PHYS 1301w -- Changes

Mon Feb 23 11:24:27 2009

Effective Term: New:  1109 - Fall 2010
Old:  1089 - Fall 2008
Department: New:  11140 - Physics & Astronomy, Sch of
Old:  11140 - IT Physics & Astron, School of
Sponsor Name:
New:  James Kakalios
Old:  Kenneth Heller
Sponsor E-mail Address:
this course fulfills:
New:  PHYS - PHYS Physical Sciences
Old:  PHYS SCI/L - PHYS SCI/L Physical Science with Laboratory Core
Criteria for
Core Courses:
Describe how the course meets the specific bullet points for the proposed core requirement. Give concrete and detailed examples for the course syllabus, detailed outline, laboratory material, student projects, or other instructional materials or method.

Core courses must meet the following requirements:

  • They explicitly help students understand what liberal education is, how the content and the substance of this course enhance a liberal education, and what this means for them as students and as citizens
  • They employ teaching and learning strategies that engage students with doing the work of the field, not just reading about it.
  • They include small group experiences (such as discussion sections or labs) and use writing as appropriate to the discipline to help students learn and reflect on their learning.
  • They do not (except in rare and clearly justified cases) have prerequisites beyond the University´┐Żs entrance requirements.
  • They are offered on a regular schedule.
  • They are taught by regular faculty or under exceptional circumstances by instructors on continuing appointments. Departments proposing instructors other than regular faculty must provide documentation of how such instructors will be trained and supervised to ensure consistency and continuity in courses.

The course will give students an understanding of basic physical phenomena and principles, in particular, Statics and Kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, the Principle of Conservation of Energy, the Principle of Conservation of Momentum, Torque and Angular Momentum, and Simple Harmonic Motion.  They will be required to employ mathematical reasoning when applying these concepts and principles to determine quantitative solutions to problems, using math at a level up to and including calculus.  They will work in small peer groups in weekly Discussion sections, solving context-rich problems, applying the concepts described in the lecture sections.  Students will perform hands-on experiments that test and amplify concepts presented in lecture in weekly two-hour lab sections, again working in small peer groups.  The students are encouraged in lab section to develop hypotheses and make predictions of the expected outcome of their experiments, which they then test through direct measurement.
This is best illustrated by the syllabus:

Example Text - Fundamentals of Physics (5th ed) - Halliday, Resnick, Walker

Week 1-2        Straight Line Motion                                Chap. 1, 2  
                                Competent Problem Solver-1,2

Week 3-4        Motion in a Plane                                        Chap. 3,4
                                Competent Problem Solver - 3

Week 4-6         Forces                                                                Chap. 5, 6
                                Competent Problem Solver - 4

Week 7-10        Conservation of Energy & Momentum        Chap. 7, 8, 9, 10
                                Competent Problem Solver - 5

Week 11-13        Rigid Body Motion and Statics                Chap. 11 , 12, 13                

Week 14-15  Gravitational Force                                        Chap. 14

Please provide a provisional syllabus for new courses and courses in which changes in content and/or description and/or credits are proposed that include the following information: course goals and description; format/structure of the course (proposed number of instructor contact hours per week, student workload effort per week, etc.); topics to be covered; scope and nature of assigned readings (texts, authors, frequency, amount per week); required course assignments; nature of any student projects; and how students will be evaluated.

The University policy on credits is found under Section 4A of "Standards for Semester Conversion" at . Provisional course syllabus information will be retained in this system until new syllabus information is entered with the next major course modification, This provisional course syllabus information may not correspond to the course as offered in a particular semester.

New:   University of Minnesota 01/21/09
School of Physics and Astronomy
Physics 1301,Spring 2009,Section 100:Introductory Physics I
Instructor: Jeremiah M. Mans
Office: 260G Physics
Telephone: 612-625-8994
Office Hours: T: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm
W: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
or by appointment
Required Book
 Fishbane, Gasiorowicz and Thornton: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd edition,
Volume 1, Chapters 1 through 13. Online at
 Physics for Science and Engineering Laboratory Manual-Mechanics Laboratory, 6th
Optional Book
 Competent Problem Solver for Introductory Physics, Calculus Version, University of
Minnesota, School of Physics and Astronomy. [This book describes very explicit
strategies for solving physics problems. If you have questions about how to solve
problems, this book may be useful.]
Required Materials
 Approved laboratory notebook (available at the University Bookstore)
 Interwrite PRS student response system (available at the University Bookstore)
 This course will use the WebVista system, which you can access through the “My
Toolkit” tab of
 The class notes/Powerpoint slides for the class will be posted on the WebVista site.
Grades will also available through the WebVista site.
Teaching Assistants
The Teaching Assistants (TAs) for this course are listed in the table below. You are encouraged
to contact the TA for your problem-solving/lab section regarding both assistance in understanding the course material and problems with course mechanics, grades, etc. For
assistance with course material, you can also use the Drop-In Help Center in Physics 230 (see
posted hours) or I.T. tutors in Lind Hall or in the University residence halls.
TA Email Sections (Discussion/Lab)
Kevin Christie 105 136
Scott Fallows 113 144
Yan Yin 111 142
Alex Nugent 109 132
Alexander Monin 138
JJ Nelson 103 134
Nicholas Raddatz 107 130
Shanxu Shi 101 140
Learning Assistants
The learning assistants are undergraduate students who will facilitate the “clicker” questions
during the main lecture, participate in the discussion sections, and hold office hours. The office
hours will be in Tate 130.
LA Sections (Discussion/Lab) Office Hour
Gauri Jadhav 101/102 103/104 105/106 Fridays : 12:20pm – 1:10 pm
Marzieh Shafie 107/108 109/110 111/112 Thursdays : 11am -- noon
Nick Kraus 113/114 131/132 133/134 Fridays : noon -- 1pm
Chris Torkilsen 135/136 137/138 139/140 Tuesdays : 1:15pm – 2:15pm
Gautam Kandlikar 140/141 142/143 144/145 Tuesdays : 11am -- noon
Course Overview
Physics 1301 is the first course of a three-semester sequence (1301, 1302, 2503) providing an
overview of 21st Century physics from the perspective of students interested in science and
engineering. Physics is the study of matter, energy and their interactions, everywhere in the
knowable Universe. The primary focus of Physics 1301 is Mechanics, including Kinematics (the
description of motion) and Dynamics (the description or prediction of motion as a result of forces, momenta, and energies). The primary focus of Physics 1302 is electromagnetism and
optics. Physics 2503 explores physics principles and applications developed during the 20th Century.
21st Century physics is a science based on principles rather than on taxonomy. Its goals are to
describe the behavior of the Universe in terms of a few (and perhaps ultimately one) general principles. The goals of this course are to help you reach the educational objectives of your
major by
 Building your understanding of how natural phenomena in the Universe can be
understood, and often predicted, in the context of a few basic principles;
 Improving your ability to conceptualize natural phenomena, using appropriate physics
principles and mathematical models;
 Giving you practice in the use of mathematical models to make quantitative predictions
about the behavior of physical systems in the Universe;
 Increasing your skill in making measurements of physical properties;
 Providing an opportunity to practice communicating technical information in an
organized and readily understandable way.
Course Style
Physics 1301 is generally considered to be a demanding course; your grade will depend on successful completion of a large number of tasks. If you are taking this course, you are likely
sufficiently intelligent to do well in it. However, to actually do well, you will need to be organized and to actually complete the required assignments on time. You should particularly
note the following:
 There will be four hour-long quizzes on Thursdays/Fridays (see schedule at the end of this syllabus) and one final exam (Thursday, May 14 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm). The
Thursday section of the quiz will be a group problem, done in class. It will count for 25% of your total grade for the quiz. The Friday section of the quiz (75% of the total grade)
will be done individually.
 Attendance at the Thursday Discussion sections is required. Failure to attend a
Discussion section will result in an automatic reduction in a student's next group problem
grade by 50%. A second absence will result in a zero for the group problem.
 You will do problems, both individually and with ad hoc groups, during large group
classes (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). You will submit your answers using the Student
Response System (“clickers”). The class problems will often include questions related
directly to the reading assignment in the text (see schedule at the end of this syllabus).
The grading scheme for these problems will be 2 points for a correct answer, one point for an incorrect answer and 0 points if you don’t submit (for example, if you cut class or fall asleep).
 There is a problem set assigned for each chapter in the text. See table below. While these problem sets will not be collected and graded, each quiz will include at least one problem
highly similar to a problem in the previously assigned problem sets.
Chap. Assigned Problems Chap. Assigned Problems
1 28,43,52,60,73,84 7 11,26,36,48,59,64
2 5,9,19,33,49,62,76 8 7,18,32,40,52,66
3 2,24,27,31,44,51,71 9 8,22,28,36,46,55,58
4 6,17,31,37,55,64 10 11,18,23,25,37,57
5 8,9,18(use Fig. 537
here!),34,61,87 11 8,21,28,33,52,55
6 15,19,37,45,71,90 13 12,23,35,45,54,63,68,82
• This course fulfills University requirements as writing-intensive. Thus, you will need to prepare laboratory reports and submit them for grading. See the Laboratory section below for
more information.
21st Century physics is highly dependent on mathematical models for quantitative results.
Success in Physics 1301 will require you to develop and apply mathematical skills. The most important skill is the ability to describe a physical context in terms of a mathematical model.
Geometry and trigonometry are particularly important. Modeling dynamically changing systems
will require differential calculus. Aggregating individual effects will utilize integral calculus. If you are taking Calculus I concurrently, you will likely encounter some mathematical techniques
in physics before you see them in your math class. For that reason, Physics 1301 will include
some topics in mathematics, particularly in differential, integral and multivariable calculus and differential equations.
Science and technology in the world today is generally done in collaborative groups. For that
reason, much of the work in this class will be done in groups. You are strongly encouraged to develop informal problem-solving/study groups with other people in this course. There is some
research that suggests mixed gender groups work best and all-male groups are the least effective.
The most effective group size is likely 3 or 4 people.
Because this course satisfies University requirements as a laboratory science class and as a
writing intensive course, you must pass the laboratory (60% of the possible score) to receive a
passing grade in the course. The laboratory grade will be based on well thought out predictions, collaborative skills as evidenced by effective group work and a well organized and correctly
written technical communication of the physics concepts of this course in your laboratory journal and laboratory reports.
You will write a total of five laboratory reports. The specific part of the laboratory for which you will write a report will be assigned to you by your instructor at the end of each
laboratory topic (about every two weeks). Reports should be about 4 typed pages (use of a word processor is encouraged and such facilities are supplied by the University) including all
necessary predictions, graphs, data tables, and calculations. Reports must be given to your laboratory instructor for grading no more than 3 days after they are assigned. If a report
would naturally be due during a weekend, it must be deposited in the instructor's box by noon on Monday. Late reports will not be accepted. Graded reports will be returned to you
not later than your next laboratory meeting and may be revised, only with instructor permission,
to achieve a higher grade. If a revised report is allowed, it must be given to your laboratory instructor within 2 days. Details of the laboratory grading are in your laboratory manual.
Read the relevant portions of the lab manual before attending a lab. Each lab has several sections, your TA will tell you which sections to have prepared each week. All the laboratory
problems have sections called Prediction and Method Questions. You should hand in your answers to these sections to your TA (in his or her box) the day before your scheduled laboratory
session (at least 24 hours before your lab).
To ensure that you have a conceptual introduction to the physics and math concepts needed for beginning the lab, you will take a quiz every week, except the first, on the web through WebCT
to test your preparation for the lab. No one will be allowed to participate in the laboratory unless
they have passed the web-based laboratory preparation quiz for that topic. It is an open book, open note quiz which may be taken as often as necessary but must be passed at least one hour
before your scheduled laboratory session; it does not count towards your final grade. You should make sure to take this quiz at least the day before your lab meets, and you can take the quiz
several weeks in advance. The pre-lab quizzes are computerized Java applets, which you can take with a Java-enabled web browser such as Netscape Navigator, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft
Internet Explorer. The pre-quizzes do not have questions on the lab, but have questions onsubjects covered by the labs. Once you pass a pre-quiz, your score is saved in a database. The
TA has access to the database and will check whether you passed the pre-lab quiz.
Failure to participate in the laboratory will result in a laboratory grade of 0 for that topic. Since
the laboratory involves teamwork, no laboratory makeup will be allowed except in situations officially recognized by the University. In that case, the laboratory work must be made up by
arrangement with your TA before your next scheduled laboratory period. The lab is done in the same small groups as the discussion sections, which are changed periodically. Lab data is taken
cooperatively, but you are responsible for writing your own reports.
 Problems done in large group classes 10%
 Laboratory participation and lab reports 20%
(not 15% as indicated in the lab manual)
 The better of two options for the remaining 70%
Option 1: Four quizzes count 10% each and the final exam counts 30%.
Option 2: The lowest quiz grade is dropped. Three quizzes count 10% each and the final
exam counts 40%.
 A, A- ≥83% of total points
 B-, B, B+ ≥68% and ≤82% of total points
 C-, C, C+ ≥53% and ≤67% of total points
 D ≥43% and ≤52% of total points
&#61607; F <43% of total points or a laboratory grade of <60%

Liberal Education Core Requirement
This class satisfies the University of Minnesota Liberal Education requirement of a physical science course with a laboratory component, as part of the Liberal Education Core.  Discoveries and inventions that have profoundly altered the course of human history arose from the physical sciences.  As citizens and voters (whether in the United States or in another country), today’s students will be called upon to make decisions on such topics as global climate change, alternative energy sources and resource management.  A familiarity with the methods and findings of the physical sciences has never been more important and forms a crucial component of a common education.  

This class will expose the student to physical principles and concepts, demonstrate how these principles can be applied to quantitatively describe natural phenomena, and provide the student with an opportunity to perform hands-on experiments and measurements that replicate how physical knowledge is obtained.  All knowledge in the physical sciences is empirically acquired, and a proper exposure to the ways of knowing and thinking in the physical sciences requires a laboratory component to any formal coursework.  The lab component of the class will give you experience in making predictions based upon hypotheses, which are then empirically tested by experiment or observation, through which scientific knowledge is developed.  The language of the physical world is mathematical and students will be expected to employ mathematical reasoning in order to solve problems both qualitatively and quantitatively. Physics is a social endeavor, and the student will gain experience in cooperative problem solving, working in small groups with other students, in both the laboratory and Discussion sections of the course.

Academic integrity is essential to a positive teaching and learning environment. All students
enrolled in University courses are expected to complete coursework responsibilities with fairness
and honesty. Failure to do so by seeking unfair advantage over others or misrepresenting
someone else’s work as your own, can result in disciplinary action. The University Student
Conduct Code defines scholastic dishonesty as follows:
Scholastic Dishonesty: Scholastic dishonesty means plagiarizing; cheating on assignments or
examinations; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work; taking, acquiring, or using
test materials without faculty permission; submitting false or incomplete records of academic
achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly
grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsement; altering forging , or misusing a University
academic record; or fabricating or falsifying data, research procedures, or data analysis.
Within this course, a student responsible for scholastic dishonesty can be assigned a penalty up
to and including an "F" or "N" for the course. If you have any questions regarding the
expectations for a specific assignment or exam, ask.
&#61607; Turn off the ringer on your cell phone while in class.
&#61607; You may prepare a single sheet (back and front of a standard letter-size sheet of paper)
containing equations for use in each quizzes and for the final exam. This sheet must be
prepared by hand (no computer printout or photocopying).
&#61607; Calculators can be used for calculation only; not to store notes or other material.
&#61607; Communication between students during an exam or quiz, including between calculators
or cell phones, is strictly prohibited.
Questions and Concerns
You are welcome to address your questions or concerned to the course instructor and/or the
Teaching Assistants in person, by email or by telephone. The goal of this course is to improve
your knowledge and understanding of physics. If something is interfering with that goal, you
need to make your concerns known to somebody who can address them.
Course Schedule
Week 1: Tuesday January 20 to Friday January 23
Lab: Force Concept Inventory
Day Topics Assignment
Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday 1. What is physics? Physical quantities,
significant figures, math review
Ch. 1: Sections 1-4
Wednesday 2. Dimensional analysis and straight line
Ch. 1: Section 5
Ch. 2: Sections 1-2
Thursday Problem Session
Friday 3. Constant Acceleration Ch. 2: Sections 3-4
Week 2: Monday January 26 to Friday January 30
Lab: Motion in One Dimension (Problems 1.1 and 1.3)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 4. Integration of motion Ch. 2: Sections 5-6
Tuesday 5. Scalars and vectors Ch. 1: Section 6
Wednesday 6. 2-Dimensional motion Ch. 3: Sections 1-2
Thursday Problem Session
Friday Quiz 1 on Chapters 1-2 Quiz 1
Week 3: Monday February 2 to Friday February 6
Lab: Motion in One Dimension (Problems 1.4 and 1.5)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 7. Projectile motion Ch. 3: Section 3-4
Tuesday 8. Uniform circular motion Ch. 3: Section 5
Wednesday 9. Relative motion and special relativity Ch. 3: Section 6
Thursday Problem Session
Friday No Class
Week 4: Monday February 9 to Friday February 13
Lab: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions (Problems 2.1 and 2.2)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 10. Forces and Newton’s Laws I and II Ch. 4: Sections 1-2
Tuesday 11. Newton’s Law 3 and non-inertial
Ch. 4: Sections 3-4
Wednesday 12. Applying Newton’s laws Ch. 4: Section 5
Thursday Problem Session
Friday No Class
Week 5: Monday February 16 to Friday February 20
Lab: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions (Problems 2.3 and 2.5)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 13. Using Newton’s Laws Ch. 4: Section 6
Tuesday 14. Forces Ch. 5: Section 1
Wednesday 15. Friction Ch. 5: Section 2
Thursday Problem Session
Friday Quiz 2 on Chapters 3-4 Quiz 2
Week 6: Monday February 23 to Friday February 27
Lab: Forces (Problems 3.1 and 3.2)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday No Class
Tuesday 16. Drag Forces Ch. 5: Section 3
Wednesday 17. Circular Motion Ch. 5: Section 4
Thursday Problem Session
Friday 18. Fundamental forces Ch. 5: Section 5
Week 7: Monday March 2 to Friday March 6
Lab: Forces (Problems 3.4 and 3.5)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 19. Kinetic Energy Ch. 6: Sections 1-2
Tuesday 20. Variable Forces and Power Ch. 6: Sections 3-5
Wednesday 21. Potential Energy Ch. 7: Section 1
Thursday Problem Session
Friday No class
Week 8: Monday March 9 to Friday March 13
Lab: Conservation of Energy (Problems 4.1 and 4.2)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 22. Energy conservation Ch. 7: Section 2
Tuesday 23. Motion in 2/3 Dimensions Ch. 7: Sections 3-4
Wednesday 24. Special Relativity & Relativistic Energy Ch. 6: Section 6
Thursday Problem Session
Friday Quiz 3 on Chapters 5, 6 and 7 Quiz 3
Week 9: Monday March 16 to Friday March 20
Spring Break
Week 10: Monday March 23 to Friday March 27
Lab: Conservation of Energy (Problems 4.3 and 4.4)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 25. Momentum and Impulse Ch. 8: Sections 1-2
Tuesday 26. 1-Dimensional Collisions Ch. 8: Sections 3-4
Wednesday 27. 2/3 Dimensional Collisions and
Center of Mass
Ch. 8: Sections 5-6
Thursday Problem Session
Friday No Class
Week 11: Monday March 30 to Friday April 3
Lab: Conservation of Momentum (Problems 4.5, 5.1, 5.2)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 28. Rockets and Relativistic momentum Ch. 8: Sections 7-8
Tuesday 29. Rotations and rotational energy Ch. 9: Sections 1-2
Wednesday 30. Rotational inertia Ch. 9: Section 3
Thursday Problem Session
Friday No Class
Week 12: Monday April 6 to Friday April 10
Lab: Rotational kinematics (Problems 6.1 and 6.2)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 31. Torque Ch. 9: Section 4
Tuesday 32. Angular Momentum Ch. 9: Section 5
Wednesday 33. Rolling Ch. 9: Section 6
Thursday Problem Session
Friday No Class
Week 13: Monday April 13 to Friday April 17
Lab: Rotational kinematics and dynamics (Problems 6.3 and 7.3)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 34. Angular Momentum and Torque Ch. 10: Sections 1 and 2
Tuesday 35. Rotational Dynamics/Angular Momentum Ch. 10: Sections 3 and 4
Wednesday 36. Angular work and Energy Ch. 10: Sections 5 – 8
Thursday Problem Session
Friday Quiz 4 on Chapters 8, 9, 10 Quiz 4
Week 14: Monday April 20 to Friday April 24
Lab: Rotational dynamics (Problems 7.5 and 7.7)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 37. Statics Ch. 11: Sections 1 and 2
Tuesday 38. Statics Applications Ch. 11: Section 3
Wednesday 39. Solids Ch. 11: Section 4
Thursday Problem Session
Friday No Class
Week 15: Monday April 27 to Friday May 1
Lab: Mechanical oscillations (Problems 8.1 and 8.2)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 40. Simple Harmonic Motion Ch. 13: Sections 1 and 2
Tuesday 41. Springs and energy in SHM Ch. 13: Sections 3 and 4
Wednesday 42. Pendulums Ch. 13: Sections 5 and 6
Thursday Problem Session
Friday No Class
Week 16: Monday May 3 to Friday May 8
Lab: FCI (2)
Day Topics Assignment
Monday 43. Damped and driven harmonic motion Ch. 13: Sections 7 and 8
Tuesday 44. The Standard Model
Wednesday No Class
Thursday No Class
Friday No Class
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