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E-mail to class on August 20, 2008; E-mail to class on August 28, 2008 Practice test #1 now available. Practice test #2 now available, and Practice test #3 now available Course Description and Goals: In this class we will learn about basic concepts in Physics, including motion, gravity, heat, electricity and magnetism. We will range from the building blocks of matter on the atomic scale to the building blocks of our Galaxy on astronomical scales. We will discuss current ideas about our place on Earth, and in the Universe. By the end of the course you should have a good enough grasp of the fundamentals and vocabulary to easily follow articles on physics in the popular press. You will also learn about the methods used by modern physicists.
Instructor: Prof. Greg Taylor; firstname.lastname@example.org; 277-5238; web page
Class Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:15pm
Class Location: 103 Regener Hall
Class Web page: http://www.phys.unm.edu/~gbtaylor/phys102/
Course Text: Conceptual Physics Fundamentals, Hewitt
Office Hours: Tu 9-11am Room 180, Physics and Astronomy Bldg. (NE corner of Lomas
and Yale, or by appointment)
Required Materials: i-clicker, course textbook, webassign access,
two number 2 pencils. If you purchase the textbook and clicker together
you can get a rebate.
NOTE: You will need to register your i-clicker at
following the directions provided. And be sure to make note of the
CLASS-ID that you obtain in the process as this is how your test scores
will be listed since we are not allowed to post scores by name or Banner ID.
If you have problems with clicker or web-assign registration you can get
help from Cathy Webster. Her e-mail is email@example.com.
Pre-Requisites: None. We will learn some physics concepts and make
use of occasional high-school level algebra and trigonometry.
Homework: There will be regular reading and homework assignments. Homeworks will be available through webassign starting at 5:05pm one week before they are due. Homeworks will be due at 5pm on the class day indicated in the syllabus. Access to webassign can be purchased on-line or from the UNM bookstore. Your webassign username is your UNM e-mail username (everything before the "@" symbol so for example if your e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, then your username is example) and the password for everybody is phys102. You should change that when you login to webassign. If you need a class key then use the following: "unm 9309 8492". The reading assignments should be completed before the class time. At the end of each chapter you will find a set of review questions. You should go over these questions as you finish each chapter. If you have questions on the material, please bring them up in class.
Lectures: I will present lectures in powerpoint, with occasional class demonstrations, and will work through problems on the board. Some material drawn from my own research, or current events, may not be covered in the book. The lectures will be interactive in that I will ask true/false or multiple choice questions of the class and then review the answers. Your participation in responding, and in asking questions of your own is strongly encouraged and will count toward your grade in the class.
Grades: There will be four tests including the final exam, which will not be cumulative, but will only cover material from the last quarter of the class. There will be NO make-up exams, but the lowest exam score will be dropped, so even if one exam is missed it will still be possible to obtain an A in the course. Grades will be based on the exams (75%), homework (15%), and class participation (10%). Answers given during class using the i-clickers will not be scored, but participation will be recorded - note that you must answer more than half the questions during each class to get credit. Clicker questions are also likely to show up on tests. You are responsible for bringing your i-clicker to class - it is not possible with a class this large to arrange for loaned clickers. Note: If you take this class "Credit/No Credit", according to university policy, your final grade must be a "C" or better in order to receive credit.
Tutoring: Free tutoring for this class is available through CAPS. Go to http://www.unm.edu/~caps/. We also have a Supplemental Instruction Leader, Mr. John Tennison. John will hold SI Sessions as follows: Mon 4-4:50pm in Hum. 309; Wed 11-11:50am in Hum. 309; Fri 1-1:50pm in Hum. 309.
|Schedule of Topics and Reading Assignments|
|25 Aug||Introduction -- What is Science?|
|27 Aug||Atoms to Stars||Ch. 1,2|
|3 Sep||Equilibrium and Motion||Ch. 3||HW 1 grades|
|8 Sep||Newton's Laws||Ch. 4|
|10 Sep||Momentum||Ch. 5.1-5.8||HW 2 grades|
|15 Sep||Energy||Ch. 5.9-5.16|
|17 Sep||Review||HW 3 grades|
|22 Sep||Test #1|
|24 Sep||Gravity||Ch. 6|
|29 Sep||Phases of Matter and Fluid Mechanics||Ch. 7|
|1 Oct||Temperature, Heat, and Thermodynamics||Ch. 8||HW 4 grades|
|6 Oct||Heat Transfer and Phase Changes||Ch. 9|
|8 Oct||The Earth and Global Warming||HW 5 grades|
|13 Oct||Special Relativity|
|15 Oct||Review||Ch. 9||HW 6 grades|
|20 Oct||Test #2|
|22 Oct||Static Electricity||Ch. 10.1-10.5|
|27 Oct||Currents||Ch. 10.6-10.10|
|29 Oct||Magnets||Ch. 11||HW 7 grades|
|3 Nov||Sound and Waves||Ch. 12|
|5 Nov||Electromagnetic Radiation||Ch. 13||HW 8 grades|
|10 Nov||Properties of Light||Ch. 14|
|12 Nov||Black Holes|
|17 Nov||Review||HW 9 grades|
|19 Nov||Test #3|
|24 Nov||Quantum Theory||Ch. 15|
|26 Nov||Radioactivity||Ch. 16|
|1 Dec||The Four Fundamental Forces||HW 10 due|
|3 Dec||The Energy Crisis|
|8 Dec||Cosmology and the Runaway Universe||HW 11 due|
|17 Dec||3-5pm, Test #4|