Course Objectives
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 problem-solving skills.

Homework Assignments

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 from end of chapter problems in the textbook.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  1. Illness (as an excuse) must always be established in writing. Email is sufficient.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. You may work together doing homework, but you must work out the solution you submit to WebAssign.

  6. See the section on Student Reponse System Transmitters for policy considering the transmitters.

  7. 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.