Text: College
Physics, by Nicholas J. Giordano, published by Brooks/Cole.
Lecturers:
Prof. David Lind 
Office: 405 Keen 
Email: lind@martech.fsu.edu 
Phone: 6441576 
Prof. Peng Xiong 
Office: 409 Keen 
Email: xiong@martech.fsu.edu 
Phone: 6445849 
Recitation Instructors:
Prof. Marcia Fenley 
Office: 402 KLB (Kasha Lab) 
Email: mfenley@sb.fsu.edu 
Phone: 6447961 
Prof. Aferdita Ishmaku 
Office: 318 Keen 
Email: dita@martech.fsu.edu 
Phone: 6446476 
Prof.
Per Rikvold 
Office: 413 Keen 
Email: prikvold@fsu.edu 
Phone: 6446814 
This course is intended to provide a general knowledge of the basic concepts of physics relating to mechanics, fluids, heat, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves. The level of mathematical skills necessary to complete this course is a strong proficiency with algebra (especially word problems) and trigonometric functions.
Class Meetings
Each student is registered for four class meetings.
· Two lectures: Monday and Wednesday in 101 Richards (UPL) from 10:10 to 11:00 (Lind) or 12:20 to 1:10 (Xiong).
· One recitation class: Friday at registered time and classroom.
· One laboratory session at registered time and classroom.
Lectures: The Monday and Wednesday lectures will be used primarily to outline the course material, especially the core physics concepts, for which the student is responsible for. They are also to be used to conduct experimental demonstrations, to discuss examples of problems, and to administer the biweekly miniexams. Lecture highlights will be posted on the course web page. These highlights will indicate the exact topic covered during lecture and which textbook sections they were drawn from. However, these highlights do not contain all the information and explanations which will be presented during the lectures. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to attend the lectures, since it is a demonstrated fact that there is a strong correlation between lecture attendance and student performance. Several conceptual questions will asked in each lecture and the student will answer these questions using the personal response system (PRS), and the student can earn bonus points.
Recitation: The Friday class will be a “recitation style” session, during which the focus will be on working through assigned problems (either from the WebAssign homework set or from the recommended textbook problems). This session will be particularly valuable since the exams will consist of problems similar to those that will be discussed on Fridays. Every week, a couple of problems will be assigned, and the detailed written solutions are to be handed to the recitation instructor at the beginning of the recitation class. They will be graded and returned to you in the next week’s recitation class.
Laboratory: The purpose of the laboratory sessions is
to gain handson experience with laboratory apparatus, to develop skills in performing
experiments, to learn methods for analyzing scientific data, and to relate the
physics concepts covered in lectures with real experimental situations. Each
student must complete a lab report, following the format prescribed by the lab
instructor, before leaving the lab
session. Attendance at each lab
session is a requirement of the course. Lab manuals can be downloaded from the
course web site. Several online conceptual questions and/or simple calculation
problems will be assigned via LonCAPA and are to be completed before the lab.
Student Responsibilities
This course is no pushover.
Physics is based on understanding,
not remembering. We will do all we can to help you, but you have to be prepared
to put some serious effort in to make sure you really do understand the
concepts. Below is what is expected of you:
Class Participation: Attend
all lectures including the Friday recitation; what you retain from these
classes may surprise you. Students are expected to arrive at class on time and
remain in class for the entire class period. Class participation is part of the
final grade.
Homework: Success in this course depends to a large extent on the effort
put into completing the weekly homework assignments. The homework will be a
significant component of the final grade, and it is the best way to prepare for
the exams. There will be three homework assignments each week: 1) weekly WebAssign
homework sets; 2) prelecture WebAssign problems; 3) prerecitation written
problems.
Laboratory: Each student is required to attend a laboratory session
at registered time and classroom. The student must actively participate in the
experiment and complete an individual lab report, following the format
prescribed by the lab instructor, before
leaving the lab session. Attendance at each
lab session is a requirement of the course. A prelab LonCAPA problem set
must be completed before the laboratory session.
MiniExams: Six miniexams will be given during the semester on designated Wednesdays.
· These miniexams will be given on the designated Wednesdays and each will take the time of an entire lecture.
· The material covered in each exam will be that specified in the syllabus and based on concepts related to the weekly homework assignments and recommended textbook questions and problems.
·
No
makeup exams will be given.
· Students arriving late will be required to submit their exams by the same deadline as the rest of the class.
·
Each
student is responsible for bringing a working calculator to each exam. No
sharing is allowed.
· Do not program the formulae into your calculator – this is cheating and will be treated as such.
· Don’t cheat. The first cheat on an exam results in a grade of zero for that exam, the second results in an “F” for the course. Remember the FSU Honor Code.
· Any questions you have with the grading of the exams must be resolved within 2 weeks of the handback date.
Final Exam: Each student is required to attempt the final exam on Monday, December 7, 2009 (see the “Block Examination” schedule in the FSU Directory of Classes). The final exam will be cumulative. An equation sheet with all the necessary equations and constants will be given. The site for the final exam will be announced late in the semester.
Course Material on the
Web
This syllabus, lecture notes, solutions to homework
and exam problems, and important announcements can be found on the Web
via Blackboard.
Text: College Physics, by Nicholas J. Giordano
Faculty: David Lind, Peng Xiong, Marcia Fenley,
Aferdita Ishmaku, and Per Rikvold
Date 

MiniExam 
Laboratory 
M Aug 24 W Aug 26 F Aug 28 


No Lab This Week 
M Aug 31 W Sep 2 F Sep 4 
HW
Set #1 due 

Math Review: Algebra & Trigonometry 
W Sep 9 F Sep 11 
No
Class on Monday HW
Set #2 due 
Exam 1(Ch 14) 
No Lab This Week 
M Sep 14 W Sep 16 F Sep 18 
HW
Set #3 due 

Expt I Vectors 
M Sep 21 W Sep 23 F Sep 25 
HW
Set #4 due 
Exam 2(Ch 25) 
Expt II 
M Sep 28 W Sep 30 F Oct 2 
HW
Set #5 due 

Expt III Circular Motion 
M Oct 5 W Oct 7 F Oct 9 
HW
Set #6 due 
Exam 3(Ch 6 & 7) 
Expt IV Computer Analysis 
M Oct 12 W Oct 14 F Oct 16 
HW
Set #7 due 

Expt V Linear Momentum 
M Oct 19 W Oct 21 F Oct 23 
HW
Set #8 due 
Exam 4
(Ch 8 & 9) 
Expt VI Rigid Bodies Torques 
M Oct 26 W Oct 28 F Oct 30 
HW
Set #9 due 

Expt VII Harmonic Motion 
M Nov 2 W Nov 4 F Nov 6 
HW
Set #10 due 
Exam 5(Ch 1113) 
Expt VIII Waves 
M Nov 9 F Nov 13 
No
Class on Wednesday; HW Set #11 due 

No Lab This Week 
M Nov 16 W Nov 18 F Nov 20 
HW
Set #12 due 
Exam 6(Ch 14 & 15) 
Expt IX Ideal Gas Law 
M Nov 23 W Nov 25 
HW
Set #13 due No
Class on Friday 

No Lab This Week 
M Nov 30 W Dec 2 F Dec 4 
Reviews HW
Set #14 due 

Expt X Specific Heat 
FINAL EXAM: Monday, December 7, 12:30 – 2:30 pm. *** GOOD LUCK!*** 