__GENERAL PHYSICS 116__ (CALCULUS-BASED)

__Instructor__: Dr. Tom Michalik

__Textbook__:__ Fundamentals of Physics__,
8th ed., Halliday & Resnick & Walker, Wiley, 2008

__Course Goals__: The course goals are to
practice and develop quantitative problem solving skills, to apply mathematics and
quantitative reasoning to the physical world, and to learn selected topics in elementary
physics in the detail and depth appropriate for students interested in the natural
sciences or mathematics.

__Attendance__: Class attendance is expected.
Attendance will be taken each day. An
absence does not relieve you from the responsibility for work required when you
are absent. Absences, no matter what the cause, will be resolved individually
case-by-case. Talk to me!

__Homework__: Homework is usually assigned
each class meeting. Homework assignments are __pledged__. Homework assignments are due
at the beginning of the class period immediately following the period in which the
assignment was made. I do not accept late work or give partial credit for late work. (I
make an exception, of course, for illness. Please notify me when you are ill.)

__Tests__: There will be two take-home tests
during the semester and a final three hour exam. All tests and exams are open book, open
notes, and open homework. You will have the entire weekend to complete the take-home
tests. __There are no set dates for the take-home tests__. The class will decide which
weekends are best. The first test is usually given at the end of the sixth week and the
second test is usually given at the end of the eleventh week.

__Grading__: The course grade is computed
from three contributions. Homework contributes 40%. The final exam contributes 30%. The
best score from the two take-home tests contributes the remaining 30%. (Yes, I drop the
lower grade of the two take-home tests.)

__Course Content__: The following topics will
be covered in order: Torque & Rigid Body Rotation, Angular Momentum
Conservation, Rigid Body Equilibrium, Gravity, Simple Harmonic Motion, Elementary Electrostatics, Coulomb's Law, Gauss' Law,
Electric Field and Electric Potential, Electrical Conductivity and Resistance, Ohm's Law
& Simple DC Circuits, Capacitance, Magnetism and Magnetic Field, Magnetic Force,
Magnetic Fields from Wires, The Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law, and AC
Circuits. Other topics will be included along with experiments in the laboratory that
accompanies this course. These additional topics include: Wave
Motion, Archimedes' Principle, and Optics.