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PHYS-2050 (21) [& PHYS-2140]

Mechanics and Heat (4 credits)

WMU Spring 2011 Session

Registration CRN Numbers:

CRN 13729 - PHYS 2050 - 105

MTuWThF 1:00 - 1:50 · 1110 Rood Hall

CRN xxxxx - PHYS 2140 - 0

[For PHYS-2140 Registration Call Number, see Physics Dept. Secretary, 1120 Everett Tower]

Office Hours (Current) · Syllabus (Current) · Physics Help Room (0077 Rood Hall · Starts on Tuesday 18 January 2011) · Topic 1 Assignment (1-28-2011 Fri)

If you can't get into a PHYS-2060 Lab section, go to the Physics Dept. Office in Everett Tower or call (269) 387-4940, and put your name on the Waiting List. It is still early and students' registrations often change, which can free up a lab spot. It is also possible that another lab section could be opened up.

You may use either Serway & Jewett 8th edition -- I will be working from the WMU Volume 1 version.

 Serway WMU 8th Vol 1 WMU 8th Vol. 1

Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway & Jewitt, WMU 8th edition, Volume 1. ISBN-10: 1-111-07042-3 , ISBN-13: 978-1-111-07042-7

NOTE: If you cannot get a copy of the WMU Volume 1, you should be able to use the regular 8th ed.

  Serway 8th edition 8th Edition

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FINAL GRADES FOR PHYS-2050/2140 CAN BE FOUND HERE.


This Week in PHYS-2050/2140 at 1pm.

Week 12 Checklist. Week 13 Checklist. Week 14 Checklist.



Winter 2002 Exam 1 with Answers: 1ab 1cd 1e 2a 2bc 2d 2e

Spring 2004 Honors Exam 1 with Answers (.PDF)

Sample Exam 1's: First set X1.0 (1-25-2011 Tu) ; Second set X1.5 X1.6 X1.7 (1-28-2011 Fr) ; Third set X1.9 (2-1-2011 Tu); Fourth set X1.8 (Download only)

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Winter 2002 Exam 2 with Answers: 1a 1bc 1de 2a 2bc 2d 2e

Spring 2006 Honors Exam 2 with Answers (.PDF)

Sample Exam 2's: First set X2.0 (02-11-2011 Fr), Second set X2.b X2.c (02-15-2011 Tu?), Third set X2.7 (02-18-2011 Fr), Fourth set X2.8 (Available for download on 02-18-2011 Fr); Fifth set X2.10 (0-22-2011 Tu)

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Winter 2002 Exam 3 with Answers: 1a 1bc 1de 2a 2b 2cd 2e

Spring 2004 Honors Exam 3 with Answers (.PDF)

Sample Exam 3's: First set X3.0 (03-18-2011 Fr), Second set X3.d (03-24-2011 Th), Third set X3.c2 X3.e2 (03-25-2011 Fr), Fourth set X3.16d (03-30-2011 We)

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Winter 2002 Final Exam with Answers: 1ac 1de 2a 2bc 2d 2e 3ac 3de 4ab 4c 4de

Spring 2004 Honors Final Exam with Answers (.PDF)

Sample Final Exam's: First set XF.0 and XF.c (04-14-2011 Th), Second set XF.d and XF.1912 (04-15-2011 Fr), Third set XF.19+ (04-20-2011 We)


PHYS 2050 Mechanics and Heat 4 hrs. Fall, Winter, Summer I This first course in a sequence of three in calculus-based physics deals with mechanics and heat. PHYS 2050 is intended for physics majors, engineering students, and future physics teachers, and is recommended for majors in other sciences. A student cannot receive credit for both PHYS 2050 and PHYS 1130. Prerequisites : MATH 1220 or MATH 1700. Corequisites : MATH 1230 or MATH 1710.

PHYS 2060 Mechanics and Heat Laboratory 1 hr. Fall, Winter, and Summer I This is a laboratory course which includes exercises related to topics covered in PHYS 2050. A student may not receive credit for both PHYS 2060 and PHYS 1140. Corequisites : PHYS 2050.


Jan.  10 Mon - PHYS-2050/2140 Begins for Spring 2011
Jan.  14 Fri - Regular Bi-Weekly Quizzes Begin
Jan.  14 Fri - Drop/Add Ends (100% Refund)
Jan.  14 Fri - Last Day to Drop without "W"
Jan.  17 Mon - WMU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities < No Classes >
Jan.  18 Tue - PHYS-2060 Laboratory Begins This Week
Feb.   4 Fri - Hour Exam 1
Feb.  24 Thu - Hour Exam 2
Feb.  25 Fri - Spirit Day < No Classes > , Semester Recess begins
Feb 28-Mar 4 - "Spring" Break - No Classes
Mar.   7 Mon - Classes Resume
Mar.  21 Mon - Last Day to Drop with "W"
Mar.  21-25  - March Meeting of the American Physical Society, Dallas TX
             - Schedule Adjustments To Be Determined Later If Needed
Apr.   1 Fri - Hour Exam 3
Apr.  14 Thu - Topic 1 (Book Report)
Apr.  18 Mon - Grace Period for Topic 1 ends at 5pm
Apr.  22 Fri - Last Regular Day of Class
Apr.  22 Fri - Review Class
Apr.  22 Fri - Good Friday (not a WMU holiday)
Apr.  24 Sun - FYI - Easter Sunday
Apr.  25-29  - FINALS WEEK
Apr.  27 Wed - Final Exam 2:45-4:45pm (2 hours)
Apr.  30 Fri - End of Spring Semester
May    3 Tue - Grades Due at Noon




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