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Physics 311, "University Physics I", Winter 2009
This material can be found online at URL
http://spiff.rit.edu/classes/phys311/phys311.html
The final exam will NOT be in the regular classroom.
We've been moved to 082300. Please go to room 082300
for the final exam on Wed, Feb 24, 2:45  4:45 PM.

Review sessions for Physics 311. Students are welcome to
attend any session.
 Monday Feb 22, 10 AM  noon, 083335. Prof. Jodoin
 Monday Feb 22, noon  2 PM, 083335. Physics major Oscar Marcellino
 Tuesday Feb 23, 11 AM  1 PM, 083335. Prof. Barton
 Tuesday Feb 23, 1 PM  3 PM, 083335. Prof. Lindberg

Outline for the course, class schedule, etc.
Syllabus, including reading assignments
and test dates.
Grades in the course
If you want to read through my lectures from the old,
lecturebased version of this course, then visit
my old lecturebased University Physics I web site.
Workshops
The schedule below may shift a bit as the quarter progresses...
 Week 1, Day A:
Introduction, units, estimates
 Week 1, Day B:
Measurements, uncertainties and graphing
 Week 1, Day C:
Kinematic quantities
 Week 2, Day A:
1D Kinematics under constant acceleration
 Week 2, Day B:
More 1D Kinematics problems, Vectors
 Week 2, Day C:
2D Kinematics in simple situations
 Week 3, Day A:
Projectile motion
 Tue, Dec 15: Test 1: 67 PM, room 06A205
Equation sheet for Test 1
 Week 3, Day B:
More projectile motion
 Week 3, Day C:
Uniform circular motion
 Week 4, Day A:
Forces
 Week 4, Day B:
Atwood Machine I (level)
 Week 4, Day C:
Newton's Third Law and Friction
 Week 5, Day A:
Friction in complicated situations
 Week 5, Day B:
Atwood machine II (tilted)
 Week 5, Day C:
UCM again
 Week 6, Day A:
Variable forces: springs
 Tue, Jan 19: Test 2: 67 PM, room TBA
Equation sheet for Test 2
 Week 6, Day B:
Variable forces: air resistance
 Week 6, Day C:
Variable forces: gravitation
 Week 7, Day A:
Work and Kinetic Energy
 Week 7, Day B:
Work in nontrivial situations
 Week 7, Day C:
More Work
 Week 8, Day A:
Conservative forces and potential energy
 Week 8, Day B:
Conservation of energy experiment
 Week 8, Day C:
Forces and potentials, escape velocity
 Week 9, Day A:
Impulse and momentum
 Tue, Feb 9: Test 3: 67 PM, room TBA
Equation sheet for Test 3
 Week 9, Day B:
Momentum and collisions
 Week 9, Day C:
Center of mass, planets around other stars
 Week 10, Day A:
The Ballistic Pendulum (part I)
 Week 10, Day B:
The Ballistic Pendulum (part II),
and rockets
 Week 10, Day C:
Review: Physics at the Winter Olympics
 Wed, Feb 24: Final exam: 2:45  4:45,
room 082300
Equation sheet for Final
Homework sets.
In order to use the online homework system,
you need to know your login name and your initial password.
Your "login name" should be the same as your RIT Email address,
something like abc1234.
Your initial password should be
the final 4digits of your student RIT ID number,
so if your ID number is 123456789, the
initial password would be 6789.
Include all zeroes: if your ID number is 123450081,
then your initial password will be 0081.
You can change your password from the default
after you log in for the first time.

Homework 0: Introduction to WebWork
due Thursday, Dec 3, at 2 PM.
This assignment does not count towards your grade;
it is intended to uncover any errors in the system
and give us time to fix them.
Answers to homework 0

Homework 1: Practice with a graph
due Thursday, Dec 3, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 1

Homework 2: Kinematics and uncertainties
due Monday, Dec 7, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 2

Homework 3: 1D kinematic problems
due Wednesday, Dec 9, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 3

Homework 4: Vectors
due Thursday, Dec 10, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 4

Homework 5: Vectors and 2D Kinematics
due Monday, Dec 14, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 5

Homework 6: Projectile motion
due Wednesday, Dec 16, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 6

Homework 7: A tough projectile motion problem
due Friday, Dec 18, at 2 PM.
(extended due to an error in the answer)
Answers to homework 7

Homework 8: A horizontal Atwood's machine
due Wednesday, Jan 6, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 8

Homework 9: Newton's Third Law
due Thursday, Jan 7, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 9

Homework 10: Forces with friction
due Monday, Jan 11, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 10

Homework 11: More friction problems
due Wednesday, Jan 13, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 11

Homework 12: This should look familiar
due Thursday, Jan 14, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 12

Homework 13: Centripetal forces
due Monday, Jan 18, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 13

Homework 14: Variable forces
due Thursday, Jan 21, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 14

Homework 15: Variable forces
due Monday, Jan 25, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 15

Homework 16: Work and the dot product
due Wednesday, Jan 27, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 16

Homework 17: More work
due Thursday, Jan 28, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 17

Homework 18: Work, work, work
due Monday, Feb 01, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 18

Homework 19: Conservation of energy
due Wednesday, Feb 3, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 19

Homework 20: Bungee jumping off a bridge
due Thursday, Feb 4, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 20

Homework 21: Using conservation of energy and potential energy
due Tuesday, Feb 9, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 21

Homework 22: Momentum, impulse, and simple collisions
due Thursday, Feb 11, at 2 PM.
Answers to homework 22

Homework 23: Center of mass and complicated collisions
due Thursday, Feb 17, at 2 PM.
Note that you need to do only 4 of the problems on this
set to receive a score of 100%. The last problem
is a BONUS problem; consider the library as a resource for it.
Answers to homework 23

Homework 24: Practice problems
due Tuesday, Feb 23, at 2 PM.
These problems do not count towards your homework
score. They do provide good practice for the final exam.
Answers to homework 24
Extra Credit Projects
(each student may hand in up to 2 extra credit projects
during the quarter)
 Human Reaction Times.
Due Dec 11 at 4 PM.
 Indoor Exercise.
Due Dec 18 at 4 PM.
 The Paris Gun.
Due Dec 18 at 4 PM.

Measure the Earth's Radius.
Due Jan 8 at 4 PM.
 Coefficient of Static Friction.
Due Jan 22 at 4 PM.
 Bouncing balls.
Due Feb 5 at 4 PM.
 A Solar Sail.
Due Feb 19 at 4 PM.
 The Office Chair Radar Gun.
Due Feb 19 at 4 PM.
For more information
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Last modified Dec 4, 2009.
Copyright © Michael Richmond.
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