PHY 2048
Unit 1

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Updated: 02/12/2017

If you are interested, here are my comments on preparing for the first day of class.

Please take a moment to go to Canvas and read the file in the Course Information folder that contains advice to you from students who completed this class last year.

Week 1

Mon 1/9:  Syllabus handed out, info sheets and 'Reality Check' collected.
You are responsible for everything in Chapter 1, whether I review that material in class or not. Class time is devoted to an overview of my study suggestions and how to use LON-CAPA, plus overview of Chapter 1 and your Chapter 2 assignment for the next class. Sections 1-3 and 1-5 are particularly important. (Section 1-5 is also reviewed in the lab, which starts Wednesday. You will need your calculator in lab this week!)

On the first day I take a few minutes to explain who belongs in this class.
I will check your information sheets as they come in to try to spot anyone who I think might be taking the wrong course. I may also make a few remarks about what you should be thinking about to be sure you have a good plan for the rest of career at TCC.

Special Academic Alert for future engineers:
Engineering schools have a very strict policy on repeating courses that make up the "core" math and science prerequisites for the major. Details vary, so check the admissions policy of the school you wish to attend. They generally look at every attempt at every school attended, not just at the last grade recorded for your TCC grade point average, for "core" courses such as CHM1045, MAC2311, MAC2312 and PHY2048.

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering limits you to a single failing grade in any of those four courses, while other schools require a GPA of 2.5 on at most two attempts and sometimes count a withdrawal as an attempt. Some majors at UF require a minimum grade of B in math and physics. Do not take this class lightly.

You will be responsible for using derivatives when we get to the middle of the semester; for now you just need to know the definitions involving slopes and areas. See my page on use of calculus for details and pointers.

On the second day, or perhaps on the day your assignment W1 is due, I usually tell you my background and qualifications to teach this course if I didn't have time to do it on Monday. Sometimes I tell you the main difference between taking this class at TCC and taking it at some other school.

Rest of Week 1:  Sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, and two (50 min) class periods on Section 2.4. On Wednesday I will repeat a demonstration of how to use LON-CAPA.

Week 2

Mon 1/16:  Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (no class)

Tues 1/17:  Section 2.5.

Rest of Week 2:  Vector review in Section 3.1, Sections 3.2 thru 3.5.

Some related web sites for the material in this section:

Week 3

Mon 1/23: 
Section 3.6 (circular motion), which is the last material on Exam 1.

Rest of the third week:  Start Unit 2 (Sections 4.1 thru 4.4)
Sections 4.5 and 4.6, plus Section 5.1..

Thurs 1/26:  Exam 1, Sections 1.1 to 3.6 covered by HW-01 thru HW-05.

Reminder: This is a closed book exam.

No notes or electronic devices other than an approved calculator are allowed. If you answer or otherwise use a cell phone or pager during the exam, I will pick up your test paper. You may not share calculators. Do not get up until you are finished; raise your hand if you have a question.

The next morning class does not expect us to leave until 11:20, so that section can have some extra time after our normal ending time. There is usually a lab after ours in the afternoon, so I will pick up all papers no later than 5 minutes after the official end of class (2:20). If you think you will need extra time, you may start early (provided you are in your seat and ready at that time) because the classroom is ours starting at about 1:05. If you arrive after the exam has started, enter the room quietly and you will get an exam after you are seated and are ready to begin (calculator and pencils out, everything else put away).


 ?? Contact me if you have any questions.


"What is steel?" was a common question concerning problem 1-10 in Serway and Beichner (no longer used), but typical of questions students have about minor facts that scientists and engineers are assumed to know based on life experience.