PHSX 205N -- College Physics I Fall 2017

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: Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th ed.- Giancoli (Pearson, 2014).
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, oscillations and waves, and thermodynamics.

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: 20%
iClicker Questions: 10%
Final Exam: 30%

This course can be taken only 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 22, October 13, November 3, and December 1. You will be provided with a universal notecard for each exam and will probably want to bring a calculator (not a smartphone!). Programmable calculator lids must be stored in your bag/pack. 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 (the expectation is that a four-credit class takes twelve hours per week of student time, including lectures). 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 11). 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 Thursday, December 14.

It is departmental policy for this course that phones and laptops be put away during lecture.

Add/Drop can be performed online until September 21. Add/Drop can be performed with the instructor's and advisor's signatures until November 2. 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 for students with disabilities in collaboration with instructors and Disability Services for Students, which is located in Lommasson Center 154. The University does not permit fundamental alterations of academic standards or retroactive modifications.

Tentative Course Schedule

Week Chapters Topics Notes
Week 1   Syllabus, Course Intro  
8/31     (hardly a week)
Week 2 Ch. 1, Ch. 2 Measurement, units, estimation;  
9/5 - 9/7   One-dimensional motion no class Monday
Week 3 Ch. 3, Ch. 4 Two-dimensional motion - vectors,  
9/11 - 9/14   projectiles; Forces and Newton's Laws  
Week 4 Ch. 4 Applying Newton's Laws;  
9/18 - 9/21   friction, inclines 9/22: First mid-term
Week 5 Ch. 5 Circular and rotational  
9/25 - 9/29   motion, orbits, and gravity  
Week 6 Ch. 6 Work and Energy  
10/2 - 10/5      
Week 7 Ch. 7 Linear Momentum and collisions  
10/9 - 10/12     10/13: Second mid-term
Week 8 Ch. 8 Rotational motion  
10/16 - 10/19      
Week 9 Ch. 9, Ch. 10 Static equilibrium; fluids  
10/23 - 10/26      
Week 10 Ch. 10 Fluids  
10/30 - 11/2     11/3: Third mid-term
Week 11 Ch. 11 Oscillations and waves  
11/6 - 11/9      
Week 12 Ch. 11, Ch. 12 Oscillations, waves, and sound  
11/13 - 11/16      
Week 13 Ch. 12 Sound  
11/20 - 11/21     no class Wed or Thurs
Week 14 Ch. 13 Temperature and Kinetic Theory  
11/27 - 11/30     12/1: Fourth mid-term
Week 15 Ch. 14, Ch. 15 Heat and Thermodynamics  
12/4 - 12/7      
Week 16   Review and Evaluations  
12/11 - 12/12     12/14: Final exam

Registering for Mastering Physics

  1. Go to
  2. Click the STUDENT link under REGISTER
  3. Join the course using Course ID MPJANZEN25776
  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 2017-09-01