be given for correct answers. Some questions will be partly based on reading assigned in the previous class; note that these questions will be based on concepts presented and not on minutiae. Because Internet connectivity is often poor in the classroom, all students must use an actual iClicker remote: smartphone iClicker apps will not be supported, as per department policy.

The final exam, which comprehensively covers the entire course, will be held in the usual classroom from 8:00 - 10:00 AM on Monday, December 19.

Add/Drop can be performed online until September 19. Add/Drop can be performed with the instructor's and advisor's signatures until October 31. But don't take my word for it: refer to for full details.

All students must practise academic honesty. Academic misconduct is subject to an academic penalty by the course instructor and/or a disciplinary sanction by the University. All students need to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code. The Code is available for review online at

Students with disabilities may request reasonable modifications by contacting me. The University of Montana assures equal access to instruction through collaboration between students with disabilities, instructors, and Disability Services for Students. ``Reasonable'' means the University permits no fundamental alterations of academic standards or retroactive modifications.

Tentative Course Schedule

Week Chapters Topics Notes
Week 1 Ch. 1, Ch. 2 Intro, math review,  
8/29 - 9/1   one-dimensional motion  
Week 2 Ch. 2, Ch. 3 Vectors, two-dimensional  
9/5 - 9/8   motion no class Monday
Week 3 Ch. 3, Ch. 4 Forces: Newton's Laws 9/16: First mid-term
9/12 - 9/15      
Week 4 Ch. 5 Applying Newton's Laws;  
9/19 - 9/22   friction, pulleys  
Week 5 Ch. 6, Ch. 7 Circular and rotational  
9/26 - 9/30   motion, orbits, and gravity  
Week 6 Ch. 7, Ch. 8 Rotational motion, 10/7: Second mid-term
10/3 - 10/6   equilibrium, springs  
Week 7 Ch. 9 Momentum and collisions  
10/10 - 10/13      
Week 8 Ch. 10 Energy and work;  
10/17 - 10/20   conservation of energy  
Week 9 Ch. 11 Energy and entropy 10/28: Third mid-term
10/24 - 10/27      
Week 10 Ch. 12, Ch. 13 Thermal properties of matter;  
10/31 - 11/3   fluids  
Week 11 Ch. 13 Fluids  
11/7 - 11/10     no class Tuesday
Week 12 Ch. 14 Oscillations 11/18: Fourth mid-term
11/14 - 11/17      
Week 13 Ch. 15 Waves and sound  
11/21 - 11/24     no class Wed or Thurs
Week 14 Ch. 15, Ch. 16 Waves, standing waves,  
11/28 - 12/1   superposition  
Week 15 Ch. 16, review,    
12/5 - 12/8 evals    
12/12   (last day of class)  

Registering for Mastering Physics

  1. Go to
  2. Click the STUDENT link under REGISTER
  3. Join the course using Course ID MPJANZEN19734
  4. Create an account if you don't already have one
  5. Click the button for ``access code'' if you have one (i.e., if you bought the text. Otherwise you'll need to purchase online access
  6. Enter your Mastering Physics access code. You may need the UM zip code: 59812.
  7. Complete the registration and log in

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Paul Janzen 2016-08-30