Physics 2010 - Fall 2017

Physics 2010 - General Physics I
Orest Symko

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Orest Symko
     801-581-6132 (fax - 801-581-4246)
     JFB 316
     Office Hours: T H, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
     Email Dr. Symko

Course Administrator: Mary Ann Woolf
     205 JFB
     Email Mary Ann

Lecture section 2010-001, MWF 7:30 a.m.: JFB 101map)
Lecture section 2010-011, MWF 8:35 a.m.: JFB 101 (map)

Text: Physics, Cutnell and Johnson, 10th edition. The only requirement for the text is that you purchase access to the text online as a component of the online homework environment you will be using. The bookstore will NOT be carrying any hardcopies of the text. The homework part of the course comes through WebAssign, a large operation run out of North Carolina State University. WebAssign will offer a comprehensive homework facility that will be described in detail during the first class lecture. The text will be available inside the WebAssign environment as a clickable link on your WebAssign homepage. The charge for the text (e-book) is $60.00 per student per semester (which you must purchase because this gives you access to the homework which you must do for the course). Payment can be made with credit card purchase or using a checking account that is linked to a Paypal account. This is explained when you first log into WebAssign. You will be given some grace period, typically two weeks, before payment must be submitted in order for you to maintain access to WebAssign. Finally, if you feel the need to have a real book in your hands to read material from the text the Physics Department has a number of earlier editions of the same text for your use (212 JFB). Those texts must remain in the room. The second option is to purchase a copy of an earlier edition of the text, say the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th edition, from one of the online services. Depending on the edition you should be able to obtain the text for less than $10.00.

Prerequisites: MATH 1050 and 1060.

Teaching Assistants and Discussion Sections

You MUST be enrolled in one of the discussion sections, section 2-11 or 13-22. The only way to enroll in Physics 2010 is through enrollment in a discussion section. You are required to attend the discussion section in which you are enrolled.

TA Discussion Section Time Room
 Sebastian Atwood  2010-002/012  7:30-8:20 a.m.  JTB 120
 Dipak Khanal  2010-003/013  7:30-8:20 a.m.  WEB L122
 Matthew Potts  2010-004/014  12:55-1:45 p.m.  WEBL114
 Sebastian Atwood  2010-005/015  9:40-10:30 a.m.  WEB L112
 Matthew Potts  2010-006/016  9:40-10:30 a.m.  LCB 219
 Teddy Anderson  2010-007/017  10:45-11:35 a.m.  WEB L120
 Randall Rojas  2010-008/018  2:00-2:50 p.m.  JTB 120
 Randall Rojas  2010-009/019  12:55-1:45 p.m.  WEB L120
 Dipak Khanal  2010-010/020  2:00-2:50 p.m  LCB 215

Additional Help

Additional help: Help Lab. The help lab is specialized to the course with the course TAs and is located in 211 JFB (the move to 211 JFB takes place, Tuesday, September 6).

Supplemental Instruction: Taylor Buckway, SI leader

Tuesday, 8:35 am - 9:25 am in LCB 215
Wednesday, 9:40 am.m - 10:30 a.m. in JTB 310 NOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND ROOM
Friday, 9:40 am - 10:30 am in ST 214

SI session worksheet Oct. 23-Oct. 27.
SI session worksheet Oct. 30.
SI session worksheet Nov. 6-Nov. 10.
SI session worksheet Nov. 13-Nov. 17.
SI session worksheet Nov. 20-Nov. 22.
SI session worksheet Nov. 27-Dec. 1.
SI session worksheet Dec. 4-Dec. 7.

Exam Schedule

All midterm exams are in S Beh Aud (map). You take the exam with your enrolled lecture section.

7:30 Lecture (2010-001)
S Beh Aud (map)

8:35 Lecture (2010-012)
S Beh Aud (map)

Exam 1 Friday, September 15
Exam 2 Friday, October 6
Exam 3 Friday, November 10
Exam 4 Friday, December 1
Final Thursday, December 14

Final Exam:

Final exam is Thursday, December 14 at 3:30-5:30 p.m. This is a university department scheduled final. There are no exceptions to this exam date and time.

Lecture section 2010-001 (7:30 a.m.): WEB L104 (map)
Lecture section 2010-012 (8:35 a.m.): WEB L101, L105 (map)

You must take the exam with your registered lecture section. No exceptions.

Homework and Exams

The total homework scores (3 lowest homework scores will automatically be dropped) will be scaled to a maximum of 100 points, based on your work in the on-line homework system, WebAssign. All homework is submitted within the WebAssign environment. Do not disregard the importance of the homework part of your course grade. It has the same value as a midterm exam. With a few exceptions, there will be 2 homework assignments each week (Wednesdays and Fridays). Your final HW submission must be done no later than 7:00 a.m. on the due date. The purpose of the discussion section is to allow you to get all the assistance you need to help you submit finished and correct homework. Do not disregard the importance of the discussion part of the course. In general, students who attend discussion sections regularly, do better in the course. The actual assignments are accessed individually by each student when they enter the WebAssign website ( At the login menu enter your university ID (unid) and password.

There will be four examinations spaced at approximately three week intervals, with the first exam occurring near the end of the fourth full week of class. Exam coverage will be from the previous exam to that work most recently covered in discussion, meaning material you have done homework problems. The exams will be a combination of problem solving and interpretative (conceptual) items. Maximum score will be 100 points on each exam. There will be no make-ups for any of the exams. At the end of the semester the lowest score of your four exams will be dropped. This means that the exam portion of your final course grade will be based on the three highest exam scores (or one you missed because you were ill, you were out of town, etc.). REMINDER: THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS!!!

You are allowed to bring to each midterm one (and only one) 3 5 (or 4 x 6) file card with whatever information on it you wish. You are allowed two (and only two) 3 5 (or 4 x 6) cards for the final exam. Bringing or using any other material, except a hand calculator, is cheating. You need to know your TA's name at the exams. Exams written in pencil will not be re-graded. Please do not use a red pen.

Final Exam. The final is Thursday, December 1 at 3:30-5:30 p.m. This is a comprehensive Final Exam covering all the chapters of the semester's work. Maximum score for the final exam is 200 points. This is a University scheduled exam. Both lectures will take the final at the same time. Locations listed above.


The final course grade will be determined by how many total points out of the maximum points you earn. As of the present moment, no course mean has been set. You can anticipate a course mean somewhere near a B- as a traditional mean for this physics course.

 Midterm Exams  300 points
 Final Exam  200 points
 Homework  100 points (scaled)
 Total points  600 points

Important Dates

Last day to add classes without a permission 4code is Friday, August 25.
Last day to drop (delete) classes with no tuition penalty is Friday, September 1.
Last day to add classes is Friday, Friday, September 1.
Last day to elect CR/NC option is Friday, September 1.
Last day to withdraw from term length classes is Friday, October 20.
Last day to reverse CR/NC option is Friday, December 1.
Last day of class is Thursday, December 7.
NOTE: It is now university policy that your courses will be irrevocably DROPPED if tuition is not paid on time!
Here is the entire Fall 2016 Academic Calendar.


Monday, September 4 - Labor Day
Sunday-Sunday, October 8-15 - Fall Break
Thursday-Friday, November 23-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Students with Disabilities

The University of Utah provides equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you need accommodations in this course, contact the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Bldg, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for accommodations.

Academic Integrity

The policy on academic integrity (Student Behavior Code) can be found on the University web site at The student is responsible for reading and understanding this policy. In this class the Student Behavior Code will be strictly followed.

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