Physics 369, "University Physics IA", Winter 2010
This material can be found online at URL
http://spiff.rit.edu/classes/phys369/phys369.html
The final exam will be Wednesday, Feb 23, from
2:45  4:45 PM, in 701620.

Outline for the course, class schedule, etc.
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, Recitation:
Gold, bombs and free education
 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, Recitation:
Driving on snowcovered roads,
measuring the CIS building with a stopwatch
 Week 2, Day C:
2D Kinematics in simple situations
 Week 3, Day A:
Projectile motion
 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:
Forces
 Tue, Jan 4: Test 1: 67 PM, 782210/782220
 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:
UCM again
 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: 67 PM, 701400
 Week 7, Day B:
Work in nontrivial situations
 Week 7, Day R:
Work along a circular path,
and the cost of getting to Low Earth Orbit
 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 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,
room 701620
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.
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 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: 1D 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 2D 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 Problems
 Practice for Test 1
For more information
This page maintained by Michael Richmond.
Last modified Nov 28, 2010.