Welcome to Essentials of Physics I
Physics 211, Fall 2008
Tentative course schedule, syllabus, and list of assignments:
Meeting 
Mon., Wed., Fri. 9:059:55 
times: 
Wed. 2:303:20 
Professor: 
M. N. Kunchur, Office: PSC 303 

Phone: 777 1907, Email: kunchur@sc.edu 

Homepage: http://www.physics.sc.edu/kunchur 
Office hours: Course website: 
You may drop by
at anytime on Mon., Wed., or Fri. or call/email to make an appointment. 
Text:
Learning outcomes:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the definitions of scalar and vector
physical quantities and know examples of each.
Students will demonstrate the ability to apply vectors and vector operations to
solve problems in physics.
Students will demonstrate a knowledge of Newton's laws and be able to apply them
to solve problems involving rigid bodies.
Students will be able to use the relationships between work, kinetic, and
potential energies to solve problems.
Students will be able to apply the conservation of angular momentum to solve
problems.
Students will be able state and apply the Law of Universal Gravitation to solve
problems.
The approximate
goal will be to cover parts of the material from chapters 1—17 of the text.
The text will
not be followed exactly and some sections may be dropped or additional material
outside the book covered. Also the style and treatment may be different from
the book, so attendance at all classes is essential. If you do miss a class, please get notes from someone immediately—it may be
difficult to learn the missed material just from reading the book. The quizzes,
tests and final exam will be based on what is actually covered in class and the
assigned homework.
Homework (HW) will
consist of assignments from the back of each
chapter plus other questions/problems given in class. You will have an inclass quiz almost every week.
This will check how well you have understood the HW as well as the
general concepts and theory. This course will
emphasize gaining a conceptual understanding of physics and a qualitative feel
for the topics, besides being able to solve numerical problems. Accordingly the tests and quizzes will contain not only
problems but also qualitative (essay type) questions and derivations. However, the questions
will not be open ended (like "What's your philosophy of life?").
The overall
grade will be
based on quizzes (20%), 3 tests (50%), and a cumulative final exam (30%). Plus
there is a 2% bonus for participation in classroom discussions. You are advised
to save all course material (especially the graded tests that you get back)
until the course has ended and a final letter grade has been assigned.
Quizzes and tests are fully closedbook. Usually
no quizzes or tests are dropped!
Note that there is no capa. The Wed. 2:30pm class
is like any other and requires mandatory attendance. Quizzes and tests are often
given during this period.
You will need to bring a scientific calculator for the quizzes, tests, and final. Graphing calculators, cellphones, PDA’s, and other instruments with large memories are not allowed.
Notes (usually brief outlines) and other materials and announcements will be posted on the course web site from time to time, so keep an eye on that site.
The following
grades boundaries will serve as a guide:
0
≤ F < 50
≤ D < 56
≤ D+ < 63
≤ C < 70
≤ C+ < 76
≤ B < 83
≤ B+ < 90
≤ A
≤ 100
I may adjust these if the overall curve is much lower. Makeup exams will be given for exceptional situations such as valid medical excuses.
Please don't hesitate to ask
questions at any time  either in class or in my office.
Dates
for the tests and final
Test 1 
Wednesday, September 17 
2:303:20am 
Test 2 
Wednesday, October 15 
9:059:55am 
Test 3 
Friday, November 7 
9:059:55am 
Final exam 
Saturday, December 13 

~ GOOD LUCK ~