Analytical Physics 211 (Kapp)……………………5 cr hr



The first of a two-course sequence in calculus-based physics for students intending to major in science or engineering.  PHY 211 develops the concepts of mechanics, fluids, vibration, and thermodynamics.  Laboratory exercises are included to assist students’ understanding of these topics and provide experience analyzing collected data.  A working knowledge of calculus is assumed.



Math 191, Calculus 1, limits, derivatives, and integration, C or better.

Physics 111, or High School Physics, C or better


The above physics prerequisite is in place to assure that:

·         The student understands the concept of a vector and vector components.  The student can add, subtract, and multiply vector quantities.

·         The student is aware of the SI and English unit system, and the methods of unit conversion.

·         The student had basic exposure to physical principles in the areas of mechanics, fluids, vibration, and heat.  The student has attempted the mathematical solution of so called "story problems" in these areas and has had some success.


The student should be familiar with computing and graphing using Excel spreadsheets.


Text:     Fundamentals of Physics, Vol. 1,   10th  edition, by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker.


Approximate Schedule


Test block 1

Chapter 2, motion in a strait line.

Chapter 3, vectors.  (Prerequisite, review only.)

Chapter 4, motion in two and three dimensions.

Chapter 5, force and motion I.

Chapter 6, force and motion II.

Chapter 12, equilibrium and elasticity, sections 1,6.

Chapter 13, gravity, sections 1,2,3,6.


Test block 2

Chapter 7, work and energy.

Chapter 14, gravity, section 7.

Chapter 8, conservation of energy.

Chapter 9,  systems of particles, momentum.


Test block 3

Chapter 10, rotational motion.

Chapter 11, rolling, torque, angular momentum.

Chapter 12, equilibrium and elasticity, sections 2,3,4,5


Test block 4

Chapter 14,  fluids.

Chapter 15, oscillations.

Chapter 16, waves I.

Chapter 17, waves II.

Chapter 18,  temperature, heat, first law.

Chapter 19,  kinetic theory of gas.

Chapter 20,  second law.



Critical Dates for this semester:



Approximate Exam Dates:

Block I,   5/25

Block II,   6/13

Block III,   6/27

Block IV,   7/18/2017  last class




  • Attendance is required. 
  • Students who do not attend one of the first two class sessions in the semester WILL be dropped from the class.
  • In the event of excessive absence (or tardiness), and if the instructor has determined that as a result, the students quality of work has been adversely affected, the instructor may withdraw the student mid-way through the semester. 
  • Plus or minus 3% will be credited or deducted, proportionally, from the students final percentage based on "timely attendance".  Zero percent being correlated at an attendance level of 75%.  Arriving late, or leaving early, will NOT BE considered as "timely attendance". 



Block exams are each weighted 20% of the course.   The target exam dates listed are to be used by the student to pace themselves.  Actual dates for exams may vary slightly… They will be announced in class.  All exams must be taken on the date the exam is given.  Missed exams receive 0%



Laboratory average is weighted as 20% of the course grade.  Laboratory assignments will be announced and discussed in advance.  Missed labs receive 0%



Selected problems (most from the end of the chapter) will be assigned.  The student is expected to attempt these problems on a timely basis.  Attempt is defined as having spent real time and effort trying to find a solution, and if questioned by the instructor, the student should be able to discuss the problem and their attempt at solving it, or why it could not be solved.  (Homework may be collected and applied to the laboratory average.)



Academic Dishonesty

The WCC board of trustees, policy on student conduct (4040), revised 2/22/83, section 10:


All forms of academic dishonesty, including cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism.

will be followed.  Students are expected to neither give nor receive help on exams.  Students observing dishonest behavior are required to report the observation to their instructor.


Discussion among students concerning laboratory work and homework is encouraged although students are expected to turn in their own work.


Students registered with Learning Support Services

In order to arrange support accommodations, it is recommended that I be informed by the student  one week prior to the first exam,  that you are registered, require support, and the specific details of that support.




Course Grade


90 to 92% A-   93 to 100%  A

80 to 82 B-, 83 to 86 B, 87 to 89 %  B+

70 to 72 C-, 73 to 76 C, 77 to 79 %  C+

60 to 62 D-, 63 to 66 D, 67 to 69 %  D+

Below 60,  F



Example:  Your exam average is 81%, your laboratory average is 88%, and your percent attendance is 90%


Your attendance bonus is:  bonus% = (90-75)/100*12 = 1.8%


Your Course percent is: (0.8 * 81)  +  (0.2 * 88) = 82.4%


With the attendance bonus, your course percent is:  82.4% +1.8% = 84%


Your course grade will be:  "B"




It is the Physical Science Departments general policy that:


a)       The grade of incomplete will be given only when a student is unable, due to catastrophic circumstances, complete the last exam, AND, when that student has contracted with the instructor as to the details of how the exam will be completed.


b)      Status change between credit and audit are not executed by the instructor.  The student may elect a status change before the critical date.


c)       Withdraws’ are executed by the student within the appropriate time period.  They are NOT granted by your instructor.


Suggested problems from H&R,  10th edition.


Chapter 2:   5,17,28,49,63,69,77.

Chapter 4:   11,16,23,32,.

Chapter 5:   15,29,34,55,58,59

Chapter 6:    34,51,57,59,60,67.  

Chapter 12:  3,10.

Chapter 7:   24,34,69.

Chapter 8:   27,31,32,34,36,53,63,65.

Chapter 9:   39,51,64,79,96,107,111,113,120.

Chapter 10:  12,51,63,66,71,73.

Chapter 11:  7,12,49,53.

Chapter 12:  21,23,30,32.

Chapter 13:  3.

Chapter 14:  4,32,39.

Chapter 15:  11,24,41,100.

Chapter 18:  32,43,44,80.

Chapter 19:  48,56,63.

Chapter 20:  11,33.