PY 205 Introduction to Physics I
FA 2008 HO
Weigand, Jimmie L.
BA ChemistryMS Analytical Chemistry
8-18-2008 to 12-12-2008
1:50 - 3:05 PM
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The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactivity based on lectures, readings, quizzes, problems, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings along with the lab experience. The goal is to transfer adequate and sufficient amount of knowledge to all students at the appropriate level. In doing so making sure 1) students understand what is being conveyed; 2) prepare students for the next level of education; 3) develop the understanding of study such that they adapt the process of thinking rather than memorize facts and principles; 4) develop practical skills and techniques to work confidently in the laboratories; 5) demonstrate how Physics is part of our daily lives; 6) to use alternative and diverse methods of teaching to keep the student motivated and interested during the course of study during the semester and hopefully the rest of their lives.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Your final grade will be based on three (3) one-hour exams, a comprehensive final, lab reports, and homework. (See dates under COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGN- MENTS.) Your grade will also reflect your lab performance (see separate syllabus for lab) and homework. (The material in lab is very important. Know what you do in lab – it may appear on exams.) If there is no class due to inclement weather, the scheduled exam will be given the next class time. If the weather affects the final, check with the office or your email for an alternate date. This will most likely be the following day.
I expect not only that you know something, but also you can use what you know. Your future employer or research director is going to ask you to do this. In other words, you will have to use what you have learned. Think critically! This course will also stretch you analytical thinking skills.
There will be three 50-minute exams during the semester. Exams will be based mainly on material studied since the last exam, but all previous material is also possible. It would be to your advantage to learn any questions you may have answered incorrectly from the previous exams.
Make Up Exams
If you know you will be absent for an exam, see me, call, or e-mail to set up a time to take it before the class. You will have this privilege once during the semester.
You are expected to read the assignment and work problems. The best way to learn Physics is to work problems. Assigned problems will be given during the discussion of the chapters. Fully understand these problems and the worked out problems in the text.
The problem set is due for discussion the class after the day we finish the chapter.
For the assigned problem-sets and exam problems you must show all work. You must show all steps to get to that answer that appears in back of the text if there is one. Box in the final result. Staple the pages. Be careful not to staple through problems. The grader will not struggle to try to read your work through a staple. Put your name on the top one. Failure to show all work will result in no credit for the problem.
If you staple through written work, the grader will not struggle to try to read your work. Zero credit will be given for that problem.
Failure to put your name on the top page will result in no one grading the problem set.
Late Homework: You will be given a check mark for any homework late. This is a zero numerically.
No Homework: You will be given a zero. More than three zeros will result in a decrease of one letter grade for the course. More than five zeros will result in a decrease of two letter grades for the course.
Your earned final grade is bases on you performance on three examinations, a comprehensive final examination, homework, and your performance in the laboratory no more stringent than according to the following:
Exams(3) 40% A 87.5-100
Final 20% B 75-87.5
Lab 20% C 62.5-75
Homework 20% D 50-62.5
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments not submitted on the due date will lose 10%/day. Papers more than 5 days late will receive a grade of “zero”.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
Remember, you are not the only one in class and we have a lot of material to cover. Ask questions, but do not monoplilize the class time.
Measurement and Uncertainty,
Kinematics in one dimension
Kinematics in two or three dimensions
Newton’s laws of motion
Use of Newton’s Laws
Work and Energy
Conservation of Energy
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