INTRODUCTION TO THE PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS
This course is designed for people who do not necessarily have a background in physics. We accent the physics of everyday life. We hope that this will provide you with a good understanding of the basics of physics and how they operate in your daily life.
There is no obligatory homework but there is recommended homework. Students who have a good background can do well in this course putting in relatively few hours of work. However, if you do not attend class, you will not only miss the opportunity of getting 10% of the grade, you will also miss the explanations and examples that will be necessary to understand for the tests. The course moves FAST - often one subject (1/2 of a chapter) per class period.
If you miss class, you will miss an entire subject - be warned.
Prereqs: high school algebra and trigonometry.
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Period 7: 1:55 pm - 2:45 pm
|| Office Hours
||Period 8: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
|| Final Exam
||12:30 - 2:30 pm
You are expected to read the material to be covered in each class prior to coming to lecture.
Time constraints limit the material that may be covered
in each week's lecture. The lectures can not be and are not a substitute
for the reading assignments.
- TEXT: Douglas Giancoli, "The Ideas of Physics", 3rd edition, published by Brooks/Cole.
The textbook is required. This text has been unchanged for several years (but can be found with a variety of different formats). Note that the material that will be covered in the tests is that covered in class. Although the order of the book is followed, some subjects may be expanded upon, and some may be shortened.
In addition to the required text book, students are required to bring
to class an H-ITT remote. These are obtainable at the bookstore. To make sure
that you have the correct one look at this website. Physics H-ITT
remotes Follow the links on the remotes website to see
and use them.
We will not start using them for credit until drop/add is over, but if
you have them,
bring them to class. Clickers will be used starting Wednesday, August 28th.
On the first Friday John Mocko will teach you all how the remotes work
in this class, so definitely try to have your remote by then. The
remotes will enable you to take part in the in-class multiple choice
quiz questions that
are generally given every
lecture period, and constitute 10% of your grade.
**The University now requires the following statements
to be included in course syllabi:
1. Students with disabilities requesting classroom
accommodation must first register with the Dean of
Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student
who must then
provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.
2. I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all their academic work.
I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty and understand that my failure to comply with
this commitment may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.
HINTS ON HOW TO DO WELL:
Attend Class Remember, the syllabus is defined
by what is covered in lectures. You will not be tested on material not
covered in class. The book covers lots of material, not all of which
you are expected to know. If you miss class, my advice is to ask a
for notes. I am happy to explain things in office hours which you did
Be on time for class. Announcements are generally made at
of each lecture, and you are responsible for learning of these whether
you attend class or not.
If you are struggling, ask for help. The best way to get
of me is after class, in our assigned office hours, or by e-mail. It is
tough to discuss physics by e-mail, so it is better to ask 'how to
solve this problem' in office hours so I can understand what you're
missing. If you want to discuss physics and cannot make time
during my office hours, I can be flexible, but check with me first.
Take Notes Something that is obvious at the time is quickly
forgotten. When it comes to the night before a test, you will
appreciate a good set of lecture notes.
Do some problems Here are are a sample of physics problems, and their solutions,
taken from the textbook. Really try to work some of these problems
without looking at the solutions after a short time - otherwise the
exam problems will seem challenging. Note that they are just samples
for extra practice, although I promise that doing some of them will
improve the score of everyone who is not a born 'A' student in physics.
Another great place to review for the tests are knowing notes
taken in class inside and out.
Chapter 3 - numbers 5,8,10,13,16,19,22,23,25,27
Chapter 4 - numbers 5,7,8,13,15,16
Chapter 5 - numbers 1,3,5,9,13,15
Chapter 7 - numbers 3,6,7,9,14,15,19,25,26,27
Chapter 8 - numbers 2,3,5,7,8,9,11
Chapter 9 - numbers 3,5,7,9,13,17,21,25
Chapter 10 - numbers 11,13
Chapter 11 - numbers 3,6,10
Chapter 12 - numbers 2,6,10,14,19,21,24
Chapter 13 - numbers 1,4,9,13,17,21,23
Chapter 14 - numbers 1,3,7,11,13,16
Chapter 15 - numbers 3,5,7,9,13
Chapter 16 - numbers 1,3,5,9,11,13,15,17,19,21
Chapter 17 - numbers 3,5,9,13,15,19,21,23,25,29
Chapter 18 - numbers 3,5,9,11,13,15,17,21
Chapter 19 - numbers 1,5,7,9,13,15,17,19,21,25
Chapter 20 - numbers 1,5,9,15
Chapter 22 - numbers 13,15,17,19,21
Chapter 23 - numbers 1,7,9,15
Homework Solutions courtesy of Prof. Henri van Rinsvelt
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