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.
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%
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 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://life.umt.edu/vpsa/student_conduct.php
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.
|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|
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