PHYS 2211

Principles of Physics I
Fall 2019

Professor Nikolaos Kidonakis
Office: SC 437
Phone: (470) 578-6607

Lectures: MWF 9:05-9:55am, Clendenin Bldg 1010

Recitations: MWF 10:10-11:00am, University College 200

Office hours: After recitations

Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics,
Serway and Jewett, 10th ed.

Catalog course description
PHYS 2211. Principles of Physics I. 4-0-3.
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 1190
This course is an introductory calculus-based course on classical mechanics,
waves, and special relativity. The student will be able to apply Newton's
laws and conservation of energy and momentum to various problems in
kinematics and dynamics, use the law of universal gravitation to analyze the
behavior of falling objects and objects in orbital motion, describe simple
harmonic motion, oscillations, and waves, and explain the basic ideas of
special relativity.

Course content
PHYS 2211 is a calculus-based course on classical mechanics and related
topics. Problem solving will be emphasized. Homework is an integral part of
the course.
The course will cover one- and two-dimensional motion, Newton's laws,
work and energy, momentum and collisions, rotational motion, gravitation,
simple harmonic motion, waves, and special relativity.

Learning outcomes
1. Analyze and solve kinematical problems for systems moving in one and
two dimensions using pictorial, graphical, physical, or mathematical
representations (including calculus and vectors) of the system, and other
representations as appropriate. 2. Analyze and solve statics and dynamics
problems using Newton's laws (including the law of gravitation) in one and
two dimensions using multiple representations including free-body
diagrams and mathematical descriptions (including calculus and vectors) of
the system. 3. Analyze and apply the conservation laws (energy and
momentum) for linear and rotational systems, and develop solutions using
multiple representations, including pictorial, graphical, or mathematical
(including calculus and vectors) descriptions as appropriate. 4. Examine
simple harmonic motion and compute parameters related to it in such
applications as mass spring oscillators, simple pendulums, and sinusoidal
transverse waves. 5. Use special relativity to analyze differences in the
behavior of objects as observed in different inertial reference frames, and
explain the equivalence of mass and energy.

Homework 10%
Tests 60% (3 tests, 20% each)
Final Exam 30%

Grades: A >90%; B 80%-90%; C 70%-80%; D 60%-70%; F <60%

Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is October 9.

Tentative Schedule

Aug 19-23
Introduction; one-dimensional motion
Chapter 1: Sects. 1.1-1.6
Chapter 2: Sects. 2.1-2.9
Homework: Chapter 1: Problems 2, 9, 11
Chapter 2: Problems 5, 7, 9, 17, 27

Aug 26-30
Vectors; two-dimensional motion
Chapter 3: Sects. 3.1-3.4
Chapter 4: Sects. 4.1-4.6
Homework: Chapter 3: Problems 3, 7, 14, 31
Chapter 4: Problems 2, 11, 13, 16, 19, 24, 33

Sept 4-6
Review; Test 1
Sept 6: Test 1

Sep 9-13
Newton's laws and applications
Chapter 5: Sects. 5.1-5.8
Chapter 6: Sects. 6.1-6.3
Homework: Chapter 5: Problems 3,5,7,12,18,20,22,23,31
Homework: Chapter 6: Problems 1,5,11

Sep 16-20
Work and Energy
Chapter 7: Sects. 7.1-7.9
Homework: Chapter 7: Problems 1,8,16,19,25,33,36,47

Sep 23-27
Energy and Power
Chapter 8: Sects. 8.1-8.5
Homework: Chapter 8: Problems 3,7,13,17,26,35

Sept 30-Oct 4
Review; Test 2
Oct 2: Test 2

Oct 7-11 Momentum and collisions
Chapter 9: Sects. 9.1-9.9
Homework: Chapter 9: Problems 1,5,9,12,15,26,34,36,45

Oct 14-18
Rotation of rigid objects
Chapter 10: Sects. 10.1-10.9
Homework: Chapter 10: Problems 2,3,11,14,16,23,25,28,35

Oct 21-25
Angular momentum; Static equilibrium
Chapter 11: Sects. 11.1-11.4
Chapter 12: Sects. 12.1-12.3
Homework: Chapter 11: Problems 1,7,11,12,17,25,27
Chapter 12: Problems 2,3,14,24

Oct 28-Nov 1
Chapter 13: Sects. 13.1-13.6
Homework: Chapter 13: Problems 2,5,7,9,11,14,16,17,22

Nov 4-Nov 8
Review; Test 3
Nov 6: Test 3

Nov 11-15
Simple Harmonic Motion; Waves
Chapter 15: Sects. 15.1-15.5
Chapter 16: Sects. 16.1-16.2, 16.5
Homework: Chapter 15: Problems 1,3,7,11,15,16,17,22
Chapter 16: Problems 8,9,21

Nov 18-22
Special Relativity
Chapter 38: Sects. 38.1-38.6
Homework: Chapter 38: Problems 3,4,7,17,19,20,22

Nov 25-29
Fall break; no classes

Dec 2-6
Chapter 38: Sects. 38.7-38.9
Homework: Chapter 38: Problems 23,27,29,35,41,53

Dec 9

Final Exam Wednesday, Dec 11, 8:00am-10:00am

Exams Policy
Please note that any mobile device that transmits a signal is not permitted
to be used in an exam. All mobile devices should be deactivated during
exams. Final exam make-up is only for documented and excused
emergencies or for scheduling conflicts with other final exams.

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on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and
cheating, unauthorized access to University materials,
misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work,
malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and
misuse of student identification cards. Incidents of alleged academic
misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the

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and exams, and complete all homework assignments.

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