General Physics I
(Physics for Engineers)

Physics 1425   Spring 2015

Course Instructors:
Craig Dukes, Richard Lindgren

Academic Integrity Assessment Attendance Class Web Site
Course Rules Final Exam Exercises (MasteringPhysics) iClickers
Grader Midterm Exams Office Hours Prerequisites
Syllabus Text Web Browser Issues

In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of physics, including kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, momentum, static and dynamic equilibrium, fluids, heat, and temperature. You have probably encountered many of the ideas before, but here you will learn to formulate them in a precise mathematical way so that you can develop quantitative models and designs.

PHYS 1425 is the first half of a two-semester introductory sequence for engineers and other scientists. This sequence fulfills the physics requirements for an engineering degree, and satisfies the prerequisites for a physics major. It provides a solid grounding in the principles of physics for any student interested in a technical field such as chemistry, astronomy, or environmental science.

Class Web Site
Refer to the class web page for up to date information. However, announcements made in class always supersede any information given on the class web page.

Location and Time

Physics 203
Section 1: MWF 9:00-9:50 AM
Section 2: MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
Section 3: MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

Course Instructors

Section 1
Richard Lindgren, Room 022A
Jesse Beams Laboratory
Telephone: 924-6165
E-mail: ral5q(at)

Sections 2 + 3
Craig Dukes, Room 117
High Energy Physics Laboratory
Telephone: 982-5364
E-mail: craigdukes(at)
A map to my office.

Teaching Assistants

The teaching assistants are to: (1) help you understand solving physics problems; (2) to manage any day-to-day issues involving MasteringPhysics; and (3) to keep and maintain the class scores.
Pengqing (Nick) Zhang, Room 107
Jesse Beams Laboratory
Telephone: 924-6592
E-mail: pz2re(at)
Edward Moan, Room 107
Jesse Beams Laboratory
Telephone: 924-6592
E-mail: erm8sd(at)


The grader manages day-to-day issues involving the iClickers and keeps the iClicker scores.
Janet Rafner
E-mail: jfr5mk(at)

Office hours and Location

Office hours are available as a resource for questions about the text, lectures, and homework exercises. Do not email the course instructors physics questions. Email is good for many things, but not for discussions on physics. Should you have a question, go to TA or instructor during office hours, or make an appointment, or give one of them a call. Physics questions by email will be ignored.
Moan: Mon. 5-8 pm; Wed. 12-2:30 pm; Thurs. 1-3:30 pm 220 Physics, or by appointment
Zhang: TBD
Dukes: Mon. 5-6:30 pm; 302 Physics, or by appointment
Lindgren: TBA


You should have completed or be taking a calculus course such as APMA 1110 or MATH 1320. The concepts from these courses will be used extensively throughout.

You should take the laboratory workshop course, PHYS 1429, concurrently. The examples and applications seen there will improve your grasp of the concepts discussed in class.


We will be using Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Ed., Vol. 1. Note that there is another Giancoli text with the same name, but a higher numbered edition. Do not buy that text! You have several options, which are listed below. Note that your registration of MasteringPhysics is good for 18 months; that is, for next semester as well.
  1. Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Ed., Vol. 1, with MasteringPhysics; ISDN: 013613923X - $195.
    This has the text for this semester + MasteringPhysics. One-hundred fifty copies should arrive on Jan. 9; another 50 later in the week.
  2. Giancoli, eText, with MasteringPhysics; ISDN: 0321636511.
    This is an electronic version of the above text + MasteringPhysics- $133/$100 new/used.
  3. Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Ed., Vol. 1; ISDN: 0132273586 - $184/$138 new/used.
    This is the text for this semester without MasteringPhysics. You will have to purchase MasteringPhysics from their website for $66.
  4. Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Ed., Vol. 1+2; ISDN: 0132275597 - $254/$211 new/used.
    This contains the text for this and next semester, but without MasteringPhysics. You will have to purchase MasteringPhysics from their website for $66.


Problems will be given during class, where your response will be recorded using iClickers. You should purchase an iClicker2 at the UVa bookstore, or elsewhere, and remember to bring it to class.

Register on Collab in your proper section (instructions can be found here).

Your student ID is your UVa email ID (ie cdl8z). When you use your iClicker in class you need to select the correct network frequency. Our network is AA.

For each problem you will receive 2 points for any answer, and another 1 point for getting it right. In order to account for illness, forgotten or malfunctioning iClickers, and other unavoidable absences, the classes with the lowest five scores will be ignored when making the tally for your final grade.

Should you have any problems with your iClicker, please contact the grader: do not contact either of the course instructors.

Using an iClicker registered to another student is an honor offense.


Incompletes are not given for the course; if for whatever reason you cannot keep up with the course requirements, then you are expected to withdraw from the course.

Exercises (MasteringPhysics)

Physics, like any other mental or physical endeavor, cannot be learned without practice, which is the purpose of the exercises that will be assigned weekly. MasteringPhysics is a Web-based learning and tutorial interface developed by physics teachers. It has an excellent record for improving student problem. Typically, MP exercises will be due on Monday night at 11:30 pm. Late submissions will be accepted with an automatic score reduction of 5% per hour on that assignment.

Instructions on how to register can be found here. Register here. You will need:

  • Course ID: MPDUKES40251
  • Access code: This you need to buy at the bookstore along with the text, or directly from MasteringPhysics.

Midterm Exams

Three closed-book midterm examinations are scheduled during the semester (see the syllabus). If you have a conflict during any of the scheduled exams, please notify your instructor during the first week of class. Exams will be closed-book and problem-oriented. If you miss an exam without a valid excuse, you will receive a score of zero. Valid excuses include university-sponsored travel, serious illness, personal crises, and other emergencies. Except in the case of emergencies, you must contact your instructor prior to the exam to approve your absence. Supporting documentation from your doctor or dean may be required. At the instructorís discretion, you will either be given a make-up exam or exempted from the exam (with the latter leading to a higher weighting of your other exam scores in determining your final grade).

Formulas and constants will be provided for the midterm and final exams.

Final Exam

The final exam will be closed-book and comprehensive of the course. See the syllabus for the date. You must take the final exam scheduled for your section. For the final exam, unless you have explicit permission from the course instructor.


iClicker scores:
Final exam:

Web Browser Issues

Depending on your web browser and browser version, you may encounter some slightly annoying issues with MasteringPhysics and with web content linked from Collab.
  1. With some browsers, some of the data entry boxes in the MP assignments reset themselves to the top of the browser page. If this happens to you, it will be obvious, if it doesnít happen to you, you have nothing to worry about. We have observed this problem in Firefox and older versions of Internet Explorer. Switching to a free browser such as Google Chrome or Apple Safari (which also has a Windows version) or updating to IE 11.x seems to eliminate the problem.
  2. Your browser may present a security warning when accessing the MP pages. The software it is running could apparently be used in a malicious way, but I trust that Pearson Publishing is not trying to hack us. I think it is therefore safe to allow the software to run.
  3. Depending on your browser, when attempting to view the tutorials posted on Collab, you may get a blank page. This is because the browser is blocking the content which it views as insecure. We created the tutorials so we know they are not a security risk for your computer. You can unblock this content using the following procedures for different browsers: IE: Click on alert box at the bottom of the page and allow the content. Firefox: Click on the small shield shaped icon at the far left in the URL bar and allow the content. Chrome and Safari: We havenít observed problems with these browsers. If you encounter any other web browser problems, please let me know and we will do our best to resolve them. As usual, the more information you can provide about the problem in different browsers and different operating systems, the better.

Academic Integrity

You are encouraged to work with your classmates on the online homework assignments. Peer-to-peer teaching can be one of the most effective forms of instruction. However, submission of solutions by groups or direct copying of solutions from the internet or another student is not acceptable (and a poor strategy). Talk to your friends about how to do a problem, but make sure you actually do it yourself!

Be aware that MasteringPhysics has online tools to detect cheating. If evidence suggests an assignment was copied, it will be assigned a score of zero. Repeated offenses may be reported to the Honor Committee.

For midterm and final exams, you must work by yourself. Collusion with other students or use of non-allowed resources is a clear violation of the honor code. If you cheat, you will be assigned a score of zero on the exam and reported to the Honor Committee.

Course Rules

Please read these course rules. By registering for this course you are agreeing to abide by these rules.

(Modified January 12, 2015)