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Preparation for College Physics
Fall Semester 2017
- Course Objectives:
PHYS 1500 is a 3 credit hour course intended to prepare students for introductory physics sequences starting with PHYS 2010, PHYS 2110 or PHYS 2210. The course covers some foundation of Newtonian mechanics and constitutes a problem solving experience building.
The course will make use of trigonometry and elementary calculus. Some experience with these topics will be helpful but they will be revisited in class so there is no formal prerequisit for PHYS1500.
- Students "Problems and Solutions in Introductory mechanics" by David Morin ($15 on amazon) and study by practice from this book during the semester.
- Students are strongly encouraged to read relevant chapters in any (bold is not enough so let me repeat: any) introductory physics textbook. Personally, Stephan likes "An introduction to mechanics" by Daniel Kleppner and Robert Kolenkow but this is a somewhat harder book than the typical ones used in the introductory physics classes.
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12:55 - 13:45 in JTB130
- The class is very short: 50 minutes. Do not be late
- We will work from the exercise book and review concepts as needed.
- Help lab times: Thursday 15:00-16:00 in the Physics Rotunda (round part of JFB). You may use the help lab to receive assistance with homework, discuss results and solutions to homework, quizzes and midterms and ask questions about course topics and materials.
- You can write to the instructors using the mail Form
- Homework assignments will be made available on-line on a weekly basis.
Due dates are indicated in the announcements on the
Home page. The homework solutions will be
posted after class on the due date. Late homework will not be graded.
- Grading Scheme
- There will be a number of mid-terms and a final.
- The course grade is based homework (40%), quizzes attendance and participation (20%), midterms (20%), and a final (20%).
- All submitted work will be graded twice. One grade is for the questions you answered correctly. That is the usual grading you are familiar with. This grade is for your informational benefit only. It tells you how well you are doing. The other grade is a measure of the portion of the assignment you really attempted. This is the only grade I will keep track of so you can answer everything wrong but still get 100%. Now, I would like it to be clear that really attempting is not writing some disorganized nonsense on a coffee-stained paper towel. For a piece of work to qualify as a real attempt, we want to see the following:
- The work has to be clean, written in pencil or black/blue ink, neatly presented, legible, and easy to read and follow.
- The work must demonstrate your linear step-by-step approach to solving the problem.
- Each major step should be preceeded by a sentence in English explaining what you are attempting to do.
- Course and University Policies
- Collaboration: Collaborations on quizzes, midterms and the final tests are not permitted.
Collaboration on homework is encouraged, provided the collaboration involves roughly the same amount of give and take. However, students may submit only their own work for grading and this work must be written solo, without copying from any other sources. Students are on their honor to adhere to this policy. The rules of academic honesty apply as outlined in the University of Utah student handbook in the University of Utah code of student rights and responsibilities. Academic misconduct, such as cheating or plagiarism, will be sanctioned as outlined therein.
University Accomodation Policies: The University of Utah seeks to provide access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accomodations in the class, prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services (CDS). The CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accomodations.
- Other University policies and procedures
- On the content of this syllabus: This syllabus and course information are not binding legal contracts. The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus and/or course information but will provide students with notice and justification in such an event.
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