Section 001

General Technical Physics

Spring 2015


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

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

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

Class schedule: Section 001, Monday, Wednesday, 4pm 5.20pm, Room 103 Science Hall

Prequisites: MATH 1426 or concurrent enrollment. You must enroll in a laboratory ($8 fee) unless you are exempt.

Textbook: Physics For Scientists and Engineers, Giancoli, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall

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 and possibly some use of interactive computer based exercises)

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 from the UT Austin Homework Web site. These problems will be automatically graded, and t is your responsibility to attempt these problem sets for each class. I will allow opportunities in class for you to ask questions/receive hints concerning each problem set.

Evaluation procedure


There will be three term tests plus a comprehensive final exam. The procedure I use to arrive at final grades is as follows:

Homework assignments

The course ID for Physics 1443-001 is MPWHITE21186

Contacting the Instructor

Office hours will be Mon, Wed, 3pm 4pm unless otherwise notified - or informally as you can find me.

You may Email me at


Note!! Sample tests and Finals are available at the
Science Learning Center


Other important information...below

Grade Replacement.  If you are retaking this class in order to replace a previous grade, you must complete the necessary form by census day.
The forms required are located at the Bursar's Office in Davis Hall. If you do not complete the forms by census day, the University will not honor the replacement.

Drop for non-payment of tuition. If you are dropped from this class for non-payment of tuition,you may secure an Enrollment Loan through the Bursar's Office. You may not continue to attend class until your Enrollment Loan has been applied to outstanding tuition fees.

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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