Physics 369, "University Physics IA", Winter 2010
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The final exam will be Wednesday, Feb 23, from
2:45 - 4:45 PM, in 70-1620.
Outline for the course, class schedule, etc.
If you want to read through my lectures from the old,
lecture-based version of this course, then visit
my old lecture-based University Physics I web site.
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, Recitation:
Gold, bombs and free education
- Week 1, Day C:
- Week 2, Day A:
1-D Kinematics under constant acceleration
- Week 2, Day B:
More 1-D Kinematics problems, Vectors
- Week 2, Recitation:
Driving on snow-covered roads,
measuring the CIS building with a stopwatch
- Week 2, Day C:
2-D Kinematics in simple situations
- Week 3, Day A:
- Week 3, Day B:
More projectile motion
- Week 3, Day R:
How to aim a gun, the "Speed" bus jump
- Week 3, Day C:
Uniform circular motion
- Week 4, Day A:
- Tue, Jan 4: Test 1: 6-7 PM, 78-2210/78-2220
- Week 4, Day B:
Atwood Machine I (level)
- Week 4, Day R:
Using an Atwood machine to measure "g"
- Week 4, Day C:
Newton's Third Law and Friction
- Week 5, Day A:
Friction in complicated situations
- Week 5, Day B:
The saga of the block and the ramp
- Week 5, Day R:
Sliding down the ski slopes
- Week 5, Day C:
- Week 6, Day A:
Variable forces: springs
- Week 6, Day B:
Variable forces: air resistance ; integration, part I
- Week 6, Day C:
Variable forces: gravitation ; integration, part II
- Week 7, Day A:
Work and Kinetic Energy
- Tue, Jan 25: Test 2: 6-7 PM, 70-1400
- Week 7, Day B:
Work in non-trivial situations
- Week 7, Day R:
Work along a circular path,
and the cost of getting to Low Earth Orbit
- Week 7, Day C:
- Week 8, Day A:
Conservative forces and potential energy
- Week 8, Day B:
Conservation of energy experiment
- Week 8, Day R:
The connection between forces and potential energy
- Week 8, Day C:
Potential energy, escape velocity and black holes
- Week 9, Day A:
Impulse and momentum
- Week 9, Day B:
Momentum in collisions, intro to center of mass
- Week 9, Day B:
Computing the center of mass
- Week 9, Day C:
Using the center of mass to find planets around other stars
- Week 10, Day A:
The Ballistic Pendulum (part I)
- Week 10, Day B:
The Ballistic Pendulum (part II)
and its history
- Week 10, Day R:
Rockets: conservation of momentum in action
- Week 10, Day C:
Review: Physics at the Winter Olympics
- Wed, Feb 23: Final exam: 2:45 - 4:45,
We will provide an equation sheet with the test,
but you can look at
a copy of the equation sheet
in advance if you wish.
In order to use the on-line homework system,
you need to know your login name and your initial password.
Your "login name" should be the same as your RIT E-mail address,
something like abc1234.
Your initial password should be
the final 4-digits of your student RIT ID number,
so if your ID number is 12345-6789, the
initial password would be 6789.
Include all zeroes: if your ID number is 12345-0081,
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 2, at 10 AM.
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 Friday, Dec 3, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 1
Homework 2: Kinematics and uncertainties
due Monday, Dec 6, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 2
Homework 3: 1-D kinematic problems
due Wednesday, Dec 8, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 3
Homework 4: Vectors
due Friday, Dec 10, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 4
Homework 5: Vectors and 2-D Kinematics
due Monday, Dec 13, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 5
Homework 6: Projectile motion
due Wednesday, Dec 15, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 6
Homework 7: A tough projectile motion problem and UCM
due Saturday, Dec 18, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 7
Homework 8: A horizontal Atwood's machine
due Wednesday, Jan 5, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 8
Homework 9: Newton's Third Law
due Friday, Jan 7, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 9
Homework 10: Forces with friction
due Monday, Jan 10, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 10
Homework 11: More friction problems
due Wednesday, Jan 12, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 11
Homework 12: This should look familiar
due Friday, Jan 14, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 12
Homework 13: UCM and friction
due Monday, Jan 17, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 13
Homework 14: Dot products and springs
due Friday, Jan 21, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 14
Homework 15: Some Variable forces
due Monday, Jan 24, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 15
Homework 16: Work and the dot product
due Friday, Jan 28, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 16
Homework 17: More work
due Monday, Jan 31, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 17
Homework 18: Work and conservation of energy
due Wednesday, Feb 02, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 18
Homework 19: More conservation of energy
due Friday, Feb 4, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 19
Homework 20: Physics of jumping
due Monday, Feb 7, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 20
Homework 21: Momentum and impulse
due Wednesday, Feb 9, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 21
Homework 22: More momentum and collisions
due Friday, Feb 11, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 22
Homework 23: Center of mass and collisions
due Monday, Feb 14, at 10 AM.
Answers to homework 23
Homework 24: Problems from all over
due Friday, Feb 18, at 10 AM.
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 10 at 4 PM.
- Indoor Exercise.
Due Dec 17 at 4 PM.
- The Paris Gun.
Due Dec 17 at 4 PM.
Measure the Earth's Radius.
Due Jan 7 at 4 PM.
- Coefficient of Static Friction.
Due Jan 21 at 4 PM.
- Bouncing balls.
Due Feb 4 at 4 PM.
- A Solar Sail.
Due Feb 18 at 4 PM.
- The Office Chair Radar Gun.
Due Feb 18 at 4 PM.
- Practice for Test 1
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Last modified Nov 28, 2010.