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PHYS 1111 – Introductory Physics I
Course Syllabus - Fall 2012

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Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 1111 (CRN 87205/88472)
Introductory Physics I

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours

Catalog Description:

An introductory course which will include mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions, and rotational motion and statics), and may also include thermodynamics and waves.  Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

  • Prerequisite: MATH 1112A, Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, with a minimum US grade of D, MATH 1113, Pre-Calculus, with a minimum US grade of D, or MATH 130 with a minimum US grade of D, or MATH 1501, Calculus I, with a minimum US grade of D, or MATH 151 with a minimum US grade of D        
  • Co-requisite: PHYS 1111L, Introductory Physics Laboratory I

Note: Due to the co-requisite nature of PHYS 1111 and PHYS 1111L, students dropping one of the two courses must also drop the other.

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://itpchoice.clayton.edu/policy.htm.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
  • Able to use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.

Course Objectives:

  • To learn the basic laws of classical mechanics and wave motion.
  • To apply the basic laws of physics to the solution of conceptual and quantitative problems.
  • To further develop the ability to solve problems through logical thought and organized reason.

Student Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The following links provide tabular descriptions of the communications outcome and the critical thinking outcome components (see PHYS 1111 in the tables):

Biology outcomes:

PHYS 1111 supports outcomes 3 and 4 of the biology major:

  • Outcome 3.  Apply knowledge of physical sciences, mathematics, and statistics to biological concepts.

·         Outcome 4.  Communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.


Teacher Education Policy:



Teacher Education Policy: 

The content of this course syllabus correlates to education standards established by national and state education governing agencies, accrediting agencies and learned society/ professional education associations.  Please refer to the course correlation matrices located at the following web site

Conceptual Framework:


The mission of the Teacher Education Unit is to prepare professional educators who engage in reflective practice and who are competent, caring, committed, collaborative, culturally responsive, and prepared to teach diverse learners in an ever-changing society.  For the complete CSU Teacher Education Unit Conceptual Framework, follow this link


Fall Semester 2012

Instructor Information:



Office Hours

Dr. Tatiana Krivosheev
phone:  (678) 466-4783
fax: (678) 466-4899
e-mail: TatianaKrivosheev@clayton.edu
internet: http://faculty.clayton.edu/tkrivosh

Faculty Hall,
Room 111

Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Thursday: 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Thursday: 3:30 a.m. -4:50 p.m.

Friday:  12 noon- 1:00 p.m.

Other times by appointment


Class Meetings:




Class times


Laboratory Annex Building, Room 107

5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday


Lecture Hall, Room B12

9:50 a.m. - 11:05 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday


Textbook Information:


Serway/Vuille, College Physics, Volume 1, 8th edition, Thomson, 2008.

         Text Coverage:

Chapters 1 - 8, 13-14



In-class examinations: 3 - 75 minute exams @ 100 points


In-class quizzes: 10 quizzes @ 15 points*


Final examination**




*Quizzes covering fundamentals of study assignments will be administered. Quizzes will be announced in advance. 

**The final examination will be comprehensive.



90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report

The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued on September 30, reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, or withdraw on-line using the Swan by mid-term, which occurs on October 5.  Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 5, 2012.

Course Schedule:

The course schedule for PHYS 1111, Introductory Physics I, is provided in the table below. Text chapter references are to Serway and Vuille, College Physics, 8th edition, 2009.



Lesson Topic

Text Chapter


Aug 14

Introduction & Physics and Measurement



Aug 16

One-Dimensional Kinematics



Aug 21

One -Dimensional Motion Problem Solving Session


Aug 23




Aug 28

Vectors Problem Solving Session




Aug 30

Two-Dimensional Kinematics



Sep 4

No Class – Student Holiday


Sep 6

Projectile Motion


Sep 11

Newton's Laws I
Free Body Diagrams



Sep 13

Newton's Laws II


Sep 18

Newton's Laws Problem Solving Session



Sep 20

Examination I

1 - 6


Sep 25

Work and Kinetic Energy 



Sep 27

Potential Energy



Oct 2

Work and Energy Problem Solving Session

7, 8


Oct 4

Conservation of Linear Momentum



Oct 5

Last day to withdraw without academic accountability



Oct 9




Oct 11

Rotational Kinematics



Oct 16

Rotational Energy I


Oct 18

Examination II

7 - 10


Oct 23

Torque and Static Equilibrium



Oct 25

Static Equilibrium Problem Solving Session


Oct 30

Rotational Dynamics I


Nov 1

Rotational Dynamics II


Nov 6

Rotational Dynamics Problem Solving Session


Nov 8

Oscillations I



Nov 13

Oscillations II


Nov 15

Waves and Sound I



Nov 20

Waves and Sound II


Nov 22

No Class – Thanksgiving Holiday



Nov 27

Examination III



Nov 29



Final Examination



1 - 11


Course Policies:


General Policy
Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy
Attendance is expected for all class periods.  Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods.  Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority. 

Missed Work
Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed work.  If a valid excuse is provided:

·         Make-up quizzes will be given only if they are taken before quiz solutions are posted (afternoon of the day the quiz is given).  If the make-up quiz cannot be taken before the solutions are posted, the missed quiz will be counted as a quiz which can be dropped (approximately twelve to fourteen quizzes will be given in the course).  The highest ten quiz scores will be used to calculate the course grade.

·         Make-up examinations will be given only if they are taken before graded examinations are returned to students (next class period).  In the event that a make-up examination cannot be taken before exams are returned to other students, the missed examination will not count in calculating the course grade.  This means that other graded work will be responsible for a greater weight in determining the course final grade.

·         The final examination must be taken. Students missing the final examination should contact their instructor concerning the applicability of an Incomplete grade.

Academic Dishonesty
Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs.   Judicial procedures are described beginning on page 14 of the Student Handbook (Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions 

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at: 



Other Policies

            Late bonus problems will not be accepted.  Late materials will not be accepted after the final course meeting (November 30, 2012).

The use of simple calculators is allowed for all quizzes and examinations. All examinations are closed book. No student-produced "memory sheets" or note cards   are allowed. An instructor-produced reference data pamphlet will be provided for all quizzes and examinations.

            No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted at any time in the classroom.

Important dates:

Quizzes: Quizzes will be announced in advance.

Tentative schedule for examinations:


Chapter coverage



1 - 6

September 20, 2012


7 - 10

October 18, 2012


11, 13, 14

November 27, 2012



See course schedule for date and time

Last day to withdraw without academic penalty: Friday, October 5, 2012

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