College Physics I

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

INSTRUCTOR: Bill Murray 



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  



Problem Solving


Scientific Method


Physics, Space, Matter, and Time-Measurement


 Kinematics of One Dimensional Motion


Vectors in Physics


Kinematics of  Two Dimensional Motion

5, 6, 12

Newton's Laws of Motion and Gravity

7, 8

Work and Energy


Momentum and Impulse


 Rotational Motion


Periodic Motion-Oscillations


Mechanical Waves and Sound


Temperature and Heat



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.

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

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.