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.
Mid-term Exams (4): 40%
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 http://www.umt.edu/registrar/students/dropadd.php 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 http://www.umt.edu/vpesa/Dean%20of%20Students/default.php
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.
|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|
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