Syllabus Summer 2018 Physics 20700 1XB

Physics 207- General Physics Summer 2018

City College of the City University of New York


Prof. Sebastian Franco: Office: MR315


Required text:  Fundamentals of Physics (10th ed.) by Halliday, Resnick and Walker

  • Lectures:        MW 10:30 am to 12:10 pm - NA-7/231

Th    10:30 am to 12:10 pm - SH-S-205

  • Recitations:    MW 1:20 pm to 3:00 pm - NA-5/102
  • Office hours: MW 3:15 pm to 4:!5 pm (or by appointment)
  • Lab schedule: check CUNYfirst for details


  1. Units, physical quantities and vectors
  2. One-dimensional motion
  3. Two-dimension motion; projectile and circular motion
  4. Newton’s laws of motion
  5. Work and kinetic energy
  6. Potential energy and energy conservation
  7. Momentum, impulse and collisions
  8. Rotation of rigid bodies
  9. Equilibrium of rigid bodies
  10. Gravitation
  11. Periodic motion
  12. Fluid mechanics
  13. Temperature and heat
  14. First and second laws of thermodynamics


  • Fundamentals of Physics, Halliday, Resnick, Walker, 10th Edition.


The grade will computed as follows:


  • Exams (midterms + final)


  • Homework (WileyPLUS)


  • Lab reports                                          10%
  • Attendance and participation             5%

Additional Information

Course Objectives: understand the basic physics involved in mechanics (the study of motion and its causes) and in thermodynamics (the study of heat and work) which is needed for science and engineering. The emphasis will be on analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Reading: It is extremely helpful if you read the appropriate sections in the textbook before coming to class.

Homework: Homework problems will be done online via WileyPLUS. WileyPLUS will evaluate your homework. I will discuss in class how to access WileyPLUS online.

Effort required: Don’t underestimate the amount of effort required for you to succeed in this course. Many students, in particular those who have not taken a previous course in physics, will need to spend 5-10 hours per week, every week, studying physics and doing the assigned homework problems, in addition to the time spent in lecture and lab.

Academic Integrity: Academic dishonesty is prohibited in the City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion.