University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 1201W.100

Introductory Physics for Biology and Pre-medicine I

Quiz Solutions
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Quiz Logistics
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For both Thursday group and Friday individual quizzes, bring a pencil and a scientific calculator.

All Thursday group quizzes are held in your discussion rooms, whereas all Friday individual quizzes are held in:

Tate B50 if your last (family) name begins with A - M;
Fraser Hall 102 if your last name begins with N - Z.

Please arrive early on quiz days.

Practice for Exams
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Discussion Sessions
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Homework Solutions
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Weekly Assignments
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Every week, generally on Thursdays, reading assignments and homework problems will be assigned below.

Note, about 10 problems will be assigned each week and will usually be due the following Thursday in Discussion. One of the problems from each homework assignment will be chosen at random and graded. Solutions will be posted just after the homework assignment is submitted so that you can check your answers.

For extra practice, you are encouraged to work through more problems, e.g., the odd problems in Sternheim & Kane, for which the answers are provided in the appendices, or problems from other intro physics texts. Additional practice problems will also be provided periodically on the course website.

Assignment #6
modified 12-Oct-2017 at 9:34AM by Aaron Wynveen

Finish reading chapter 6 (again, you can skip sections 6.8 and 6.12). Start on chapter 7 (skip all the supplementary sections, 7.7-7.9).

Homework #6.
Chapter 6: Problems/Exercises 5, 16, 31, 42, 45, 54, 59, 76, 88, 104.
Due Thursday, Oct. 19, in Discussion.

Assignment #5
posted 5-Oct-2017 at 12:47PM by Aaron Wynveen

Finish reading Chapter 5 (again you can skip sections 5.8 and 5.9) and begin Chapter 6 (you can skip sections 6.8 and 6.12).

Homework #5.
Chapter 5: Problems/Exercises 7, 10, 13, 20, 25, 34, 49, 78, 90.
Due Thursday, Oct. 12, in Discussion.

Assignment #4
posted 28-Sep-2017 at 11:19AM by Aaron Wynveen

Finish reading chapter 4 (you can skip sec. 4.8) and start on chapter 5 (you can skip secs. 5.8 and 5.9).

Homework #4.
Chapter 4: Problems/Exercises 8, 12, 24, 30, 40, 48, 58, 64, 67.
Note, problem 58 is a rather challenging problem. If you are up for using a little calculus and geometry to find the center of mass of a triangle, give it a try! But do not worry if you cannot solve this problem -- again, it is rather geometry/calculus heavy. You should be able to find the center of mass for simply shaped objects, however (as in problem 24).
Due Thursday, Oct. 5, in Discussion.

Assignment #3
posted 21-Sep-2017 at 11:20AM by Aaron Wynveen

Finish reading S&K Chapter 3. Begin reading Chapter 4.

Homework #3:
Chapter 3: Problems/Exercises 58, 66, 69, 80, 94, 98, 100, 105.
Due Thursday, Sept. 28, in Discussion.

Assignment #2
modified 21-Sep-2017 at 4:00PM by Aaron Wynveen

Read Chapter 3 of S&K.

Homework #2:
Chapter 2: Problems/Exercises 50, 51, 71, 78;
Chapter 3: Problems/Exercises 8, 20, 30, 47, 52, 84.
Due Thursday, Sept. 21, in discussion.

Assignment #1
posted 4-Sep-2017 at 12:02PM by Aaron Wynveen

Read Chapters 1 and 2 of S&K. Peruse the Appendices of S&K, which are provided on this course website or at the end of your book.

Homework #1:
Chap. 1: Exercises/Problems 8, 20, 28, 34, 55, 84, 90, 94, 100, 105;
Chap. 2: Exercises/Problems 10, 12, 20, 45.
Due Thursday, Sept. 14, in Discussion.

Extra practice problems
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General Announcements
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MCAE Writing tutors
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Tate B25 Tutor Room Schedule
modified 12-Sep-2017 at 1:13PM by Aaron Wynveen

Below is the tutor schedule for Tate B25. Although most of the tutors listed here are assigned to courses other than 1201, any of them should be able to help you.

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Sternheim & Kane Appendices
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Introductory Items
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Welcome to Phys 1201W.100, the first semester of the introductory physics course for students primarily majoring in the life sciences.

Please read through the Syllabus as it details the policies, lists the required materials, and provides the schedule for the course. This course website also will be the source of announcements, homework assignments and solutions, discussion session solutions, practice exams, exam solutions, etc. Note, we will also be testing Canvas, where identical information as this course website may be posted. The course website, however, is the official location for this class's resources.

Note, discussion and lab sessions will meet during the first week of class. You need not prepare anything in advance for these sessions. For the Thursday discussion sessions, you should double check with the course catalog in which room it is held since these room assignments often change just before the first week's classes meet.

In discussion, you will work through practice problems with your fellow classmates in groups of 3-4 students.

During the first week's lab session, your TA will outline the policies for the lab, and you will take a diagnostics exam, via Canvas, that includes problems concerning topics we will discuss this semester. Note, the results of this exam are NOT counted toward your course grade and have no bearing on any aspects of the course, however, you should do as well as you can. (Think of this exam as simply a warm-up to start you thinking about topics we will cover this term.)

For those whose lab sections are scheduled on Monday (and so will not meet during this first week), your TA will go over lab policies with you during the Thursday discussion session. You may complete the diagnostics test on Canvas, then, on your own time during the first week of term.

Any questions about the class can be posed during the first lecture meeting.

Lab Manual
modified 29-Aug-2017 at 12:29PM by Sean Albiston

Below is the most current lab manual for this course. When printing, refer to the course syllabus for a list of scheduled labs, or consult with your TA, to ensure that you print the pages necessary for your assigned lab problems.

It is suggested that you save a copy to your personal device in case web access is not available. Sending and saving the file to your email account might be helpful also.

If at any time you find errors, typos or issues with the lab material, please send an email to detailing the problem.

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