Medgar Evers College (CUNY)
Department of Physical Sciences and Computer Science
PHY 114BASIC PHYSICS Instructor: Prof. I.E. Ekejiuba
4 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours (alternate weeks); 3 credits Fall 2006
Time: Mon., Wed., 6:00 - 7:40 p.m. Room 321 C; Lab: Room 403 C
A one semester survey course covering the fundamentals of Physics. Emphasis will be placed on the basic concepts and meaning of physical laws. Topics include force, vectors, velocity and acceleration, Newton's laws of motion, gravitation, work and energy, thermal energy, electrostatics, electric current, magnetism, atomic structure of matter, and wave phenomena.
Co-requisite: MTH 151
1. Attendance: Students are expected to attend all lectures and laboratory sessions. No more than four (4) absences are allowed. If a class is missed, students are expected to obtain the lecture notes from a classmate.
2. Assignments: Students are expected to complete all of the homework assignments and laboratory assignments and submit them promptly.
3. Laboratory/Workshops: No one wants a scientist who cannot write! Writing laboratory and workshop reports provides you with the opportunity to clarify your thinking, organize your thoughts, and integrate and synthesize what you have learned from the laboratory experience. There will be no make- up laboratory/workshop exercises. However, since there are nine (9) experiments or workshops only eight (8) reports will be counted.
3. Exams: There will be five (5) in-class examinations. They will be given approximately every two weeks. There will be no make- up exams. However, only four (4) exams will be counted.
4. Final Examination: The final examination will cover the entire semester's work. There will be no exemption from the final.
5. Final Grade: Homework assignments, laboratory experiments, together with 5 exams and a final examination will be weighted towards the final grade as follows:
Homework Assignments......................... 20 percent
Laboratory/Workshop Reports............... 20 percent
Exams............................................................40 percent Final Examinations...................................20 percent
Total 100 percent
The Department of Physical Sciences and Computer Science has an Honor Code Policy, please refer to the Memo from the Chair.
Required:INQUIRY INTO PHYSICS, latest edition by Vern J. Ostdiek and Donald J. Bord; Brooks/Cole – Thomson Learning Publishers
A spiral notebook for taking notes
Laboratory notebook (which includes graph paper).
Recommended:Theory and Problems of Physical Science
Schaum's Outline Series
by Arthur Beiser
McGraw-Hill Book Company
11 The World Around You: Exact and measured numbers,exponential form of numbers, algebraic rearrangement, standard units, Metric system, measurement conversion.
21 Motion: Displacement, velocity, speed, acceleration, motion in one dimension.
31 Motion: Free-fall, vertical and horizontal projectile motion.
41 Vectors: Scalars, vectors, analytic methods: unit vectors, vector components, addition and subtraction of vectors, scalar product.
5EXAM # 1
52 Newton’s Laws: Mass, force and weight, Newton's three laws of motion, momentum.
62 Gravitation: Centripetal acceleration and centripetal force, Newton's Universal Iaw of Gravitation, gravitational constant, mass of Earth, satellites in orbit.
73 Momentum: Conservation of momentum Energy: Work, energy and power, kinetic energy, potential energy, forms of energy, conservation of energy.
7EXAM # 2
84 Fluids: Pressure, density, Archimedes’ Principle, Pascal’s Principle
and Bernoulli’s Principle.
8, 95 Thermodynamics: Temperature, heat and internal energy,
mechanical equivalent of heat. Specific heat, heat flow, change ofstate, heat of fusion and heat of vaporization.
9, 10 6Wave Motion and Sound: Elastic material, types of waves, wave terms, sound waves, energy and sound.
10 EXAM # 3
117 Electricity: Electric charge, conservation of charge, Coulomb's law, electric fields, quantization of charge.
117 Electric circuits: Current, resistance, Ohm's law, electric power
128Magnetism: Magnetic forces, forces between parallel currents, magnetic fields, right hand rule, magnetic force on a current or moving charge, motion in a magnetic field, and electromagnetic induction.
12 EXAM # 4
139Optics: Properties of light, light as a wave: reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, polarization, velocity of light.
1310 Atomic Physics: Quantum hypothesis, Blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, uncertainty principle.
1410 Bohr model: Hydrogen atom, orbit stability, energy levels, atomic spectra. Quantum theory of the hydrogen atom, quantum numbers,electron spin, Pauli's exclusion principle.
14 EXAM # 5
15 FINAL EXAMINATION