Physics I for the Life Sciences

University of Toronto Scarborough

This first course in Physics at the university level is intended for students enrolled in the Life sciences. It covers fundamental concepts of classical physics and its applications to macroscopic systems in one and three dimensions. It deals with two main themes; which are Particle and Fluid Mechanics and Waves and Oscillations. The approach will be phenomenological with applications related to life and biological sciences.
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Gyula Lorincz

PHYA11H3 Syllabus for Gyula Lorincz — Fall 2018

PHYA11H Fall 2018
Introduction to Physics I
(Physics I for the Life Sciences)
INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Gyula Lorincz
OFFICE: Room S-503C -
phone 416-287-7248
This first course in Physics at the university level is intended for students enrolled in the
Life Sciences. It covers fundamental concepts of classical physics and its applications to
macroscopic systems in one and three dimensions. It deals with a few main themes;
which are Particle and Fluid Mechanics, and Oscillations. The approach will be
phenomenological with applications related to life and biological sciences.
The purpose of this course is to give you an introduction to how scientists think,
and how they
approach problems. Physics is one of the oldest sciences, and in some
is the most simple.
Physicists start with a big, messy problem and they first
as much as they possibly can.
Only then do they try to analyze the
situation. They then gradually introduce more complications,
one at a time, until they
eventually end up with a very complicated model.
By the end of this course you will be able to use basic concepts from physics to
explain and predict
simple situations. You will also be able to incorporate several
concepts in order to explain and
predict what will happen to messy problems which
approximate real life situations. Finally, you
will be able to describe basic concepts
from physics and explain how and when they are useful.
MATA29 is a corequisite for PHYA11. If you registered in or have not passed
MATA29 your registration in PHYA11 will be cancelled.
Lectures will be videotaped. Recordings should be available until after the final
exam. However,
I encourage in-class participation (using Clickers, see below).
Please respect others, including the professor, in the classroom. Turn your cell
phones to silent
mode. Do not play ‘Angry Birds’ or watch TV shows unless you’re
in the back row where you will
not distract others.
Lectures will be structured assuming that you have read the textbook before
coming to lecture.
Lecture notes (i.e., slides) will be posted on Quercus. I will do my best to get them
posted by
the night before each lecture.
Physics for Scientists and Engineers (4th edition) by Knight. Copies are available at the
UTSC bookstore. There are a variety of formats (including an e-book). As we will not be
using Mastering Physics in PHYA11, you do not need to get a package which includes it. If
you get the third edition that should suce, though page numbers and back of the chapter
questions may dier. I will be posting numbers based on the fourth edition.
You do NOT need to purchase a lab manual for this course.
TBD. If you cannot make them it will be possible to schedule oce hours at dierent times.
Please setup an appointment via e-mail, and expect it to take a few days (so don’t wait until
the day before a test to try to visit).
Medical and other personal issues should be done via e-mail. If I do not reply within 48
hours, you should send me a reminder e-mail as my inbox can get rather full.
TERM TEST 1: 15%
TERM TEST 2: 15%
FORMAL LAB REPORTS: 5% and 6%, 11% in total
Both the term tests and final exam will draw from the lectures, practicals and textbook. This
could include material presented in the lectures or tutorial material that is not covered in the
textbook. It could also include assigned reading material that was covered in the textbook
but not explicitly discussed in lectures.
All tests and exams are cumulative.
There will be no make-up tests. If you miss the first test for an excusable reason (usually
medical) that grade will be added to second term test mark. So if you miss the second term
test, that grade will be added to the exam mark. Students who miss both term tests need to
speak with me about their final exam.
There will be no weekly reading quizzes in PHYA11. You are still expected
to keep up
with your readings.
There is no graded homework for this course. Instead, about every other week a list of
suggested problems from the textbook will be given. I will try to assign the same problems
on Mastering Physics. (Note that you are not required to purchase Mastering Physics;
however it is a useful learning tool that can give you a lot of feedback as you work on the
problems.) These problems are meant to help you master the physical concepts of the course
and problem-solving techniques. You are strongly advised to work on the problems
seriously and independently, since that is the only way to learn. During several practical
sessions there will be a quiz. This quiz will be based on the suggested problems. These
quizzes should be easy if you do all of the suggested problems.
Please note that these questions will be basic problems that you should master before the
tests and exam. Questions on the tests and exam will likely be more dicult than these quiz
questions. Think of them as the first few rungs on a ladder, with the exam being the top of
the ladder.
There will be eleven (11) weeks of Practicals. Two of those weeks will be Lab based and
will require you to produce a formal lab report. The first Lab’s formal report will be worth
6% of your final grade. The final Lab’s formal report will be worth 7% of your final grade.
Please make sure you submit original work! If you are caught plagiarizing, you will be sent
to the Dean’s oce.
All Practical work, including the labs, will be done in groups. Lab reports will be submitted
one per group. STYLE is important! If you submit a Frankenpaper (three sections written in
three very dierent ways and then crudely stitched together) your grade will suer. So make
sure you get together early and have it well written! I recommend nominating one person to
be the editor and have them do a little less writing and a lot more editting so that the final
report looks good.
The non-Lab Practicals will include problem-solving in groups. One member of your team
will be required to record your work. Each week, two of the activities you do will be graded.
During the lab Practicals, the notes you take will count as activities and will be similarly
graded with similar weights to the other Practical sessions. Thus every week’s Practical will
generate grades. These marks will sum up to your 11% grade for Practical work.
Finally, since the Practicals are team-based, it is important that you show up every week. To
encourage this, a penalty to your Practical Group Work will be applied. So you stand to lose
up to 11% of your final grade for absences from Practicals. This penalty will be the
SQUARE of the number of absences, as a percent. If you miss 4 Practicals, your grade will
suer by 16%. This is in addition to not getting credit for the group work which you were
absent for.
If you are more than 10 minutes late (arrive at 9:20, say, instead of 9:10) you will be
counted as absent, but will still get credit for the group work. Similarly, if you leave early
you will also be counted as absent.
If you have any concerns about the course and your ability to do well, please come see me
and we can discuss your situation. I am happy to make reasonable accommodations to
ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to do well in this course. You can also
speak with the people at ACCESSAbility Services who can advise us both.
Tentative Schedule:
Ch 1-4 Kinematics 2 weeks
Ch 5-8 Dynamics 3 weeks
Ch 9-11 Conservation Laws 2.5 weeks
Ch 12 Rotation 2.5 weeks
Ch 15 Oscillations 2 weeks

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