Physics 103

General Physics
Fall 1995

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Prerequisites:  Algebra and trigonometry.  

Materials Needed: 

     Text: Serway & Faughn, College Physics, fourth edition.  

     Physics 103 Lab manual by Camerini, Fry, Kurtz, and O'Brian. 

     Lab notebook: preferably hard bound with cross-hatched ruling.  
     Bring to first laboratory meeting (week of 9/11).  

     Calculator: preferably with trigonometric, exponential, and 
     logarithmic functions.  Know how to use it, and make sure 
     batteries are charged for exams.  

Lectures: 1:20 or 2:25 pm MWF in 1300 Sterling Hall.  Profs.  J. C. 
     Sprott (3285 Chamberlin, 263-4449, 
     and W. F. Fry (3418 Sterling, 262-5829,  
     The lectures supplement but do not substitute for the reading.  
     Read the assigned material before lecture.  

Discussion sections: Your discussion section will be led by your TA who 
     will be your prime contact and source of assistance.  General 
     questions about the homework are allowed before it is due, but 
     don't expect your TA to work out the solutions for you in advance.  

Laboratory: Follow the instructions in the introduction to the 
     laboratory manual.  The experiments are to be written up during 
     the laboratory period in the lab notebook.  Have your lab 
     instructor initial and date the work before you leave the lab.  
     The lab notebook is not to be taken from the lab except with 
     permission of your instructor.  

Homework: The homework problems are assigned in the syllabus for each  
     week and should be handed in at the beginning of the Monday 
     lecture the following week.  Late problem sets will not be 
     accepted.  Homework will count toward your grade.  Feel free to 
     discuss the homework with others, but make sure the paper you turn 
     in is not simply copied from someone else.  The solutions will be 
     discussed in your discussion section and placed on reserve in the 
     Physics Library (4220 Chamberlin).  

Hour Exams: Exams will be given at 7:15-8:15 pm on the following 
     Thursday evenings: 
                October   5, Chapters 1-4
                November  2, Chapters 5-8
                November 30, Chapters 9-12

     The exams will be closed book, but you will be allowed one 8 1/2 x 11 
     inch sheet of paper on which you may write anything you wish.  The 
     exams will be graded and handed back in your discussion section.  
     Solutions will be discussed and placed on reserve in the Physics 
     Library (4220 Chamberlin). 

Final Exam: The final exam will be at 5:05 pm on Tuesday, December 19 
     (room to be announced).  It will cover the entire course (Chapters 
     1-14) with equal weight.  You will be allowed two 8 1/2 x 11 inch
     sheets of notes.  

Grading: The course grade will be made up of the following components: 
                3 hour exams         300 points 
                Final exam           200 points 
                Labs and homework    100 points 
                TOTAL                600 points 

     Lab and homework grades will be assigned by your TA and will be 
     normalized to the distribution on the hour exams.  Letter grades 
     will be assigned based on the total number of points accumulated.  

Consultation Room: Room 2402 Sterling is staffed by TA's from Physics 
     103 during much of the week.  See the schedule card on the door.  
     You may ask questions of any of the TA's or come during the hours 
     that your TA is there.  You may also make an appointment with your 
     TA at any mutually convenient time and place.  

Alternate References: To see the same topics explained differently, try 
     the following on reserve in the Physics Library (4220 Chamberlin): 

     Blatt, Principles of Physics, 3rd edition 
     Cutnell and Johnson, Physics, 3rd edition 
     Giancoli, Physics, 4th edition
     Jones and Childers, Contemporary College Physics, 2nd edition 

General Advice: Physics is not something you read and memorize, rather 
     it is something you learn how to do.  Try the following study 

     1) Read the chapter prior to lecture, so that you will know what 
     it's about.  

     2) Listen carefully to the lecture and take notes.  

     3) This is crucial: Do not go back and read and re-read the 
     chapter until you "understand it." Rather, start working problems, 
     going back through the chapter to clarify points as they come up.  

PHYSICS 103 FALL 1995 SYLLABUS References are to Serway & Faughn, College Physics, fourth edition. Lab manual is Camerini, Fry Kurtz and O'Brian, Physics 103 Lab Manual Week Reading Problems Lab 9/4 Chap 1 1, 18, 30, 33, 40 no lab 9/11 Chap 2 15, 17, 27, 37, 56 M-1 9/18 Chap 3 2, 11, 22, 28, 44 M-2 9/25 Chap 4 5, 20, 30, 50, 73 M-4 10/2 Chap 5 6, 16, 22, 38, 48 Exam makeup 10/9 Chap 6 3, 17, 35, 46, 64 M-10 10/16 Chap 7 8, 15, 22, 33, 43 M-5 10/23 Chap 8 4, 10, 15, 17, 21 M-6 10/30 Chap 9 10, 17, 19, 31, 47 Exam makeup 11/6 Chap 10 6, 11, 23, 33, 45 M-14 11/13 Chap 11 9, 13, 25, 41, 47 M-11 11/20 Chap 12 7, 11, 29, 37, 39 makeup 11/27 Chap 13 3, 9, 15, 19, 39 Exam makeup 12/4 Chap 14 7, 11, 15, 23, 31 H-4 12/11 review S-1 12/19 final exam Tuesday, 5:05 pm, Chapters 1-14 (room to be announced)
Physics 103 Hour Exams Fall 1995 Semester There will be three hour exams in Physics 103 at 7:15-8:15 pm on the following Thursday evenings: October 5, 1995 Chapters 1-4 November 2, 1995 Chapters 5-8 November 30, 1995 Chapters 9-12 If you have a serious conflict with one of these times, you were instructed to notify your TA before the deadline of September 15th, in which case you will be expected to take a makeup exam at 7:30 am the next morning (Friday) in room 4405 Sterling. In the event of an emergency or other serious conflict with these times, you should contact the Professor as soon as possible. Room Assignments for 103 Hour Exams TA Sections Exam Room Ashkan Alavi-Harati 311, 316, 318 B102 Van Vleck Ted Allen 305, 319 B102 Van Vleck Charles Boardman 308, 309, 327 B102 Van Vleck Guangshun Chen 312, 325, 330 Bascom 272 John Frandy 314, 326, 329 Bascom 272 J. Ireland 301, 307, 313 Bascom 272 Jenny Johnstone 302, 317, 320 Bascom 272 Steve Kadlecek 304, 306, 310 Bascom 165 Marc Linderman 315, 321, 322 Bascom 165 Susan Sulzer 303, 323, 328 Bascom 165

J. C. Sprott