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 iclicker. 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.
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. You must obtain the correct answer to WebAssign to within 1 %. This means that you should use 4 or 5 significant figures in all your calculations and never round off. Even if a value is only given to two significant figures in the problem, you should always use 4 or 5 significant figures.
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.