College Physics I

TEXT: College Physics, 4th Edition by James S. Walker, Addison-Wesley Publisher

INSTRUCTOR: Bill Murray 

Email: murray@roanestate.edu

OFFICE HOURS

Oak Ridge OFFICE: B-133 Cubicle F 

PHONE: 481-2000 ext 2506

 

 

GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES ARE LISTED BELOW: (Click this link for the detailed competencies)

1. To understand the fundamental definitions and physical laws of electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics.

2. To gain experience with a general systematic technique for Problem Solving and practice using it on problems in electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics.

3. To improve the conceptual ability to select and apply the proper physical laws and concepts to obtain correct and reasonable solutions to problems in electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics.

4. To apply the scientific method for the experimental evaluation of the physical concepts, theories, and laws of electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics. 

OUTLINE OF TOPICS and How to Study and Prepare

Chapter in text  

   Topic

  

Problem Solving

  

Scientific Method

  1  

Physics, Space, Matter, and Time-Measurement

2

 Kinematics of One Dimensional Motion

3

Vectors in Physics

4

Kinematics of  Two Dimensional Motion

5, 6, 12

Newton's Laws of Motion and Gravity

7, 8

Work and Energy

9  

Momentum and Impulse

10,11

 Rotational Motion

13

Periodic Motion-Oscillations

14 

Mechanical Waves and Sound

16  

Temperature and Heat

29

Relativity

PHYSICS LINKS  and Math Help and Additional Math Help

SCHEDULE: Material will be covered at about one topic per week.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND ESSENTIALS OF LEARNING: Attend classes and perform lab experiments. Turn in class assignments and lab reports. Complete quizzes, tests and exam.

APPROXIMATE TEST SCHEDULE: Three or more 100 point tests will be given and will be announced in class one week before the test. Several unannounced 5 to 20 point quizzes to test your understanding of definitions and relationships. An optional final exam will be available on exam day.

COURSE GRADE:
Laboratory 25 %
Quizzes and Tests 60-75%
Final Exam 0-15%

GRADING METHOD:
Scores on tests represent a measurement of at least the following factors:
1. Student's knowledge of the material.
2. Test material difficulty.
3. Time available to complete the test.
4. Effectiveness of the teacher's instruction.
5. Numerous indirectly related things such as testing room environment, health of student, etc.

Grades assigned to test scores are adjusted to minimize the factors other than the student's knowledge of the material by numerical ranking of the scores of class members and by comparison with scores from previous classes. The final course grade is assigned by the same numerical ranking procedure using the student's accumulated total points for the course.

For students falling on the borderline between two grades, factors such as class attendance, class participation, and extra credit work will be used to decide between the grades.

Letter grades will be discussed after each graded test, report, or assignment is returned.