Semester: Fall 2016

Instructor: Ali Serpengüzel | SCI 119 | Tu-Th B5

Lectures: ENG B16 | Tu-Th B3

Laboratory Coordinator: Nazmi Yılmaz | SCI 136 | Tu-Th B4

Laboratory: SCI Z34 | Mo-We B7

Assistant: Mustafa Mert Bayer, Huseyin Ozan Cirkinoglu, Syed Sultan Shah Bukhari, Muhammad Rehan Chaudhry | SCI 147 | TBA

Problem Session: CAS B30B | Tu-Th B7

Text Book: University Physics, Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Friedman, 13th edition, Addison-Wesley (2011).

Recommended Books: Schaum's Outline on College Physics",Bueche and Frederick, McGraw-Hill

Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Beginning Physics 1: Mechanics and Heat, Halperin and Alvin, McGraw-Hill.

The Physics Toolbox: A Survival Guide for Introductory Physics", K.A.Hubbard and D.M.Katz, Thomson (2001).

Science Librarian: Sina Mater | LIB 222 | Tu-Th B2

Course schedule is given below.

Week   Date              Subject

  1. Sep 26  Introduction
  2. Oct 03  Equilibrium
  3. Oct 10  Elasticity
  4. Oct 17  Fluid Mechanics
  5. Oct 24  Fluid Mechanics
  6. Oct 31  Gravitation
  7. Nov 07  Periodic Motion
  8. Nov 14  Mechanical Waves
  9. Nov 21  Sound
  10. Nov 28  Hearing
  11. Dec 05  Temperature
  12. Dec 12  Heat
  13. Dec 19  Thermal Properties of Matter
  14. Dec 26  Laws of Thermodynamics

Experiments are given below.           

  1. Standing Waves on a String
  2. Sound Waves in a Resonance Tube
  3. Mechanics of Flow
  4. Latent Heat of Vaporization
  5. Heat Conduction in Metals
  6. Adiabatic Gas Compression

Course Description: Equilibrium and Elasticity, Mechanical Waves, Pressure Waves (sound) and Hearing, Electromagnetic Waves, Temperature and Heat, Thermal Properties of Matter, First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, Lab component.

Course Objective: The objective of this course is to teach the importance of physical knowledge as well as the experimental know how that goes along with it. Atomic, molecular, optical, nuclear, and particle physics lies at the very foundation of natural phenomena and every student of nature should master these topics before graduation.

Learning Outcomes: The students are expected to learn mechanical waves and thermodynamics.

Teaching Method: There are two weekly face to face meetings. There are presentations and demonstrations. There is a problem and a labor session every other week.

Attendance: All students are required to attend classes, labor sessions and problem sessions. Even a university approved "Medical Excused Absence" or "Dean of Student's Excused Absence" doesn't relieve you of this attendance requirement. Students who miss more than 1/3 of the classes (Excused or Unexcused) might receive an automatic F irrespective of their course average.

Labor Session: Come to the laboratory on time. You may not enter the labor session, if you are more than 15 minutes late. If you miss a laboratory experiment without an official excuse, your grade will be zero for that experiment. Come to the laboratory prepared. You should be familiar with the experiment, before you come to the laboratory. Do the necessary preliminary work, before you come to the laboratory.

Grading policy: two midterm and a final exam  (25 % each) and laboratory reports (25%). Makeup exams are very reluctantly given only with a university approved medical excuse, and if given, will always be harder then the original exams. Do not plan to take makeups. The date of the midterms and the final exams will be announced later. The laboratory reports are graded as follows: careful laboratory practice (5%), careful laboratory notebook keeping (10%), complete laboratory final report (10%). 10 steps to successful reports are given here. You will submit a final report for each experiment. You must complete this final report during the laboratory sessions.

Laboratory NoteBook: is available at the bookstore. Every student should have one square ruled A4 size laboratory notebook. Bring your laboratory notebook to all the laboratory sessions. Students without a laboratory notebook will not be admitted to the laboratory. You will record with a pen (not a pencil) the schematics, the relevant parameters, your measurements in your laboratory notebook. You will have to date all the pages in the lab notebook during that particular experiment. After the experiment the used pages will be signed by you and the laboratory instructor.

Student Code of Conduct: Students should be familiar with the Koç University Student Code of Contact.