Physics | General Physics 1
P201 | 3817-3818 | Baxter-Heinz

P201 General Physics 1
Syllabus Fall, 2003

Instructors:Prof. Richard HeinzProf. David V. Baxter
Office:Swain West 302Swain West 128
Office Phone:855-9235855-8337

Lectures: Section 3817: Swain West 119, MWF 09:05am-09:55am
Lectures: Section 3818: Swain West 119, MWF 11:15am-12:05pm
WWW Home Page:

Office Hours: Heinz: M 1:30pm3:00pm  R 10:30am12:00pm; Baxter: M 3:00pm-4:30pm
Forum Hours: Baxter, M 10:00am-11:00am

Secretary:      Mrs. Daphne Klemme, SW 153, 5-3599,

WeekLecturerDateReadingsDescriptionWeb HWSerway HWLab
1BaxterM9/1Ch. 1: 1-10IntroductionHW1Using your lab computer
W9/3Ch. 2: 1-6Motion in 1D (Kinematics)Due 8 Sept. 2003
F9/5Ch. 2: 7Free Fall
2BaxterM9/8Ch. 3: 1-4VectorsHW2 Introduction to Motion
W9/10Ch. 3: 5Projectile MotionDue 15 Sept. 2003
F9/12Ch. 3: 6Relative Motion
3HeinzM9/15Ch. 4: 1-3Newton's Laws I & IIHW3 Vector Addition
W9/17Ch. 4: 4-5Newton's Third LawDue 22 Sept. 2003
F9/19Ch. 4: 6Friction
4HeinzM9/22ExamplesHW4 Uniform acceleration
W9/24Ch. 5:1-2Work and EnergyDue 29 Sept. 2003
Thursday, 9/25, 7:00pm-9:00pm, EXAM #1, (Chap. 1  Chap. 4)
5HeinzM9/29Ch. 5:3-5Potential EnergyHW5 Conservation of Energy
W10/1Ch. 5: 6-8Energy ConservationDue 6 Oct. 2003
F10/3Ch. 6: 1-2Conserv. of Momentum
6HeinzM10/6Ch. 6: 3CollisionsHW6 Ballistic Pendulum
W10/8Ch. 6: 4Glancing CollisionsDue 13 Oct. 2003
7HeinzM10/13Ch. 7: 1-3Angular MotionHW7 Collisions on Air Track
W10/15Ch. 7: 4-6Centripetal AccelerationDue 20 Oct. 2003
F10/17Ch. 7: 7-10Law of Gravitation
8HeinzM10/21Ch. 8: 1-3Torque & Ctr. of GravityHW8 Centripetal Force
W10/23Ch. 8: 4Static EquilibriumDue 27 Oct. 2003
Thursday, 10/23, 7:00pm-9:00pm, EXAM #2, (Chap. 5  Chap. 8, sect. 3)
9HeinzM10/27Ch. 8: 5-6Rotational DynamicsHW9 Levers
W10/29Ch. 8: 7Angular MomentumDue 3 Nov. 2003
10BaxterM11/3Ch. 9: 1-2SolidsHW10 Rotational Motion
W11/5Ch. 9: 3-5Pascal and PressureDue 10 Nov. 2003
F11/7Ch. 9: 6-9Archemedes & Bernoulli

11BaxterM11/10Ch. 10: 1-3Surfaces & TemperatureHW11 Archimedes' Principle
W11/12Ch. 11: 1-4Heat Due 17 Nov. 2003
F11/14Ch. 11: 5-7Heat Transfer
12BaxterM11/17Ch. 13: 1-3Harmonic OscillationsHW12 Simple Harmonic Motion
W11/19Ch. 13: 4-7VibrationsDue 24 Nov. 2003
Thursday, 11/20, 7:00pm-9:00pm, EXAM #3, (Chap. 8, sect. 4  Chap. 13, sect. 3)
13BaxterM11/24ExamplesNo Lab
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25-28
14BaxterM12/1Ch. 13: 8-10WavesHW13 Speed of Sound
W12/3Ch. 13: 11-13InterferenceDue 8 Dec. 2003
F12/5Ch. 14: 1-3Sound Waves
15BaxterM12/8Ch. 14: 4-5Intensity of SoundHW14No Lab
W12/10Ch. 14: 6-8Doppler and InterferenceDue 12 Dec. 2003
F12/12Ch. 14: 9-11Res. & Standing Waves
FINAL EXAM (Comprehensive) DATE and TIME to be announced

Course Information
Objective: General Physics 1 is the first semester of a two-semester
sequence that will introduce you to some of the most important ideas of
classical physics. One of the central topics in classical physics,
Newtonian mechanics, will form a large part of our study for the semester.
We will also discuss waves and oscillations, and touch briefly on the
concepts of heat and temperature.

In studying Newtonian mechanics we will use many words and ideas with which
you are familiar; but we warn you now to be wary of relying on your current
definitions and intuition regarding these ideas. It took humankind almost
two millennia (from Aristotle to Newton) to develop the ideas covered in
this course and many of the situations we consider are far more subtle than
they may first appear. By growing up in the modern world you have become
familiar with many of the words we will use and thus many of you can speak
a Newtonian language (using words like action and reaction, acceleration,
velocity, force etc.), but through your interactions with the world in
everyday life your instincts are far more like those of Aristotle than you
may care to believe. This can lead to mistakes on homework problems and exams.

To paraphrase a great Jedi master "You will have to unlearn much that you
have learned." The reason for this is that our goal is to describe the
entire universe, not just the section of it we can interact with directly
through our senses in our everyday lives. To do this requires a framework
in which the surface of the Earth becomes a rather complicated place (with
nasty effects such as friction, gravity, and air resistance). Your
instincts already incorporate these effects into the natural order of
things, rather than seeing them as complications which obscure that natural
order. If you make a conscious effort to cast the problems you confront in
this course in the ideal terms of the Newtonian world rather than relying
solely on your instincts you will do much better on the exams, and you will
along the way develop a deeper appreciation for one of the greatest
intellectual achievements of all time.

Studying physics thus involves much more than just learning a set of rules.
To "do physics" you must learn to think logically, and in the abstract, and
to develop new intuition about how the universe really works. Note that
this involves much more than just memorizing equations into which you plug
numbers! In this course you will be asked to solve problems in which you
are confronted with a new situation and must devise ways of using what you
have already learned to interpret it.

The quantitative application of physical laws to solving problems is a
major activity in the smaller, more interactive discussion sections. You
will also have the opportunity to perform simple laboratory experiments
that serve several purposes: to demonstrate some of the concepts covered in
the lectures; to expose you to techniques required to make reliable
measurements; and to give you some appreciation for the interplay between
experiment and theory in science.

You are encouraged to develop collaborations with other students. Such
collaborative efforts help you understand the relationships among different
approaches to the same situation and provide invaluable stimulation from
give-and-take in searching for solutions.

Though our lectures may sometimes give you the impression that physics is a
"finished" subject, you should be aware that many important questions are
still unanswered and the universe continues to hold many mysteries. To
advance our knowledge, physicists and other scientists need to develop new
equipment and carry out increasingly complex measurements. After all,
physics is ultimately an experimental science, and the only criterion for
elevating someone's idea of a physical "law" is that it is consistent with
all known observations and therefore represents our best guess as to how
the universe truly works.

Meeting all of the above objectives of this course will demand a lot of
work on your part. It is essential that you keep up with the work, because
each topic introduced and each skill taught will build upon all those
developed earlier in the course. If we do our jobs, then all of the work
should be accompanied by a lot of fun, intellectual challenge, and learning.


Drop & Add: The last date to drop P201 with an automatic W is Wednesday,
October 29, 2003.

Text: College Physics, 6th Edition, by Serway and Faughn. Reading
assignments from College Physics are on the attached syllabus and should be
completed before the lecture on the date indicated.

Required Lab Manual and Lab Text: The P201 Lab Manual, Fall 2003, can be
purchased at T.I.S. and I.U. bookstores. Do not use manuals from other

References: Our text, Serway, as well as several other useful texts are on
reserve in the Swain West Library.

P201 WWW Home Page:

Physics Forum: A help session room has been provided for students in
undergraduate physics courses. It is in SW246 and is called the Physics
Forum. It will be staffed by graduate students and faculty and the staffing
schedule will be posted on the door. (Note: DVB will be there Monday,

Grades: Grades will be posted in the Oncourse grade book.
Section 3654: SW 150, M 8:00am-9:55am
Section 3655: SW 150, M 10:10am-12:05pm
Section 3656: SW 150, M 12:20pm-2:15pm
Section 3657: SW 150, M 2:30pm-4:25pm
Section 3658: SW 150, M 4:40pm-6:35pm
Section 3659: SW 150, M 6:50pm-8:45pm
Section 3660: SW 150, T 8:00am-9:55am
Section 3661: SW 150, T 10:10am-12:05pm
Section 3662: SW 150, T 1:25pm-3:20pm   Section 3663: SW 150, T 3:35pm-5:30pm
Section 3664: SW 150, T 5:45pm-7:40pm
Section 3665: SW 150, T 7:55pm-9:50pm
Section 3666: SW 150, W 8:00am-9:55am
Section 3667: SW 150, W 10:10am-12:05pm
Section 3668: SW 150, W 12:20pm-2:15pm
Section 3669: SW 150, W 5:45pm-7:40pm
Section 3670: SW 150, W 7:55pm-9:50pm
Lab will be held beginning the first week of classes. You need to purchase
a Physics P201 Lab Manual. Mr. Dan Beeker (SW 115, 855-5903 email:, who is in charge of the labs for the Physics
Department, sets lab policy and assigns the final lab grades (to be figured
into your course grade as indicated below). You may miss one lab without an
excuse during the semester, as the lowest of your 13 lab grades will be
dropped in computing your final grade. You must complete 10 of the 13 labs
to achieve a passing course grade.
Section 3644: SW 218, T 10:10am-11:00am
Section 3645: SW 219, T 11:15am-12:05pm
Section 3646: SW 219, T 12:20pm-1:10pm
Section 3647: SW 219, T 1:25pm-2:15pm
Section 3648: SW 219, T 2:30pm-3:20pm   Section 3649: SW 219, T 3:35pm-4:25pm
Section 3650: SW 217, R 10:10am-11:00am
Section 3651: SW 219, R 11:15am-12:05pm
Section 3652: SW 219, R 12:20pm-1:10pm
Section 3653: SW 219, R 2:30pm-3:20pm
Each discussion section will be divided into small groups of students, and
each group will work together on some problems from the homework assignment
due the following Monday, or similar problems. A representative from each
group will be chosen to present the group's solution to their assigned
problem on the blackboard for detailed discussion by the instructor and the

Web Homework: There are 14 weekly problem assignments on the web. Go to the
URL on the web for
instructions. The first step will be to add yourself to the class roster.
To do this you will need an access password, which will be phisf (Physics
is fun). You will also need the unique course number for our class, XXXXX.
Under your Social Security Number, also known as your Student ID number,
you have the choice of using either your Student ID number or 5555 plus the
last 5 digits of your ID number. You will get your homework (and presumably
print it) by going to the URL You will submit your
homework at this same URL. The homework assignments are due at 5:00 pm on
the Monday following the week that they are assigned, except for HW14 which
is due at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 12th. You may collaborate with your
classmates on these web problems. However each student must turn in her or
his own solutions. If you get a problem wrong, you may try again (with a
slight penalty) if it is not later than the due time. (Details are given at
the first URL noted above.) The web problems are qualitatively the same for
all students, but each student will receive unique numerical values for the
important parameters. Please work together to understand the problems, but
don't forget that simply copying another student's final answer will not
give you the correct answer to your problem! Note that it is possible to
receive a negative score if you repeatedly answer a multiple choice
question incorrectly. Also, numerical answers must have an accuracy within
1% or they are counted as wrong.

Serway Homework: As one way of preparing for the exams we have selected
problems from our text for you to work. These are odd numbered problems
with answers in the back of the text. We urge you to work these problems as
they will test your knowledge of the material and they will give you
practice in applying this knowledge. The problems from Serway will not be
collected or graded.

Exams: There will be 3 exams during the semester, as indicated on the
attached schedule. These exams will be multiple choice and given on the
evenings of September 26th, October 24th, and November 21st. The locations
for exams will be announced in class and posted on Oncourse. Makeup exams
will not be given. Absence from an exam can be excused for documented
medical reasons only. There is no class on the Friday after each exam. The
exam solutions and a histogram of all exam scores, including approximate
grades, are posted on Oncourse by 5 p.m. on the Friday after the exam.
(Click Schedule, then click on the appropriate exam number.) Your exam
score will be posted in the Oncourse online grade book, which you will find
under the "Tools" tab. Please ignore the letter grade in the Online grade
book as this will always show up as "F"!

Bring with you:
1.      one sheet of notes, size 8.5 inches by 11 inches for exam 1, two
sheets for exam 2, three sheets for exam 3, and four sheets for the final
2.      a calculator;
3.      a number two pencil; and
4.      your student ID.
There will be 24 questions, all multiple-choice.  Answer all questions, as
there is no penalty for wrong answers.  Old exams can be found by going to
P201 on Oncourse and selecting the Syllabus button.

Final Exam: The 2-hour Final Exam will be comprehensive, emphasizing that
material covered after the third exam. The location of the final exam will
not be known until October and will be announced in class and posted on
Oncourse at that time.

Course Grades: Final grades will be based on your scores on the lab
reports, homework, exams, and final exam. The relative weighting of each
contribution in the determination of your final grade is as follows:

Labs (best of 12 of 13)20%
Web Homework16%
3 Exams @ 16% each48%
Final Exam16%