Physics 103: General Physics I

Course Instructor (Fall 1996): Prof. Steve McMillan

    Lectures:	  M 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., Matheson 401
		  F 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., Disque Hall, room 12-103
    Recitations:  Tu Th 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., Matheson 401
    Office:	  Disque 610
    Office Hour:  M F 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., or by appointment
    Phone:	  (215) 895-2723
    Fax:	  (215) 895-5934

Text: Physics: Concepts and Connections, by Art Hobson (Prentice Hall, 1995).
Additional reading material will be provided as needed.

Lectures and Recitations: The lecture and recitation schedule is here. You will be expected to read the text material before attending each lecture. Attendance at lectures and recitations is required.
Note: The attached schedule is still tentative, and may be modified to change the emphasis placed on different topics. The date of the mid-term will not change, however.

Recitations: Material presented in recitations will supplement the lectures, providing an opportunity for problem-solving exercises and in-depth classroom discussions. Recitation assignments will be distributed during the Friday lecture of the preceding week. Here are the assignments so far. The recitation instructor is Joseph Trout (office: Disque 808; e-mail:

Homeworks: A total of 9 homeworks will be assigned, one on each of the 9 chapters covered. Each homework will consist of two or three questions drawn from the ``Exercises'' section at the end of the chapter being studied. Homeworks will be assigned on Fridays, and will be due 1 week later. Here are the homework assignments so far.

Quizzes: 7 (10 minute) quizzes will given during the classes indicated on the attached schedule. Material in the quizzes will be drawn from the ``Review Questions'' section at the end of the chapter being studied.

Exams: A one-hour mid-term examination will be given in class on Tueaday, October 29. There will also be a final examination, held during finals week. Examination questions will mainly require short (one page or less) essay answers. The final will concentrate mainly on the second half of the course. Makeup examinations will be scheduled only in exceptional circumstances.

Final Grade: The final grade breakdown will be as follows:

	Mid-term examination		30%
	Final examination		35%
	6 best homeworks		15%
	5 best quizzes			10%
	Class attendance/participation	10%