Fall 2017                     Phys 182 (Section 1001): Physics for Scientists and Engineers III

Instructor: Dr. Michael Pravica

Website: http://www.physics.unlv.edu/~pravica                                                                                  Office: BPB 136  

Lecture:  Mon & Wed 1:00pm – 2:15pm, BPB-106                                       Phone (with Voice Mail): 895-1723   

Physics Learning Center Hours: Tues (tentative) 3-5pm (BPB Room 248-249). See: http://www.physics.unlv.edu/plc/

E-mail: pravica@physics.unlv.edu, or michael.pravica@unlv.edu                                          Location: BPB-106

Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4th Ed. (ISBN 9780133953145) with MasteringPhysics, by Randall D. Knight (Pearson 2017).

We will use the Mastering Physics online homework system for our homework.  Students must register first.

Class ID:         MPRAVICA182F2017                       Link:  https://www.masteringphysics.com

Content: We will study fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, and a smattering of modern physics.  Topics will include: sound, temperature, thermometry, heat, gases, intermolecular forces, kinetic theory, entropy, the nature of light, geometrical optics, physical diffraction (including diffraction and interference), and some introductory modern physics. We will cover roughly Chapters 14-18 and 33-35 of your text. The amount of detail will be adjusted according to the interest of the class.

Learning Outcomes:  It is expected in the very least that you will:

1. Understand and solve basic problems (at the level of non-starred problems in your text) in electricity, magnetism, optics, waves (including interference), and introductory nuclear physics

2.  Be able to estimate magnitudes

3.  Be proficient in using scientific notation and vectors and using calculus to solve physics problems.

4.  Have a good grasp of units and their critical importance in connecting with the natural world

5.  Have gained some practical laboratory experience which aids in understanding these concepts


15%  Homework (online assignments from Mastering Physics®),

20%  First Exam (Monday,  October 2nd, 2017)

20%  Second Exam (Wednesday,  November 8th, 2017)

20%  Quizzes

25%  Inclusive Final Exam (Monday, December 11, 2017 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm)

Grading Scale:   

90 100: A- A+; 80 89: B- → B+; 70 79: C- → C+; 60 69: D- → D+; Below 60: F



Attendance: You are expected to attend all lecture and laboratory periods. You are responsible for all assignments and announcements given in class.  Missed exams will result in a grade of zero.  In the event of an extreme emergency (e.g. hospitalization), make-up exams may be given only with the written permission of the Chair of the Physics Department or the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  You may be asked to provide written documentation to justify your request to make up material.  For example, often an excuse such as “I had a death in the family” is given for an absence.  If such is the case, then proof of death and proof of close family relation must be supplied in order for the work to be made up.  If you represent UNLV at any official extracurricular activity, you shall have the opportunity to make up assignments, but you must provide official written notification to the instructor no less than one week prior to the missed class.  A student missing a class or laboratory assignment because of observance of a religious holiday shall have the opportunity to make up missed work.  The student must notify the instructor of anticipated absences by the last day of late registration.  Students who represent UNLV at any official extracurricular activity shall have the opportunity to make up lost work but must provide written notification to the instructor no less than one week prior to the missed class(es).  

Homework: Homework will be assigned weekly and due one week later. Physics cannot be mastered without working out physics problems.  Don't be discouraged when the material initially seems unfamiliar or the homework is difficult. Your mastery of physics will be a gradual process that will develop through diligent practice).  Although each homework assignment is numerically worth the least in terms of your overall grade, it is the most important part of your studies.  You should plan to spend an average of two hours on homework for every hour of lecture. Although homework may be discussed in lecture, questions can always be raised during the course office hours.

Exams: Each student must be prepared to present a pictured ID if requested during an exam.  The Final Exam will encompass ALL of the material covered in the class.

Academic Misconduct: Academic integrity is a legitimate concern for every member of the campus community; all share in upholding the fundamental values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility and professionalism. By choosing to join the UNLV community, students accept the expectations of the Student Academic Misconduct Policy and are encouraged when faced with choices to always take the ethical path. Students enrolling in UNLV assume the obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with UNLV’s function as an educational institution.  An example of academic misconduct is plagiarism. Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of another, from the Internet or any source, without proper citation of the sources. See the Student Academic Misconduct Policy (approved December  9, 2005) located at: http://studentconduct.unlv.edu/misconduct/policy.html.

Rebelmail: By policy, faculty and staff should e-mail students’ Rebelmail accounts only. Rebelmail is UNLV’s official e-mail system for students. It is one of the primary ways students receive official university communication such as information about deadlines, major campus events, and announcements. All UNLV students receive a Rebelmail account after they have been admitted to the university. Students’ e-mail prefixes are listed on class rosters. The suffix is always @unlv.nevada.edu. Emailing within WebCampus is acceptable. By policy, faculty and staff should e-mail students’ Rebelmail accounts only. Rebelmail is UNLV’s Official e-mail system for students. It is one of the primary ways students receive official university communication such as information about deadlines, major campus events, and announcements. All UNLV students receive a Rebelmail account after they have been admitted to the university. The suffix is always @unlv.nevada.edu.

For those with disabilities:  Disability Resource Center (DRC) – The UNLV Disability Resource Center (SSC-A 143, http://drc.unlv.edu/, 702-895-0866) provides resources for students with disabilities. If you feel that you have a disability, please make an appointment with a Disabilities Specialist at the DRC to discuss what options may be available to you. If you are registered with the UNLV Disability Resource Center, bring your Academic Accommodation Plan from the DRC to the instructor during office hours so that you may work together to develop strategies for implementing the accommodations to meet both your needs and the requirements of the course. Any information you provide is private and will be treated as such. To maintain the confidentiality of your request, please do not approach the instructor before or after class in front of others to discuss your accommodation needs.

Incomplete Grades - The grade of I – Incomplete – can be granted when a student has satisfactorily completed

3/4 of course work for that semester/session but for reason(s) beyond the student’s control, and acceptable to the instructor, cannot complete the last part of the course, and the instructor believes that the student can finish the course without repeating it. The incomplete work must be made up before the end of the following regular semester for undergraduate courses.  If

course requirements are not completed within the time indicated, a grade of F will be recorded and the GPA will be adjusted accordingly. Students who are fulfilling an Incomplete do not register for the course but make individual arrangements with the instructor who assigned the I grade.

Copyright: The University requires all members of the University Community to familiarize themselves and to follow copyright and fair use requirements.  You are individually and solely responsible for violations of copyright and fair use laws.  THE UNIVERSITY WILL NEITHER PROTECT NOR DEFEND YOU NOR ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR EMPLOYEE OR STUDENT VIOLATIONS OF FAIR USE LAWS.  Violations of copyright laws could subject you to federal and state civil penalties and criminal liability, as well as disciplinary action under University policies.  The University encourages you to visit its copyright web page:  http://www.unlv.edu/committees/copyright/.

Tutoring: The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides tutoring and academic assistance for all UNLV students taking UNLV courses. Students are encouraged to stop by the ASC to learn more about subjects offered, tutoring times and other academic resources. The ASC is located across from the Student Services Complex (SSC). Students may learn more about tutoring services by calling 702-895-3177 or visiting the tutoring web site at: http://academicsuccess.unlv.edu/tutoring/.

UNLV Writing Center: One-on-one or small group assistance with writing is available free of charge to UNLV students at the Writing Center, located in CDC-3-301. Although walk-in consultations are sometimes available, students with appointments will receive priority assistance. Appointments may be made in person or by calling 702-895-3908. The student’s Rebel ID Card, a copy of the assignment (if possible), and two copies of any writing to be reviewed requested for the consultation. More information can be found at: http://writingcenter.unlv.edu/

Final Note: Physics has a reputation of being a difficult subject.  However, you will see that it is not really that bad!  You will find that the knowledge and problem solving skills that you learn here will be extremely valuable no matter what career path you follow.  Therefore, don't be intimidated, try hard, and never be afraid to ask questions.  This syllabus may change as the course progresses.  The instructor will provide advance notice if and when this happens.

Tentative Schedule:

Week 1 (8/28, 8/30)    Chapter 14                  Fluids and Elasticity

Week 2 (9/6)               Chapter 18                  A Macroscopic Description Of Matter

Week 3 (9/11, 9/13)    Chapter 18                  A Macroscopic Description Of Matter

Week 4 (9/18, 9/20)    Chapter 19                  Work, Heat and the 1st Law of Thermodynamics

Week 5 (9/25, 9/27)    Chapter 20                  The Micro/Macro Connection

Week 6 (10/2, 10/4)    Chapter 21                  Heat Engines and Refrigerators + Exam 1

Week 7 (10/9, 10/11)  Chapter 16                  Traveling waves

Week 8 (10/16, 10/18)            Chapter 17                  Superposition

Week 9 (10/23, 10/25)            Chapter 33                  Wave Optics

Week 10 (10/30, 11/1)  Chapter 34                Ray Optics

Week 11 (11/6, 11/8)  Chapters 34                Ray Optics + Exam 2

Week 12 (11/13, 11/15)          Chapter 35                 Optical Instruments

Week 13 (11/20, 11/22)          Chapter 35                Optical Instruments

Week 14 (11/27, 11/29)          Chapter 37                 The Foundations of Modern Physics

Week 15 (12/4, 12/6)  Chapter 37 and review         


FINAL EXAM:              Monday, December 11 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.