CCNY - Physics 20300 - Fall 2013

Sections: BB, BB2, BB3


Lecture times:

Office Hours:


Physics, Cutnell & Johnson, 9th edition, Wiley

Other Materials:

Course Description

For majors in the life sciences (biology, medicine, dentistry, psychology, physical therapy) and for liberal arts students. Fundamental ideas and laws of physics from mechanics to modern physics. Included are Newton's laws of motion, electricity and magnetism, heat, optics, relativity, quantum mechanics and nuclear physics. Emphasis is on the basic principles and general laws. Emphasis is on the basic principles and general laws. Use of math is restricted to algebra, geometry and trigonometry.


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

Schedules are available here:


There will be 2 midterms and 1 cumulative final exam.

The midterms will be given during class times on the weeks indicated below (Subject to change). There will be no make up midterms given. The final exam will be cumulative covering material from the entire semester. Only a scientific, non-graphing (i.e. non-programmable) calculator may be used on the exams.


Homework will be assigned nearly every week. This will be turned in electronically via Blackboard/Wiley Plus or in hardcopy (tbd).

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.

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 absenses. For this course, two weeks of unexcused absenses will constitute an excess of absenses. When a student is dropped from the course due to excessive absenses, the Registrar will enter the grade of WU.

Disability Statement

In compliance with CCNY policy and equal access laws, appropriate academic accommodations are offered for students with disabilities. Students must register before the semester begins with The AccessAbility Center for reasonable academic accommodations. The AccessAbility Center is located in the North Academic Center, Rm. 1/218. Tel: (212) 650-5913. Under The Americans with Disability Act, an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. If you have any such issues, you are encouraged to visit the AccessAbility Center to determine which services may be appropriate for you.

Course Schedule

1 - Aug 25Intro/Vectors
2 - Sep 11 D Kinematics
3 - Sep 82 D Kinematics
4 - Sep 152 D Kinematics
5 - Sep 22Forces
6 - Sep 29Circles   *Test1*
7 - Oct 6Work and Energy
8 - Oct 13Impulse & Momentum
9 - Oct 20Rotation
10 - Oct 27Rotation
11 - Nov 3Harmonic Motion   *Test 2*
12 - Nov 10Fluids   *Test 2*
13 - Nov 17Temperature
14 - Nov 24Heat
15 - Dec 1Ideal Gas Law
16 - Dec 8Thermodynamics