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
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.
Section 1: MWF 9:00-9:50 AM
Section 2: MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
Section 3: MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
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. 4:30-6:00 pm; Thur. 4:30-6:00 pm; 302 Physics, or by appointment
Norum: Mon. 1-4 pm; 136 Physics, or by appointment
TA office hours (all in room 220 Physics, or by appointment)
Mon: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Tue: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Wed: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Mon: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Thur: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Xuan (Catherine) Zhu:
Tue: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Thur: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 - 3:00 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.
Problems will be given during class, where your response will be recorded using
iClickers. You should purchase an iClicker2 at the UVa bookstore, or
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!
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, you are allowed 5 pre-excused absences in which a zero for your iClicker score is forgiven.
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.
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.
Get your work in early: a down internet connection will not be accepted as an excuse for
a problem set to be forgiven.
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:
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.
|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:
Depending on your web browser and browser version, you may encounter
some slightly annoying issues with MasteringPhysics and with web content
linked from Collab.
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.
Bringing a classmate's iClicker and answering his/her questions with it is an honor code violation.
Please read these
course rules. By registering for this course you are agreeing
to abide by these rules.