UCCS PES 213 General Physics III Fall 2005

Instructor:                  ramon tirado

Office:                         ENGR 245
Office Hours:              MW 10:15 am 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 6:30pm     T TH 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Phone:                         719 262 3650
Class Hours:               Section 001                 MW     4:30 pm – 5:45 pm                  ENGR 109
e-mail:                         rtirado@uccs.edu
web site:                     www.uccs.edu/~rtirado

Course Description

A continuation of PES 112.  Topics covered include fluid mechanics, waves temperature, heat and the first law of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, light, and quantum physics.

Course Outline

I.          Introduction, Oscillations and Mechanical Waves  [Chapters 14 - 18] (Aug 22 – Sept 26)
II.         Light and Optics                                                      [Chapters 35 - 38] (Sept 28 – Oct 24)
III.       Thermodynamics                                                      [Chapters 19 - 22] (Oct 26 – Nov 28)
IV.       Relativity                                                                 [Chapter 39]          (Nov 30 – Dec 07)


Recommended Materials:

Student Solutions Manual and Study Guide (Volume 2)                 ISBN:  0534408567
Written by John R. Gordon, Ralph McGrew, and Raymond Serway, the two-volume manual features detailed solutions to 20 percent of the end-of chapter problems from the text. This manual also features a list of important equations, concepts, and answers to selected end-of-chapter questions.
Murray R. Spiegel, John M. Liu

Scientific Calculators

If you can program and apply calculators to assist you in your problem solving, you are increasing your skill set.  Calculators will be necessary for homework and will be allowed to be used during exams; HOWEVER, enough INTERMEDIATE STEPS MUST BE SHOWN to show you understand how to solve the problem.

Computers and PDA’s are not allowed to be used for exams.
Cell phones, Pagers, & Talking
Please show respect to the other members of the class by turning off the sound on cell phones and pagers. Imperative phone calls should be taken outside the classroom.  Also, keep conversation to a minimum during the lecture so that others can hear clearly.
Science Learning Center (Science Room 145)            Math Learning Center (Engineering Room 129).


Homework will be graded.  Please show your work or you will not receive proper credit.
Please late homework will not be accepted after the due date since I will be posting the answers on the website  – no exceptions.


There will be three mid-term exams given during the semester.  In addition to the mid-term exams there will be a final exam on Wednesday, December 14, from 10:50 am – 1:20 pm DWIR 210.

The Final exam will be comprehensive, but will emphasize the material covered after the third exam.

Unless arrangements have been made PRIOR to any exam, THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. MISSED EXAMS WILL RECEIVE A SCORE OF ZERO.  Since the material in this class is foundation for many subsequent classes, no exam scores will be dropped.

Grading Policy        

Homework     20%                Exams (4)       80%

90-100%        A        88-89%          A-
85-87%          B+      80-84%           B         78-79%           B-
75-77%          C+      70-74%           C         68-69%           C-
65-67%          D+      60-65%           D         58-59%           D-
> 58%             F


Attendance will be monitored, but it will not affect your grade.  It is up to each student’s responsibility to cover any material due to missed lectures considering that most of the information presented during lectures will be included in the various exams.

Class Style

Generally the class will cover 1 chapter a week with the exception of chapter 14.

Student Conduct

Students enrolled in this course are expected to conform to university rules of Student Conduct.  These may be found online at:            http://web.uccs.edu/studentconduct/


Any student eligible for and requesting academic accommodations due to a disability is required to provide a letter from Disability Services within the first two weeks of class.
Disability Services is located in:       Cragmor Hall #104,  719 262-3354.             http://web.uccs.edu/dss/
Sep 5                                       Labour Day                 No class
Nov 23-25                               Thanksgiving              No classes
Wednesday Dec 7                   Final Exam Review

Wednesday Dec 14                Final Exam:                4:30 pm – 7:00 pm                 ENGR 109

last updated: Wednesday, 05-Oct-2005 19:04