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Physics 201 General Physics I (PHYS 201)

Dr. J. Ulises Reveles

701 W. Grace St., Room 2417

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Syllabus for PHYS201

Lecture: Harris0101
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MW 5:30-6:45

In-class participation need clickers latest by Wed (1/23), 2 lowest dropped Homework due every Sunday by 8 pm in LON-CAPA, lowest dropped Quizzes In-class, Wednesdays as per the schedule, lowest dropped Labs Start January 23. Print Manual from LC, lowest dropped Tests Two Tests taken from LC homework. In-class, closed book Final exam In-class, closed book

Final Exam:

Wednesday May. 8 at 4 pm - 6:50 pm

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Attend classes and participate

Complete Homework's, Quizzes, and Labs Study for the Tests Check your grades ! Projected final grades will be provided

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Syllabus Questions
If your clicker is broken or has dead batteries, can you still somehow get credit that day? (a) yes (b) no Can you ever make-up a homework or quiz? (a) yes (b) no

If you obtain 100 % in Quizzes, Labs, Tests, and Final exam BUT do not do HWs and classwork, what will your final grade be: (a) A (b) B (c) C (d) D How many grades can you drop for the following: class work, labs, homework, and quizzes? (4-digit answer) Have you used LON-CAPA before? (a) yes (b) no
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Topic 1: Metric System (Systme International d'Units)

Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre

Pierre Franois Andr Mchain

New measurement system in a new world after French Revolution. Definition: Distance from north pole to equator = 10 million meters! Two French astronomers led expeditions from Paris (1792-1799) to measure the meridian arc from Dunkerque to Barcelona. What is the circumference of the earth in km ? (a) 10,000 (b) 1,000 (c) 40,000
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Usage of Metric System

What three countries (in red) do NOT use the metric system?
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Basics: Metric (or SI) System

Metric system is a foreign language for many of us! Do you "think metric"? (height in cm, weight in kg, temp. in C) If you dont think metric, then you must PRACTICE converting!

1 meter = 39.4 inches (~3.3 ft) or 1 inch = 2.54 cm

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Distance: Kilometers (km)


1,000 m = 1 km = 0.62 mi OR 1.6 km = 1 mile

Think fast! Which is faster? (a) 100 km/h

100 km/h = 62 mph

(b) 100 mph

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Speed Conversions
If you are racing on your bike at 10 m/s, what is your speed in mph?

Notice that a quick conversion between m/s and mph is to simply double the metric velocity. The conversion is more accurate if you add another 10% to your answer.
What is 30 m/s in mph?

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Very SMALL to Very BIG

1025 m 109 m ~1 m 10-6 10-16 meters Swine flu virus Quark
10-16 m= 0.000000000000001 m

m or 1 mm

10-5 m or 10 mm


Known universe


The size of the universe (in meters) is a "1" with how many zeros after it?

Smallest particles naked eyes can see

Google "scale of universe" p. 10

Mass: Kilogram
The official kilogram is a cylinder composed of 90% platinum and 10% iridium located in Paris.

1 kg = 2.2 pounds
How can you quickly calculate this conversion in your head?

NOTE: Actually, kilograms are a measure of mass and pounds are a measure of weight (or gravitational force). The conversion above is only true on the Earth!

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Mass Conversions
Think fast! Which is heavier? (a) 100 kg (b) 100 lb

An elephant has a mass of 5,000 kg. How many pounds does it weigh?

Prof. Skrob weighs about 180 lbs. How many kilograms is that?

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Water Mass and Volume: Liter (L) Bottle

1 kg

1 liter (L) = 1.1 quarts 1 gallon = 3.8 liters 1 L H20 1 kg

1 L H20

Did you know before that 1 L of water equals 1 kg?

(a) yes (b) no

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Measurement of Time
Any periodically occurring event can be used for timekeeping. Ancient calendars: motions of celestial bodies determine time. What is shown in the picture and how does it work?

Modern timekeeping: cesium (Cs) atomic clock (1967) 1 second = 9,192,631,770 f0 (frequency for Cs-133) p. 14