Welcome to Physics 105!
Fall 2014

General Information

Instructor: John S. Colton
Email: You can email me via this link: http://www.physics.byu.edu/department/feedback/colton
Office hours: M 1:30-3 pm, W 2:30-4 pm, in the Tutorial Lab N304 ESC
Office: N335 ESC, available by appointment

T.A./grader: Jerika McKeon
TA's email address: drcoltons105ta@gmail.com
TA's office hours: M 3-5 pm, W 5-6 pm, in the Tutorial Lab N304 ESC
TA weekly review: F 1-3 pm**, in 108 MARB     **changed to F 12-3 pm on 18 Nov 2014

Exam reviews for exam 1: Wed Oct 1, 7 - 8:30 pm and Thurs Oct 2, 6 - 7:30 pm, both in room C295 ESC
Exam reviews for exam 2: Wed Oct 29, 7 - 8:30 pm and Thurs Oct 30, 5:30 - 7 pm, both in room C295 ESC
Exam reviews for exam 3: Sat Nov 22, 10 - 11:30 am and Mon Dec 1, 5:30 - 7 pm, both in room C295 ESC
Exam reviews for final exam:  Thurs Dec 11, 5:30 - 7 pm and Fri Dec 12, 6 - 7:30 pm, both in room C295 ESC

Quick Links

The following links are explained more below.


The textbook for the class is College Physics, by Serway & Faughn (6th, 7th editions) or by Serway & Vuille (8th, 9th, 10th editions).  Only volume 1 is needed for Physics 105; but volume 2 is used in Physics 106, so if you’re planning to take that course too it may be cheaper to get a book with both volumes combined. Feel free to obtain an inexpensive used copy.

Syllabus and Course Packet

Max: Homework, Warm-Up Exercises, Clicker Registration, CID number, and Grades

Prayer Sign-up

Reading Assignments/Warmup Quizzes

Class Discussion Forum

Lecture Notes

Videos of Demos

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Here are videos of nearly all the demos I will do/have done in Physics 105. Most if not all were recorded in previous years.

Videos of Homework Solutions

I've decided to post HW solutions to their own website. Videos will generally be posted the day after the HW was due.

Tutorial Lab Info

Old Exams

I strongly recommend working through the old exams entirely on your own before looking at the solutions. Pre-curve averages (medians) are listed for the multiple choice parts of the exams. No guarantees as to whether this year's exams will be the same difficulty, easier, or harder than past exams. Also note that on some past exams I allowed students to bring a note card whereas on others I supplied a formula sheet.

WARNING: In past years I gave 4 midterms. This year I'm giving 3 midterms. Plus, the order I'm presenting some of the topics has changed. Here's how this years' exams compare to the posted exams from previous years:
    Exam 1 this year = previous years' Exam 1 + first half of Exam 2 (Newton's Second Law) + centripetal acceleration from Exam 3
    Exam 2 this year = previous years' second half of Exam 2 + Exam 3 (minus centripetal acceleration)
    Exam 3 this year = previous years' Exam 4

* There was an error in the latent heat of water on this exam, which would affect the answer to problem 23

Notes from Jerika's exam reviews

Here are some notes from Jerika's exam reviews (in pdf and pptx formats).

This year's exams

Here is the first page of exams for this semester: first page of exams - Fall 2014.pdf

Here's where I will post my solutions to this year's exams:

How to get started

Supplementary Material

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