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FACULTY OF SCIENCE

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
PCS 211 Physics: Mechanics
Course Outline, Fall 2014
Instructors Dr. Vladislav Toronov (course co-ordinator, toronov@ryerson.ca, KHS 333A)
Dr. Devika Chithrani (devika.chithrani@ryerson.ca, KHS 333C)
Dr. Jian Yuan (jyuan@ryerson.ca, VIC 711)
Dr. Isam Abbas (i2abbas@ryerson.ca, VIC 747)
Dr. Jonathan Hu (j2hu@ryerson.ca, VIC711)
Prerequisites None
Antirequisites PCS 120 and PCS 130
Required
Textbook
R.A. Serway, J.W. Jewett, Jr. Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern
Physics, 9th edition, Thomson/Brooks/Cole, 2013. [standard or hybrid version]
Additional
Resources
Optional: R.C. Hibbeler. Engineering Mechanics Statics and Dynamics, 12th
edition, Pearson Education, Inc., 2010.
[It will be used for parts of the course content, but notes will be provided.]
Calendar
Description
Vector forces: forces along a line, coplanar force systems essentials of vector algebra in
two and three dimensions. Moment of a force; moment of a couple; principle of moments.
Free body diagrams and equilibrium conditions. Centre of mass and centroids of bodies.
Rectilinear and curvilinear motion kinematics. Newtons laws and equations of motion.
Friction. Work and Energy; Linear momentum and angular momentum.
Learning
Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Understand, interpret, articulate, and apply a basic knowledge of physics in the identi-
cation, formulation and solution of basic problems in engineering mechanics. Conduct
experiments on engineering mechanics principles as well as analyze, and interpret the
obtained results (1a)
2. Understand problem statements and identify objectives of problems related to mechan-
ics. Recognize engineering mechanical systems, variables, and parameters. Interpret
the results both qualitatively and quantitatively. (2a)
3. Understand the mathematical models used to describe engineering systems (2b)
4. Recognize the characteristics of experimental investigations and distinguish between
experimental investigations and theory in engineering mechanics (3a)
5. Demonstrate ability to conduct visual analysis of engineering mechanics experimental
data (3c)
6. Use standard laboratory/experimental protocols to ensure traceability of data (3d)
Note: Numbers in parentheses refer to the graduate attributes required by the Canadian
Engineering Accreditation Board. For more information, see:
http://www.feas.ryerson.ca/quality_assurance/accreditation.pdf
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Course
Organization
3 hours of lecture (2h+1h) per week for 13 weeks
2 hours of laboratories every 2-week for 10 weeks (5 labs)
2 hours of tutorials every 2-week for 10 weeks (5 tutorials)
Course
Evaluation
Component Number Weight
Laboratories 5 20%
Assignments/Tutorials 5 10%
Midterm 1 26%
Final exam 1 44%
Grades for each evaluation or submitted
work will be available to students via
Blackboard. Request for regrading or re-
calculation of grades must be made within
10 working days of return of the graded
work.
Examinations Midterm exam on Friday, October 24, 2014, 4pm6pm, combined multiple-choice and full-
answer, closed book.
Final exam during exam period, three hours, multiple-choice, closed book.
Laboratories
& Tutorials
Laboratories and tutorials will begin in the second week of class (Sept. 812).
Laboratory and tutorial schedule by section is available via RAMMS.
Lab requirements & manuals available at http://www.physics.ryerson.ca/labs.
Course topics
Chapters (time) Topics Suggested problems
1.11.6 1h Units and dimensions (+US units) 1, 3, 7, 9, 14, 16, 20, 34, 35, 36
3.13.4 1.5h Vectors in 2-D 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15, 20, 22, 24, 26, 29, 34,
36, 41, 45, 57
H2.5H2.6 2h Force vectors in 3-D Hibbeler-2: 59, 61, 62, 65, 70, 72, 82, 85
H3.1H3.4 3h Coplanar and 3-D force systems
in equilibrium
Hibbeler-3: 3, 6, 17, 21, 26, 29, 43, 46, 47, 49,
58, 61, 65
4.14.5 5h Motion under uniform acceleration
and circular motion
1, 2, 7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 20, 25, 27, 37, 40, 42, 43,
58, 60, 71, 84
5.15.8 5.5h Netwons laws, equations of motion:
forces and friction
3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22, 28, 32, 33, 37,
40, 42, 50, 53, 54, 60, 75, 84, 92
6.1 1h Particle in uniform circular motion 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 39
7.17.8 3h Work and energy 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 18, 31, 33, 34, 39, 40,
41, 43, 45, 47, 55, 59
8.18.2, 8.5 2h Conservation of energy and power 4, 5, 6, 11, 29, 31, 32, 33
9.19.5 2h Linear momentum and collisions 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 33,
34, 37, 41, 42, 44, 67, 81
9.6, 12.2,
H9.2
2h Centroid, centre of mass/gravity,
and composite bodies
Serway-9: 36, 38. Serway-12: 3, 4, 6. Hibbeler-
9: 44, 46, 48, 50, 53, 59, 60, 65, 76, 78, 80
10.110.3 1.5h Rotational motion, angular speed 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25
10.4, 11.1,
H4.3H4.6
5h Torque: principle of moments,
moment of a force or couple
Hibbeler-4: 5, 7, 9, 18, 23, 25, 28, 32, 46, 47,
52, 55, 57, 62, 65, 69, 80, 82, 83, 85, 90, 99, 103
12.1, 12.3
H5.4, 10.5
2h Rigid objects in equilibrium
and under a net torque
Serway-12: 2, 11, 13, 20, 21, 25. Hibbeler-5:
33, 36, 40, 43, 46, 59, 60. Serway-10: 33, 37
11.111.4 1.5h Angular momentum 11, 12, 15, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 33, 35
Hibbeler (H) refers to the optional textbook: scanned pages will be provided to students.
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Important notes
1. All laboratory reports must have the standard cover page which can be downloaded from the
Physics Departments website at http://www.physics.ryerson.ca/labs under Report Guide-
lines. The cover page must be signed by the student(s) prior to submission of the work. Sub-
missions without the cover pages will not be accepted.
2. If you cannot be present for a lab, tutorial, midterm test or nal exam because of illness you
must contact your instructor (NOT your TA) by email prior to the evaluation or within a period
of three days. You must ALSO, within that same time frame, submit proper documentation to
the First Year Common Engineering Oce (FYCEO) as per Senate Policy #134. Failure to do
so will result in a mark of zero (0) for the missed work. If you have properly followed procedure,
and your instructor judges that your reason for missing the evaluation is valid and justied, and
you have missed:
a laboratory, tutorial or midterm: a make-up will be scheduled by your instructor upon
timely receipt of an email request for a make-up and appropriate documentation; or
the nal exam: you must contact your instructor to explicitly request academic consideration
(e.g., INC grade, makeup exam) but only if the term work is at least of passing performance.
3. During any examination, no formula sheet and no electronic device other than a non-programmable
calculator are authorized. Sharing of pencils, pens or other authorized material is not permitted.
Being found in possession of unauthorized material at any examination will result in a
charge of Academic Misconduct for violation of this courses requirements under article A6 of
the Student Code of Academic Conduct (Senate Policy #60).
4. Students are required to adhere to all relevant University policies, including the following Senate
Policies available at http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies:
Policy #46: Undergraduate Grading, Promotion and Academic Standing
Policy #60: Student Code of Academic Conduct
Policy #61: Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct
Policy #134: Undergraduate Academic Consideration and Appeals
Policy #135: Examination Policy
Policy #150: Accommodation of Student Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance
Policy #157: Establishment of Student E-mail Accounts for Ocial University Communication
5. Students are required to obtain and maintain a Ryerson Matrix e-mail account for timely com-
munications between the instructor and the students.
6. Any changes in the course outline, test dates, marking or evaluation will be discussed in class
prior to being implemented.
Developed by Date September 3, 2014
Course Coordinator (Vladislav Toronov)
Approved by Date September 3, 2014
Associate Chair, Program Director
or Department Chair
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