CCNY - Physics 20800 - Fall 2013

Sections: ST, ST2, ST3, ST4


Lecture times:

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Fundamentals of Physics, Halliday Resnick Walker, 9th edition, Wiley

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Course Description

Vectors, equilibrium, rectilinear motion. Newton's laws, gravitation, motion in a plane, work and energy, impulse and momentum, rotation and angular momentum, simple harmonic motion, fluids, heat and thermodynamics, waves and acoustics, electrostatics, magnetism and electromagnetism, direct and alternating current, geometrical and physical optics.


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 Web Assign and by hardcopy (tbd).

Getting started guide is here:

Course ID will be provided 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.

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/Waves
2 - Sep 1Waves
3 - Sep 8Waves
4 - Sep 15Geometric Optics
5 - Sep 22Interference/Diffraction
6 - Sep 29Electric Charge/Fields   *Test1*
7 - Oct 6Gauss' Law
8 - Oct 13Electic Potential
9 - Oct 20Capacitance
10 - Oct 27Current & Resistance
11 - Nov 3Circuits   *Test 2*
12 - Nov 10Magnetic Fields
13 - Nov 17Magnetic Fields
14 - Nov 24Induction
15 - Dec 1AC/Oscillations
16 - Dec 8EM Waves