Physics 103-01: General Physics I

Syllabus------Fall 2001

Time: Lecture : Mon., Wed., Fri.;1:00p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Lab: Tues., 2:00p.m. to 4:50p.m.
Location:  Lecture: Capwell 101, Lab: Capwell 111
Professor: Joseph Falcone Ph.D
Office: 305 Capwell Hall 

Office Hours: Mon.,Wed., Fri., 9:00 a.m.; Tues.,Thurs., 1:00 p.m.
Phone: 570-945-5141ext. 3006

Web Address:

The text for this course is Physics Fifth Edition, J.D.Cutnell and K.W.Johnson, John Wiley&Sons, INC., ISBN 047132146X. There will be suggested homework problems in this class. The student is expected to read the textbook ,then solve as many problems as possible and raise questions. There will be no written make-up exams except under extreme circumstances. The student must provide a verifiable, legitimate excuse for missing an exam. There will be four comprehensive exams (14% ea.) and one comprehensive final exam. The final is heavily weighted (34%) to favor those students who take the time to master the material and learn from their mistakes. (Study and correct your past exams!) Should a quiz be administered, quiz scores will be added as extra credit to the exam score covering the corresponding material. Please note that all exams count toward your final grade. The professor reserves the right to make syllabus changes as needed and will notify students of any changes. If you are absent when a syllabus correction is announced the onus is on you to find out how this will affect you.

Course Outline

Topic                                                                                                                                                                      WEEK

Chapter 1 Introduction, Units, Algebra and Trigonometry Review                                             8/28
Chapter 2  Kinematics, Motion in One Dimension                                                                         9/4
Chapter 3 Kinematics, Motion in Two Dimensions                                                                        9/11
Chapter 4 The Laws of Motion                                                                                                          9/18
Chapter 5 Work and Energy                                                                                                               10/2
Chapter 6 Momentum and Collisions                                                                                               10/9
 Chapter 7 Circular Motion and Gravitation                                                                                     10/16
Chapter 8 Rotational Motion                                                                                                             10/23
Chapters 9 Solids and Fluids                                                                                                             10/30

Chapter 10 Thermal Physics                                                                                                               11/6
Chapters 11 Thermodynamics                                                                                                           11/13

Chapter 12 Heat                                                                                                                                    11/20, 11/27

Calculation of Grades

Final numerical grade = (0.16 x Exam1 + 0.16 x Exam 2 + 0.16 x Exam 3 + 0.16 x Exam 4 + 0.36 x Final Exam)
Letter grades translate as follows:
A 95-100%, A- 89-94.9% B+ 86-88.9%, B 80-85.9%
B- 77-79.9% C+ 75-76.9% C 70-74.9% C- 65-69.9%
D 60-64.9% D- 55-59.9% F <55% or academic dishonesty
I in extreme circumstances and with permission of professor.