Physics 2110, Fall 2009
General Physics with Calculus I

Lectures: 09:40 - 10:30 am, Monday, Wednesday, Friday;
room: JFB 103

Discussions: section 002 09:40 - 10:30 am; Tue, Thu; room: LCB 215
section 004 10:45 - 11:35 am; Tue, Thu; room: NS 204

!!! Discussion section 003 has been cancelled !!!


Instructor: Dr. Oleg Starykh
Office: JFB 304
Phone: 801-581-6424
Fax: 801-581-4801
E-mail: starykh [at]
Course website:

Office Hours: Monday 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Discussion leader: Shane Head

Web-page Info: I make extensive use of the course website. Most important information concerning this class - lecture schedule, homework assignments and their solutions, exam info as well as (occasional) links to additional reading material - is contained in the Schedule of the Course. Please check the website frequently for homework info, occasional lecture notes, announcements and other updated information regarding this course.

Course Description:

This is the first semester of the 2-semester General Physics with Calculus sequence. The aspects of calculus as well as mathematics of vectors (i.g., unit vectors and the vector dot and cross products) will be carefully presented.
The major areas to be covered during the first semester course are: kinematics, the study of motion, forces and Newton's three laws, circular motion and gravitation, work and energy, momentum and collisions, rotational kinematics and dynamics, the nature of matter with emphasis on the study of gases, elasticity and oscillations, waves and sound, the thermal nature of matter, heat and kinetic theory, and (time permitting) thermodynamics.

Course PRE-REQUISITES: PHYCS 2210; MATH 1210, 1220.

Required Text: University Physics with Modern Physics, 12th Edition, Young and Freedman
Publisher: Pearson Addison-Wesley, ISBN-10: 080532187X .

Homework: is very important!

Weekly problem sets will be required and will count toward grades. Generally, we'll have one homework per week. Homework schedule can be found in the class Schedule which you should check weekly for posted homework assignments, additional suggested reading materials, as well as homework solutions which will be posted there every week.

  • Homeworks are due on Wednesday, unless indicated otherwise in the Schedule, by 4 pm;
  • bring them to my office (JFB 304) -- leave them in the "IN" pocket by the door.

    Discussions of homework problems are encouraged. However, every homework must be written individually. Copying other person's solutions is prohibited. Please write clearly : remember that what can not be read can not (and, will not) be graded!

    Grading Policy:

    Three midterm exams and a final will be administered. The grading scheme is as follows:

  • Homework 40%
  • Midterms 45% (15% each)
  • Final Exam 15%

    For students with disabilities: The University of Utah Department of Physics seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in this course, reasonable prior notice must be given to the instructor and to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Bldg, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for accommodations. I strongly encourage you to come and talk to me about your disability and necessary accommodations within the first two weeks of the semester.

    Last updated August 19, 2009