The Physical World I

Spring 2005
MWF 11:30

Instructor: Dr. Bruce Law, CW 327, Tel: 532-1618.
Web page:
Office Hours: M,W,F 9:30 -- 10:30 AM, and other times by appointment.

Text: Conceptual Physics, by Paul G. Hewitt (9th edition).

Grading: There will be four tests during the term, each worth 100 points. There will be no make up tests except under EXCEPTIONAL circumstances. Of these four tests only your three best test grades will be counted. These exams will consist of multiple-choice and short-answer type problems. Some calculations will be required. There will be questions related to the homework problems and to in-class demonstrations. There will also be a comprehensive final exam worth 200 points. The final exam cannot be dropped or substituted. Course grades will be determined from these 500 points as:

A : 90% (450-500); B : 80% (400-449); C : 70% (350-399); D : 60% (300-349);
F : less than 60% (0-299).

Random quizzes: There will be some in-class random quizzes throughout this course. These quizzes will be based largely upon the homework and will add bonus marks towards your total mark. There will be no make up random quizzes.

Homework: Often, in the class period, I will assign some study problems/questions about the material for you to work on. These will not be collected or graded. Unless you can do these problems and questions fairly easily, you will have trouble on the tests.

Homework problems and answers will be posted on the second floor noticeboard in Cardwell Hall. You can access them through my web page by clicking ``Teaching Materials'' and then clicking ``Phys 101'' or by directly going to

Lectures: The lectures in this class are important; they will include essential material that may not be in the text book. Attend all the lectures or get notes from a friend if you have to miss a lecture.

University policy requires that the following be included on this syllabus:


I.                 Disabilities:

If you have any condition such as a physical or learning disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as I have outlined it or which will require academic accommodations, please notify me and contact the Disabled Students Office (Holton 202), in the first two weeks of the course.


II.               Plagiarism:

Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on the exam, paper or project; failure in the course; and/or expulsion from the University.  For more information refer to the “Academic Dishonesty” policy in K-State Undergraduate Catalog and the Undergraduate Honor System Policy on the Provost’s web page at


January 12 -- February 2: Selected Topics from Chapters 2,3,4,5,6,7
February 4 -- Review
February 7 -- Exam 1

February 9 -- February 28: Selected Topics from Chapters 9,15,16,17,18,19.
March 2 -- Review
March 4 -- Exam 2

March 7 -- March 30: Selected Topics from Chapters 22,23,24,25.
April 1 -- Review
April 4 -- Exam 3

April 6 -- April 25: Selected Topics from Chapters 26,27,28,29,30,31
Apr 27 -- Review
Apr 29 -- Exam 4
May 2 - May 6 – Selected Topics/Review

Thursday, May 12 -- FINAL EXAM: 11:50 AM -- 1:40 PM.