Wright State University Lake Campus/2020-1/Phy 2400/Syllabus

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Phy 2400 General Physics I
Instructor: Guy Vandegrift email:guy.vandegrift@wright.edu
236-Dwyer Hall Wright State University Lake Campus, Celina OH 45822
Enrolled students may access all materials needed for this course through Pilot (https://pilot.wright.edu/d2l/loginh/)


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.)

Corequisites: (MTH 2300 or EGR 1010), PHY 2400R, PHY 2400L

The students in the introductory physics class will be expected to:

  1. Understand the nature of scientific inquiry
  2. Critically apply knowledge of physical theory to a variety of physical problems
  3. Distinguish between science and technology and recognize their roles in society
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of theoretical, practical, creative and cultural dimensions of scientific inquiry
  5. Communicate an understanding of the basic physical principles.

Teaching Materials[edit | edit source]

Textbook: OpenStax University Physics[edit | edit source]

Test bank[edit | edit source]

This bank currently contains 274 questions and is an Open Educational Resource. But some questions on exams might not appear in the bank. The "study" version contains one rendition of each problem. For more practice use "all" version. This pdf file is much larger because it contains 10 or more renditions of each numerical question, each with a different set of numerical values.

This bank is currently being moved to MyOpenMath

Topics Covered in a 15 week course[edit | edit source]

The volume and chapter refer to OpenStax University Physics. Click on PDF in the 5th column of the first row to view the quizbank. The number in that section links to the quiz. Any question in this bank might be on an exam, and questions not on the bank might even appear on an exam. But the "Essential" questions listed in the last column are a good place to start when preparing for an exam. A copy of this syllabus will placed at Wright State University Lake Campus/2020-1/Phy 2400/Notes, and will be adjusted as we move through the semester.

W Topic Quizbank N PDF Essential
1 V1 Ch1: Units and Measurement TBA
V1 Ch2: Vectors b_velocityAcceleration 19 2 1-6
V1 Ch3: Motion Along a Straight Line a02_1Dkinem_equations 4 1 1-4
b_motionSimpleArithmetic 12 3 1-4, 6-12
2 V1 Ch4: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions a03_2Dkinem_2dmotion 4 4 1-3
a03_2Dkinem_smithtrain 4 5 1-4
3 V1 Ch5: Newton’s Laws of Motion a04DynForce Newton_forces 4 6 1-4
a04DynForce Newton_sled 4 7 1-4
a04DynForce Newton_tensions 5 8 1-4
up1-05 14 9 5, 7, 13
4 V1 Ch6: Applications of Newton’s Laws a05frictDragElast_3rdLaw 5 10 1, 2
a06uniformCircMotGravitation_friction 5 11 1-3
a06uniformCircMotGravitation_proof 14 12 4, 7, 12, 13
5 up1-06 13 13 1-3
b_velocityAcceleration 19 14 1-19
6 V1 Ch7: Work and Kinetic Energy a07_energy_cart 5 15 1-5
up1-07 17 16 1-4
V1 Ch8: Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy up1-08 5 17 1-5
c07energy_lineIntegral 4 18 1-3
7 V1 Ch9: Linear Momentum and Collisions a08linearMomentumCollisions 3 19 1-2
up1-09 12 20 1-3
8 V1 Ch10: Fixed-Axis Rotation up1-10 15 21 1-6
a10rotationalMotionAngMom_dynamics 4 22 1-4
V1 Ch11: Angular Momentum up1-11 7 23 4-5
9 V1 Ch12: Static Equilibrium and Elasticity a09staticsTorques_torque 5 24 1-5
up1-12 10 25 1-2
V1 Ch13: Gravitation up1-13 10 26 1, 3-5
10 V1 Ch14: Fluid Mechanics a11fluidStatics_buoyantForce 4 27 1-4
a12fluidDynamics_pipeDiameter 4 28 1-3
up1-14 7 29 2-6
11 V1 Ch15: Oscillations a16OscillationsWaves_amplitudes 4 30 1-3
c16OscillationsWaves_calculus 6 31 1-6
12 V1 Ch16: Waves b_waves_PC 16 32 1-3, 7-9, 13-14
V1 Ch17: Sound a17PhysHearing_echoString 3 33 1-3
13 V2 Ch1: Temperature and Heat a14HeatTransfer_specifHeatConduct 4 34 1-4
V2 Ch2: The Kinetic Theory of Gases a13TemperatureKineticTheoGasLaw 3 35 1-3
14 V2 Ch3: The First Law of Thermodynamics a15Thermodynamics_heatEngine 4 36 1-4
V2 Ch4: The Second Law of Thermodynamics TBA

Grade assessment[edit | edit source]

20% Labs and lab reports[edit | edit source]

Lab reports are due on Pilot according to the following schedule.

  • Fri 24 Jan 2020
  • Fri 14 Feb 2020
  • Fri 13 Mar 2020
  • Fri 3 Apr 2020
  • Fri 24 Apr 2020

A lab report is due (for partial lab credit) even if you missed one or more labs. If you miss a lab, arrange to do a report on a related subject in order to obtain partial credit for that lab.. Under no circumstances may a report based on a missed lab be related to course exams or textbook problems. While you are strongly urged to finish these reports by Friday night, they will be accepted without penalty if turned in before the weekend is over. Details on what belongs in your report can be found at Wright State University Lake Campus/2020-1/Phy 2400/Labs.

65%-75% Exams[edit | edit source]

There will be approximately five exams (including the final exam). Your worst exam will be automatically dropped. The range (70%-80%) in the weight of your exams involves the fact that quizzes can be used to enhance your exam grade if you have trouble with exams.

5%-15% Quizzes[edit | edit source]

If you do well on the exams, unannounced quizzes count for only 5% of your grade. Your percentile rank in the class will be posted on Pilot, based on a weighting of 20-70-10 percent for labs, exams, and quizzes, respectively. User:Guy vandegrift/T/Schedule is under construction.

Getting help[edit | edit source]

Writing: Because writing is such an important part of a college education, the Student Success Center provides free writing support to all Wright State students, at any stage of your writing process and for any class. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of your writing, from research to revision. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrews Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.

Math: The Student Success Center offers free assistance to students enrolled in mathematics courses within the Wright State Catalog. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of math above DEV. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5 pm. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrew Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.

LTC: The Library & Technology Center provides free access to scholarly resources in all formats to all Wright State students. WSU students can also visit the LTC for assistance with creating or editing multimedia projects i.e. PowerPoint, Voiceovers, Website development, etc., free of charge. The LTC is temporarily located in 182 Andrews Hall. For additional information about the LTC and the services they provide please call (419) 586-0333, or visit the LTC M-Fri from 9am-5pm

Office of Disability Services: If a student has a disability that will require special accommodations, it is essential that he or she discuss it with the instructor and/or The Office of Disability Services (ODS) before or during the first week of the semester. ODS will work with these students on an individual basis to determine what services, equipment, and accommodations would be appropriate regarding their documented needs. Students who may qualify for these types of services should initiate contact with the instructor and/ or ODS as soon as possible to enable the university to meet their needs.  Please call Deanna Springer at 419-586-0366, email deanna.springer@wright.edu or visit ODS (Rm 182 Andrews) for more information.