COURSE SYLLABUS Phys 1304-001 (Basic Ideas and Methods) Fall 2004.

Time and Place: MWF 12:00-12:50; Science 7

Instructor: Prof. J. Huang Tel.: 742-4780; e-mail:

Office Hours: MWF 9:00-9:50 and by appointment. Science 35

Textbook: Giancoli, D. C. Physics, 6th Edition (for future students of 1403/1404).
Knight R. D., Physics for Scientists and Engineers. (for future students of 1408/2401).

Grades: Fix quizzes (drop the lowest score of six quizzes) 50%
Six homework assignments 50%


Since Phys 1304 is not a required course for the major, it may be taken Pass/Fail. This is an option which generally is in the interest of student. Consult the university calendar for deadline to declare Pass/Fail.

The course is intended to provide the physics and pertinent mathematics needed to tackle the subsequent two-semester sequences (Phys 1408/2401 or 1403/1404) demanded of students majoring in engineering, pre-med, etc. The focus of the course is on basic concepts and problem solving approaches. The subject coverage is primary mechanics, but other topic will be touched on also. Subject coverage will be less important than acquisition of problem solving ability.

Homework: There will be six online-homework sets from the UT Homework Service. You need to submit the homework online before due days. The homework will be graded and detailed solution will be provided online. Be sure to work out the answers to the homework on your own and keep a record. Doing homework is important for you to practice the problem solving skills in physics.

Quizzes: There will be an in-class quiz following each homework assignment. The quizzes are closed book. You may bring a 3x5 formula card with your handwritten notes. Only simple calculators without physics contents are allowed. No make-up quiz will be given. In case of a serious emergency, please see the instructor to discuss how the grade will be determined.

Take notes in class, recognize the concepts behind the lecture demonstrations, and study the basic principles. Take a look at any new chapters before class. Pay attention and ask questions. Attend all lectures unless you have an emergency.


Disability: Any student, who because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements, should contact the instructor as soon as possible so that necessary accommodations can be made. Proper documentation about the disability must be presented from the Dean of Student's office.