CCNY - UNIVERSITY PHYSICS - PHYS 20700 - Spring 2021

Sections: GH1, GH2, GH3


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Required Textbook:

Fundamentals of Physics, Halliday Resnick Walker, 11th edition, Wiley

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Course Description

Calculus based introductory physics course covering: vectors, kinematics, Newton's laws, equilibrium, gravitation, motion in a plane, work and energy, impulse and momentum, rotation and angular momentum, simple harmonic motion, fluids, heat, and thermodynamics. Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 21200. (Required for all students in the Physical Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science.) 3 lect., 2 lab/workshop hrs., 4 cr. Materials fee:$10


This is an online class. You will need to have acces to highspeed internet and a computer (not just a phone or tablet).


Achievements in the course will be assessed according to the following breakdown.


Homework will be assigned nearly every week. This will be turned in electronically via the course web page, here: Late homework submissions will receive no credit. No exceptions.

Instructions will be presented in class.

In Class Questions/Quizes

During the lecture time, there will be questions and mini quizzes. They will need to be answered synchroneously.


All the lab experiments and reports must be done to pass the course.

Schedules are available here:


A written report/project will be due by the last day of class.

The goal of the project is to analyze something from your daily lives using the tools of physics.

The form will be a short paper to be turned in by the due date. Somewhere between 2 and 4 pages will suffice.

It will be assessed (out of 10) using the following criteria:

Academic Integrity

The university has a published policy on academic integrity that may be found at: Ignorance of this policy is no excuse. A student who cheats or plagiarizes may incur academic and disciplinary penalties, including failing grades, suspensions, or expulsion.

Policies specific for this course and some clarifications regarding what constitutes unacceptable academic dishonesty: For homework, you may work with classmates but you will be required to submit your own homework. Posting HW questions verbatim (word for word) to online homework helping sites or forums (Chegg, Yahoo answers for example) in the hopes of having someone else provide you with a solution is considered unacceptable behavior. This can and will lead to adverse actions including removal from the course.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend every class session of each course in which they are enrolled and to be on time. The professor has the right to drop the student from the course for excessive absences. For this course, two weeks of unexcused absences will constitute an excess of absences. When a student is dropped from the course due to excessive absences, the Registrar will enter the grade of WU.


To stay within the guidelines of FERPA, we will only reply to your official ccny or cuny mail. Please do not use your yahoo or gmail or other personal accounts to communicate regarding course activities. Also, be professional in your communications. Include your name, course number, and EMPLID if you expect administrative actions to be needed.

Disability Statement

In compliance with CCNY policy and equal access laws, appropriate academic accommodations are offered by the AccessAbility Center. Students who are registered with the AccessAbility office and are entitled to specific accommodations must arrange to have the Office notify the Professor in writing of their status at the beginning of the semester. If specific accommodations are required for a test, students must present the instructor with a form from the Accessibility Office at least one week prior to the test date in order to receive their accommodations.

Course Objectives:

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

  1. recognize and use SI units and be able to use vectors and their components.
  2. understand the relationships between position, velocity, acceleration and time in the motion of physical objects;
  3. understand the concepts of force and equilibrium and their relation to Newton's laws of motion.
  4. understand and use the concepts of work and energy, including kinetic and potential energy; understand and be able to use the principle of conservation of energy.
  5. understand and use the concepts of momentum and impulse; understand and be able to use the principle of conservation of momentum.
  6. understand how to describe the rotation of physical objects; understand the concept of torque as applied to the equilibrium of objects.
  7. understand gravitational interactions and their relationship to satellite motion and Kepler's laws.
  8. understand the phenomenon of simple harmonic motion.
  9. understand and use the basic principles of fluid mechanics as applied to buoyancy and fluid flow.
  10. understand the properties of temperature and heat.
  11. understand and use the first and second laws of thermodynamics involving work, heat and internal energy.

Course Schedule

1 - Vectors
2 - 1D Kinematics
3 - 2D Kinematics
4 - Forces
5 - Forces
6 - Circular Motion/Gravity
7 - Work/Energy
8 - Momentum
9 - Rotations
10 - Rotations
11 - Torque
12 - Oscillations
13 - Fluids
14 - Heat
15 - Thermo