DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY  (202) 8066245 (main office), 5830 (fax)
Physics for Scientists & Engineers (PHYS
013) MWF, 1112 noon, in TKH 300;
Office hrs.: MW 3^{30}  5 pm, and by appointment (at least one day ahead, confirmed)
[Topics][Daily Schedule][Minimal Requirements][Assignments][eGear][Welcome]
Thu. 13 PM session  Tue. 13 PM session  Tue. 35 PM session 
Dr. Raja Almukahhal, TKH#213  Prof. Anand Batra, TKH#115  Dr. Lawrence Major, TKH#202 
almukahhal@mail.earthlink.net  abatra@howard.edu  lmajor@physics1.howard.edu 
M: 12 PM, Tu: 45:30 PM
Th: 121 PM, F: 9:3011:30 
MW: 12 PM

M: 121 & 34 PM, Th: 34 PM

Component

Time

Remark

% of Grade


Homework  See in daily schedule  Late HW = 0 credit !!! 
20%

Class work/Quizzes  in recitation sessions  current material 
20%

Exams (two midterms)  See in daily schedule  not comprehensive 
(each) 20%

Now drop the one worst component of the above (for each student individually).


Final exam  Last week of semester  comprehensive 
40%

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the scientific description of Nature, including mechanics of particles, simple bodies and fluids, waves, heat and thermodynamics. Conceptual understanding rather than technical mastery is emphasized, although problemsolving skills will also developed.
A successful student is expected to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the fundamental principles of physics, but also to demonstrateand maintainthe ability to solve practical problems involving physics phenomena. For minimal requirements, see below!
“Success = 1% inspiration + 99% perspiration”T.A. Edison
Daytoday schedule: Students are required to read ahead
08/27: Introductory Matters
08/29: Measurements and Estimating, §1
08/31: Kinematics in 1 dimension: velocity, §2.13
09/03: Observed Holiday: Labor Day
09/05: Kinematics in 1 dimension: acceleration, §2.47
09/07: Kinematics in more dimensions: vectors, §3.15 [HW#1 due]
09/10: Vector kinematics in more dimensions, §3.610
09/12: Dynamics: Newton's first two laws, §4.14
[HW#2 due]
09/14: Newton's 3rd law, weight, normal force, §4.58
09/17: Application of Newton's laws: friction, §5.1
[HW#3 due]
09/19: Application of Newton's laws: circular motion, §5.23
09/21: Newton's law of gravitation, §6.16
09/24: 1st Midterm Exam: §1§6;
1hour inclass
09/26: Work, §7.13
09/28: Opening Convocation
10/01: Energy, §7.45
10/03: Conservation of mechanical energy, §8.14 [HW#4 due]
10/05: Conservation of energy, power, §8.58
10/08: Observed Holiday: Columbus Day
10/10: Collisions, conservation of linear momentum, §9.15
10/12: Inelastic and higher dimensional collision, §9.69
[HW#5 due]
10/15: Rotation and torque, §10.16
10/17: Moment of inertia, conservation of angular momentum, §10.811
10/19: Rotation of a system of particles, §11.14
[HW#6 due]
10/22: Rotation of a rigid body, §11.510
10/24: Static equilibrium, §12.14
10/26: Elasticity and fracture, §12.58
[HW#7 due]
10/29: Static fluids, §13.16
10/31: Fluids in motion, §13.713
11/02: 2nd Midterm Exam: §7§13;
1hour inclass
11/05: Simple harmonic motion, §14.14
11/07: Oscillations: pendula, damping and resonance, §14.58
11/09: The wave equation, §15.15 [HW#8
due]
11/12: Observed Holiday: Veterans'
Day
11/14: Wave properties, §15.611
11/16: Simple sound, §16.14 [HW#9 due]
11/19: Complex sound, §16.59
11/21: Atomic theory of matter and the Zeroth law of Thermodynamics, §17.14
11/23: Observed Holiday: Thanksgiving
Recess
11/26: Gas laws and the ideal gas, §17.510 [HW#10 due]
11/28: Kinetic theory of gases, §18
11/30: Heat, §19.15 [HW#11 due]
12/03: The first law of Thermodynamics, §19.610
12/05: The second law of Thermodynamics, §20.14
12/07: Entropy and (dis)order, §20.510 [HW#12 due]
To pass the course with a grade B or better, a Student must at the time of the final exam be able to demonstrate the ability to:
A student who cannot demonstrate the above listed skills at the time of the final exam automatically forfeits a grade of B or better  regardless of the total number of points acquired in homework, quizzes and exams, and regardless of the success in completing any other course requirement.
All assignments refer to endofchapter problems (not "questions", not "general problems"!) as given in the text. See also homework solution suggestions. In each set, the problems in first group are recommended for practice. The alternate odd problems (3, 7, 11… i.e., 4n1 where n=1,2,3…) are solved in detail in the Study Guide and are an excellent collection of worked examples. Finally, he problems in the second group (after the specified due date) are assigned and will be graded.
Ch.  Recommended practice problems 
Due date

Assigned  
2  5, 17, 25, 29, 33, 41, 53, 65 
09/07/01

9, 17, 37, 49  
3  9, 18, 21, 29, 33, 41, 53, 65 
09/14/01

5, 17, 29, 33  
4  9, 17, 21, 29, 33, 37, 45, 53 
09/21/01

5, 13, 21, 33  
7  9, 13, 21, 29, 33, 45, 49, 57 
10/05/01

17, 25, 37, 41  
8  9, 13, 21, 29, 33, 45, 49, 57 
10/12/01

17, 25, 37, 41  
9  13, 29, 37, 53, 61 
10/19/01

17, 33, 69  
10  9, 25, 45, 57, 65  17, 29, 45  
11  9, 25, 33, 37 
10/26/01

13, 29  
12  13, 21, 33, 45, 53  9, 25, 49  
13  9, 21, 29, 37 
11/09/01

5, 17, 33  
14  5, 21, 33, 53  13, 29, 57  
15  5, 13, 21, 29, 33, 37, 45, 49 
11/16/01

9, 17, 25, 41  
16  1, 21, 29, 37, 41, 53, 61, 65 
11/26/01

5, 17, 33, 49  
17  9, 17, 37, 41 
11/30/01

5, 13, 29  
18  5, 17, 29, 33  9, 25  
19  5, 21, 37, 49 
12/07/01

13, 25, 33  
20 
13, 21, 29, 37

5, 17


Rows highlighted in the same
color correspond to the same homework assignment!


In addition, do as many endofchapter problems as you can, on your own. 
All homework assignments are in class, on the day indicated. Late homework will not be accepted, except in cases of proven (medical) emergency.
Collaboration policy
Collaboration  but not blind copying  on the homework
assignments is strongly encouraged; students should use this to learn
from each other. All exams and quizzes are open text and open
classnotes (including notebooks and class handouts), but no
collaboration is allowed; by signing the exams and quizzes, the student
implicitly agrees to abide by this policy. Violation of this policy is
covered under the University regulations on academic dishonesty and
cheating.
Coursework presentation and organization
While a neat presentation of home, quiz and examwork is not
required for full credit, it certainly makes it easier to assess the
quality of the work and give the proper credit due. In all cases,
include a simple sketch if it might help conveying the approach or the
calculations. Where necessary, include all units and symbols such as
the measure of an integral, arrow on a vector, vertical bars for the
absolute value of a quantity, for the magnitude of a vector or for the
determinant of a matrix, etc.
© Tristan Hubsch, 2001