Department of Mathematics and Physics
§ I: PHYS 1150 Mechanics, Heat & Waves Syllabus
Catalog Description
Prerequisite: MATH 1117. Corequisite: PHYS 1151 you must enroll in a section of PHYS 1151 before you
can enroll in PHYS 1150. Introductory course for physical science and engineering majors. Kinematics, New-
tons laws, conservation principles for momentum, energy and angular momentum. Thermal physics. Basic
properties of waves, simple harmonic motion, superposition principle, interference phenomena, and sound.
Laboratory fee. 4 credits.
Required Textbook
University Physics with Modern Physics, by H. D. Young and R. A. Freedman, Addison-Wesley, 14e, Chapters 1-20,
ISBN 9780321973610 (2015).
Course Objectives
This course is a rst semester, calculus based physics course for physical science and engineering majors.
It introduces basic concepts, theory, and applications of classical mechanics (matter and motion, kinematics
and dynamics of particles, rigid and elastic bodies, uids, waves) and thermal physics (heat, thermodynamic
processes). This course:
1. Introduces basic physics concepts in mechanics and thermodynamics;
2. Provides students with the fundamental understanding of the principles and laws of classical physics;
3. Teaches problem solving techniques;
4. Helps to develop analytical thinking;
5. Introduces the applications of dierential and integral calculus in physics;
6. Teaches how to apply the physical principles and knowledge to other disciplines; and,
7. Demonstrates how observation, experiment, and theory work together to continue to expand the fron-
tiers of knowledge of the physical Universe.
The emphasis is on improved critical thinking skills, and on developing an ability to approach and solve physics
Student Learning Outcomes
Students passing this course should be able to:
1. Explain the basic concepts and laws in mechanics, CC4.1.1;
2. Use the equations of kinematics, Newtons laws of dynamics, free body diagrams, and conservation laws
to determine the motion of physical bodies, CC4.1.2;
3. Explain the basic concepts and laws in thermodynamics, CC4.1.1;
4. Convert a physical situation articulated in English to a mathematical formulation, CC4.1.2;
5. Apply basic mathematical tools, including vectors and calculus, to solve physics problems, CC4.1.2;
6. Exercise the use of physical intuition, including the ability to guess an approximate or conceptual answer
to a physics problem;
7. Recognize whether or not the result of a calculation makes physical sense;
8. Apply the physical knowledge to other disciplines, including physical sciences and engineering; and,
9. Illustrate how physical observation, experiment, and theory worked together to develop inventions that
advanced our civilization, CC4.1.3.
Students will also achieve the following Core Learning Objectives:
10. the student will be able to articulate structural and/or functional aspects of elements of a portion of the
natural world;
11. use discipline-specic methodologies and technologies to draw conclusions about natural phenomena;
12. illustrate the eects of scientic knowledge and progress on societal issues.
Required Curriculum Content
Key topics covered include:
1. Physical quantities, units, scalars and vectors, components of vectors, vector addition, vector multiplica-
2. Motion in one dimension: displacement, time, average velocity, instantaneous velocity, acceleration,
motion with constant acceleration, freely falling bodies, applications of derivatives and integrals in com-
puting the position, velocity, and acceleration functions of a moving object.
3. Motion in two or three dimensions: position, velocity, and acceleration vectors, projectile motion, mo-
tion in a circle, relative velocity.
4. Newtons laws of motion: force and interactions, Newtons rst law, Newtons second law, mass and
weight, Newtons third law, free-body diagrams, particles in equilibrium, dynamics of particles, friction.
5. Energy: work, kinetic energy and the work-energy theorem, varying forces, power, gravitational potential
energy, elastic potential energy, conservation of energy, conservative forces, energy gradient.
6. Momentum: momentum and impulse, conservation of momentum, elastic and inelastic collisions, cen-
ter of mass.
7. Rotation of rigid bodies: angular displacement, velocity and acceleration, rotation with constant angular
acceleration, relating linear and angular kinematics, energy in rotational motion, moment of inertia,
parallel-axis theorem.
8. Dynamics of rotational motion: torque, angular momentum, conservation of angular momentum, New-
tons second law for rotational motion, rigid-body rotation about a moving axis, work and power in
rotational motion, precession.
9. Statics: mechanical equilibrium, center of gravity, rigid bodies in equilibrium, strain and stress in elastic
10. Fluid mechanics: density, pressure in a uid, buoyancy, uid ow, Bernoullis equation.
11. Gravitation: Newtons law of gravitation, weight, gravitational potential energy, Keplers laws and motion
of planets.
12. Periodic motion: oscillations, simple harmonic motion, energy in harmonic motion, simple pendulum,
physical pendulum.
13. Mechanical waves: periodic waves, speed of a transverse wave, wave interference, standing waves on a
14. Sound: sound waves, speed of sound waves, resonance, beats, Doppler eect.
15. Temperature and heat: temperature and thermal equilibrium, thermal expansion, quantity of heat,
phase changes, heat transfer.
16. Thermal properties of matter: equations of state, ideal gas law, kinetic-molecular model of an ideal gas,
heat capacities, phases of matter.
17. First law of thermodynamics: thermodynamic work, internal energy, thermodynamic processes, internal
energy of an ideal gas, heat capacities of an ideal gas, adiabatic process.
18. Second law of thermodynamics: directions of thermodynamic processes, heat engines, eciency of
engines, entropy.
All sections of PHYS 1150 Mechanics, Heat & Waves will cover, as a minimum, the material from Univer-
sity Physics with Modern Physics, by H. D. Young and R. A. Freedman, Addison-Wesley, 14e, Chapters 1-20,
ISBN 9780321973610 (2015), as listed:
Textbook Topic
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Section Textbook Topic
Chapter 1 - Units, Physical Quantities, and Vectors
1.1 The Nature of Physics
1.2 Solving Physics Problems
1.3 Standards and Units
1.4 Using and Converting Units
1.7 Vectors and Vector Addition
1.8 Components of Vectors
1.9 Unit Vectors
1.10 Products of Vectors
Chapter 2 - Motion Along a Straight Line
2.1 Displacement, Time, and Average Velocity
2.2 Instantaneous Velocity
2.3 Average and Instantaneous Acceleration
2.4 Motion with Constant Acceleration
2.5 Freely Falling Bodies
2.6 Velocity and Position by Integration
Chapter 3 - Motion in Two or Three Dimensions
3.1 Position and Velocity Vectors
3.2 The Acceleration Vector
3.3 Projectile Motion
3.4 Motion in a Circle
3.5 Relative Velocity
Chapter 4 - Newtons Laws of Motion
4.1 Force and Interactions
4.2 Newtons First Law
4.3 Newtons Second Law
4.4 Mass and Weight
4.5 Newtons Third Law
4.6 Free-Body Diagrams
Chapter 5 - Applying Newtons Laws
5.1 Using Newtons First Law: Particles in Equilibrium
5.2 Using Newtons Second Law: Dynamics of Particles
5.3 Friction Forces
5.4 Dynamics of Circular Motion
Chapter 6 - Work and Kinetic Energy
6.1 Work
6.2 Kinetic Energy and the Work-Energy Theorem
6.3 Work and Energy with Varying Forces
6.4 Power
Chapter 7 - Potential Energy and Energy Conservation
7.1 Gravitational Potential Energy
7.2 Elastic Potential Energy
7.3 Conservative and Nonconservative Forces
7.4 Force and Potential Energy
Chapter 8 - Momentum, Impulse, and Collisions
8.1 Momentum and Impulse
8.2 Conservation of Momentum
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Section Textbook Topic
8.3 Momentum Conservation and Collisions
8.4 Elastic Collisions
8.5 Center of Mass
Chapter 9 - Rotation of Rigid Bodies
9.1 Angular Velocity and Acceleration
9.2 Rotation with Constant Angular Acceleration
9.3 Relating Linear and Angular Kinematics
9.4 Energy in Rotational Motion
9.5 Parallel-Axis Theorem
9.6 Moment-of-Inertia Calculations
Chapter 10 - Dynamics of Rotational Motion
10.1 Torque
10.2 Torque and Angular Acceleration for a Rigid Body
10.3 Rigid-Body Rotation About a Moving Axis
10.4 Work and Power in Rotational Motion
10.5 Angular Momentum
10.6 Conservation of Angular Momentum
Chapter 11 - Equilibrium and Elasticity
11.1 Conditions for Equilibrium
11.2 Center of Gravity
11.3 Solving Rigid-Body Equilibrium Problems
Chapter 12 - Fluid Mechanics
12.1 Gases, Liquids, and Density
12.2 Pressure in a Fluid
12.3 Buoyancy
12.4 Fluid Flow
12.5 Bernoullis Equation
Chapter 13 - Gravitation
13.1 Newtons Law of Gravitation
13.2 Weight
13.3 Gravitational Potential Energy
13.4 The Motion of Satellites
13.5 Keplers Laws and the Motion of Planets
Chapter 14 - Periodic Motion
14.1 Describing Oscillation
14.2 Simple Harmonic Motion
14.3 Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion
14.4 Applications of Simple Harmonic Motion
14.5 The Simple Pendulum
14.6 The Physical Pendulum
Chapter 15 - Mechanical Waves
15.1 Types of Mechanical Waves
15.2 Periodic Waves
15.3 Mathematical Description of a Wave
15.4 Speed of Transverse Wave
15.6 Wave Interference, Boundary Conditions, and Superposition
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Section Textbook Topic
15.7 Standing Waves on a String (in Lab)
15.8 Normal Modes of a String (in Lab)
Chapter 16 - Sound and Hearing
16.1 Sound Waves
16.3 Sound Intensity
16.5 Resonance and Sound
16.8 The Doppler Eect
Chapter 17 - Temperature and Heat
17.1 Temperature and Thermal Equilibrium
17.2 Thermometers and Temperature Scales
17.3 Gas Thermometers and the Kelvin Scale
17.4 Thermal Expansion
17.5 Quantity of Heat
17.6 Calorimetry and Phase Changes (in Lab)
17.7 Mechanisms of Heat Transfer
Chapter 18 - Thermal Properties of Matter
18.1 Equations of State
18.2 Molecular Properties of Matter
18.3 Kinetic-Molecular Model of an Ideal Gas
18.4 Heat Capacities
Chapter 19 - The First Law of Thermodynamics
19.1 Thermodynamic Systems
19.2 Work Done During Volume Changes
19.3 Paths Between Thermodynamic States
19.4 Internal Energy and the First Law of Thermodynamics
19.5 Kinds of Thermodynamic Processes
19.6 Internal Energy of an Ideal Gas
19.8 Adiabatic Processes for an Ideal Gas
Chapter 20 - The Second Law of Thermodynamics
20.1 Directions of Thermodynamic Processes
20.2 Heat Engines
20.4 Refrigerators
20.5 The Second Law of Thermodynamics
20.6 The Carnot Cycle
20.7 Entropy
20.8 Microscopic Interpretation of Entropy
Common Department Requirements for PHYS 1150
While students in each section of PHYS 1150 are assessed by the course instructor, there are general guide-
lines that apply to all sections of PHYS 1150. These include:
All students registered for PHYS 1150 must be registered for a section of the laboratory course PHYS
25% of the course grade is based on the laboratory PHYS 1151. The Department requires that at least
60% of the course grade be based on in-class exams, i.e., homework and out-of-class projects must
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constitute no more than 15% of the nal grade.
A passing grade in the laboratory PHYS 1151 is required to pass PHYS 1150.
Withdrawal from PHYS 1150 results in withdrawal from PHYS 1151, and vice versa. Students repeating
PHYS 1150 must also repeat PHYS 1151, and vice versa.
The nal examination constitutes 25% of the course grade. All sections of PHYS 1150 which run at the
same time give the same nal exam. A nal exam assesses Student Learning Outcomes 15.
Electronic devices are not allowed on any exams, except calculators provided by the Department.
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Department, College and University Expectations and Policies
It is important that students familiarize themselves with a range of policies and guidelines that have been es-
tablished by the Department of Mathematics and Physics, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University
of New Haven. These are an integral part of the syllabus for this course.
Adding/Dropping a Class
The nal day to drop this course without it appearing on your transcript is discussed on the
Academic Schedules and Registration web page. After the rst week of class, self-service registration will
not be enabled for students to directly add or drop classes. Students should contact the Registrars oce
directly or the Academic Success Center for assistance with adding and dropping courses during this time.
Attendance Regulations
University attendance policy guidelines require that:
Students are expected to attend regularly and promptly all their classes, appointments, and exercises. While the
university recognizes that some absences may occasionally be necessary, these should be held to a minimum.
A maximum of two weeks of absences will be permitted for illness and emergencies. The instructor has the
right to dismiss from class any student who has been absent more than the maximum allowed. A dismissed
student will receive a withdrawal (W) from the course if they are still eligible for a withdrawal per the university
Withdrawal from a Course policy, or a failure (F), if not. A student who is not ocially registered in the course
is not permitted to attend classes or take part in any other course activities. Students absent from any class
meeting are responsible for making up missed assignments and examinations at the discretion of the instructor.
Students are to adhere to the policy attendance policy guidelines outlined in the University Catalog under the
heading, Attendance Regulations, found online in the Undergradaduate Catalog or alternatively found in the
Student Handbook on pp.4849.
Religious Observance Policy for Students
The University of New Haven respects the right of its students to observe religious holidays that may neces-
sitate their absence from class or from other required university-sponsored activities. Students who wish
to observe such holidays should not be penalized for their absence, although in academic courses they are
responsible for making up missed work. The College provides that,
Instructors should try to avoid scheduling exams or quizzes on religious holidays, but where such conicts occur
should provide reasonable accommodations for missed assignment deadlines or exams. If a class, an assign-
ment due date, or exam interferes with the observance of such a religious holiday, it is the students responsibil-
ity to notify their instructor, preferably at the beginning of the term, but otherwise at least two weeks before the
More information about religious observance policies can be found in the Student Handbook on pp.4849
under the heading, Attendance Policies: Religious Observance Policy for Students.
Withdrawal from a Course
Students wishing to withdraw must submit a request for an ocial course withdrawal in writing using the on-
line Course Withdrawal Form, or alternatively complete and hand in the pdf based Course Withdrawal Form.
The nal date to request a withdrawal is listed in the Academic Calendar. This request must be submitted to
the Registrars Oce and signed by the International Oce if you are an international student. The grade of
W will be recorded, but the course will not aect the GPA.
Incomplete Grade Policy
A grade of Incomplete (INC) is given only in special circumstances and indicates that the student has been
given permission by the instructor to complete required course work (with the same instructor) after the end
Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to assure that the required paperwork and documentation is completed by the deadline.
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of the term. In the absence of the instructor a student should contact the Department Chair. Students need
to examine carefully the changed guidelines pertaining to INC grades, specically:
To remove the INC grade, the student must complete all required course work in timely fashion as stipulated by
the instructor but no later than the end of the following term. Fall and intersession course incomplete grades
must be completed no later than the last day of the spring term. Spring and summer course incomplete grades
must be completed no later than the last day of the fall term.
If the course work is not submitted within the allotted time, the INC grade will be changed to an F shortly after
the deadline by the Oce of the University Registrar. Students will be notied via campus email at least two
weeks prior to the change of grade process.
The University policy on incomplete grades is discussed in the Academic Catalog under the heading, Incom-
plete (INC) Grade Policy.
Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures
The University of New Haven expects its students to maintain the highest standards of academic conduct.
Academic dishonesty is not tolerated at the University. To know what it is expected, students are responsible
for reading and understanding the statement regarding academic honesty in the Student Handbook. Specif-
ically, students are required to adhere to the Academic Integrity Policies specied in the Student Handbook,
i.e., on pp.6673.
Please ask your instructor about their expectations regarding permissible or encouraged forms of student
collaboration if there is any confusion about this topic. The Department of Mathematics and Physics fully
adheres to the Academic Integrity Policy:
Academic integrity is a core university value that ensures respect for the academic reputation of the University,
its students, faculty and sta, and the degrees it confers. The University expects that students will conduct
themselves in an honest and ethical manner and respect the intellectual work of others. Please be familiar with
the Universitys policy on Academic Integrity. Please ask about expectations regarding permissible or encouraged
forms of student collaboration if they are unclear.
Coursework Expectations
This course will require signicant in-class and out-of-class commitment from each student. The University
estimates that a student should expect to spend two hours outside of class for each hour they are in a
class. For example, a three credit course would average six [6] hours of additional work outside of class.
Coursework expectations are detailed in the Academic Catalog under the heading, Course Work Expectations.
Please note, that PHYS 1150 is a 4-credit course, and as such requires a total of 12 hours per week invested
in study and homework for the average student.
Commitment to Positive Learning Environment
The University adheres to the philosophy that all community members should enjoy an environment free of
any form of harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, or intimate partner violence. If you have been
the victim of sexual misconduct we encourage you to report this. If you report this to a faculty/sta member,
they must notify our colleges Title IX coordinator about the basic facts of the incident (you may choose to
request condentiality from the University). If you encounter sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual
assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, or disability please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Caroline Koziatek at (203)-932-7479 or Further online information about is available at Title IX.
Reporting Bias Incidents
At the University of New Haven, there is an expectation that all community members are committed to cre-
ating and supporting a climate which promotes civility, mutual respect, and open-mindedness. There also
exists an understanding that with the freedom of expression comes the responsibility to support community
Please note that study guidelines are important, i.e., there is substantial evidence that shows that the pass rates for students in math courses decrease
dramatically as the time spent on outside study falls below 2 hours of homework per credit per week.
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members right to live and work in an environment free from harassment and fear. It is expected that all mem-
bers of the University community will engage in anti-bias behavior and refrain from actions that intimidate,
humiliate, or demean persons or groups or that undermine their security or self-esteem.
If you have witnessed or are the target of a bias-motivated incident, please contact the Oce of the Dean
of Students at 203-932-7432 or Campus Police at 203-932-7014. Further information about this and other
reporting options may be found at Report It.
University Support Services
The University recognizes students often can use some help outside of class and oers academic assistance
through several oces. In addition to discussing any academic issues you may have with your instructor,
advisor, or with the the courses or department coordinator or chair, the University provides these additional
resources for students:
The Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA)
The Academic Success Center is located in Maxcy 208 for help with your academic studies, or call 203-932-
7234 to set up an appointment.
University Writing Center
The mission of the Writing Center (an expansion of the Writer to Writer peer-tutoring program) is to provide
high-quality tutoring to undergraduate and graduate students as they write for a wide range of purposes and
audiences. Tutors are undergraduate and graduate students and they work with students at any stage in the
writing process; Bring in your assignment, your ideas, and any writing done so far. To make an appointment,
register for an account at
The Math Zone
Please contact the Math Zone if you wish to challenge your Math Placement by taking a Math Challenge Exam
or by taking a Math Post Placement Exam. These are discussed more extensively at http://math.newhaven.
edu/mathphysics/placement_html. The Math Zone also provides a range of tutoring and classroom support
service for students taking development math classes.
The Center for Learning Resources (CLR)
The Center for Learning Resources located in Peterson Library, provides academic content support to the
students of the University of New Haven using metacognitive strategies that help students become aware
of and learn to apply optimal learning processes in the pursuit of creating independent learners CLR tutors
focus sessions on discussions of concepts and processes and typically use external examples to help students
grasp and apply the material.
Accessibility Resources Center
Students with disabilities are encouraged to share, in condence, information about needed specic course
accommodations. The Accessibility Resources Center (ARC) provides comprehensive services and sup-
port that serve to promote educational equity and ensure that students are able to participate in the oppor-
tunities available at the University of New Haven. Accommodations cannot be made without written docu-
mentation from the ARC. The ARC is located on the ground oor in the rear of Sheeld Hall. Sheeld Hall
is located in the Residential Quad area, and can be contacted at 203-932-7332. The ADA/Section 504 Com-
pliance Ocer is Rebecca Johnson,, and can be reached by phone at 203-932-7238.
Information on the ARC can be found at
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Counseling and Psychological Services
The Counseling Center oers a variety of services aimed at helping students resolve personal diculties and
acquire the balance, skills, and knowledge that will enable them to take full advantage of their experience at
the University of New Haven. Information about the, Counseling and Psychological Services, is available
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