200: Classical Physics I
Gustavus Adolphus College
Office: Olin 209, 933-7036
Physics For Scientists and Engineers (5th Edition),
by Serway and Beichner.
Quick Calculus, by Kleppner and Ramsey (Wiley 1985). Recommended
for students who have not previously completed a College-level course sequence
in differential and integral calculus with a grade of B- or better.
Student Solutions Manual and Study Guide to Accompany Physics for
Scientists and Engineers (Volume 1), by Gordon, McGrew, and Serway.
(This contains solutions to some of the problems in the text and additional
examples and problems)
Course Policies and Evaluation
Objectives: As the first class in the sequence for science and engineering
students at Gustavus, this course shares several objectives with the rest
of the physics program. It is hoped that when students have completed Classical
Physics I they will have learned some basic problem solving skills, some
computer and calculation skills, some quantitative and empirical reasoning
skills, and, of course, some physics.
Expectations: Students in Classical Physics I are expected to have
a solid background in trigonometry (or pre-calculus) and algebra. Students
should be enrolled in Calculus I if they have not successfully completed
a college level course in it. The instructor will discuss the calculus
involved in this course as necessary, but it is important that students
also see it in another course setting.
Learning Styles: Recognizing that students learn science in a variety
of ways, the instructor will take advantage of many different techniques,
including collaborative learning, to maximize the overall effectiveness
of this course. Although collaborative efforts will be encouraged for solving
in-class problems, assigned homework, and labs, they are not allowed for
quizzes and exams
Class Meetings: The class will meet five days per week (M-F) at
12:30-1:20 PM for lecture, discussion, homework review, demonstrations,
quizzes and exams.
Students are expected to have read assigned materials
before coming to class.
Lecture Philosophy: Lecture time in this course will generally not
be used to repeat material covered in the textbook (such as derivations
or examples). Students will be responsible for reading and understanding
the textbooks for the course (please feel free to ask questions during
lectures if you are unclear about any topic). The majority of lecture time
in this course will be spent exploring in greater depths the concepts introduced
in the textbook using demonstrations, discussions and additional worked
Laboratory: Students must be concurrently registered in PHY201,
Classical Physics I Laboratory (see the separate syllabus). The laboratory
meets once each week for two hours in Olin 214.
Written Homework: Written problems sets will
be assigned approximately every week. Problems should be neat, organized
and use derivations in symbolic from (as discussed in class). Each student
will submit their own assignment, but you are encouraged to discuss the
problems with each other.
Late Homework: Late homework will be accepted at the discretion
of the instructor with some loss of points.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend all lectures and labs
during the scheduled hours. Students are responsible for informing themselves
of material and assignments covered during absences. Students must advise
in writing during the first week of class, or as
soon as events are scheduled, of any athletic, music, or other college
activities that will require their absence during the semester. Such written
notice does not imply a waiver of course requirements or an agreement to
Exams: There will be four one-hour exams, and
a two-hour written final exam.
Quizzes: There will be a short quiz roughly
every week where there is not an hour exam. Some of these may be unannounced
prior to class.
Missed Exams and Quizzes: Students are expected to arrange in
writing with the instructor well in advance to take an exam
at other than the announced time. Requests to reschedule exams for non-emergency
personal reasons will generally be declined. Permission to make up a
missed exam after the fact will be at the discretion of the instructor
and should not be assumed.
Academic Honesty: In all academic exercises, examinations, papers,
and reports, students shall submit their own work. Footnotes, or some other
acceptable form of citation must accompany any use of another's words or
ideas. (The full text of the Gustavus Academic Honesty Policy may be
found in the Gustavus Adolphus College Academic Catalog or the Gustavus
Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will only be given for work not
completed due to circumstances beyond the control of the student. (This
is the college policy).
Physics Tutors: Tutoring for this class, by upper-division physics
students, will be available at times announced in the departmental tutoring
schedule and in class.
Office Hours: My schedule
is posted outside of my office. I will make every effort to be available
during scheduled office hours for individual assistance and advising. I
will also be available at other times by appointment. In general, if I
am in my office, please feel free to stop in (if I can't help you at that
time, I may need to suggest a later time).
I am here to help you - please
feel free to ask for help!
E-mail: You may contact me via e-mail,
I will respond as soon as possible to any questions that you may have.
In particular, this is an excellent way to get in touch with me on evenings/weekends.
40% Hour Exams
20% Final Exam
20% Homework and Reading Quizzes
5% Group Problems and Participation
Final course grades will be assigned using the following scale as a guide:
94-100 A 74-78 C+
90-94 A- 70-74 C
86-90 B+ 66-70 C-
82-86 B 62-66 D+
78-82 B- 58-62 D
Assignment of the final letter grades will also take into account
other factors including the instructor's subjective evaluation of the student's
attendance, participation, initiative, evidence of improvement, and the
quality of independent work.
Exam Dates (See the Course
Schedule for more details)
Exam 1: Friday, September 20, 2002
Exam 2: Tuesday, October 15, 2002
Exam 3: Friday, November 8, 2002
Exam 4: Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Final Exam: Wednesday, December 18, 2002, 1:00-3:00 Classroom