Section 001

General College Physics

Summer I 2016


LINKS: Syllabus, Class Style, Evaluation, Contact, Tests+Final, Homework

Instructor: Dr. Andrew P. White (High Energy Physics Group)

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

Course Syllabus

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

- Newton's three laws of 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

- Newton's Law of Gravity

- Simple wave motion and properties of waves

- Introduction to Heat, Temperature, and Basic Thermodynamics (these topics will be covered if time permits)

Class Style

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.


Evaluation procedure

 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


Contacting the Instructor

Office hours will be Tues/Wed/Thurs 9.30am – 10.25am in Room 241 Science Hall - or informally as you can find me.

You may Email me at


Examples of term tests and final are available at the Science Learning Center.
AND are available at:    (similar for Test 2, 3)



FINAL (Comprehensive): Monday, July 11, 2016 10.30am – 12.30pm

Homework assignments

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 date.
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
Other physics information is found on the web site

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