Phys171: Introductory Physics: Mechanics
Fall
2006, Sections 0201 and Honors
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Professor: Luis A. Orozco Office hours: After class, or by appointment. |
Grader: Lijun Zhu Office
hours: W 2:00 to 3:00 PM |
What the course is about:
Physics 171 is the first semester of a three semester sequence for physics
majors and those desiring a rigorous preparation in the physical
sciences. The syllabus includes kinematics,
Web Site: http://www.physics.umd.edu/courses/Phys171/Orozco/index_f06.htm
Homework at: http://www.physics.umd.edu/courses/Phys171/Orozco/hw_f06.html
Or, you can get there by going to the Web
course page: https://elms.umd.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp
Prerequisites:
MATH 140 (functions, limits, continuity, derivatives and applications of the
derivative, sketching of graphs of functions, definite and indefinite
integrals, and calculation of area) and a high school physics course or
permission of department. Corequisite:
MATH 141 (techniques of integration, improper integrals, applications of
integration (such as volumes, work, arc length, moments), inverse functions,
exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series.)
Textbook: Physics
for Scientists and Engineers , vol. 1, 5th ed., Tipler
& Mosca (W.H. Freeman & Co) 2004. ISBN:
0-7167-0809-4 (Hardback), 0-7167-0900-7 (Softcover),
0-7167-8339-8 (Standard Hardback), 0-7167-4389-2 (Extended Hardback).
Recommended
Alternate Text: Six Ideas that Shaped
Physics, Volumes C, N and R, 2^{nd}
ed., by T. Moore (McGraw Hill) 2003. ISBN: 0-07-229152-4, 0-07-239712-8, 0-07-239714-4.These are a
very readable set of books that present the physics we will be covering in a
different, sometimes more conceptual way. I will occasionally be drawing
from this book. I hope to have copies on reserve in the library and also
in the SPS lounge.
Study Sessions : Time and place: Thursdays
E-mail: I encourage students to make use of e-mail for quick
correspondence with me (or the grader) regarding lecture material, homework
problems, or whatever. I will also use e-mail to communicate with the class at
large. Please include PHYS171 in the subject line. Students are
responsible for making sure I have their correct email address and checking
their email daily. Important messages will sometimes be sent to the class by
email.
Course web site : Course plan, homework assignments,
supplements, and exam solutions will all be posted at the course web site.
Homework: Assigned weekly. The assignments
will likely be a mix of computer-based (WebAssign)
problems and supplementary handwritten material. The WebAssign
problems will be closed out just before midnight on Thursdays, and the
supplementary problems will be due at the beginning of class on
the assigned day (usually Friday). Late homework accepted only under dire
circumstances. If you know it will be impossible to turn in an assignment on
time you must discuss this with me in
advance of the due date. Medical reasons accepted only with a
doctor's note. You are encouraged to discuss the homework with others, but what
you finally complete should be your own work. Please make sure you
include your name and the homework and course numbers and staple the pages
together. Homework sets must show reasoning leading to the final answers in a
clear and readable fashion to obtain credit.
Exams: There will be three one-hour exams and
a final. See the class schedule for the dates. If an exam is
unexpectedly cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be automatically
rescheduled for the next class session. The tentative date of the final
is Monday, December 18,
Grading: The course grade will be based on the homework and
exams. The lowest two homework scores will be dropped. The following
weighting will be used in determining your grade:
Homework (2 lowest dropped) |
15% |
Quizzes |
15% |
3 Midterms combined |
45% |
Final Exam |
25% |
Note also that
University policy requires a passing grade on the final in order to complete
the course.
Tips for doing well :
Honor
pledge and academic honesty: The
In this course it is assumed that
all students have entered the University agreeing to the honor principle which
would apply in general to all campus activities, so usually no specific
statement is required. As for this course in particular, note that although you
are encouraged to discuss homework with others, the work you turn in should be
your own formulation and should reflect your own understanding. This is perhaps
a fine line to judge in some cases. Please ask me if you have any questions.