Syllabus Summer 2019 Physics 20700 1XB, 1XB2

Physics 20700 1XB, 1XB2 - General Physics
Summer 2019
City College of the City University of New York
Prof. Sebastian Franco:
Office: MR315
• Lectures: MW 10:30 am to 12:10 pm – NAC 7/231
Th 10:30 am to 12:10 pm - SH-S-205
• Recitations: MW 1:20 pm to 3:00 pm - NAC 5/102
• Office hours: MW 3:15 pm to 4:15 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 (required)
The grade will computed as follows:
• Exams (midterms + final) 75%
• Homework 10%
• Lab reports 10%
• Attendance and participation 5%
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: I will discuss in class how homework will be implemented and what its purpose is.
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.