Section 001

General College Physics

Summer I, 2015

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

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

Office: Room 241, Science Hall; Phone (817) 272-2812

Class schedule: Mon Tues Wed Thurs 3.30pm 5.30pm, Room 103 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, Vol 2 (or Vol 1 and 2 combined).

Course Syllabus

This course will primarily cover the essentials of electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics including the concepts of

- Electric charges and electric fields
- Electric potential
- Electric currents and simple circuits
- Magnetism
- Electromagnetic induction
- Electromagnetic waves
- Wave nature of light

- Simple optics
- Atomic theory and simple quantum mechanics
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particles


(The class will cover chapters 16 through 24, 26 through 28, and 30 through 32 approximately one chapter per week)

Class Style

Traditional classroom setting with use of some teaching aids (overhead projection).
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 (MasteringPhysics Online Homework service see below). 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 Mon Tues Wed Thurs 2.30pm 3.30pm in Room 241 SH, unless otherwise notified - or informally as you can find me.

You may Email me at


Test #1 TBD

Test #2 TBD

Test #3 TBD
Final (Comprehensive) Monday, July 13

Examples of term tests and finals are available at the Science Education and Career Center.


Homework assignments

Homework assignments

The course ID for Physics 1442-001 is MPWHITE551060


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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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.

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"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)