The 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 discussion section.
Read each assignment before the lecture and again as soon as possible after
the lecture. At the beginning of each lecture there will be a short Reading
Quiz based on that day's reading assignment. You will answer this quiz by using
your own personal electronic device called a Personal Response System. We use iclickers. 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 office hours is an important way to acquire
We are using WebAssign for the homework,
and you must submit your answers on WebAssign. There will be a homework assignment during the first week of classes and every week thereafter during which we have class. Because the numbers in the problems
are randomized, you must log on to WebAssign 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.
There are no exceptions to this. We can not accept late homework with WebAssign.
If for any reason (like sickness, for example), you decide to ask for a homework
time extension, no extension will ever be given if you have looked at the answer
key on WebAssign. Your request for an extension must be presented to the professor
before the assignment due date. Students will be expected to work and study outside the classroom.
The problems will be available
on WebAssign, and the responses will be given on WebAssign. Note that all homework
assignments are generally from end of chapter problems in the textbook, but not always.
- Homework is due when posted on WebAssign. No extra credit or makeup assignments
will be given. Keep up! Any request for an extension must be made before
the due date, not after.
- No makeup exams will be given. 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. Normally when an exam is excused, the remaining exams will
be averaged. Students should not depend on this happening.
- Collaboration 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 WebAssign
must be your own that you calculate. It is an honor violation for you to copy
another person's solution.
- Attendance policy: Attendance is not taken, but you are responsible for
all assigned material in the syllabus, 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.
Course Rules and Regulations:
It is important for students to be aware of these rules and regulations
which may change throughout the course. Changes may be announced in class or by email,
and we will try to post all changes on the website. Students are responsible for
keeping up with the Course Rules and Regulations as stated on the website.
- Illness (as an excuse) must always be established in writing. Email is sufficient.
- If you do not turn in an assignment (including homework) on time or miss
an exam (including being late and for illness), you will receive a grade of
zero, unless you have prearranged approval by your professor. Messages of
any kind including, but not limited to, email, telephone message, oral messages
of any kind, notes delivered by a third party, etc., are not acceptable by
themselves without a response from your professor. Any oral approval given by
your professor must be confirmed in writing.
- If you miss the beginning of an exam, you will still be expected to turn
in the exam at the end of the regular class. Oversleeping is not an acceptable
excuse. If you miss the exam, you will receive a grade of zero.
- There will be no rescheduling of exams or quizzes. Exams and quizzes are
excused only for instructor approved personal or family medical emergencies,
official university travel, or certain religious holidays. Missing class for
anything else including, but not limited to, vacations, travel plans, family reunions, concerts,
Nobel prize receptions, White House visits, athletic events for non-participants, other classes,
etc., will not be an acceptable excuse for missing an exam or for
not turning in homework.
- You may work together doing homework, but you must work out the solution
you submit to WebAssign.
- See the section on Student Reponse System Transmitters for policy considering
- The 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.