#### PH111L (__Fundamentals of Physics I__) Spring 2015

Scott Heinekamp (scotth@wells.edu) (http://morgan.wells.edu/faculty/scotth/) Stratton 302 ext 3361

Office Hours Tues 9:30-11:00 & Wed 11:30-12:30 or by appt

Teaching Assistant: Tyler Morris (tmorris12@wells.edu)

**Course Goals**
-- to understand the fundamental measureable physical *dimensions* of time, length and mass, and the *units*
in which those dimensions are expressed;
-- to gain intuition about the universal kinematical notions of position, displacement, velocity, speed, and acceleration;
-- to successfully apply differential calculus to the mathematical and physical relationships among these notions;
intertia and *force*;
-- to move beyond mere description of the kinematics of a massive object, but to __explain__ the kinematics: *dynamics*;
-- using simple integral calculus, to define *work* and how it is related mathematically to the all of the what has come before;
-- to exploit the principle of *energy* and, when appropriate, *energy conservation*;
-- by defining at *system* of objects that interact via forces, to lay down the fundamental principle of *momentum conservation*, and to use it
to understand how to describe the kinematical and dynamical behavior of such systems;
-- throughout, to use these methods in various combinations to solve real-life physics problems and obtain numerically accurate results;
-- as a sort of culmination of our work, to look at the kinematics and dynamics of extended rigid bodies (in particular, *rotational motion*),
which will entail the study and comprehension of *moment of inertia*, *torque* and *angular momentum*, and their interrelationships;
**Course Description**
Here is the Lecture
Schedule, where you will find the topics discussed, on which days.
__Fundamentals of Physics I__ is the first of the two-part introductory physics series,
intended for scientists, 3/2 engineers, and pre-health-sciences students. The subject: to learn how to DESCRIBE and EXPLAIN motion (both translational and rotational), using ideas of force, energy and momentum. To succeed,
you "should" have taken high-school physics, and have sufficient calculus experience too (MATH 111 or its equivalent is a *pre-requisite*).

That said, when calculus is used, the needed concepts will be
thoroughly introduced, and it's possible that you'll find that calculus is easier to
grasp through use of physics examples!

Please be ready to remain curious about the *physical* world, and to try to get
its workings into your mind. Your physical intuition will develop as you think visually and
mathematically. It's simple, really -- we will restrict ourselves to the simplest phenomena imaginable: giving a mathematical description to problems of motion
in a three-dimensional world. It's really about learning to think in
the most direct way, about nature.
**Textbook and Other Tools**
__Physics for Scientists and Engineers, (8th edition)
__ by Serway and Jewett.
A scientific calculator (no graphing
capability is necessary; I prefer the "reverse" or "RPN" style)
*and* if possible the manual for it.
A few colored pencils (blue, green, orange, red) for notetaking.
**Reserve Materials and Other Aids**
In the third-floor library area, you'll find other books, including the following:
Tipler's *Physics* and Giancoli's *Physics for Scientists and Engineers*, both very clear;
Schaum's Outline *Beginning Physics*, the classic student resource;
Harcourt/Brace/Jovanovich's Outline *College Physics*.
**Your Responsibilities in the Course, and Basis of Grading**
Class attendance is *required* every day. AND PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL: CLASS STARTS AT 8:15!! I fully
understand the challenge of getting to class at 8:15 twice a week. But look at it this way: by 9:30 on those days
your mind will be alive with physical insight and you'll apply the ideas of Newtonian mechanics to your world for the
remainder of the day. Read the book before you get to class!! You'll understand much better what is said in class,
and you'll be in a position to ask good questions to further enhance your understanding. If you decide to participate in a study group (a good plan, in general), be prepared to carry your weight in term of working on homework problems and dealing with conceptual subtleties in the material.
__Attendance, Homework and Class Participation__ (25%) Here are the regularly updated
Homework Page 1 and
Homework Page 2. The homework will be challenging,
and by attacking it with energy you'll better understand the material, do well on the exams, and
generally enjoy the course. Class participation is determined by your attendance (as mentioned, attendance is required;
two missed classes will be forgiven and then you'll be docked for each additional missed day),
questions (at any moment during class), and general level of involvement.
__ Laboratory__ (20%) Hands-on experience is one of the best things about PHYS 111L.
In order to maximize your fun (and to avoid getting hurt) please "dress down" for lab. You'll be moving,
lifting, bending, getting dirty at times, and occasionally operating (somewhat) dangerous
equipment. Usually
a short report form will be required. You may miss any one lab without penalty.
__ Exams__ (2x12.5% + 10% + 20% = 55%) We will have three "hourlies" (lowest score weighted less)
and a final.