PHSX 205N -- College Physics I Fall 2015

Instructor: Paul Janzen
Office: CHCB 010
Phone: 243-2374
Office hours: MT 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: MTWR, 10:10 - 11:00, 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 (3): 40%
Homework: 25%
iClicker Questions: 10%
Final Exam: 25%

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

The three mid-term exams will be held in Urey Lecture Hall on Mondays from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The dates are September 28, October 26, and November 23. 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.

In-class quizzes using the iClicker will start in the second week of class (September 8). 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 Wednesday December 16.

Exam grades will almost certainly be curved.

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 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,  
8/31 - 9/3   one-dimensional motion  
Week 2 Ch. 2, Ch. 3 Vectors, two-dimensional no class Monday
9/7 - 9/10   motion  
Week 3 Ch. 3, Ch. 4 Forces: Newton's Laws  
9/14 - 9/17      
Week 4 Ch. 5 Applying Newton's Laws;  
9/21 - 9/24   friction, pulleys  
Week 5 Ch. 6, Ch. 7 Circular and rotational First mid-term
9/28 - 10/1   motion, orbits, and gravity  
Week 6 Ch. 7, Ch. 8 Rotational motion,  
10/5 - 10/8   equilibrium, springs  
Week 7 Ch. 9 Momentum and collisions  
10/12 - 10/15      
Week 8 Ch. 10 Energy and work;  
10/19 - 10/22   conservation of energy  
Week 9 Ch. 11 Energy and entropy Second mid-term
10/26 - 10/29      
Week 10 Ch. 12, Ch. 13 Thermal properties of matter;  
11/2 - 11/5   fluids  
Week 11 Ch. 13 Fluids no class Wed
11/9 - 11/12      
Week 12 Ch. 14 Oscillations  
11/16 - 11/19      
Week 13 Ch. 15 Waves and sound Third mid-term;
11/23 - 11/26     no class Wed or Thurs
Week 14 Ch. 15, Ch. 16 Waves, standing waves,  
11/30 - 12/3   superposition  
Week 15 Ch. 16, review,    
12/7 - 12/10 evals    

Registering for Mastering Physics

  1. Go to
  2. Click the STUDENT link under REGISTER
  3. Click the button for ``yes, I have an access code'', or ``no, I need to purchase online access now'', in which case you'll need to purchase it and select the course text.
  4. Enter your Mastering Physics access code. You may need the UM zip code: 59812.
  5. Complete the registration and log in
  6. Join the course using Course ID MPJANZEN21330

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Paul Janzen 2015-08-30