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PHYS-2050 (22) [& PHYS-2140]

Mechanics and Heat (4 credits)

WMU Spring 2013 Session

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Registration CRN Numbers:

CRN 12942 - PHYS 2050 - 100

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 01/09/2013 W) · Topic 1 Assignment (Current 01/11/2013 F) · Physics Help Room (2210 Rood Hall, starts Monday 14 January 2013) ·

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.

Need Help with Registration? Come to the Physics Dept Office -- 1120/1122 Everett

Katie Easley Lori Krum

Katie Easley -- Office Assistant Lori Krum -- Office Coordinator 

Confused About The Textbooks Listed At The Book Store?

As I understand it, the one option is the physical book plus a coupon for the iClicker. Or you can get the eBook -- but your access to it runs out after the semester. If you choose the eBook or get the textbook elsewhere, you need to get an iClicker. If you already have an iClicker, you can use that.

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

PRE-FINAL GRADES CAN BE FOUND HERE. *** Updated 4/22 Mon ***

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





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 (1-17-2013 Tu) ; Second set X1.5 X1.6 X1.7 (1-23-2013 We) ; Third set X1.9 and Fourth set X1.8 (1-29-2013 Tu)

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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 (02-11-2013 Mo), Second set X2.b X2.c (02-18-2013 Mo), Third set X2.7 (02-18-2013 Mo), Fourth set X2.8 and Fifth set X2.10 (2-26-2013 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 (03-22-2013 Fr), Second set X3.d (03-27-2013 We), Third set X3.c2 X3.e2 (03-27-2013 We), Fourth set X3.16d (04-01-2013 Mo)

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

NOTE:  After using these files for some ten years, it has just been pointed out to me that 2c and 2d above have answers which don't match the questions.  2c should be taking a derivative (not an integral) and  have an answer like: ± =  0 + 7.00 rad/sec² + (21.00 rad/sec)4(t)², evaluated for t = 1.23 sec.  I don't have time to run the numbers for 2d.  2e is a mess.  We must've had some manual corrections on the solution to that exam which were never corrected in file -- and either no one has ever noticed in ten years or no one bothered to mention it to me.  Or figured with this many mistakes I didn't know what I was doing! For 2e you're going to end up with a quadratic equation.  In4d, the square root wasn't done, so  t = 1.749 sec and x = (7.80 m/s) (1.749 sec) = 13.64 m.

Spring 2004 Honors Final Exam with Answers (.PDF)

Sample Final Exam's: First set XF.0 and XF.c (04-15-2013 Mo), Second set XF.d and XF.1912 , Third set XF.19+ (04-17-2012 We)

FINAL EXAM FORMAT: As in the Sample Exams, four problems each with five parts (4 × 50,000 points), for a total of 200,000 points. Problems 2a, 2b, 2c and 2e are the Star Problems -- worth 10,000 Star points each for a total of 40,000 Star points. Two full hours. Yes, the Final Exam is cumulative. Roughly ¼ Exam 1 material, ¼ Exam 2, ¼ Exam 3 and ¼ the material since Exam 3. But you've seen the Sample Final Exams.


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. 7 Mon - PHYS-1070 Begins for Spring 2013
Jan. 11 Fri - Weekly In-Class Quizzes Begin
Jan. 11 Fri - Drop/Add ends
Feb. 1 Fri - Exam 1 >>> MOVED TO Tuesday 5 February 2013
Feb. 5 Tue - Exam 1 <<< RESCHEDULED
Feb. 11 Mon - First Work grades due
Feb. 28 Thu - Exam 2
Mar. 1 Fri - Last day for 25% refunds
Mar. 1 Fri - Spirit Day (No Classes)
Mar. 4-8 - Spring Break (No Classes)
Mar. 10 Sun - Mid-Term grades due
Mar. 18 Mon - Last day to withdraw
Apr. 5 Fri - Exam 3
Apr. 19 Fri - Last Regular Day of Class
Apr. 19 Fri - Review Class
Apr. 22 Mon - FINALS WEEK Starts
Apr. 23 Tue - Final Exam 2:45-4:45pm (2 hours)
Apr. 26 Fri - End of Spring Semester
Apr. 30 Tue - Grades Due at Noon

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