PHY 113 Course Infomation Fall 2017
URL of this course page is:

Welcome to the Fall 2017 class! Let's make it a fun semester!

Note that this course is specifically designed for non-science major students. Students majoring or planing to major in physics, chemistry, math, applied math and engineering may not take this course.

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of entry skill in mathematics requirement (Skill 1) or satisfactory completion of D.E.C. C or QPS
Lectures: Physics P-118 (Note that the lecture room may be changed to Physics D-122.) Mon, Wed 2:30 - 3:50pm
No textbook is required.


Chang Kee Jung

Physics D-141

Office hrs: M 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Tu 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Teaching Assitant

Hui Li


Office hrs: M 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Tu 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Note that the office hours will be held in the Physics Help Room (Physics A-129).
Outside office hours assiatance can be obtained by appointment.

Course Instructions

Communication of homework assignments, schedules, and other informations will be done via this web site as well as in the lecture. This page can be reached from the instructor's homepage, from the Physics department home page ( and from the university Instructional Computing Course infomation page.


Homework will be assigned each week. It will be collected for grading in the following week. Homework assignments will be posted on the web. Although cooperative learning is encouraged, you are required to solve the problems on your own and to consult others only after giving it a serious try yourself. The final calculations and solutions have to be done by you alone. Copied homeworks will count as zero. Homework can be handed in only during the lecture on the due date and late homework will be accepted with a 50% penalty only during the very next lecture after the due date.


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HW Set #6 handout


There will be two mid-term examinations during the semester, and a final 2.5-hour exam during finals week. There will be no make-up exams.

Midterm I Oct. 11, Wed 2:30-3:50pm
Midterm II Nov. 8, Wed 2:30-3:50pm
Final Dec. 12, Tue 5:30-8:00pm


It is strongly recommended that all students to carry a calculator (see qpproved calculator list below) when attending lectures as well as taking exams. Throughout the semester, there will be numerous example calculations done during the lectures using a calculator, and most of the exam problems will require using a calculator.

How the Approved Calculator List was Formed

While an equation sheet will be provided during the exam, we must take precautions against students who might be tempted to store various information including homework solutions into an alphanumeric calculator (as opposed to a purely numeric calculator). As such, alphanumeric calculators (includes virtually all graphing calculators) are forbidden in the exam.

Below is a list of approved calculators. This list was formulated by going to the web sites of the companies suggested by students and searching their presently available models for those calculators that are capable enough (trig functions, log, square root) but do not store alphanumerics. Older models might also be acceptable and will have to be cleared by the exam proctors.

Approved Calculator List

Prices are either provided by the manufacturer or were found by a simple web search. You might do better in your shopping.

Manufacturer Model Price
Texas Instruments TI 30XA $9.99
TI 30X IIB $15.99
TI 30X IIS $14.87
TI 34II $19.88
TI 36X $19.87
Casio FX-115 $14.99
FX-250 $7.99
FX-260 $8.99
FX-300 $9.99
Hewlett Packard 9s $11.99
30s $14.95


Your final grade will be determined as follows:
Homework 20%; Two Midterm Examinations 20% each; Final Examination 30%; Attandance and Participation at Teacher's discretion 10%. Regardless of excuses, any students missing more than 10 classes/lectures will not pass the course.

Special Notes:

Any excuses (medical or otherwise) are to be documented, and discussed with the instructors in a timely manner.

Americans with Disabilities Act

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Students requiring emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information, go to the following web site.