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PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I
Course Syllabus - Fall 2018




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the Disability Services Coordinator, Student Center 255, 678-466-5445, disabilityservices@mail.clayton.edu



Course Description:


Number and Title: PHYS 2211 (CRN 80253)  Principles of Physics I


Credit Hours: 3.0 semester credit hours


Catalog Description: An introductory course which will include material from mechanics and waves. Elementary differential calculus will be used.



Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Prerequisites or co-requisite: MATH 2502, Calculus II

Co-requisite: PHYS 2211L, Principles of Physics Laboratory I

Note: Due to the co-requisite nature of PHYS 2211 and PHYS 2211L, if PHYS 2211 is dropped, then PHYS 2211L must also be dropped.


Notebook 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 a the Microsoft WordTM word processing program.

Able to send and receive e-mail using the OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM program

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.

 Program Learning Outcomes:


General education outcomes:

The Clayton State University Core Curriculum outcomes (see Area D) are located in the Graduation Requirements section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.


Chemistry outcomes:

PHYS 2211 is a required course in the B.S. degree program in Chemistry. PHYS 2211 supports outcomes 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Chemistry major:

4.      apply knowledge of physics and mathematics to solve chemical problems.

5.      communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.

6.      collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in chemistry and supporting fields.

7.      collaborate effectively on team-oriented projects.      

Course Learning Outcomes:


Course Outcome 1:  Be able to identify and describe the basic laws of classical mechanics and wave motion.

Course Outcome 2:  Be able to apply the basic laws of physics to the solution of conceptual and quantitative problems.


Fall Semester 2018

Instructor Information:



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


Office:                            New Science Building, Room 235K


Office Hours: 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

Monday and Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. 

Other times by appointment.

Class Meetings:

Classroom: Lakeview Discovery and Science Center, Room 155


Class Times: 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Textbook Information:


Text: University Physics with Modern Physics  (14th Edition) by Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman, Lewis Ford; Pearson (2015).

Text Coverage: Chapters 1-16.


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


In-class quizzes*: 10 quizzes @ 15 points


Critical thinking exercises: 4 @ 25 points


Homework: 100 points


Final examination**:




*Quizzes covering fundamentals of study assignments will be administered. Quizzes will be announced in advance. More than ten quizzes will be given; the highest ten quiz scores will count towards the course grade. 

**The final examination will be comprehensive.



90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report

The midpoint grade in this course which will be issued on October 1, 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, by midpoint, which occurs on October 5, 2018. Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 5, 2018.


 Course Schedule:




Lesson Topic

Text Chapter


Aug 13

Introduction. Units and Physical Quantities I

1.1 – 1.6


Aug 15

Units and Physical Quantities II

1.1 – 1.6

3 Aug 17 Vectors I 1.7 – 1.10
4 Aug 20 Vectors II 1.7 – 1.10


Aug 22

Motion Along a Straight Line I

2.1 – 2.3


Aug 24

Motion Along a Straight Line II

2.1 – 2.3


Aug 27

Motion with Constant Acceleration

2.4 – 2.5

8 Aug 29 Motion with Constant Acceleration. Problem Solving 2.4 – 2.5


Aug 31

Motion in Two or Three Dimensions

3.1 – 3.2


Sep 5

Projectile Motion I


11 Sep 7 Projectile Motion II 3.3


Sep 10

Motion in a Circle



Sep 12

Newton's Laws I

4.1 – 4.2

14 Sep 14 Newton's Laws II 4.1 – 4.2


Sep 17

Free Body Diagrams

FBD Suppl, 4.6


Sep 19

Applying Newton’s Laws

5.1 – 5.3


Sep 21

Examination I

1 – 5


Sep 24

Work and Energy I

6.1 – 6.2

19 Sep 26 Work and Energy II 6.3 – 6.4


Sep 28

Conservation of Energy I

7.1 – 7.2


Oct 1

Conservation of Energy II

7.3 – 7.4

22 Oct 3 Work and Energy Problem Solving  6, 7
23 Oct 5    

Oct 5

MIDPOINT: Last day to withdraw without academic accountability


Oct 6 – Oct 9

No classes - Fall Break



Oct 10

Momentum and Impulse



Oct 12

Conservation of Linear Momentum

8.2 - 8.3


Oct 15




Oct 17

Momentum and Impulse Problem Solving



Oct 19

Exam II Review

6 - 8


Oct 22

Examination II

6 – 8


Oct 24

Rotational Kinematics



Oct 26

Rotation with Constant Angular Acceleration

9.2 – 9.3

32 Oct 29 Rotational Kinematics Problem Solving 9.1 - 9.3


Oct 31


10.1 – 10.2


Nov 2

Static Equilibrium I

11.1 – 11.3

35 Nov 5 Static Equilibrium I I 11.1 - 11.3


Nov 7

Angular Momentum I

10.5 – 10.6


Nov 9

Angular Momentum II

10.5 – 10.6


Nov 12

Exam III Problem Solving



Nov 14

Examination III


40 Nov 16 Center of Gravity 11.2
41 Nov 19 Newton's Law of Gravitation 13.1
  Nov 21 - 24 Thanskgiving Break  
42 Nov 26 Weight  13.2
43 Nov 28 Simple Harmonic Motion  14.1 - 14.2
44 Nov 30 Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion 14.3


Dec 3

Course Summary

1-11, 13 - 14


 Dec 5

10:15 a.m.

Final Examination 

1-11, 13 - 14

Course Policies:

General Policy
Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.  The Student Handbook is part of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

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 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.  If the make-up quiz cannot be taken before the solutions are posted, the missed quiz will be counted as one of approximately two quizzes which can be dropped (approximately twelve 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 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 Community Standards.  Judicial procedures are described in the section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook titled, 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. 

More detailed descriptions of examples of disruptive behavior are provided in the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures sections of the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

 Weapons on Campus

Clayton State University is committed to providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Information on laws and policies regulating weapons on campus are available at 


Other Policies

Late materials will not be accepted after the final course meeting (Dec 3, 2018).

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:

Tentative schedule for examinations:


Chapter coverage



1 – 5

September 21, 2018


6 – 8

October 22, 2018


9 – 11

November 14, 2018


1 – 11, 13-14

December 5, Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Last day to drop without academic accountability: Friday, October 5, 2018.

Copyright © 2018 Tatiana Krivosheev


Sunday, January 7, 2018



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