Physics 101, Introductory Physics I
TR 9:55-11:10, Fall 2015
Room 112 HWWE

(Only minor changes yet to be made)

Dr. Jeff Wragg ("dw")
Office: 209 JCLong
Office Hours: - M: 10:00 - 10:50, W: 11:00-11:50 → But come by any time
phone: 843-953-5781
email link or send me an anonymous web-based email

You may purchase lab manuals at Sas-E ink. It is located at 219 Calhoun St. between Pitt and Smith streets, close to Norm's Pizza.

[ Tentative Schedule ] [ General Info ] [ Assumed Knowledge ] [ Attendance ] [ Objectives and Outcomes ]

[ Homework and Quizzes ] [ Tests ] [ Grading Scheme ] [ How to Get Help ]

Lucky you! Your e-textbook is free and a print version is available at very low cost! The book is available in a wide variety of free online formats from — OpenStax
You can use the book in whichever format(s) you want, but I recommend that you download the entire .pdf so that you always have access to your book. 

College Physics from OpenStax College, ISBN 1-938168-00-3

Printed copies at a significantly reduced textbook rate may also be for sale via the college bookstore or which also has texts and supporting resources in many other subjects.

Tentative Schedule (To be updated)
Labs begin the first week. Details, homework assignments and test dates may change somewhat. Of course the final exam date and time is written in stone by the College.

DateItem Homework Problems
(click for answers/notes)
Notes, Sims and Resources
Tuesday, 25 Aug Chap 1, The Nature of Science Our labs meet this week!!! Look over Chap 1 before class
Tuesday, 25 Aug Chap 2, Kinematics Ch 2: 3,4,9,14,17,20,22,47,52,66
Chap 3, 2-D Kinematics Ch 3: 5,10,15,20,25,40,45,54,65 do 5 & 10 just with sketches. Five minutes each.
  Chap 4, Force and Motion Ch 4: 10,13,15,19,31,41,42
  Chap 5, Applications: Friction, elasticity... Ch 5: 4,10,18,19,24,25,28,30  
Thursday, 24 Sep (Tent.) Test 1, Chaps 1-5  
  Chap 6, Circular Motion Ch 6: 1,2,15,19,23,28,33,34,39 I'll do 28(a) in class

  Chap 7, Work and Energy Ch 7: 2,5,6,13,14,20,21,28,32,43,44,52,54
  Chap 8, Momentum Ch 8: 1,2,7,12,15,32,36,38 
  Chap 9, Statics and Torque Ch 9: 1,3,5,9,13,29,31,33,37  

  Chap 10, Rotational Motion Ch 10: 1,2,5,6,8,22,26,28
Tuesday, 27 Oct (Tent) Test 2, Chaps 6-10

29 October 2015
Last day to Withdraw with a "W"
(not that I want you to)

  Chap 11, Fluid Statics Ch 11: 2,4,10,11,15,16,25,33,34,41,77,81

  Chap 12, Fluid Dynamics Ch 12: 1,2,3,5,8,17,20,22,25  
  Chap 13, Temperature Ch 13: 5,8,9,16,39,42,44 

  Chap 14, Heat Ch 14: 1,4,6,9,12,14,16,61,62

  Chap 15, Thermodynamics Ch 15: 20,24,25,28,31,34

Tuesday 17 Nov (Tent.) Test 3, Chaps 11-15

  Chap 16, Waves Ch 16: 1,3,6,9,11,13,16

  Chap 17, Sound and Hearing Ch 17: 2,3,6,8,12,17,
Doppler Effect
Dopper animation
resonant tubes
3 Dec 2015
Our Last Class

Friday, 11 Dec
Final Review!

Saturday, 12 Dec
Final Exam!


There are other sources of help with the material (besides me of course).

Syllabus Fine Print


Physics is a field in which we attempt to describe, explain and predict how things happen. A law in physics is a concise summary of a broad collection of observations. The primary tools in physics are observation and mathematics. The latter allows us to make simple yet concise statements of physical law. Our simple mathematical statements of law become a vehicle for precisely predicting the behavior of the physical world we live in. It is also important to be able to use words to describe and predict the behavior of systems.

If you have a question, please ask it. If you have a comment, please make it. Even an anonymous note under my door or in my mailbox is fine. Communication is the essence of the classroom experience. I am pleased to see you any time you can find me. I encourage you to use email, although it is tough to give detailed help with problems via email.

Assumed Knowledge
You should be comfortable with math through algebra and trigonometry, with graphs and their interpretation. Math is a skill needed in the modern world outside of physics. If you have any doubt whatsoever of your mathematcal preparedness for this class, here is brief a Math
exercise sheet. Do it.

Study Chapter 1 before our first class.

Here is an article, "Learning at the University Level," that I hope will give you a sense of some aspects of the learning philosophy I hope we can all embrace. I expect you to have studied the relevant material for each day, such that you could answer simple questions about the material before it is presented in class. Assume that I may give you a short quiz at any time to help motivate you to be prepared for class. The best advice I can give you is come to every class, participate, take good notes, read the book, do the problems and keep up. The most common, and perhaps the deadliest habit is to postpone your assault of the material.

Bring your calculator every day!

Attendance and participation is critical to the learning process and an integral part of this course. In general, I believe that absence is its own punishment, that is, you miss things you can't possibly get by going over a classmate's notes. You are responsible for material covered that day. There are things we do that are not in the book, and there is a lot of information in the book we do not cover. Contact one of your classmates for the notes. Failure to attend class on the day an assignment is assigned or due does not mean that you may turn in a late assignment without penalty. There are certain aspects of the course for which the information can be obtained only in class, thus, a student who misses class will miss material they will need on quizzes and tests. There will be no makeup quizzes. If you have a medical or personal issue please follow the process below to get it documented. After I get notified by the Student Affairs Office I will judge whether you get an excused miss or a zero for the late or missed material.

To document an absence for any class

Each student who attends class is expected to participate in a positive manner. This means being on time (so as not to disturb the learning of others) and making positive contributions to the learning environment. Students who disturb others will be asked to leave.

I keep daily attendance sheets which you will initial in class. These sheets are used to identify problem attendance patterns, and may be used to help me make decisions in borderline cases when I am assigning final grades.

You have responsibilities to yourselves, your classmates and me. One responsibility is to be to class every day and on time. Another responsibility is to keep up with the pace of the class. Do not think it is my responsibility to teach you. IT IS NOT. It is my job to create an environment and situations in which you can teach yourself. This course is organized by the above goals and objectives in order to achieve this end. The goal of education is to empower the individual student to be self-taught. I can't really do this for you, but I can help a lot.

Homework and Quizzes
To learn, you must do. Listening closely in class, even though I am a mesmerizing speaker, is only a prelude to doing problems on your own. I assign homework problems from the "Problems & Exercises" at the end of each chapter. You should attack the homework promptly as we cover the material. I assign relevant problems, but you are encouraged to do others as you identify your needs. Also, it would be very wise of you to invest time in the conceptual questions at the end of each chapter. They are a good skill builder and self evaluation tool. I am willing to go over homework problems in class, and often will, even without being asked. If you keep up on your reading, and homework, and are attentive in class you should be fine on quizzes. I usually give quizzes at the end of the class period. Make-up quizzes are not given. I will throw out the lowest quiz score.

We will have three mid-term tests plus the final exam. The final exam will be comprehensive and include material covered beyond test #3. My tests tend to require you to solve problems, draw or interpret graphs, make sketches, and provide explanations. I generally do not have multiple choice or true/false questions, although they are somewhat more likely on the final exam. I will provide equations for quizzes and tests. You will provide the knowledge to use them. If you question your score on an exam you must bring it to my attention within 24 hours after the graded exams were handed out in class.

Calculators may be prohibited for use on quizzes and exams without notice. This is not a cause for panic. The math will be simpler to accommodate the lack of a calculator. It is also possible that you may be provided with another calculator at any time. It is expected that you do not have your calculator programmed such as to give you an unfair advantage on tests and quizzes.

FINAL EXAM: Saturday, 12 Dec, 8:00-11:00 am. If you have a problem with the final exam schedule, please read further.

There are rules on how to deal with conflicts or if you have too many finals in too short a period of time. We can work out an alternative time if and only if you satisfy the rules the Registrar has established. The rules are you can get it changed when [a] two or more exams are scheduled simultaneously, or [b] you have three examinations within a 24-hour period. Permission to reschedule one exam may be obtained from the Registrar with written permission of the instructor. THIS PERMISSION MUST BE OBTAINED PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE EXAM PERIOD.

I cannot consider alternate times unless the Registrar's Office has approved your request. If you need to request a change in final exams go to "Request to Change Final Exam" form on line. Your request must be submitted BEFORE finals start!!!!!

There are limits on when it can be rescheduled, because I can't just do five of them at five different times. So please get your paperwork together, and I can coordinate them and get an alternative time and place scheduled.

I will give you specific letter grade on each test, so you should always have a pretty good idea where you stand. You must pass the final exam to pass the course. I encourage you to see me at any time for my assessment of your work.

Quizzes 15%
3 Tests 50%
Final Exam 35%
100% of course grade

Disposal of submitted work
I will dispose of old, unclaimed quizzes and tests about a month into the next semester, so if you want them, please contact me. Final exams I keep for a couple of years, but you can look at them if you want.

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