PY205 Introduction to Physics I

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PY 205 Introduction to Physics I


FA 2007 HO


Chernovitz, Patricia

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Semester Dates

20 Aug - 14 Dec 2007

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12:25 - 1:40 PM  one additional day and Lab T 1:50-4:40 PM


Prerequisite:  MA210.  Corequisite:  MA211.

Credit Hours



COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Fundamentals of Physics, Part 1 & 2, 7th edition, Halliday/Resnick/Walker, Wiley, 2003. ISBN 0-471-42961-9 (Part 1-paper back edition), Ballpoint pen, -A scientific calculator (with statistical capabilities)

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Course Description:
Lecture and laboratory introducing the calculus based physics. Topics include:introductory kinematics and Newtonian dynamics of both particles and solid bodies, work and energy, momentum, and thermodynamics. 4:3:5 Prerequisite: MA 210. Co requisite: MA 211.

Educational Philosophy:

 FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, problems, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings along with the lab experience. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions. The goal is to transfer adequate and sufficient amount of knowledge to all students at the appropriate level. In doing so making sure 1) students understand what is being conveyed; 2) prepare students for the next level of education; 3) develop the understanding of study such that they adapt the process of thinking rather than memorize facts and principles; 4) develop practical skills and techniques to work confidently in the laboratories; 5) demonstrate how chemistry is part of our daily lives; 6) to use alternative and diverse methods of teaching to keep the student motivated and interested during the course of study during the semester and hopefully the rest of their lives.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply Newton's three laws of motion and the universal law of gravity
  2. Perform vector analysis to the physical world
  3. Explain and analyze relative motion.
  4. Explain and calculate the energies involved in the physical world
  5. Recognize, discuss, and calculate moment of inertia, torque, and angular momentum
  6. Compare and contrast Kepler's laws and Newton's Laws
  7. Apply Pascal's principle, Archimedes' principle, fluid flow: continuity, Bernoulli's equation, the Venturi effect, coefficient of viscosity, Poiseuille's law, Laminar flow, turbulent flow
  8. Identify and interpret the laws of Thermodynamics and apply these laws to thermodynamic and phase change.
  9. Use spreadsheets such as Window's Excel to analyze data and produce tables and graphs as part of a laboratory report.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The core assessment is the final examination.
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Your final grade will be based on three (3) one-hour exams and a comprehensive final. (See dates under COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGN- MENTS. The dates of exams are on Tuesday.) Your grade will also reflect your lab performance (see separate syllabus for lab) and homework. (The material in lab is very important. Know what you do in lab – it may appear on exams.) Snow/tornado days – If there is no class due to inclement weather, the scheduled exam will be given the next class time. If the weather affects the final, check with the office or your email for an alternate date. This will most likely be the following day.

Hour Exams

I expect not only that you know something, but also to use what you know. You may not have been asked to do this before. Your future employer or research director is going to ask you to do this. In other words, you will have to use what you have learned. Think critically! This course will also stretch you analytical thinking skills

There will be three 50-minute exams during the semester. Exams will be based mainly on material studied since the last exam, but all previous material is also possible. It would be to your advantage to learn any questions you may have answered incorrectly from the previous exams. 

Make Up Exams

If you miss an exam and choose to make up the zero, an exam will be given the Thursday of finals week. This exam will count as the missed exam. This exam will be over any material I choose. You cannot miss more than one exam. Any exams missed over one will have a grade entered as zero. 

If you know you will be absent for an exam, see me, call, or e-mail to set up a time to take it before the class. You will have this privilege once during the semester. 


You are expected to read the assignment and work problems. The best way to learn chemistry is to work problems. Assigned problems will be given during the discussion of the chapters. Fully understand these problems and the worked out problems in the text, for a few may appear on exams in some form or another.

The problem set is due for discussion the class after the day we finish the chapter.


For the assigned problem-sets and exam problems you must show all work. You must show all steps to get to that answer that appears in back of the text if there is one. Box in the final result. Staple the pages. Be careful not to staple through problems. The grader will not struggle to try to read your work through a staple. Put your name on the top one. Failure to show all work will result in no credit for the problem.

*       Failure to box in the final answer will result in a deduction of ¼ problem credit.

*       Failure to staple the pages will result in a deduction of ¼ credit of the problem-set.

*       If you staple through written work, the grader will not struggle to try to read your work. Zero credit will be given for that problem. 

*       Failure to put your name on the top page will result in no one grading the problem set. 

Late Homework: You will be given a check mark for any homework late. This is a zero numerically.  

No Homework:    You will be given a zero. More than three zeros will result in a decrease of one letter grade for the course. More than five zeros will result in a decrease of two letter grades for the course. 


GRADING PLAN: (This section is where you list your course grading plan(s) for assessment measures. Your earned final grade is bases on you performance on three examinations, a comprehensive final examination, homework, and your performance in the laboratory no more stringent than according to the following:

Exams(3)                50%                       A                             86-100

Final                       15%                        B                             74-85

Lab                         20%                        C                             62-73

Homework             15%                        D                             50-61

                                                                F                              <50



Exam1 (50 minute) around 12 Sept. Chapt. 1-3

Exam2 (50 minute) around 17 Oct.   Chapt. 4-8

Exam3 (50 minute) around 07 Nov.. Chapt. 9-13

Final (two hour)    10 Dec, Mon. 1:00-3:00 PM Cumulative Chap 1-14, 18-20

Late Submission of Course Materials:


LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”. See lab section for late labs.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Remember, you are not the only one in class and we have a lot of material to cover. Ask questions, but do not monoplilize the class time. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS **: -- unofficial – see my website for official syllabus





Measurement, SIUnits

All problems at the end of

Motion, acceleration

The chapter unless special

Free-fall acceleration

Problems assigned by



Instructor in class.

Vectors and physics

Vectors and physics


Position and displacement

Average vs. instantaneous

Projectile motion


Newtonian Mechanics, first law

Exam I (chapters 1-3)

Newton’s second & third law



Uniform circular motion

Chapt 7 Kinetic energy




Chapt 8-potential energy


Conservation of mechanical energy


Conservation of energy, Center of Mass


Chapt 9 Newton’s 2nd Law for particles

Exam II (chapters 4-8)

Linear Momentum, collisions


Chapt 10 Rotation

Kinetic energy of rotation, torque

Chap 11     translational & rotational


Torque and angular momemtum


Chap 12 requirements of equilibrium



Chapt 13 Newton’s law of gravitation

Gravitational potential energy


Chapt 14 Fluids, density, pressure

Exam III (Chapters 9-13)

Pascal’s, Archimedes’ principle, Bernoulli


Chapt 18 temperature, heat, & thermodynamics

Heat and work


Chapt 19 Ideal gases, mean free path

Degrees of freedom & specific heat

Chapt 20 Entropy


Second law of thermodynamics

Engines and refrigerators

Efficiency & statistical view

* All problems are due. Instructor has the right to assign a minimum of problems during class

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:




Please read the safety information.




Experiments will be handed out as the semester progresses








After you have completed your experimental session you must complete a report using the data recorded in lab. (See instructions below.)




The report is due one week after completing the experiment. While you will collect data with a lab partner, reports and notebooks must be your own work! All tables, graphs, calculations and answers should be yours alone. Any material that appears to be a Xerox or re-print of your lab partner's data will score zero points.


Late Penalties:


If your report (due one week after you complete the lab) is up to 1 day late, you will have 10% deducted from your marks for that report, after the weekend (Monday) you will have 30% deducted, Tuesday you will have 50% deducted, Wednesday will be 75% deducted.




Waiving of penalties will only be made by the instructor for documented cases of illness, recognized religious holiday, job interviews or family emergency (must have proof of this).




All experiments must be completed by the last day of class. All reports must handed in by the last day of class.






Purchase a stapler. All reports and papers must be stapled.



Course Organization


The course will follow somewhat, the traditional lecture format. However, the class will be flexible enough to allow for vigorous discussions of the various topics. As such, you will be required to read the chapter material prior to coming to class. The lectures will be supplemented by a number of reading assignments 


Homework problems will be assigned. It is the student’s responsibility to use these questions as a guide to their studying. They are representative of possible exam questions and may even show up on an exam. The suggested problems should always be viewed as the minimum you need to be doing. It is highly recommended that you do as much as possible.


Class: You should be familiar with the material before coming to class by reading the text. I will try to make the class more practical problem oriented. Thus, questions will be asked questions during the class and you are to intelligently respond. (“I don’t know” is not an acceptable answer.) I will know your names. Too many incorrect responses will be remembered and included in the grade. At the end of each chapter you will find a summary. Use this as a study guide to study for exams. 





Everyone working in the laboratory is responsible for laboratory safety. Common sense will take care of most situations but if you have any questions or concerns, please ask the instructor. Anyone who seriously endangers the safety of themselves or others in the laboratory will be given only one warning. In the event that a second warning is to be issued, the student will be removed from the laboratory and a grade of zero for the laboratory experiment.


Each student must wear approved safety glasses/goggles in the laboratory. Only one warning will be given: each additional warning will result in a five-point fine (see above).


1.       All students are required to wear goggles or other approved eye protection in the lab at all times. 


2.       An instructor must be present for you to be in the laboratory


3.       All students must come to the laboratory prepared to perform the experiment. This means that you have read and understand what you are going to do before coming to lab. Your notebook is up-to-date with your procedure written out. 


4.       The proper attire is worn, (NO shorts, short skirts, sleeveless shirts or blouses, tank tops, sandals or open-toed or open-back shoes will be allowed in the laboratory.).


5.       No FOOD or DRINK will be permitted in the laboratory at any time. (No gum, no bottled beverage, even if it is closed in your backpack. Leave it outside the room.)


6.       You should keep your bags and coats on the side benches. Under no circumstances will they be allowed to be in your work area.


7.       Chemicals or equipment are not to be removed from the laboratory.


8.       You must beaware of the required safety precaution by reviewing the MSDS provided for you in the lab if appropriate. 


These rules are for your protection and no exceptions will be permitted.




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Last Updated:8/14/2007 5:24:59 PM