General College Physics
Summer I 2016
Office: Room 241/242, Science Hall, 272-2812
Class schedule: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 10.30am – 12.30pm, Room 100 Science Hall
Prequisites: Proficiency in high school trigonometry is expected. You must enroll in a laboratory ($8 fee) unless you are exempt.
Textbook: “Physics” by Giancoli,
7th edition, Prentice Hall. Vol 1, or Vols 1 and 2 combined
This course will primarily cover the essentials of classical mechanics (Newtonian mechanics) including the concepts of
- one dimensional motion
- two dimensional motion (using vector analysis) including projectile motion, and uniform circular motion
- Circular motion
- Work and energy
- Potential Energy and the Conservation of Energy
- Linear Momentum and the description of simple collisions
- Rotation about a fixed axis, and rotational motion, angular momentum and torque
- Static equilibrium
- Simple Harmonic Motion
- Simple wave motion and properties of waves
- Introduction to Heat, Temperature, and Basic Thermodynamics (these topics will be covered if time permits)
Traditional classroom setting with use of some teaching aids (overhead projection of figures from textbook, and MasteringPhysics Online Homework service)
You are strongly encouraged to ask questions about the material of the course or its applications.
The only way to master the material of this course is to solve a variety of associated problems. Each class will have a set of related homework problems. It is your responsibility to attempt these problem sets for each class using the online service.
In addition to the graded homework and lab there will be three term tests plus a comprehensive final exam. The procedure I use to arrive at final grades is as follows:
1. Look at the class performance on each
test and the final and adjust the means as necessary to take out any
variations in the degree of difficulty of each test.
2. Take the best two term tests after step 1. These two tests will represent 35% of the final grade.
3. The final exam represents 25%
4.The Laboratory score represents 20%
5.The homework also makes up 20% of the final grade
Office hours will be Tues/Wed/Thurs 9.30am – 10.25am in Room 241 Science Hall - or informally as you can find me.
may Email me at email@example.com
Examples of term tests and final are
available at the
AND are available at:
www-hep.uta.edu/~white/1441_PreviousTest1.pdf (similar for Test 2, 3)
FINAL (Comprehensive): Monday, July 11, 2016 10.30am – 12.30pm
The course ID for Physics 1441-001 is MPWHITE99877
Other important information...below
Grade Replacement. You may use the grade made in
this course if and only you fill in the forms in the registrar's by the Census
If you do not fill out the forms the University will not honor the replacement.
Library Information. Mary Jo Handke
is the Physics Librarian. She can be reached at (817) 272-3000 ext 4979, and by
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other physics information is found on the web site www.uta.edu/library/research/rt-phys.html
As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide " reasonable accomodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.
Dishonesty. It is the policy of The
University of Texas at
"Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." (Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22)