CCNY - Physics 20300 - Fall 2014



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Physics, Cutnell & Johnson, 9th edition, Wiley

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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.

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There will be 3 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 the course web page.

Instructions will be presented in class.

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 homeworks, you may work with classmates but you will be required to submit your own homeworks. 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 lead to adverse actions. On exams, use of non-approved electronic devices, or other test-aids is considered academic dishonesty. (A non-graphing, scientific calculator is the only approved device.)

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 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 Accessability Office at least one week prior to the test date in order to receive their accommodations.

Course Schedule

Week ofSubject
1 - Aug 24Intro
2 - Aug 31Motion
3 - Sep 7Forces 1
4 - Sep 14Forces 2
5 - Sep 21no class
6 - Sep 28Midterm 1
7 - Oct 5Potential
8 - Oct 12Momentum
9 - Oct 19Rotation
10 - Oct 26Midterm 2
11 - Nov 2Torque
12 - Nov 9Fluids
13 - Nov 16Oscillations
14 - Nov 23Midterm 3
15 - Nov 30Heat, Temperature
16 - Dec 7Thermodynamics