CCNY - UNIVERSITY PHYSICS - PHYS 20700 - Spring 2019



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Required Textbook:

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

(available on reserve in the Science Library in Marshak, or for purchase online)

Other Materials:

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 20200. (Required for all students in the Physical Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science.) 3 lect., 2 lab/workshop hrs., 4 cr. Materials fee:$10


All the lab experiments must be done to pass the course. All lab reports must be handed in before the end of the last day of classes in order to be counted. A make up lab can be made available if you must miss one lab.

Schedules are available here:


There will be 2 midterms, and 1 cumulative final exam.

Exam Policies

The midterms will be given during class times. There will be no make up midterms given. The final exam will be cumulative covering material from the entire semester. No internet enabled devices can be used during the exams. Your exam score will be a 0 if you are found to be using any communication devices or unauthorized assistance.

Hybrid Content

Approximately half the course content will be delivered online via the course page, here: You are required to complete each weekly hybrid module assignments by the end of each Wednesday. These can be done remotely, or in the classroom during the Wednesday class meeting time.


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.

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 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 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 - Kinematics
3 - Forces
4 - Forces
5 - Forces
6 - --
7 - Work/Energy
8 - Momentum
9 - Rotations
10 - Torque
11 - Oscillations
12 - --
13 - Fluids
14 - Heat
15 - Thermo