General Physics I
(Physics for Engineers)

Physics 1425   Spring 2017

Course Instructors:
Craig Dukes, Ryan Duve

Academic Integrity Assessment Attendance Class Web Site
Course Rules Final Exam Exercises (MasteringPhysics) iClickers
Midterm Exams Office Hours Prerequisites Syllabus
Teaching Assistants Text Web Browser Issues List of Tutuors
Emergency Procedures

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

Sections 1, 2
Craig Dukes, Room 302
Jesse Beams Laboratory
Room 117
High Energy Physics Laboratory
Telephone: 982-5364
E-mail: ecd3m
A map to my office.

Section 3
Ryan Duve
106B Jesse Beams Laboratory
E-mail: rmd2dk


Teaching Assistants

The teaching assistants are to: (1) help you understand solving physics problems; and (2) to manage any day-to-day issues involving MasteringPhysics.

You may go see any TA during his office hours irrespective of your section. For questions regarding MasteringPhysics or iClickers you must see the TA assigned to your section.

Section 1
Mingyu Chen
107 Jesse Beams Laboratory
Telephone: 924-6592
E-mail: mc4ne(at)
Section 2
Zhe Luo
107 Jesse Beams Laboratory
Telephone: 924-6592
E-mail: zl6nn(at)
Section 3
Yuan Liang
107 Jesse Beams Laboratory
Telephone: 924-6592
E-mail: yl4ps(at)


The grader manages day-to-day issues involving the iClickers and keeps the iClicker scores.
Benjamin Hillman
E-mail: bch4ue(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 your TA or instructor during office hours, or make an appointment, or give one of them a call. Physics questions by email will be ignored.

Dukes: Mon. 5-6:30 pm; Thur. 6-7 pm; 302 Physics, or by appointment
Duve: Sun. 9:30 - 11 am; 106B Physics, or by appointment
TA office hours (all in room 220 Physics, or by appointment)
Mon: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Wed: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Mon: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Thur: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Wed: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Thur: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 - 1:00 pm


You should have completed or be taking a calculus course such as APMA 1090 or MATH 1310. 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. (Vol. 2 is used for the second semester, Physics 2415.) 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. Hard copy, Vol. 1 only + MasteringPhysics: Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Ed., Vol. 1, with MasteringPhysics; ISDN: 013613923X.
    This has the text for this semester + MasteringPhysics.
  2. Hard copy, full text + MasteringPhysics: Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Ed., Vol. 1+2, with MasteringPhysics; ISDN: 0136139221.
    This contains the text for this and next semester, + MasteringPhysics.
  3. Electronic copy, full text + MasteringPhysics: Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Ed., Vol. 1+2, eText, with MasteringPhysics; ISDN: 0321636511.
    This is an electronic version of the above text + MasteringPhysics.
  4. Looseleaf copy, full text + MasteringPhysics: Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Ed., Vol. 1+2, looseleaf, with MasteringPhysics; ISDN: 0321636511.
    This is an electronic version of the above text + MasteringPhysics.
  5. Used copies of text without MasteringPhysics: Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Ed. ; This is a used version of the text for this semester without MasteringPhysics. You will have to purchase MasteringPhysics from their website for $66.
  1. If you decide to rent a textbook or buy a used copy, you will also need to purchase the tutorial and homework access card separately. The separate code is available for purchase in the UVA bookstore. However, please note that the combined cost of the rented/used book and the access code may be more expensive than buying the new book/access code package in the bookstore because of the special price negotiated with the publisher Pearson.
  2. I strongly suggest that you do not purchase your codes from any site other than the UVA store or Pearson. Many of the codes sold on Amazon Marketplace and like sites are defective or already activated and will not work. You will then need to purchase a second code, causing greater expense and a delayed start to the semester.


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. Note that cell phone apps cannot be used.

Register on Collab in your proper section (instructions can be found here). Note: do not register your iClicker on the clicker website!

Your student ID is your UVa email ID (eg 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.

iClicker scores will be periodically posted on UVaCollab. It is your responsibility to make sure that yours are being recorded properly. 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: MPDUKES19247
  • Access code: This you need to buy at the bookstore along with the text, or directly from MasteringPhysics.
  • An email account. You should use your UVa email account if at all possible, although this is not manditory.
  • You will be asked for your UVa computing ID. Make sure you use your UVa computing id, e.g., eve8z.

Midterm Exams

Three closed-book midterm examinations are scheduled during the semester (see the syllabus).

The midterm exams will be given in Physics 203 and 204 in two sessions:
6:30- 8:00 pm for students whose last name is between Abazov and Lyon
8:30-10:00 pm for students whose last name is between Mace and Zorzi

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. Formulas will be given.

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. If approved, you will be exempted from the exam, with the other exams scores reweighted accordingly.

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. Formulas will be given. See the syllabus for the date. You must take the final exam scheduled for your section unless you have explicit permission from the course instructor.


The relative weights of the components to your final grade are given as follows:
iClicker scores:
Final exam:
The three midterms are each normalized to have identical means of 80/100 in order to not favor or penalize students with excused absences. The final exams from the different sections are also normalized to have identical means of 80/100. A final numerical score is then determined on a 100 point scale with: A > 90; B > 78; C > 65 and D > 50.

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, 2017)