Physics 161 - General Physics:
Mechanics and Particle Dynamics
Professor Dennis Drew
Information About the Final:
Final Exam Monday, May 17, 2004
7 - 9 p.m. Room
Serway and Jewett: "Physics for Scientists
and Engineers", 6th Edition, Vol. 1 (Thomson: Brooks/Cole, 2004)
Monday 7-8:50 PM and Wednesday 7-7:50 PM, room 1412, Physics
Physics 161 a 3credit introductory calculas based
course in physics. It is the first semester of a three semester sequence.
It satisfies the physics requirement of the Engineering College. Pre-
or co-requiste is MATH 141.
The class meets Monday and Wednesday at 7 PM in
room 1412 of the Physics Building. This lecture hall is adjacent
to one the best lecture demonstration facility in the world and we will
make use of it extensively throughout the semester. These demonstrations
are an essential part of the course and missing even a single class
will put you at a serious disadvantage. The purpose of this course is
to describe the physical world in which we live, to explain the scientific
basis of our understanding of this world and to give you the tools
for a quantitative understanding of motion. In this course we
will cover topics in mechanics; motion,
work and energy, momentum, gravity. We
will make use of integral and differential calculas and vectors.
The course grade will be determined by the following:
|First Hour Exam
|Second Hour Exam
Homework and Quizzes
There will be weekly homework assignments. It
will be collected at the beginning of class on Wednesday. There
will be a short quiz each week based on the assigned homework.
Solutions to the homework will be posted outside the lecture hall and
on the web. Homework is extremely important as it will help you clarify
your understanding of the material, point out areas of weakness and
help you prepare for the exams. It is extremely difficult to do well
in this course without carefully doing the homework.
Mid Term Exams
There will be two 50 minute in class mid term
exams: Weds., Feb 25 and Weds., April 14.
These exams will have questions very similar to the homework and the
quizzes. They each count 20% toward your course grade.
There is no laboratory in Physics 161.
The Physics Department has a free tutoring service,
The Slawsky Clinic, rum by a group of retired senior physicists. It
is located in Rooms 1208 & 1214 in the Physics building. The time
reserved especially for PHYS161 are from 11-12 and 1-2. However, you
can usually get help at any time they are open, from10 AM until 3 PM.