PHY 132 - Spring 2008
Prof. Steven Blusk
Office: 327 Physics Building
Office Hrs: By Appt
Office: 219 Physics Building
Office Hrs: By Appt
Teaching Assistant: Renata
Office: 361 Physics Building
E-mail: crjora @ yahoo.com
Office hrs: Around most/all of Wed/Fri. Can just drop in, but appt. preferable. Other
times (M, T, TH) by appt.
Also, at Physics Clinic from 11-12 Wed.
Add "@physics.syr.edu" to the above emails.
For Schedule of Classes & HW Assignments, click here.
Physics Clinic Schedule here (PDF)
Replies to frequently
Exam 1 grades
Useful web pages & other docs:
Conversion of Units
Video of Tacoma Bridge (Wa) collapse
Graph paper for printing
Quadratic Equation calculator
02/25/2008: E-mail message to students: Online notes & Exam 1... read here
Class Meeting Times/Locations:
Lectures: MWF 9:30 - 10:25 AM, Stolkin Auditorium, Physics Building
Yehuda Salu, "Physics for Architects", 2003.
None; knowledge of intermediate algebra assumed.
Most introductory physics textbooks will also provide a nice introduction to many of the topics we will discuss. Some examples are:
"Physics", Volume 1, 6th Edition, by Giancoli,
"Physics", 6th Edition, by Cutnell and Johnson
"College Physics", 5th Edition, by Serway & Faughn
This course will provide architecture students with an elementary introduction to: linear and rotational motion, Newton's laws, forces, torques, statics. Hooke's law and simple harmonic motion. Energy, heat, and the First Law of Thermodynamics. We do not require, and will not use calculus, but a good understanding of intermediate algebra is needed.
We will follow Salu's book, roughly in he order of chapters. Additional resources will be used as necessary.
Grading: (tentative, minor changes may occur in the first few weeks of the course)
Homework Assignments + 1 Quiz: 15%,
HWs to be handed in at the beginning of class on the given due date.
Late HW's: 20% loss of credit for each day late, unless there are extenuating circumstances and prior approval has been given by the instructor or TA. If we have a quiz it will be worth 5% and HWs worth 10% of total grade.
Two exams: 25% each. There will be 2 exams during class hours (no makeups)
Final Exam: 35%. The final exam will be comprehensive of the entire course.
If you miss an exam because of illness, a makeup will be issued IF AND ONLY IF you have a doctor's note. It must be made up at the earliest possible time after the illness. You must contact the instructor as soon as possible (preferably the same day as the exam) to schedule the makeup.
Notes for Students
Completing HW assignments is critical to success in this course. I support students working together to solve problems, but, after you have all understood how to attack the problem, YOU MUST WRITE UP YOUR OWN SOLUTIONS.
Class attendance is very important. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get the lecture notes. It is highly preferable that you get them from a classmate, or, as a last resort, check with the instructor as soon after as possible. Participation in class via question-asking, is highly encouraged. There will be demonstrations in class, and questions on these demonstrations are fair game for exams.
expect to devote about 4-6 hours per week aT a mINIMUM to this course outside of the classroom.
Academic dishonesty will NOT BE TOLERATED and will be dealt with harshly.
If you need special
academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Office
of Disability Services (ODS) at 804 University Avenue, Rm 309, phone: