PHYS 21800 General Physics 1

IUPUI Summer 1 Term 2013


Course Information Calendar Resources


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Course Instructor:   

Dr. Edward Rhoads

Office: LD156P

Office Hours: Officially I will be in my office 1 hour after class.  However, I will be available through most of the day until about noon on days homework isn't due and about 3 PM on days homework is due, so just come by.

Phone: 278-1134


MSN: (DrQuaoar)


Laboratory Instructor:



Course Description:

This is the first semester of a two-semester introduction to non-calculus physics for technology majors. The following topics will be covered: mechanics, conservation laws, gravitation; heat and thermodynamics; simple harmonic motion and waves. 4 credits.


MATH 15300-15400 (Algebra and Trigonometry I/II) or MATH 15900 (Precalculus) or equivalent.

Required Textbook:       

College Physics, Vol.1: Textbook & Student Solutions Manual (2010) - Giambattista, Richardson, & Richardson (Earlier editions are okay to use.)

Required Materials:

Scientific calculator (graphing calculator is okay)

Class Schedule:

Lecture (all sections)
10:00-10:50 am
LE 102
Recitation (all sections)
9:00-9:50 pm
LE 102
Laboratory I (Section 5116)
11:00-12:50 pm
LD 025
Laboratory II (Section 5119)
11:00-12:50 pm
LD 025
Laboratory III (Section 7877) 1:00-2:50 pm LD 025 TBA



Topics from Chapters 2-15 will be presented. Students are expected to read the current chapter in the textbook before attending lecture.


The purpose of homework is to help the student develop physics problem-solving skills and to reinforce concepts covered in lecture. All assignments will be handled online by the Quest server at the University of Texas at Austin. Go to the Calendar webpage for view the weekly homework and to learn more about the Quest Server.


All online homework is due at 10 pm (Indianapolis time). Answers submitted after 10 pm are not scored by the Quest Server.

There are no make-up homework assignments; however the lowest homework score will be dropped before computing the final homework grade.


Recitations (Participation Score):

In recitation you will apply the knowledge you obtain from lectures and reading the textbook on problems which ascend in difficulty.  This is designed to prepare you for the homework (and of course the test).  At the beginning of recitation a packet will be handed out for you to work on.  At the end of each section we will go over the materials.  These packets will be handed back at the end of class so that you can receive your participation score.  Full credit will be given to all students who put in an honest effort.  Points will be taken off for students who arrive late or leave early.  Students are encouraged to ask questions about the homework problems and the lecture material. Graded exams will be returned during recitation.



This is the hands-on section of the course. Students work in groups to perform experiments intended to illuminate various aspects of the material. There is no lab manual: all of your lab handouts are available on the Calendar page.


Lab Attendance Policy:

1) Students must attend each lab and have taken data in a lab group in order to receive credit for that lab's report/assignment. 

2) Students earn a zero on the first missed lab. For two or more missed labs, the overall course grade will be lowered by one complete letter grade for each occurrence.

There are no make-up labs; however the lowest lab score will be dropped before computing the final lab grade. 



Exams 1-3 each consist of 10 multiple choice questions, 4 word problems, and a formula sheet. The final exam is comprehensive and consists of 15 multiple choice problems, 6 word problems and a formula sheet. Students may use a scientific calculator on all exams.


Make-up Exam Policy:

A student will be allowed to make up an exam during the semester only if s/he provides the instructor with written documentation in the form of

(a) a copy of a death certificate in the case of the funeral of a relative;

(b) a formal letter from a physician stating the medical reason for the absence;

(c) a formal letter from an employer or a commanding officer authorizing a business trip or military service;

(d) a formal letter from an attorney or an officer of the court verifying a court appearance.

No other excuses will be accepted - no exceptions! Exams missed without the above documentation will automatically score as a zero.



Exam 1 100 pts 97%  A+ 77%  C+ below 60%  F
Exam 2 100 pts 93%  A 73%  C  
Exam 3 100 pts 90%  A- 70%  C-  
Participation 100 pts 87%  B+ 67%  D+  
Homework 200 pts 83%  B 63%  D  
Laboratory 200 pts 80%  B- 60%  D-  
Final Exam 200 pts      
TOTAL 1000 pts      



Academic Integrity:

The Department of Physics takes academic integrity very seriously. The usual penalty for a student caught cheating includes an F in the course. Further penalties may include probation, suspension, or expulsion from the University.