Physics for Science and Engineering I Physics 3A – 2 (70594) LBCC, Fall 2008 Instructor: Shahriar Abachi, firstname.lastname@example.org, (562) 938-xxxx Lecture: TTh 06:00 - 09:30, D314 Office Hours: TTh, 5:30 – 6:00 & after each session for ½ hour, D349 or D314 Course Description: This is a calculus based physics course in which we study kinematics, vectors, dynamics, energy, translational and rotational motion, static fluids, simple harmonic oscillations, and mechanical waves. To learn the concepts, in addition to lectures on Tuesday evenings, experiments are done in the lab on Thursday evenings. Text Books: o “Fundamentals of Physics”, 8th Extended Ed., Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, Wiley, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-471-75801-3 o Lab Manual for LBCC Physics 3A, Rev. 1.1, David Sholle, 2007 Prerequisite: Math 60 Physics 2A recommended Assignments & Evaluation: Homework: Weekly homework assignments are given which are collected at the beginning of each Tuesday session. Late homework is not accepted. Do not do without your homework as they are the most effective means of learning physics. Doing homework is absolutely essential for your learning. Doing your homework in groups is preferable. The lowest homework grade will be dropped. Quiz: At the beginning of each Thursday session there may be a quiz mostly on the topics studied on Tuesday. Please bring with you a scantron form 882-E (15-question form) to Thursday sessions. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped. Exams: You must have a passing lab grade and final exam to pass this course. No makeup exam is given unless substantiated medical or other emergencies are involved, in which case other grades are used to make up for the missing grade based on the judgment of the instructor. Therefore make note of the following exam dates. Final exam is cumulative. A one-sided 3×5 inch formula only index card for midterms and a one-sided 8½ ×11 formula only sheet for final exam are allowed. These should include formulas only and no solutions to problems. (I may announce that I will give you a formula sheet, in which case you should not bring your own.) Grading: Your grade is determined based on the proportions given to the following categories: Homework Quizzes Lab Midterms (10% – 15% – 15%) Final 10% 5% 20% 40% 25% A curving system determines your final letter grade. This is done so that the class average will be roughly a C+ or B−. (Higher grade for the average may be considered depending on the performance of the class.) Dates: Please bring a blue book to the following exams: Midterm I Midterm II Midterm III Final Exam Thursday, September 18, in the beginning of the lab session. Thursday, October 16, in the beginning of the lab session. Thursday, November 13, in the beginning of the lab session. Tuesday, December 16, in Class. Laboratory: Laboratory sessions are on Thursdays, which are also going to be used for, quizzes, midterm exams, reviews, and possible additional lectures, etc. Unless otherwise instructed, for each lab a write up is needed which you turn in the next Thursday. The lab report should include: Purpose, Apparatus, Procedure, Data analysis, Error analysis, Plots (if required), Discussions, Conclusions, and Answer to any questions. All lab reports should be in form of stapled 3-hole loose papers. Make sure you keep all your graded lab reports, because a week after the last lab you will be asked to turn in your lab book containing all your graded lab reports. If not, there will be 10% deduction from your lab grade. The lowest lab grade will be dropped. Tentative Course Plan: 2 3 4 5 August: 19 21 26 28 September: 2 4 9 11 16 Chapters; Titles 1; Measurement Labs 1; Math Review 2; Graphing/Measur. 2, 3; 1-D Kinematics, Vectors 3; Free Fall 3,4; Vectors, 2&3-D Kinematics 4; Projectile Motion 4; 2&3-D Kinematics 5; Inclined Plane Acc. 5; Dynamics I 2 2 1 Dates Page Week 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 18 23 25 30 October: 2 7 9 14 16 21 23 28 30 November: 4 6 11 13 18 20 25 27 December: 2 4 9 11 16 Midterm I (in lab session) 6; Dynamics II 6; Centripetal Force 7; Kinetic Energy & Work 7; Energy Conservation 8; Potential Energy 8; Ballistic Pendulum 9; Center of mass/Linear Momentum Midterm II (in lab session) 10; Rotational Motion 9; Rotational Inertia 11; Angular Momentum 12; Statics; Equilibrium & Elasticity 10; Angular Momentum 13; Gravity Midterm III (in lab session) 14; Static Fluids 11; Equilibrium 15; Oscillations 16; Mechanical Waves 12; Simple Harmonic 17; Sound Review (in lab session) Final exam 7 – 10 pm (in class) 13; Standing Waves Rules: This course complies with all LBCC rules as found in the Catalog. Cheating and plagiarism will be dealt with seriously. Violation of rules is not tolerated and may result in a failing grade or even expulsion. Other: Page 3 Support for any disability is available. Please contact DSPS office, room A119, or call (562) 9384558. Please keep me informed of your special needs, if any.