Syllabus for Physics 161 College Physics I Fall 2003 Section 01 TR 1:00 – 2:50 ICB 1405 Lab R 3:00 – 4:50 ICB 1405 Office Hours: Monday 3:00 - 5:00 Tuesday 3:00 - 5:00 Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00 Friday 10:00 - 10:50 & By appointment. Instructor: Peter Betz ICB 2405 (309) 268-8643 [email protected] Course Information: Introduction: The first semester of a year-long general physics course, based on mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, but not including calculus. Topics include mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion, and sound. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. Topic outline for the course: 1: Introduction to the science of physics a. Scientific measurement; errors b. Coordinate systems; trigonometry review 2: Motion in one dimension; speed, acceleration, and freely falling objects 3: Vectors and two dimensional motion a. Velocity and acceleration as vector quantities b. Projectile motion 4: Newton’s Laws of Motion 5: Work and energy 6: Momentum and collisions 7: Circular motion; gravitation 8: Rotational motion a. Angular velocity and angular acceleration b. Angular momentum 9: Solids and fluids; pressure 10: Sound; wave motion a. Interference, reflection, and diffraction of waves 11: Hooke’s Law a. Simple harmonic motion 12: Thermal physics a. Heat and temperature 13: Thermodynamics Page 1 of 4 Syllabus for Physics 161 College Physics I Fall 2003 Course Objectives (Learning Outcomes): This is a general (non calculus) physics course. By the end of the first semester, students will have increased their skills in analytical thinking, problem solving and scientific reasoning, and will have developed laboratory skills in measurement and analysis of data. In particular, students will have developed increased understanding of the nature of science and application of scientific reasoning and analysis, by solving problems related to the following major physics subjects. Students are encouraged to work in pairs or groups, not only in lab sessions but also in problem solving efforts outside class. 1. One and two dimensional motion; calculation of speed, velocity, and acceleration from given physical situations. 2. Calculation of resultant forces; applications of Newton’s Second Law of Motion. 3. Application of energy conservation to problems in mechanics. 4. Application of momentum conservation principles to problems in mechanics. 5. Analysis of rotational motion; calculation of moments of inertia, angular accelerations, and angular velocity for rotating objects. 6. Pressure, wave motion, and thermodynamics. The most important skill stressed in this course is the development of problem solving skills related to physics topics. To that end, problem solving and analysis is strongly emphasized in lecture, homework assignments, and in examinations. Students will not only analyze physical situations but also describe their method of attack and their solution clearly in writing. Lab reports will be judged not only on the basis of their content and analysis, but also on the clarity of the written description of the work and the results. Prerequisite: MATH 109 or MATH 127 with a grade of “C” or higher, or assessment, with MATH 128 or equivalent recommended. Text: College Physics, 6th edition, by Serway & Faughn, published by Thomson/Brooks/Cole . Required Technology: A TI-83 graphing calculator. Relationship to Academic Development Programs and Transfer: PHYS 161 fulfills 5 of the 7(A.A.) or 8(A.S.) semester hours of credit in the Life/Physical Sciences required for the A.A. or A.S. degree. It also satisfies the laboratory requirement for the A.A. degree. PHYS 161 should transfer as part of the General Education Core Curriculum described in the Illinois Articulation Initiative to other Illinois colleges and universities participating in the IAI. However, students should consult an academic advisor for transfer information regarding particular institutions. Refer to the IAI web page for information as well at www.itransfer.org Page 2 of 4 Syllabus for Physics 161 College Physics I Fall 2003 Grading Policy: Course grades: The grade you receive will be based on your exam scores, homework, class projects, labs, quiz scores, and final exam score. Note, the final is cumulative. 90% will guarantee a grade of at least A 80% will guarantee a grade of at least B 70% will guarantee a grade of at least C 60% will guarantee a grade of at least D Exams: Attendance is required at scheduled exams and the final exam. Homework assigned for the current exam will be collected at the start of the exam. Make-up of Exams: Students will be allowed to make up a missed exam provided the student may provide a valid (to be determined by the instructor), verifiable, pre-approved (by instructor) reason for missing the exam. Students not meeting these criterion will receive a zero for the missed exam. Attendance: Regular class attendance is an important part of educational success and is expected of all students. Students who miss class are responsible for the material covered that day, including obtaining the homework assignments and lecture notes. Attendance will not be a calculated part of your grade, but you are responsible for all announcements made in class. I also reserve the right to give unannounced quizzes. Classroom restrictions: Children will not be allowed into the classroom. Food will not be allowed into the classroom. Beverages, except water, will not be allowed into the classroom. Required Writing and Reading: Students are expected to read the material in the textbook for each section studied. Required writings will be part of most assignments and exams as students explain how they found the solution, describe their solution graphically, and interpret their answer in the context of the problem. Homework: You are expected to do the assigned homework. It is expected that, at a minimum, 2 hours of outside work will be required for each hour in the classroom. This is a minimum. Some students will require more outside homework time. Also note that nothing precludes you from doing more than the required work. Extra work may be brought up by you in class or during office hours for questions and help. Incomplete grade: An incomplete grade may be given to a student who, by the withdrawal date, can reasonably be expected to pass the course. An incomplete grade may be granted only when justified by extreme circumstances (e.g., serious illness, accident, death or serious illness in the immediate family). Incomplete grades are not given for such reasons as unjustified failure to appear for the final examination. A written agreement that outlines the requirements to be met, must be signed by the instructor and the student. The agreed upon requirements must be completed no later than the end of the following semester. By the agreed upon date, the instructor will assign a grade or the incomplete will be changed to an `F’ if the requirements are not completed. Page 3 of 4 Syllabus for Physics 161 College Physics I Fall 2003 Beliefs: Student Learning: Learning is a life-long process. In order to enhance the learning process, students need to take responsibility for their learning. This means being responsible in completing assignments, attending and participating in classes, and studying. It also means taking the initiative to ask questions when something is not understood and seeking assistance outside of class, from the instructor or tutors if there are further unanswered questions or problems. Instructor’s Role: The instructor’s role is to aid the students by creating a positive learning environment where students feel free to ask questions, feel free to learn from mistakes, and are encouraged to develop their curiosity. The instructor’s role is to help the students develop problem solving skills and to provide guidance to students in discovering concepts and solutions themselves. Methods of Instruction will include lectures, discussions, and group work that will emphasize applying problem solving strategies to discover and reinforce concepts. Academic Integrity, Plagiarism, and Student Conduct: Syllabus Disclaimer: This syllabus is subject to change. Page 4 of 4 Please refer to the student handbook. Any changes will be announced in class.