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St.

Francis College
Department of Chemistry and Physics
PHY 2001

Physics

Syllabus

Instructor: Dr. Filomena Califano


Office: Room
6315
Email: fcalifano@sfc.edu
Goals: To introduce the fundamental concepts of Physics: Kinematics,
Dynamics, Simple harmonic motion, Fluid-mechanics, and Thermodynamics.
Text: John D. Cutnell, Kenneth W. Johnson Physics
What is physics? Everything; whatever you are doing now is a physical
phenomenon. You will realize at the end of two semesters how everything in the
world makes sense because of physical laws.
This is a very challenging class, so I encourage you to study very hard, think out
of the box and apply logic when you solve problems. There is no need to
memorize, but there is a need to understand. Physics problems are very hard,
very challenging and sometimes impossible at the first glance.
When you solve problems use your brain and your heart; you will feel when you
solve a problem.
I expect you to study a lot for this class, be prepared for each lecture (I will call
you on the board to solve problems), visit me during office hours, and use the
enhancement center for tutoring.
Show me an effort, do not leave questions blank (this really bothers me),
challenge me with questions, and bring in problems.
Ask for help if you need; come and talk to me sooner than later. If you talk to me
late, then it might be too late.
I do not like to see students to text during my lectures/recitations; I strongly
suggest you to leave your phone in your bag/locker, otherwise I will kindly ask
you to leave the classroom. Needless to say, do not bring your phone during
exams!
Favorite quote: You can either find the way or you can make one,
Hannibal, Son of Hamilcare.
Apply this quote when you solve physics problems.

Chapters covered:
Chapter
Chapters 0-1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

Title
Mathematics review
Vectors
Motion along a straight line
Motion in a plane
Newtons laws of motion

Chapter 5

Application of Newtons laws

Chapter 6

Circular motion

Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 13

Work and Energy


Momentum
Rotational Motion
Fluidmechanics

Chapters 14-15-16
Final

Thermodynamics

Evaluation procedures and criteria:


Exams:
Two semester exams: 40%
Weekly quizzes: 20%
Final exam: 30%
Lab: 10%
Supplemental Homework: Periodically, the instructor will assign homework
problems from sources other than your text. These problems will be turned in.
Late supplemental homework will NOT be accepted under any circumstances.
GRADING:
A: 91-100; A-: 88-91; B+: 85-88; B: 80-85; B-: 78-80; C+: 75-80; C: 70-75; C-: 6770; D: 60-67; F: 0-59
IMPORTANT NOTES:
1.
Attendance at lectures, laboratories, and recitations is
mandatory.
2.
Failure to attend a quiz will result in a non-negotiable score of
zero unless a valid doctors note is presented. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS!

STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY


The purpose of higher education is the fulfillment of ones human
potential. Integrity, the adherence to moral principles, is an integral part of
achieving this goal. Academic Integrity, the application of the general
principle to academic life, requires one to be honest in personal contacts
in both written presentation and examinations.