Fall 2011, Painter 2.48

REVISED: August 18, 2011

NOTE: Normal office hours will begin the week of August 29, 2011.

Unique number 56300


Syllabus (pdf)

Equation Sheet (pdf)

UT Undergraduate Research General

UT Undergraduate Physics Information

INSTRUCTOR: Professor Gregory A. Fiete
EMAIL: fiete (at) physics (dot) utexas (dot) edu
OFFICE: RLM 13.316

Rex Lundgren,, RLM 9.210

The TA will lead the recitation/tutorial sessions, and handle (during their office hours) questions about grading.

Wednesday: 6-7 pm in BUR 212


Tuesday: Rex 2:00-3:00 pm in RLM 9.210

Wednesday: Prof. Fiete 2:00-4:00 in RLM 13.316

Thursday: Rex 2:00-3:00 in RLM 9.210

CLASS SEATING: Please leave rows 3, 6, and 9 empty. Also, please fill in towards the center so that you may work together. Always bring paper that you can write on to help you answer questions.

QUEST homework and classwork iClicker system:
QUEST student instructions:

iCLICKERS:The iClickers needed for class are available new for $30-$35 (e.g., from the Co-Op). Used iClickers are widely available since they are now used in many UT courses. Note: do not register your clicker on the iClicker web site since we use the Quest software rather than the iClicker software in this course.

CLICKER QUIZZES will begin on Monday, August 29. These quizzes will count 10% of the semester grade. On your personal grade sheet in Quest the quizzes will be labeled by date; the first clicker quiz will be q0829.

CLICKER REGISTRATION IN QUEST IS REQUIRED FOR COURSE ENROLLMENT: Log into Quest, go to My Profile, enter your iClicker ID, and click on Update Profile. Quest will respond by giving you a number that will be your box number in the Quest Clicker grid on the screen in the classroom. If you try using your iClicker without registering its serial number on the Quest site, then the serial number will appear at the bottom of the grid on Clicker screen in class.

TEXT: College Physics (Brooks/Cole Cengage) Ninth edition, by Serway and Vuille. This is a non-calculus based textbook.

ON-LINE RESOURCE: M.I.T. developed an online resource on the subject of this course (Physics I: Classical Mechanics) that you may find useful:

CO-REQUISITE: Registration (or prior credit) for Physics 102M Laboratory is required for enrollment in PHY302K. PHY 102M laboratory will begin meeting during the week of Aug 29, 2011. The 102M laboratory course is separate from PHY 302K and the grading is done independently.

PRE-REQUISITES: Math at the level of M 305G, (high school trigonometry).

NOTE: If you do not meet the prerequisites/co-requisites, you will receive an email on the first class day and on the 5th class day informing you that you must see Lisa Gentry, the Physics Department Undergraduate Administrator, in RLM 5.216 to resolve the problem. Students who have not corrected a pre-requisite/co-requisite problem will automatically be dropped from the course on early September.

FREE COACHING: The Physics Department provides graduate student coaches to assist students in PHY 302K and other introductory courses. This coaching is available on a one-on-one basis. The physics coaches will be available starting Monday August 29, from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (hours will be posted next to the tables). The coaching tables are in the area by the elevators on the 5th floor of RLM. Since the RLM elevator does not stop on the 5th floor, take the stairs or escalator one flight up from the ground floor (4th floor) to the coaching area on the 5th floor.

HOMEWORK: Homework will be due every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 p.m. The first assignment will be due on Tuesday, August 30. The homework will be administered through the University of Texas Quest system. See\/view. Note that if you make random guesses, your grade will on average be zero. For this to be true, there have to be negative grades–see the description of grading in the Quest site. However, there will be no negative points on the iClicker class quizzes, the tests, and the final exam.

TESTS: There will be three tests, given in-class on Monday, Sept 26th, Wednesday, Oct 26th, and Monday, Nov 21. The tests will be in the multiple choice format and students will write their answers on Scantron sheets. There may be an additional question that will require a written answer. Each test will include concept questions like those given in class using the iClickers, as well as problems like those discussed in the tutorial sessions, in class, in the text, and on the homeworks. Bring to the tests only your UT ID and pencils. No calculators, cell phones, PDAs, iPODs, notes, etc. are allowed. You will be given scratch paper and an equation sheet. You will also be given a sheet of trig tables since the calculators distributed for the tests do not have trig tables.

TEST PREPARATION SESSIONS: Shortly before exams, times to be announced here.

FINAL EXAM: Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 2-5 pm The final exam will cover chapters 1-14 and the material covered in class.

GRADING: The tests during the semester will each count equally for a total of 42%. One test will be dropped. If a test is missed due to an excused absence (e.g., hospitalization), that test grade will be replaced with the final exam grade. Class participation using iClickers will count 10%; three clicker grades will be dropped. Homework will count 10%; three homework grades will be dropped. The final exam is required. It will count 38%.

LAST POSSIBLE DROP DATE: See UT Austin Academic Calendar
A student may NOT drop after Tuesday, November 1 except for urgent and substantiated nonacademic reasons.

CLASS PREPARATION: Read the material to be covered in class before coming to class, and a second time afterward. In some classes the first clicker question will concern the reading material. Start working on your homework as soon as possible. As soon as you have obtained an answer to a problem, submit it — don’t wait until you have solved other problems. You are allowed multiple tries for missed questions, but less credit is possible after each wrong answer.

Do not delay in getting help if you have trouble understanding the material. Here are some sources of help:
(1) The Teaching Assistant in this course.
(2) Your instructor, Professor Fiete.
(3) Coaching tables on the 5th floor of RLM (see above).
(4) The UT Learning Center in Jester has a variety of individual and group tutoring services. The Learning Center also offers sessions on how to study physics.
(5) Group study sessions: organize your own or ask one of the Learning Assistants to help you organize a session.
(6) Private tutors: the Physics Undergraduate Secretary Lisa Gentry in RLM 5.116 has a list. Group tutoring sessions and private tutors can also be arranged through the Jester Learning Center.

The importance of keeping up in this course must be emphasized. Very few students who fall behind are able to catch up. Test your understanding by answering the CONCEPTUAL QUESTIONS and working PROBLEMS at the end of each chapter of the textbook.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE? This course is a non-calculus-based introductory course that is open to all. It is particularly suitable for students majoring in the allied health fields or need a general technical course in physics. Students in engineering should take PHY 303K. Most pre-med students take the course specifically designed for pre-meds, PHY 317K, which covers similar material but uses calculus.

WHY STUDY PHYSICS? Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. Physics is the basis of other sciences such as chemistry, oceanography, and astronomy. Physics is also becoming increasingly essential in molecular biology and biochemistry. Physics challenges our imagination with concepts like black holes and string theory, and it leads to technological developments such as computers, the internet, cell phones, MRI, and lasers, which change our lives. An education in physics prepares one to solve diverse problems. Many biological scientists, health care professionals, business leaders, financial analysts, and public policy wonks were trained in physics at the bachelors and/or PhD level.

Fall 2011: PHYSICS 302K Schedule

W Aug 24 1.1-1.6 Introduction
F Aug 26 1.7-2.3 Speed & velocity
M Aug 29 2.4-2.6 Motion along a line (Tues) hw0830 due 11:00 pm
W Aug 31 3.1-3.3 Vectors (Thurs) hw0901 due 11:00 pm
F Sept 2 3.4-4.2 2-d motion, Laws of Motion
M Sept 5 HOLIDAY HOLIDAY (Tues) hw0906 due 11:00 pm
W Sept 7 4.3-4.5 Newton's Laws (Thurs) hw0908 due 11:00 pm
F Sept 9 4.6 Frictional Forces
M Sept 12 5.1-5.2 Energy, Work-Energy Thm (Tues) hw0913 due 11:00 pm
W Sept 14 5.3-5.4 Gravitational and Spring Pot. Energy (Thurs) hw0915 due 11:00 pm
F Sept 16 5.5-5.7 Energy Conservation and Power
M Sept 19 6.1-6.2 Collisions (Tues) hw0920 due 11:00 pm
W Sept 21 6.3-6.4 Collisions (Thurs) hw0922 due 11:00 pm
F Sept 23 7.1-7.2 Rotational Motion and Gravity
M Sept 26 EXAM I, Chapters 1-6, IN-CLASS EXAM I
W Sept 28 7.3-7.4 Rotations (Thurs) hw0929 due 11:00 pm
F Sept 30 7.5-7.6 Newtonian Gravitation and Kepler's Laws
M Oct 3 8.1-8.2 Torque (Tues) hw1004 due 11:00 pm
W Oct 5 8.3-8.4 Center of Gravity and Rotational Equilibrium (Thurs) hw0106 due 11:00 pm
F Oct 7 8.5-8.7 Rotational Kinetic Energy, Angular Momentum
M Oct 10 9.1-9.3 States of Matter (Tues) hw1011 due 11:00 pm
W Oct 12 9.4-9.6 Fluid Statics (Thurs) hw1013 due 11:00 pm
F Oct 14 9.7-9.8 Fluid Dynamics
M Oct 17 9.9-9.10 Fluid Flow and Transport (Tues) hw1018 due 11:00 pm
W Oct 19 10.1-10.2 Temperature (Thurs) hw1020 due 11:00 pm
F Oct 21 10.3-10.4 Thermal Expansion and Ideal Gas
M Oct 24 10.5 Kinetic Theory of Gases (Tues) hw1025 due 11:00 pm
W Oct 26 EXAM II, Chapters 7-10, IN-CLASS EXAM II
F Oct 28 11.1-11.3 Heat and Internal Energy
M Oct 31 11.5 Latent Heat and Phase Change (Tues) hw1101 due 11:00 pm
W Nov 2 11.5-11.6 Energy Transfer (Thurs) hw1103 due 11:00 pm
F Nov 4 12.1-12.2 Thermodynamics
M Nov 7 12.3 Thermal Processes (Tues) hw1108 due 11:00 pm
W Nov 9 12.4 Heat Engines and the Second Law of Thermodynamics (Thurs) hw1110 due 11:00 pm
F Nov 11 12.5-12.6 Entropy
M Nov 14 13.1-13.3 Simple Harmonic Motion (Tues) hw1115 due 11:00 pm
W Nov 16 13.4-13.6 Oscillations (Thurs) hw1117 due 11:00 pm
F Nov 18 13.7-13.11 Wave Properties
M Nov 21 EXAM III, Chapters 11-13, IN-CLASS EXAM III
W Nov 23 14.1-14.4 Sound and Sound Properties
M Nov 28 14.5-14.6 Sound Waves (Tues) hw1129 due 11:00pm
W Nov 30 14.7-14.11 Interferences and Resonaces (Thurs) hw1201 due 11:00 pm