PHYSICS 1010 – Physical Science

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PHYSICS 1010 – Physical Science
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
PHYSICS 1010 – Physical Science
SYLLABUS – Spring 2015
Professor Information:
Name: JP Caillault
Office: 237 Physics
Office Hours: Wed. 1:00-2:30, or by appointment
Phone: 542-2883
E-Mail: [email protected]
Course Information:
Description: This course will introduce non-science major students to essential ideas in
Physical Science, ranging from Newton’s Laws to Nuclear Physics. Many examples of
the applications of these ideas will be discussed and demonstrated. The goal of the course
is to have students understand better the role physics plays in everyday life.
For instance, did you know that:
• the launching of the Space Shuttle is an example of Newton's 3rd Law?
• airplanes fly because of Bernoulli’s Principle?
• contact lenses and eyeglasses are based on Snell’s Law?
• cell phones utilize the physics captured in Maxwell's Equations?
• electron microscopes are based on the principles of Quantum Mechanics?
• global warming is caused by the Greenhouse Effect?
• nuclear power plants use Nuclear Fission, not Fusion?
There are no prerequisites for this course, but algebra may be used occasionally to help
explain some concepts. This course fulfills the UGA General Education Core
Curriculum Physical Science requirement. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS
1010 and PHYS 1111 (or 1211 or 1311).
Textbook/MasteringPhysics: You have three “textbook” options for this course, all of
which require you to register for MasteringPhysics. One option is to buy the clothbound
version of the course textbook (Conceptual Physical Science, 5th edition, by Hewitt,
Suchocki, and Hewitt). You may also purchase either the loose leaf version of the book
or simply the e-text version. Any of those three options will provide you with access to
MasteringPhysics. (Course ID = MPCAILLAULT21125)
Homework: You will be required to complete many different types of online
homeworks, including interactive figure activities, video activities, self-guided tutorials,
various end-of-chapter problems, and quizzes. All of them are available only through
MasteringPhysics. You are strongly encouraged to try to do all of the homework on your
own. Since your exams will consist of questions similar to those found in the homework
assignments, the importance of the homework cannot be emphasized strongly enough.
Also, please note that no late homework will be accepted. The homework due dates are
set well in advance, so make sure you plan accordingly. Your overall homework grade
will constitute 25% of your course grade.
Exams: There will be three in-class exams, each of which will be worth 25% of your
course grade.
Make-Up Exams: If you must miss an exam for a serious, documentable reason, then
you must notify me in advance either in person or via e-mail or phone (the Department of
Physics and Astronomy's phone number is 706-542-2485 in case you can't reach me at
my office number, 542-2883). You must also provide the documentation for your
absence within one week of the date of the missed exam. If you have done both of those
things, then you may take a make-up exam for that section of the course during the timeslot for the Final Exam (Thursday, April 30, 12-3 PM). If you have not notified me in
advance or you have not provided documentation of your reason for missing the exam,
then your score for that missed exam will be zero.
Grades: Your overall numerical grade will be calculated as described above (i.e.,
homework is worth 25% and each of your three exams is worth 25%). Your final course
letter grade will be determined according to the scale shown below. Please note that
there is no extra credit available and there are no A's for effort. Also, please note that
grades are assigned fairly and impartially and are non-negotiable.
93 ≤
90 ≤
87 ≤
83 ≤
80 ≤
77 ≤
73 ≤
70 ≤
60 ≤
A– < 93
B+ < 90
B < 87
B– < 83
C+ < 80
C < 77
C– < 73
D < 70
F < 60
Classroom Policies: We want a harmonious and cooperative learning atmosphere in the
classroom, so please refrain from behavior that is disturbing to other students. Some
examples of these disruptive behaviors include arriving late to class or leaving early (if
there's a special circumstance for which this is unavoidable, please use the doors at the
back of the classroom, not those in the front); packing up books before class is over;
dozing in class; reading the newspaper; noisy eating or drinking; checking social
networking sites, shopping, or playing games on laptops; text messaging on cell phones;
and conducting side conversations. All of these behaviors distract other students and
make it difficult for them to maintain their concentration.
Tentative Class Schedule:
Date (Day)
Jan. 6 (T)
Jan. 8, 13 (R, T)
Jan. 15, 20 (R, T)
Jan. 22, 27 (R, T)
Jan. 29, Feb. 3 (R, T)
Feb. 5 (R)
Feb. 10, 12 (T, R)
Feb. 17, 19 (T, R)
Feb. 24, 26 (T, R)
Mar. 3, 5 (T, R)
Mar. 17 (T)
Mar. 19, 24 (R, T)
Mar. 26, 31 (R, T)
Apr. 2, 7 (R, T)
Apr. 9, 14 (R, T)
Apr. 16, 21 (R, T)
Apr. 23 (R)
Chapter and Topic
Introduction – The Nature of Science
Chapter 1 – Patterns of Motion & Equilibrium
Chapter 2 – Newton’s Laws of Motion
Chapter 3 – Momentum and Energy
Chapter 4 – Gravity, Projectiles, and Satellites
EXAM 1 – Chapters 1-4
Chapter 5 – Fluid Mechanics
Chapter 6 – Thermal Energy and Thermodynamics
Chapter 7 – Heat Transfer and Change of Phase
Chapter 8 – Static and Current Electricity
EXAM 2 – Chapters 5-8
Chapter 9 – Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
Chapter 10 – Waves and Sound
Chapter 11 – Light
Chapter 12 – Atoms and the Periodic Table
Chapter 13 – The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity
EXAM 3 – Chapters 9-13
Apr. 30 (R)
Make-Up Exams (12-3PM)
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