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 in the lecture videos and have separate videos for problem solutions. We have several Conceptual Quizzes during the lecture videos to test your conceptual understanding of the material. It is important for you to stop and try to answer the Conceptual Quiz during the video.

Read each assignment before you watch the lecture video and again as soon as possible after watching the video. At the beginning of each video there is a short Reading Quiz based on that day's reading assignment. You should be able to answer this Quiz. We use personal response systems called iClickers in lecture at UVa to answer the Reading Quiz and Conceptual Quizzes during lecture. You will not use the iClickers, but it is essential for you to attempt to answer the questions while watching the videos. Watching videos and seeing demonstrations is an important way for you to understand the material. Doing the assigned homework problems iis 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. 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 answers are not graded if you use the Save button. You must use the Submit button for answers to be graded. The Save feature only allows you to return later and see what you thought the answer might be. You must Submit the homework on Web Assign for it to be graded.


  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 on Collab. 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.

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 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 assignments 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.