Physics 111 - General Physics I

Term 4: 1997-98

  1. Instructor:
    H.D. Graber
    Office: Law 116, Phone 4354
    Home Phone: 364-1185
    E-Mail: graber@cornellcollege.edu

  2. Text:
    Physics for Scientists and Engineers
    3rd Edition, Updated Version 1992
    Raymond Serway
    Saunders

  3. Description of the Course:

    Physics 111 covers the usual topics in a standard first semester physics course except for wave motion and sound. Topics in the course are mechanics, special theory of relativity, fluids, and thermodynamics. It is assumed that all students in Physics 111 have had a course in calculus and know how to do simple derivatives and integrations.

    The course consists of 32 lecture-demonstration sessions designed to cover the important material of the course. Topics to be covered in each session are indicated on the syllabus.

    The class will meet from 9:00 am until 10:30 am and again in the afternoon from 1:10 until 2:40.

    Attendance at these sessions is expected. Examination questions will be geared to material covered in class and could even be on the interpretation of demonstrations done in class.

  4. Homework and Out-of-Class Work:

    The syllabus identifies four homework problems for each lecture session. These are assigned to test your understanding of the material on a regular basis. Your solutions are to be handed in at the morning meeting of the next day. They will be graded and factored into your overall course grade. Generally, only 1 of each set of 4 problems will be graded. Evaluation There will be some penalty for late homework.

    You may certainly work with classmates in doing your homework. Sometimes this is one of the best ways to learn material. Challenge each other on your solution and ask if your approach makes sense. Be careful of simply working for the answer found in the back of the text. Students often stay in the classroom following each session and work on their homework problems there. This gives you a good chance to talk to others and get help from your instructor.

    Homework solutions will be posted following the grading. Check these solutions since only 25% of your submitted solutions will be graded. Any homework problem will be considered fair game for a test question.

    Read over page xiii of your text entitled "To the Student". There are suggestions there on how to study. You should spend 2 hours out of class for every hour in class. That means 5-6 hours per day.

    Things to do:

    1. Read through the material as designated in the syllabus.
    2. Do the assigned homework problems.
    3. Practice some odd-numbered problems from the back of the chapter.
    4. Read through the chapter summary since the important ideas are repeated there.

  5. Help Sessions: Help sessions will be held in the evenings if there is sufficient student demand. Don't be hesitant to ask for extra help if you are having difficulty with the homework problems. On the Sunday afternoon or evening before the first two tests we will have help sessions in preparation for the exam.

  6. Examinations: As indicated in the syllabus there will be three exams in this course. The dates are: Monday, Dec. 4; Monday, Dec. 11; and Wednesday, Dec. 20.

    The exams may contain discussion questions, homework-type problems, true-false questions, or short answer questions. A corresponding past exam will be posted to give you a good idea of what to expect.

    Examinations are closed-book and with no outside reference sheets. You will be informed as to what relationships should be learned.

    You may work from 9:00 am until 11:00 am on the regular exams. However, they will be designed to be completed in one hour or less. The final exam will be from 9:00 am until noon. It will cover only the material following the second exam.

  7. Evaluation:
    2 regular exams 200 pts.
    1 final exam 150 pts.
    Homework 100 pts.
    Total 450 pts.

  8. Grading scale:

    90-100% 85-90% 80-85% 75-80% 70-75% 65-70% 60-65% 55-60% 50-55% 45-50% 40-45% below 40%
    A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F