Notes for either section: will
be posted on UVaCollab after the lecture
you have exemption/extension/score correction requests for
homework or clicker quizzes based on valid excuses, please email
the course grader, Dan Matyas (djm4ch), with a copy to your
instructor. Exemption requests for section quizzes should be
directed to your section TA with a copy to you instructor.
midterm tests will be given at the dates and times shown in the
syllabus. The tests will be administered during regular class
time. The tests will consist of multiple choice questions.
I : May 3rd, 2-5 pm
Section II : May 2nd, 9am - noon
exams will be held in Room PHY-203 (the regular class room)
4th edition with Mastering Physics,
by James S. Walker,is available at UVa bookstore. If you don't
already have one, you will also need to purchase a transmitter
(iClicker) that will be used in lecture class (see below). You
need to register online using your computing ID in order to use
Mastering Physics.The course ID will be sent by e-mails by the
instructor of your section. Click
here for registration.
Hours for Help
members and teaching assistants have office hours. You can ask
questions about homework or about lecture material. We will not
work out the homework for you, but will try to guide you. Office
hours can sometimes be crowded. They are not really a tutoring
session. TA office hours (note that all TA
office hours are held in room 220 in the physics building)
Response System Transmitters (Clickers)
student will be required to have an iClicker transmitter in class
to personally respond to various conceptual and/or numerical
questions throughout the lectures. Two percent of your grade in
Sect. 1 will be derived from your performance in the quizzes
given during lectures. The transmitters allow you to respond
anonymously; they are for sale at the Newcomb Hall University
Bookstore. You might be able to sell the transmitters back to the
bookstore when the class is finished.
here for further important information.
you have purchased your transmitter, you must register its ID
number so we can know when to credit you for answering. The
transmitter registration is done via UVaCollab .
your registration right away, quiz scores will become relevant
starting in the third
aim of this course is to teach you concepts and understanding of
the physical world. Doing problem solving is an important part of
this course, and your grade will depend on your ability to
understand concepts and to solve problems. An understanding of
the material is crucial to your ability in problem solving, as is
the acquisition of a set of skills about problem solving. The
lectures are oriented towards helping you understand the concepts
and how to solve problems. We will perform many demonstrations
and solve several examples and problems in class and during the
assignments for each lecture are listed in the syllabus. Read
each assignment before the lecture and again as soon as possible
after the lecture. It is crucial that you read the assigned text
before class. Your instructor will assume that you are already
familiar with the basic definitions and new ideas in the text and
will not attempt full coverage of this material. Instead, your
instructor will focus on the most important concepts, and
material that the students find challenging or interesting.
Attending the lectures and seeing demonstrations is an important
way for you to understand the material. Doing the assigned
homework problems as well as attending the problem sessions is an
important way to acquire problem-solving skills. You must be
enrolled in the problem session in addition to the lecture.
Quizzes will be given during the problem session. Note that a
significant part of your grade depends on these quizzes.
order to encourage your pre-class reading, there will be a
pre-class reading quiz posted online (Collab under the "Tests
and Quizzes" tab) for most reading assignment (see the
syllabus). These reading
quizzes are due on the morning of class by 9am. There will be no
excuses or deadline extensions for these quizzes. Your
participation in these quizzes is worth 2% of your final grade.
The pre-class reading quizzes will not be rigorously grades, your
grade will be based on the fraction that you turn in. However,
they will be randomly sampled each week for quality. If
you are caught answering these quizzes with gibberish for even
one assignment you will receive zero credit for reading quizzes
for the entire semester!
it is best to either take your reading quiz seriously or don't
take it at all.
will be expected to work and study outside the classroom. The
problems will be posted and available on MasteringPhysics (MP
course ID is MPGROUP20202014),
and the responses will be given on MasteringPhysics. Note that
most -- but not all -- homework assignments are from end of
chapter problems in the textbook.
We are using
MasteringPhysics for the homework, and you must submit your
answers on MasteringPhysics. Because the numbers in the problems
are randomized, you must log on to MasteringPhysics with your
login and password and obtain your personal assignment for the
week. Please note each week how many submissions you are allowed.
Your last submission is the one graded. Note that you must finish
by the posted time on the due date or your grade will be zero.
grades will be determined by the following distribution:
in Lecture (iClicker)
Rules and Regulations
It is important for students
to be aware of these rules and regulations which may change
throughout the course. Changes will be announced in class, and
all changes will be listed on the UvaCollab site. Students are
responsible for keeping up with the Course Rules and Regulations
as stated on the website.
In general, assignments and
notices will be listed on the course webpage. This includes, but
is not limited to, homework assignments, syllabus changes, course
rules and regulations changes and additions, dates and times of
any review sessions, and material to be covered on class exams.
(as an excuse) must always be established in writing (e-mail is
makeup exams will be given. There will be no rescheduling of
exams or quizzes. Missed exams receive a grade of zero unless an
excuse for missing the exam is given to and accepted by the
professor before the exam. In very unusual circumstances,
when an exam is excused, the remaining exams will be averaged.
Students should not depend on this happening.
is due when posted on MasteringPhysics. No extra credit or
makeup assignments will be given. Keep up! Any request for an
extension should be made before the due date, not after.
week there will be a graded quiz in your problem session that
contributes to your final grade. Missed quizzes receive a grade
of zero unless an excuse for missing the quiz is given to and
accepted by the teaching assistant before the quiz.
on homework problems: We encourage you to discuss homework
problems with each other and to work out together methods of
solution. Our experience has been that it is valuable for you to
work the homework problems by yourself before seeking help. The
homework answer that you submit to MasteringPhysics must be your
own that you calculate. It is an honor violation for you to copy
another person's solution.
policy: Attendance is not taken, but you are responsible for all
assigned material, whether it is presented in lecture or not.
You are also responsible for knowing the problem assignments and
for any announcements of changes in the schedule that may be
made in lecture.
the section on Student Response System Transmitters for policy
considering the transmitters.
following is unacceptable in class: newspaper reading, cell
phones ringing or in use, use of laptop computers or other
personal electronic devices for any reason other than directly
for the class.