Wright State University Lake Campus/2019-1/Phy2400/Syllabus
General Physics 1: PHY2400 is an introductory survey of mechanics for science and engineering students. Uses of interpreting physical phenomena. Topics include vectors, kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, rotation, oscillation and thermodynamics (4 credit hours.) Also required is the lab PHY2410L: Introductory physics laboratory problems in mechanics, oscillation and thermodynamics (1 credit hour.)
The textbook is open source and can be read online or downloaded as a pdf at zero cost. A paperback copy of each version is available at a modest cost:
- https://openstax.org/details/books/university-physics-volume-3 (will not be covered in the first semester course)
A tentative schedule can be found in the class Notes
A good way to study for the exams is:
- file:Study-calc1Bnk.pdf (first-day handout)
- file:All-calc1Bnk.pdf (contains multiple versions of numerical questions)
Other useful resources:
Solutions to most quiz questions can be found at
- 70% of the grade is based exams. Four midterms will be tentatively scheduled, and a final exam will count twice as much as a midterm. Either your worst midterm exam grade is dropped, or the weight of the final will be reduced to that of a midterm exam (depending on which gives you the highest net exam score.)
- 20% is based on labs and quizzes. No lab, quiz or test can performed at a later date if you are absent. But, three of your worst performances on labs and quizzes will be automatically dropped.
- 10% is based on a term paper, which will be submitted electronically to Pilot on or before Friday 19 April 2019.
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