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PY 155 Concepts of Physics I
Silvius, Alexander A.


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Course

PY 155 Concepts of Physics I

Semester

FA 2012 HO

Faculty

Silvius, Alexander A.

Title

Assistant Professor of Physics

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Physics - Missouri Science and Technology

Office Location

Science 308

Office Hours

M-W 9:30-11:00, Open Door Policy, or by appointment.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6883

E-Mail

Alexander.Silvius@park.edu

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:
Physics, 4th edition, by J. S. Walker.

Additional Resources:

Physics, Student Study Guide & Solutions Manual - recommended, but not required.
 
Students will be required to have a non-programmable scientific calculator for this course.

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Course Description:
PY 155 Concepts of Physics I: A non-calculus approach to physics designed to emphasize the concepts that are most important to students. Topics include: measurements, force and motion, statics, vectors, and wave theory as applied to heat, sound, and light. Laboratory included appropriate experiments to illustrate concepts. 3:3:4


Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is based upon inquiry utilizing lecture, directed discussion, demonstrations, discussions, assigned reading assignments, homework, quizzes, examinations, and a Multicultural research paper dealing with some aspect of Physics.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. prepare a multicultural research paper pertaining to some aspect of physics in modern society using multiple sources
  2. apply Newton's three laws of motion, the universal law of gravity and the principles of kinematics to everyday situations
  3. a. design an experiment following the principles and tools of scientific investigation; b. hypothesize; c. collect, d. organize, e. analyze, and f. evaluate data; g. draw conclusions; and h. communicate their results
  4. analyze the impact of the concepts of heat and thermodynamics in real world conditions and situations
  5. evaluate authentic circumstances with regard to fluid dynamics using Bernoulli's principle, Pascal's Law, and the concepts of pressure
  6. elucidate the basic concepts of physics as a part of our daily lives using Physics terminology
  7. work cooperatively to develop solutions to problems arising from applications of physics to genuine every day situations


Core Assessment:

The Portfolio assignment is worth 500 pts (out of 2000).

For the portfolio assignment, in addition to the multicultural paper, the student will select up to two assignments, quizzes, lab reports, tests that the student believes demonstrates that they have achieved mastery of the Learning outcomes listed above.  For each outcome the student will write a reflection paper explaining why those particular assignments, quizzes, lab report, or tests were selected and how they demonstrate the mastery of the outcome in question.  Points will be given for creativity and analysis.  This is one way for the student to take control of their own grade in this course.

 

 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

1.  Assigned Reading:  each student is expected to read the textbook, carefully and critically.
 
2.  Homework & Quizzes:  Homework will be assigned from the end of the chapter problems. The assignments will be collected and a single problem will be arbitrarily be selected and graded. To ensure that an appropriate level of understanding is acquired from the homework, there will be weekly quizzes covering the homework, reading, and lecture material for that week.  The lowest homework and quiz scores will be dropped.  A quiz will be given each week during which there is no exam scheduled.
 
3.  Examinations:  Exams will consist of multiple choice, matching, definitions, and short-answer problems. Make-up exams will be given only if the student contacts the instructor prior to the scheduled exam time and has a reasonable excuse for missing the exam.

4.  Portfolio:  for the portfolio assignment, each student will select up to two assignments, quizzes, lab reports, or examinations that you believe demonstrate that you have achieved mastery of each of the Learning outcomes listed above.  For each outcome you will write a reflection paper explaining why you selected those assignments, and how they demonstrate the mastery of the outcome in question. Be thorough and analytical in your explanation. Additionally, each student will choose a topic pertaining to Physics and relate it to global cultures.  The paper must be 5-6 pages typed, size 12 font (Times New Roman), 1.0 inch margins.  The Title and Reference pages are not to be counted as pages in the report.  The title page will contain the title, this course number, your name, and the date you submit the paper.  The paper must have a multicultural dimension in it or it will not be counted.  Include a complete Reference list (if it is not cited in the text of your document it does not count as a source) at the end of your report.  It will be expected that your paper should average a minimum of 2 total sources per page and approximately 3 citations per paragraph.  Optimally these citations should be from different sources(demonstrating analysis and synthesis of the sources).  Use a modified ACS format for citations.  A Rubric and a citation handout will be provided.

Grading:

Exams 400 points ( 4@100 pts.)
Homework 200 points
Quizzes 200 points
Laboratory 400 points
Final 300 points
Portfolio 500 Points


Total 2000 points
The scale is traditional: 90% = A; 80% = B; 70% = C; 60% = D; <60% = F.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late work will be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phone usage is not allowed during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Exam one - chapters. 1,2,3,

Exam two - chapters. 4,5,6,7,

Exam three - chapters. 8,9,10

Exam four - chapters. 11, 12, 13

Final -Dec 8 (10:15-12:15) comprehensive, including chapters. 14, 15

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,3a,3b,3c,3d                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Strong evidence of mastery of 7or 8 core outcomes, adequate evidence for the remaining: reflection papers address outcomes correctly with definite integration across concepts. Facts used consistently to support positions or opinions. Strong evidence of mastery of 6 of the 8 core outcomes, adequate evidence for the other 2: reflection papers address outcomes correctly with some integration across concepts. Few facts used to support positions or opinions. Strong evidence of mastery of 3-5 of the 8 core outcomes, adequate evidence for the others: reflection papers address outcomes sometimes incorrectly but no integration across concepts.  Facts not used to support positions or opinions. Adequate evidence of mastery of 3-5 of the 8 core outcomes, weak evidence for the others: reflection papers usually incorrectly address outcomes with no integration across concepts.  Facts not used to support positions or opinions. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2,3a,3e,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Artifacts chosen for evidence fit into an easily recognized organizational structure for all of the core outcomes. Artifacts chosen for evidence fit into an easily recognized organizational structure for 6 of the 8 core outcomes. Artifacts arranged with some evidence of organization and care No evidence of organization in artifact arrangement 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,3a,3f,3g,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Reflection papers place all outcome related concepts in contextual framework of previous knowledge. Reflection papers place 6 of 8 outcome related concepts in contextual framework of previous knowledge. Reflection papers place 2-5 outcome related concepts in contextual framework of previous knowledge. Reflection papers place 1 or none of the outcome related concepts in contextual framework of previous knowledge. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1-8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
No factual or terminology related errors 1-2 factual or terminology related errors 3-4 factual or terminology related errors 5 or more factual or terminology related errors 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5,6,7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Artifacts chosen for evidence demonstrate mastery of all of the 8 core outcomes. Artifacts chosen for evidence demonstrate mastery of 6 of the 8 core outcomes. Artifacts chosen for evidence demonstrate mastery of 2-5 of the 8 core outcomes. Artifacts chosen for evidence demonstrate mastery of 1 or none of the 8 core outcomes. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2,4,5,6,8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Artifacts chosen and/or reflection papers demonstrate real-world applicability of all 8 core outcome concepts. Artifacts chosen and/or reflection papers demonstrate real-world applicability of 6 core outcome concepts. Artifacts chosen and/or reflection papers demonstrate real-world applicability of 2-5 core outcome concepts. Artifacts chosen and/or reflection papers demonstrate real-world applicability of 1 or none core outcome concepts. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1-8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
No errors in organization, presentation or relevance 1-2 errors in organization, presentation or relevance 3-4 errors in organization, presentation or relevance 5 or more errors in organization, presentation or relevance 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1-8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
No spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors 1-2 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors 3-4 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors 5 or more spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors 

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