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Professor Henry Gurr

Fall 1998 Teaching Assignment

Fall 1998 Teaching Assignment

APHY A201-001 General Physics with Lab

AMTH A118-001 Concepts in Discrete Mathematics

APHY 201 Section 1 - General Physics with Lab
Fall 1998 - 4 Credits


Dr. Henry S. Gurr


Science Building Room 323


648-6851 ext. 3453 (work); or 649-0424 (leave message)


henryg at

Office Hours

M, W, F 1:00- 1:50PM - Science Building Room 325


MWF 1:00 - 2:50, ADMN 213


Th 1:40-4:30PM - Science Building Room 325


Contemporary College Physics

by Childer & Jones 3rd edition (required)
Conceptual Physics by Paul G. Hewett 7th edition (required)
No Lab manual is required. Students may request to see a Supplementary Lab Manual.


Scientific Calculator: Must be able to do square root and scientific notation (required), a ruler w/centimeters, an accurate protractor and a circle drawing compass should be brought to all classes, labs, and exams.



Lab Reports 25%

90-100 A

70-74 C


85-89 B+

65-69 D+

Exams 25%

80-84 B

60-64 D

Final Exams 25%

75-79 C+

0-59 F

Instructor's Evaluation 10%



Policy as stated in USCA Bulletin


Each exam will cover all the material discussed since the previous exam. The full fifty minutes of the class period will be used for the exam. The Final Exam will be comprehensive, approximately 30% on new material discussed since the last exam, and 70% on old material. Homework will be assigned, but will not be graded. It is useful in preparing for the type of questions which will appear on exams or quizzes. A homework question may even appear on an exam or quiz.


If you have any learning or physical disability which might affect your performance in this class, please inform your instructor as soon as possible and Linda Matthews, Coordinator of Counseling Services, in order to verify your status and provide you with appropriate assistance.


In addition to performing each lab and homework, a short quiz may be given at the start of each class or lab. The quiz will concern any of the following: 1) homework due for that class period, 2) textbook reading to be completed prior to that class period, 3) homework and text reading for any previous class, 4) what was done in a previous lab.

Lab reports

Lab Reports should be in your own words to establish that you have an understanding of the material. If you quote any source word for word, be sure to credit the source with a footnote or reference.


Sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and spelling will also be used as a basis for grading your report. Be sure it is worthy of being read with respect to these aspects.







Chapter 1

Measurement and Analysis



Chapter 2

Motion in One Dimension



Chapter 3

Motion in Two Dimensions

Vectors in Space


Chapter 4

Force and Motion

Newtons Second Law


Chapter 5

Uniform Circular Motion and Gravitation

Vectors for Forces & Circulation


Chapter 6

Work and Energy

Conservation of Energy


Chapter 7

Linear Momentum

Conservation of Momentum


Chapter 8

Combining Conservation of Energy & Momentum

Rotary Acceleration


Chapter 9

Rigid Bodies and Rotational Motion

Gravitation & Keplars Laws


Chapter 10




Chapter 11

Thermal Physics



Chapter 12

Gas Laws and Kinetic Theory

Boyles Law Charles Law


Chapter 13


The Simple Pendulum


Chapter 14

Periodic Motion

Wave Motion, Sound Experiences


Chapter 15

Wave Motion

Semester Review


Homework problems and specific readings in the textbook will be assigned in class. Homework will be collected as a check on how you are keeping up. Although I may not always collect homework, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to do it! A major part of learning physics involves DOING homework to reading the textbook. Also, homework is useful in preparing for the type of questions which may appear on quizzes or exams. A homework question may even appear on a quiz or exam.

AMTH 118 Section 1
Concepts in Discrete Mathematics
Fall 1998

Instructor :

Dr. Henry S. Gurr


Science Building Room 323

Office Hours :

MWF 2:00-3:00 and by appointment.

email :

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About the Course :


Mathematical concepts involving discrete mathematics, their historical/cultural backgrounds and their applications in modern society are presented in this course. Using the text: For all Practical Purposes - Introduction to the Contemporary Mathematics, we shall cover the following topics:

Part I

MANAGEMENT SCIENCE (Chapters 1-4) Street Networks, Visiting vertices, Planning and Scheduling, Linear Programming.

Part II

STATISTICS: THE SCIENCE OF DATA (Chapters 6-7) Producing Describing Data, Mathematics of Chance.

Part III

SOCIAL CHOICE AND DECISION MAKING (Chapters 11-15) Social choice and the Impossible Dream, Weighted Voting Systems, Fair Division.

Parts of IV

ON SIZE AND SHAPE (Chapters 16-22) Growth and Form, Geometric Growth, In-Accessible Distances. Reflecting the Universe, New Geometries for a New Universe, Symmetry and Patterns, Tilings.

Course Requirements and Grading :



3 Exams 45%

92-100 A

70-74 C

Weekly Writing Journal 15%

85-91 B+

65-69 D+

Math Home Work 15%

80-84 B

60-64 D

Final Exam 15%

75-79 C+


Instructor's Evaluation 10%


Journal :

You will record your observations of "Real World" Mathematics Applications that you see in your daily life in a bound lab notebook (or soft cover report binder). You may report and discuss any mathematics application that you find significant or interesting. Of special importance are the topics covered in class and/or the topics discussed in the AMTH 118 textbook. Each week look around you and ask, "Where have I seen mathematics happening?" You may discuss this with your classmates, but should not have duplicate responses.


A new journal entry will be due each week. Each weekly journal must be greater than 300 words in length. You MUST show your word count or calculation of estimated number of words at the end of each weekly journal. Your bound lab book with all entries (in time order) must be turned in at the time of the final exam to receive credit (15% Journal).

Course Objectives :

  • To understand the mathematical concepts and their historical development introduced in the course.
  • To be able to apply these concepts to solve relevant problems.
  • To be able to communicate using mathematical language and symbols.


  1. You are expected to attend every class and stay in class for the whole period. In the event that you have to miss a class (or leave the class early) you should talk to the instructor about it as soon as you can.
  2. If you have a learning disability which might affect your performance in this class, please inform your instructor and the USCA Counseling Center as soon as possible in order to verify your status and provide you with appropriate assistance. The USCA Counseling Center is located in Room 116C of the Administration Building (phone 641-3317).
  3. A more detailed schedule of topics, exams, homework, and project dates will be provided later.
  4. It is a good idea to read ahead, ask questions in class or outside class, and to study with classmates.
  5. In this course you will be expected to develop a thorough, competent and scientific understanding of mathematics as befits a truly educated person and as befits a person who will apply the knowledge gained in this course as part of their qualification for graduation from this great university. In the class and from the surrounding world you will record extensive observations in a bound log book and provide extensive written analysis of what you have observed. You will be expected to show competence and be able to use the knowledge you have gained in this course. This means you will demonstrate understanding of text reading assignments by answering questions over this material in homework assignments and examination. (See textbook for examples of such questions).
  6. If you are going to be absent from an exam, you MUST notify the instructor PRIOR to the exam or you will receive a failing grade on the exam. You may call the department secretary at 641-3446 and leave a message.