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New Jersey City University

Department of Physics
PHYS 0130 - 1738 Spring 2012 Christopher Herbert Room: S-519 Tel: 201.200.3447 email:

College Physics I: Lecture
Meets: Wednesday 9:00 – 10:50 AM Room S-523 Tentative Office Hours: Monday 7 AM – 9 AM Wednesday 7 AM – 9 AM Thursday 7 AM – 9 AM Textbook: Raymond Serway and Jerry Faughn, College Physics, Eighth Edition, Brooks Cole, 2008. ISBN-10: 0495386936. Notice that you have several options regarding the textbook: The whole book in one volume, the book divided in two volumes and online chapters. You should consider which method is more convenient for you. Supporting materials (homework assignments and solutions, etc.) will be posted on WebCT. Prerequistes: The prerequisite for this class is Math 165, Pre-Calculus. You must have taken and passed that class. Goals of the course: A. To provide an understanding of the basic concepts of physics through: 1. The study of nature to deduce general principles. 2. The statement of those general principles in terms of definitions, physical laws, and mathematical expression. 3. The use of theoretical principles to understand and to find solutions to defined problems.

and curiosity about. D. 2. F. To provide an understanding of the influence of the physical sciences on other forms of scientific knowledge and art. Angular momentum. Rotational kinetic energy. 2. To develop in the student the ability to translate word problems into numerical problems. E. To provide an understanding of the importance and roles of the physical sciences in the contemporary world. G. To develop in the students the ability to use scientific notation. Rotations. 1. and vice-versa. 3. Course outline: A. 3. Conservation of momentum. 4. Kinetic and potential energies. Vectors. Centripetal force and centripetal acceleration. Conservative and non-conservative processes. 2. 3. and acceleration. Mechanics. 3. G. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of experimental data. science. C. Displacement. and simple statistics. Graphing and contouring techniques 4. Newton's Law. Motion in one and two dimensions. I. Vectors to represent and calculate physical quantities. To provide an understanding of the difference between: 1. Angular speed and acceleration. Torque. Circular Motion. Fundamental and derived quantities. Collisions. 1. 4. H. The International System (SI units). 1. Proportions. 2. percentages. 2. To develop in the student the ability to use: 1. in general. 3. 2. 1. Conservation of energy. E. Elastic collisions. Kepler's Laws. Gravitation. C. To develop insights into the salient aspects of the scientific method and the scientific perception of nature. velocity. Newton's Laws of Motion. To develop and/or nurture an excitement and appreciation for. and physics in particular. 3. B. probability. 1. energy. Opinion and data-supported or verifiable information. Inelastic collisions. F. Work. 2. 1. Conservative and non-conservative forces. D. Internal explosions. .B. 2.

Students should be prepared to discuss assigned readings and homework problems. There will be three tests. D. There will be no quiz during the first two weeks of classes and during the weeks when there are scheduled tests. D. Quizzes will be accessible online for a week. The textbook's publisher has a web site listed in the book. The final examination will be the third midterm. Solutions will be posted on WebCT. 5. Study materials: A. G. Make-up quizzes will not be available. Students are expected to attend all classes. No late homework will be accepted. Theoretical handouts are available in the library. Solutions will be posted on WebCT. and in the website. Each quiz will take 10 to 15 randomly selected questions from a bank of 50 possible questions. C. E. C. Course requirements and student evaluation : A. F. There will be online quizzes based on the material covered on lectures given two weeks earlier. Some questions will be Multiple Choice and some will require simple calculations. 2. All tests must be taken at the scheduled time. 6. at the reserve desk on a folder under my name. A list of problems will be posted on WebCT after each lecture. Quizzes: 1. 3. except in rare extenuating circumstances. Class participation is considered part of the grade. Be sure that you have a calculator when taking the quiz. I strongly recommend that you use this software to practice. B. Any violation of Academic Integrity (such as plagiarism and/or cheating) will result on an F for the class and a report to the Dean of Students. There will be no extra credit granted for this class. No make-up test will be given. This site has solutions for some of the problems included in the book . Each quiz can be taken at most two times and the highest score will be recorded. Torque and conservation of angular momentum.4. Homework problems will be assigned every class and collected the following week. Homework assignments will be graded based upon the effort shown to solve each problem. B. No late homework will be accepted. H. Selected software will be made available at the Physics Computer lab during times to be arranged. Each handout covers the same material as each chapter of the textbook. 4.

2.Room S-523 February 29th April 4th 18-Jan 25-Jan 1-Feb 8-Feb 15-Feb 22-Feb 29-Feb 7-Mar 14-Mar 21-Mar 28-Mar 4-Apr 11-Apr 18-Apr 25-Apr 2-May 9-May Introduction Motion in One Dimension Motion in One Dimension Vectors and Two Dimensional Motion The Laws of Motion The Laws of Motion Test I Energy Spring Break Momentum and Collisions Momentum and Collisions Test II Rotational Motion and Gravity Rotational Motion and Gravity Rotational Equilibrium and Dynamics Rotational Equilibrium and Dynamics Final Exam (Test III) . Class participation Homework Quizzes Test I Test II Final Exam 10% 10% 20% 20% 20% 20% Important dates: Test 1 Test 2 Final (Test III): Wednesday. 3.8:00 PM . 4. 5. 6. May 9th.Student evaluation: 1. 2012 Schedule: 6:00 .