PHYS*1000 An Introduction to Mechanics

University of Guelph Department of Physics

PHYS*1000 An Introduction to Mechanics F'00

Course Outline

This is an introductory, calculus-based course in mechanics in which the concepts of translational and rotational kinematics and dynamics, equilibrium of rigid bodies, oscillations and fluid mechanics are developed. These concepts are illustrated with a wide variety of examples and explanations of everyday phenomena.

Lecturer: Dr. John Dutcher    MacN 451    ext 3950

Tutorial Instructors:    Chris Murray               MacN 534    ext 3022
                                      Chris Schultz-Nielsen   MacN 534    ext 3022
                                      Jason Thomas              MacN 534    ext 3022

Lectures: Mon., Wed., Fri.    11:30 - 12:20    MacN 113

Tutorial/Lab Times:     Lab 0101    Thurs. 14:30 - 17:20    MacN 318
                                      Lab 0102    Tues. 08:30 - 11:20     MacN 318
                                      Lab 0103    Thurs. 08:30 - 11:20    MacN 318
                                      Lab 0104    Wed. 14:30 - 17:20     MacN 318
                                      Lab 0105    Wed. 19:00 - 21:50     MacN 318
                                      Lab 0106    Tues. 19:00 - 21:50     MacN 318

University Physics, Tenth Edition, Volume One, soft cover by Young & Freedman (sold together with Volume Two)

There are additional references available at the Reserve Desk in the library:
    - Student Solutions Manual to Accompany University Physics, Tenth Edition, Volume I by Ford
    - Study Guide to Accompany University Physics, Tenth Edition, Volume I by Gaines and Palmer
as well as many additional reference texts available on the library shelves: look for call letters beginning with QC21 or QC23.

Course Topics (number of lectures is approximate):
-    physics, numbers and vectors (1 lecture)
-    translational and rotational kinematics, frames of reference (5 lectures)
-    forces, Newton's laws and fundamental interactions (5 lectures)
-    work and energy (4 lectures)
-    momentum and centre of mass (2 lectures)
-    rotational motion and equilibrium (7 lectures)
-    simple harmonic motion (3 lectures)
-    fluid mechanics (4 lectures)

Course Objectives:
Development of:    1. problem-solving skills
                             2. basic understanding of mechanics
                             3. ability to communicate (in writing) a logical problem solution
                             4. physical understanding of everyday phenomena

Tutorial Quizzes                                                           26%
Computer-Assisted Tutorials                                          4%
Midterm Test (Fri. Oct. 27, 11:50 - 12:20                    30%
     and Mon. Oct. 30, 11:30 - 12:20)
Final Examination (Wed. Dec. 6, 14:30 - 16:30)           40%

Explanation of Evaluation:

-Tutorial Quizzes: During most tutorial periods (see schedule below), you will have 30 minutes to solve a problem and submit it for marking. The problem will be similar, but not identical, to one of the problems on the weekly guide.

-Computer-Assisted Tutorials: A number of computer-assisted tutorials have been developed to help you with your studies in this course. They are available on the World Wide Web which can be accessed in the College of Physical and Engineering Science (CPES) Microcomputer Lab (MacN 306). The URL is: (hot link available on the course Web page). Two computer tutorials are to be done for credit:
-    Free-body Diagrams: complete parts A, B and C by 9 a.m., Friday, October 13
-    Simple Harmonic Motion: complete questions 1, 2 and 3 by 9 a.m., Friday, December 1

-Midterm Test: The midterm test will be held in-class on Friday, Oct. 27 and Monday, Oct. 30. It will cover the first 6 weekly guides.

-Final Examination: The final examination will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6. It will cover all 12 weekly guides.

Course Web Page:
There is a course web page to allow you easy access to course-related documents, such as:
- weekly guides - recent news about the course
- feedback & questions facility - important dates
- weekly hot links - course outline

Access the PHYS*1000 Web page using the following address in Netscape:

Weekly Guide:
At the beginning of each week, a guide will be posted on the course Web page that will list the textbook references, assigned problems, etc. for the tutorial period in the following week.

Tutorial/Lab Periods:
The Tutorial/Lab Periods will be devoted to the development of problem-solving skills. For most weeks, they will have the following format:
-    90 minutes for asking questions and solving problems on the current weekly guide with the assistance of the tutorial/lab instructor - bring your textbook!
-    30 minutes for preparing a solution to a problem to be handed in for grading (tutorial quiz)
-    50 minutes to review solutions to the problems assigned on the previous weekly guide

TENTATIVE Tutorial/Lab Schedule:

During the week starting:
Tutorial Quiz?
Sept. 11: numbers, vectors, dimensional analysis
Sept. 18: vectors, 1D kinematics, frames of reference
Sept. 25: 2D kinematics, circular motion, rotational kinematics
Oct. 2: Newton's laws, circular motion
Oct. 9: energy and work
Oct. 16: potential energy
Oct. 23: midterm review
Oct. 30: linear momentum, centre of mass
Nov. 6: rotational kinetic energy, moment of inertia, torque
Nov. 13: angular momentum, equilibrium
Nov. 20: simple harmonic motion
Nov. 27: fluid mechanics

1. Your best source of help is your tutorial/lab instructor during the tutorial/lab period.
2. Lecturer's Consulting Hours (MacN 451) The lecturer is always happy to answer students' questions whenever he is in his office. Hours will be announced when he is almost certain to be in his office for consultation with students. Short questions can often be handled in the lecture room just before or after lectures.

Formula Card:
Before the midterm examination and the final examination you will be issued a blank 5" x 8" card. You may write anything you want on one side of this card and take it with you into the exam. A formula sheet will not be provided as part of the examinations.

Consideration for Illness, etc.:
If you request academic consideration due to illness of a physical, psychological or emotional nature, or due to compassionate reasons, you may be required to provide the lecturer with suitable documentation (e.g., a medical certificate from a physician) at the discretion of the lecturer. See pages 28 - 30 of the 2000-01 Undergraduate Calendar for details.

Although students are encouraged to share ideas, all material submitted for grading must be each student's own work. Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct, and will not be tolerated.