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Physics 1321 University Physics I / Class Number 17405/17406

TIME: 1000 – 1100 MWF, 1300 – 1400 F (when needed)
FACULTY:

Dr. Nigel Alley

OFFICE HOURS:

LOCATION: SW102
Email for Appointments
Science and Research #1, Rm. 531 B

E-mail: NAlley@uh.edu

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FAX: (713) 743-3589

Course: Physics 1321 - University Physics I
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Catalog Description: Primarily for science and engineering majors.
Mechanics of one- and two-dimensional motion, dynamics, energy,
momentum, rotational dynamics and kinematics, statics, oscillations, and
waves.

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Prerequisites: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1432, Calculus
II. Credit may not be applied toward a degree for University Physics I, PHYS
1321 and General Physics I, PHYS 1301.

Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to learn the principles of
mechanics through application of Newton’s laws, understand the concept of
energy and be able to apply these concepts to describe the motion of objects.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
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master the physical concepts of force and energy;
be able to apply these to obtain solutions to technical problems;
use this scientific foundation to continue studies in more advanced
courses in science and engineering.

Other learning outcomes include:
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Students completing this course will be able to convey knowledge of
the principles of physics and be able to use these principles to solve
problems.
Students will be able to take a real life problem and use physical
principles and mathematical tools to describe the problem.

http://connect. 11. Below is a URL for a free trial for the e-text http://www. consisting of 2-3 questions/problems.mcgrawhillconnect. Solutions for the quizzes will be discussed during the lecture and will be posted on the class website. Binder version with access code to Connects and Learn Smart is available at the UH bookstore. Homework Assignments: Homework problems will be assigned through the Connect online homework system. Course Requirements Reading Assignments: Reading quizzes covering the material from the reading assignment.com. Textbooks: University Physics with Modern Physics. 10. 2. 4. V. 9. A. 2nd edition. will be assigned over Blackboard for each chapter. Vectors Newtonian Mechanics: Motion in 1-D. 7. 8. The URL for accessing this course is listed below. by Bauer/Westfall.com/IR/1945217/0077409655?__hdv=6. B.III.coursesmart. The access code with or without an e-book is available at www. 6. 12.8 VI.mcgraw-hill. Course Content: This course will cover chapters 1-16 which include the following topical areas: 1. 5. 2-D and 3-D Newton’s Laws: Force and Motion Work and Energy Momentum and Collisions Systems of Particles Circular Motion Rotation of Rigid Bodies Gravitation Solids and Fluids Oscillations Waves and Sound Course Structure: Please log into Blackboard learn for access to class materials.com/class/n_alley_fall_2013_mwf . There will be a time limit for taking the quiz and you will be allowed 2 attempts for each quiz. The quizzes will be available at least 24 hours before they are due and they will be due by the beginning of the lecture time. IV. 3.

70%. Exams: There will be one diagnostic exam. geometry. 51 . you should be well prepared to pass the course.edu or you may go to room 222 Garrison Gym. The lowest exam score will be replaced by the final exam score if the final exam score is higher. It is a one hour exam and no calculators are allowed. you should consider dropping the course or re-enrolling once you have improved your math and problem solving skills. The diagnostic exam is worth 3% of your final grade for the course. trigonometry and pre-calculus. The final exam will be comprehensive covering all chapters covered for the course. There are no makeup exams for this course. calculus and word problem solving. The study guides will be posted in Blackboard and students will be able to choose the study guide which is best for use to prepare for the exam. trigonometry. Each group will have to work together to determine what will be included on the study guide and the best format for presenting it to the students. The required diagnostic exam for this course will test your basic mathematical skills in algebra. you should review algebra. If you score above 70%. This exam will be given during the University scheduled time. 50% and below. The regular exams will be given during the scheduled examination period for this course which is on Fridays from 5:30 – 7:00 pm (see note on the course listing). A formula sheet will be provided with the majority of necessary formulas needed to solve the problems .uh. The exam consists of 20 multiple choice questions. The regular exams will cover 2-5 chapters and will consist of 10-20 multiple choice/free response questions/problems.C. three regular exams and a final exam for a total of five exams for the class. The format of the final exam will be similar to that of a regular exam. Partial credit will be given. D. Teamwork Component: A team work component will be evaluated in this course by :OR • Notes: Teams consisting of 5-8 people will be assigned to create a study guide for each of the 4 exams for the course. You can log onto the CASA website to make a reservation at http://casa. Each regular exam will be worth 20 % of your final grade for a total of 60% for the three regular exams. The exam will be administered by CASA Testing Center August 19th – September 4th. You will be able to reserve a spot to take the exam approximately one week before the exam opens. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SEND PROOF OF PREREQUISITE FOR THIS COURSE. For all exams you may use any type of calculator.

R. To do so. Evaluation and Grading 5% Teamwork Component 12% Homework 3% Diagnostic Exam 20% Regular Exam I 20% Regular Exam II 20% Regular Exam III 20% Final Exam (Monday December 16th . My mailbox is located in the Physics office. IX. the University of Houston will attempt to provide reasonable academic accommodations to students who request and require them. medical statements. My office hours vary. X.TBD) Check for updates .uh. Incompletes will be given only when documentation has been submitted to support the need to receive an incomplete. see the Student Handbook. VIII.edu/academics/catalog/policies/academ-reg/religious-holy-days/index. and in accordance with 504/ADA guidelines. The Feynman Lectures on Physics.. i. Resnick. Additional useful information: .B. Academic Honesty: It is each student’s responsibility to read and understand the Academic Honesty Policy found at http://www. please email for an appointment. Leighton. Sands Addendum: Whenever possible.1400 and location .VII. and M.uh. please make a written request for an excused absence and submit it to your instructor as soon as possible. Religious Holy Days: Students whose religious beliefs prohibit class attendance or the completion of specific assignments on designated dates may obtain an excused absence. http://www. Bibliography References: Fundamentals of Physics.uh. Feynman. Standard Disclaimer: This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. to allow the instructor to make arrangements. R. For more information. Consultation My office is located in room 531B of Science and Research #1. room 617 in Science and Research # 1. and Walker.php .http://www. but for non-academic reasons beyond their control have not completed a relatively small part of all requirements.e.edu/academics/courses-enrollment/final-exam-schedules/ Policy on grades of I (Incomplete): The temporary grade of I (incomplete) is a conditional and temporary grade given when students (a) are currently passing a course or (b) still have a reasonable chance of passing in the judgment of the instructor. 1100 . Please call 713-743-5400 for more assistance.edu/academics/catalog/policies/academ-reg/academic-honesty/ . Halliday.