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Last updated: Tue Jan 8 01:55:14 pm 2008 (EST) by Wolfgang Bauer

PHY 183 - Spring 2008

Michigan State University


Course Coordinator: Hendrik Schatz, Wolfgang Bauer, Felicia Berryman
Instructor: James Laverty, Salameh Ahmad
Teaching Assistant (Section 001): David William Ringham

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Instructor Information

Section 1:
Prof. Wolfgang Bauer
Office: 4208 BPS
Phone: (517) 353-8662
Email: bauer@pa.msu.edu
Home Page: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~bauer

Section: 2
Prof. Hendrik Schatz
Office: W211 NSCL
Phone: (517) 333-6397
Email: schatz@nscl.msu.edu
Home Page: http://www.nscl.msu.edu/~schatz/

Both sections:
Prof. Salameh M. Ahmad
Office: 4261 BPS
Phone: (517) 355 9200 ext. 4261
Email: ahmad@pa.msu.edu

Course Description

Introductory calculus-based physics course in mechanics for scientists and engineers.


MTH 132 or MTH 152H or LBS 118
Not open to students with credit in:
LBS 271 or PHY 181B or PHY 183 or PHY 193H or PHY 231 or PHY 231B or PHY 231C

Class Hours

Section 1: 4:10 pm to 5:00 pm, Mo Tu We Th, BPS 1410
Section 2: 5:10 pm to 6:00 pm, Mo Tu We Th, BPS 1410

Office Hours

Prof. Wolfgang Bauer
Fridays 1 to 2 pm, room 4208 BPS + after lectures + by appointment

Prof. Hendrik Schatz
after lectures + by appointment

Prof. Salameh Ahmad
after lectures + by appointment

Helproom Hours

Strosacker Lab (1248 BPS) is staffed by our TAs during Thursdays and Fridays:
Thurdays: Jon 2 to 5 pm, Kyaw Zin 5 to 7 pm
Fridays: Jon noon to 4 pm, Kyaw Zin 4 to 9 pm

Exam Information

There will be two 50-min midterm exams and one 2-hour final exam. The midterm and final exams
will be based on the material covered in lectures, the textbook and homework.

Midterm 1: Monday, February 11, during class time, BPS 1410
Midterm 2: Monday, March 24, during class time, BPS 1410
Final Exam: Monday, April 28, 5:45-7:45 pm, room to be determined
Excused makeup for Final Exam, Tuesday, April 29, 9-11 am, Room 1400, BPS

You are responsible for bringing the following to the midterm and final exams:
(i) A calculator. All exams will require the use of a calculator. Make sure that your calculator's
batteries are fresh, as sharing of calculators will not be allowed. All other electronic devices (PDA,
phone, mp3-player, etc) are not allowed.
(ii) Two "Number 2" pencils to be used for filling out the computer scoring sheet.
(iii) You may bring one 8.5"x11" study sheet which may contain formulas, notes, etc. on both sides.
All exams are closed book.

Grading Information

Grades are based on the following formula:
Homework: 30%
Two midterm exams: 20% each
Final exam: 30%
This course in not "graded on a curve". The guaranteed scale below is based on the total percentage of points.
Percentage ....... Grade
p > 92% ............... 4.0
92% > p > 84% ... 3.5
84% > p > 76% ... 3.0
76% > p > 68% ... 2.5
68% > p > 60% ... 2.0
60% > p > 52% ... 1.5
52% > p > 44% ... 1.0
p < 44% ............... 0

Clicker Quizzes:
Clicker quizzes will be given in class at random times. These quizzes will count as extra credit. The extra credit will be 5% added to the final course grade. No makeups are available for the clicker quizzes. The quiz grade will be based on the highest 70% of the quizzes (the lowest 30% of the quizzes will be dropped).

Honors option:
Students interested in participating in the 'Honors' option should contact the instructor at the end of the first class.


Bauer and Westfall
Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1 (McGraw-Hill, Third Edition, 2008)

(white cover, green lettering, with a picture of a snowboarder and vector arrows on the front)