PH 1110, General Physics -- Mechanics
Sections 12 and 13

This is the introductory course in Newtonian mechanics.  Minimum recommended background: concurrent study of MA 1021.  Topics include: kinematics of motion, vectors, Newton's laws, friction, work-energy, impulse-momentum, for both translational and rotational motion.  We meet in OH 223 on MTWThF at 8:00.  Instructor:  Professor NA Burnham, nab@wpi.edu.

Sections 12 and 13 (8:00 am, Prof. Burnham) will largely follow the structure and development of  Sections 1 to 8 (10:00 am, Prof. Kashuri).  His organizational materials and study guides are in the folder labeled PH 1110, Sections 1-8 in the Course Materials directory of our myWPI site.  You should also be aware of yet a third lecture (Sections 9-11, 2:00 pm, Prof. Sarkar).  Below I highlight the differences between Sections 12 and 13 as compared to Sections 1 to 8, as well as provide supplementary information.

Final grade determination

Percent
Activity
60 %
The three exams.  10 % penalty for make-ups.
20 %
Mastering Physics homework, course ID PH1110C148AM.  Three lowest scores dropped.  No extensions beyond the automatic one-day extension for all.
10 %

The ten lab worksheets, due by midnight of your assigned lab day.  A late penalty of one point per business day applies.  Worksheets submitted after noon of the last Monday of classes will not be graded.
10 %
Clicker score.  In class you earn one point for answering a question and two points for answering correctly.  In lab you earn five points for attendance and ten points for answering the question about the lab or laboratory procedures correctly.  Lowest seven daily scores of the term dropped.  Failure to return your clicker at the end of the term results in a $75 charge to your account.  Make-ups are not possible.

Your class attendance is expected, although not required.  If your final numerical grade lies on the border line between two letter grades, then your class participation will determine which letter grade you shall receive. After the second exam, I'll give you an indication of how you are doing.  Please respect my decision not to discuss grades by email.

Syllabus

The syllabus is embodied by this calendar. The colors of the text are to help you distinguish between the three units of the course on:  i), kinematics (Chaps. 1-3); ii) forces, momentum, and energy in translation (Chaps. 4-8);  iii) rotational motion (Chaps. 9-11).
 
Week of Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12.January.2014
What's due 
Today's topic
Section(s)
Lab #
 

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Intro
1.1-1.6
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Vectors
1.7-1.9
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19.January HW1
MLK Day
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r, v, a
2.1-2.3
Lab 0
HW2
1D motion
2.4-2.6
Lab 0
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v, a vectors
3.1-3.2
Lab 1
HW3
2D motion
3.3
Lab 1
26.January
HW4
Circular motion
3.4
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Forces
4.1-4.5
Lab 2
HW5
FBDs
4.6
Lab 2
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Review 1
Chaps. 1-3
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Exam 1
Chaps. 1-3
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2.February
HW6
Equilibrium
5.1
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Dynamics
5.2
Lab 3
HW7
Friction
5.3

Lab 3
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Circular motion
5.4
Lab 4

HW8
Work-energy
6.1-6.4
Lab 4
9.February HW9
Potentials
7.1-7.2
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E Conservation
7.3
Lab 5
HW10
Impulse
8.1
Lab 5
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Momentum
8.2
Lab 6
HW11
Collisions
8.3
Lab 6
16.February HW12
Torque
10.1
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Static Equilib.
11.1-11.3
Lab 7
HW13
Review 2
Chaps. 4-8
Lab 7
Advising Day
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Exam 2
Chaps. 4-8
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23.February
HW14
Rot. Variables
9.1
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Rot. Kinematics
9.2-9.3
Lab 8
HW15
Rot. Energy
9.4
Lab 8
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Rot. Dynamics
10.2-10.3
Lab 9
HW16
Rot. Work
10.4
Lab 9
2.March
HW17
L
10.5
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L Conserv.
10.6
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HW18
Examples
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Review 3
Chaps. 9-11
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Exam 3
Chaps. 9-11
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Exams

Twenty multiple-choice questions comprise each exam.  With your help, we shall test the use of clickers to submit answers, which if successful will be an enormous benefit to large courses.  As a backup in case something goes wrong, you shall submit both a paper copy of your exams as well as punch in your answers via clicker.  Exam answers via clickers contribute to your exam score, not to your clicker score.

Communication and office hours

My office is OH 219.  I am sometimes in my lab, OH 009, in the Physics Library, OH 118, or in the department office, OH 119.  My mailbox is between the doors of OH 118 and 119.  Email nab@wpi.edu (checked twice daily), web www.wpi.edu/~nab, office phone with voice mail (508) 831-5365; fax (508) 831-5886; my basic weekly schedule, with office hours, is posted at www.wpi.edu/~nab/Sched.html.  Please put "PH 1110" in the subject line of your emails for a faster response.  The web address for this page is www.wpi.edu/~nab/PH110.html.  My research is described at www.wpi.edu/+AFM and at links therein.

Help

There is often a physics graduate student in the physics library, OH 118.  He or she sits near the sign labeled "Physics Help".  There should be a schedule posted on the library door and online under the Student Resources area of the Physics Department's website.

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or if you have medical information to share with me, please see me.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.  The DSO is located in Daniels Hall, (508) 831-5235.

Academic dishonesty

Individual integrity is vital to the academic environment because education involves the search for and acquisition of knowledge and understanding, which are, in themselves, intangible.  Evaluation of each student’s level of knowledge and understanding is a vital part of the teaching process, and requires tangible measures such as reports, examinations, and homework.  Any act that interferes with the process of evaluation by misrepresentation of the relation between the work being evaluated (or the resulting evaluation) and the student’s actual state of knowledge is an act of academic dishonesty.  The moral equivalent of academic dishonesty in larger society is treason.

In General Physics -- Mechanics, you are encouraged to collaborate on the homework, although you must submit the homework yourself.  Lab data must be collected by you and your partner, if your partner is present.  However, individual questions must be answered individually.  During an exam, you may have only the exam, a calculator, a clicker, and writing implements on your desk; no telephones or other communication devices are allowed.  You may not give or receive information during exams, except to ask the instructor to clarify a question.

Educational research has shown that:

  1. The most learning occurs in an environment characterized by high expectations and respect and care for individual students, and where the value of collaboration is stressed over competition.
  2. The most learning occurs in an active classroom environment where students take responsibility for learning rather than being passive receptors of the professor’s knowledge.
  3. Students can learn as effectively or more effectively from peers than from a professor.
  4. Facilitating development of students’ communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills is as important as helping them learn physics.
  5. Professors and students are equals in the learning process. I have as much to learn about teaching and people as they have to learn about physics.
Above three sections adapted from: Disability Services Office, Dean of Students Office, Prof. Phillies, Prof. Demetry.

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N.A. Burnham, January 2014