029:027 College Physics I

General Course Information

Professor Gregory Howes
Office 505 Van Allen Hall
Phone (319) 335-1221
E-mail gregory-howes {at} uiowa dot edu
Office Hours Wednesday 1:30-2:30pm
Thursday 9:00-11:00am
or by appointment
Catalog Description The emphasis in this course is on the rigorous structure of classical physics and the development of the ability to solve problems. Topics include mechanics, heat, and sound. This course is part of a four-semester sequence (029:027-028-029-030) intended primarily for physics and astronomy majors. The three weekly lectures and one-hour discussion are given by a professor, and the weekly lab is conducted by a TA.
Lectures Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:30-1:20pm, 70 Van Allen Hall
Discussion Thursday 12:30-1:20pm, 301 Van Allen Hall
Textbook Required: Halliday, Resnick, & Walker, Fundamentals of Physics , 10th edition, Volume 1
Lab Textbook Required: C. Williamson and J. A. Goree, Experiments in Mechanics, Wave Motion, and Heat , Fall 2013 edition.
Clickers The course will make extensive use of Student Response Systems, or "clickers," during class meetings. Clickers are required for every class meeting and may be purchased along with your texts at the bookstore. You must register your clicker online at https://diy.its.uiowa.edu/clicker. If you require help with your clicker or lose it, you can stop by the ITS front desk in the Old Capitol Mall, or e-mail clicker-support@uiowa.edu. Clicker channels are 18 for 70 VAN and 50 for 301 VAN.
Exams Three Midterm Exams:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12:30-1:20pm, Chaps 1-5
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:30-1:20pm, Chaps 6-9
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 12:30-1:20pm, Chaps 10-12, 15
Final Exam:
To be determined, Chaps 1-15
Grading Homework: 15%
Labs: 15%
Midterm Exams: 15% each
Final Exam: 25%
Reading Quizzes: extra credit