Physics 2010 - Summer 2017

Physics 2010 - General Physics I
Richard Ingebretsen

Course Information

Instructor: Richard Ingebretsen
     Office Hours: M W F , JFB B-7 after class
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Course Administrator: Mary Ann Woolf
     205 JFB
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Prerequisites: MATH 1050 and 1060.

Teaching Assistants and Discussion Sections

TA Discussion Section Time Room
 Xiaotong Zheng  2010-002  10:00-11:30 a.m.  JFB B-1
 Henna Popli  2010-003  10:00-11:30 a.m.  AEB 310
 Ren-Bo Wang  2010-004  10:00-11:30 a.m.  LCB 225
 Dipak Khanal  2010-005  10:00-11:30 a.m.  WEB L122

Additional Help

Additional help: Help Lab. The help lab is specialized to the course with the course TAs. The help lab is located in JFB 211.

Exam Schedule

All midterm exams are scheduled for 2 hours beginning at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00pm in JFB 101 (regular classroom) (map).

Exam 1 Friday, May 26
Exam 2 Friday, June 9
Exam 3 Friday, June 23

Textbook and Homework

The textbook for Summer 2010 and 2020 is College Physics 1st Ed. By Freedman, et al. There are other supplementary texts that are optional. The text (e-book) is purchased through an online homework environment called WebAssign. The bookstore will NOT be carrying any hardcopies of the text. The actual homework assignments are accessed individually by each student when they enter the WebAssign website You must purchase the homework portion on WebAssign. The cost for the homework portion only for one semester (either 2010 or 2020) is $41.19; for the homework and e-book for one semester it is $62.44. For two semesters (2010 and 2020) the cost for the homework portion only is $69.96; for the homework and e-book for both semestesr is $98.01. Payment MUST be made by credit card or Paypal account. This is explained when you first log into WebAssign. You will be given a grace period before payment must be submitted in order for you to maintain access to WebAssign. If you would like a physical copy of the book, a quick search of the internet will produce several results to rent or purchase a new or used copy of the text. Note that the book comes in paperback or hardcover, and that there are two volumes which may be sold separately, or together. 2010 will be using volume 1 while 2020 will be using both volumes 1 and 2.

Homework scores acessed through WebAssign ( All homework is submitted within the WebAssign environment. (Log in to WebAssign using your university id and password.) The actual assignments are accessed individually by each student when they enter the WebAssign site. It is recommended that you print out homework assignments to work on offline, and then when you’ve completed the assignment go back to WebAssign to submit your answers. Do not disregard the importance of the homework part of your course grade.

Discussion Sections

The discussion sections will be focused on group work. Groups of 5-6 students will be assigned in discussion on the first day of class. You will remain in these groups for the entirety of the course. As mentioned above, the groups will take quizzes together on certain days. They will also work through problems (primarily from the homework) under the guidance of the TA.


There will be three midterm examinations given on Fridays 10:00 p.m. If you are late for an exam you reduce your exam time No exams will be dropped when determining your grade. You must take every exam. In addition, there will be no make-up or early exams given. Exam coverage will be from the previous exam to that work most recently covered in discussion. The exams will be mostly problem solving and an occasional interpretative question. Maximum score will be 100 points on each exam.

Bring a picture I.D. to the test. You may also bring 1 (and only 1) 3 × 5 or 4 × 6 card (hand-written only) and a calculator. Calculators with connective capability will not be allowed. Cell phones must be silenced and stored at all times. Procedures may be adjusted as necessary. A key to each exam will be posted on the course web page by Monday afternoon. See the address at the top of the page.

Appeals: If you believe a mistake was made in grading a problem on your exam, you may appeal to have the problem regraded by the course marshal. In this case, the entire problem will be regraded. Note that this means your grade on the problem could be raised or lowered depending on the judgement of the marshal, thus it is highly recommended that you only use this option if there is a clear and egregious error in the grading. To make an appeal, follow these steps:
    1. Obtain a re-grade sheet from the course web site.
    2. Follow the directions on the form. Fill in the form, and be specific as to why you would like the problem regraded. The more specific and relevant to the physics of the problem your statement is, the more likely you are to be awarded more points, however it does not guarantee that you will be awarded more points.
    3. 3. Submit the completed re-grade form to Dr. Ingebretsen or Mary Ann (JFB 205). The deadline for submitting re-grade forms is noon on the Friday following the exam. It is advised that you submit your form as soon as possible to ensure that your appeal will be considered.
    4. Please DO NOT resubmit your exam. We copy the original exams and use those to complete the regrade assessment.


Quizzes: Every Wednesday, as well as Fridays on which there is not an exam, there will be a short quiz given at the beginning of lecture. The quiz will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions. A follow-up quiz will then be given that same day at the beginning of discussion.

The first quiz will be taken individually, while the follow-up quiz will be taken in groups. The individual quizzes will serve as a type of “inventory check” to ensure that the most fundamental concepts are understood, while the group quizzes will reinforce those concepts and build upon them.


The homework, exams, and quizzes will each contribute equally to your overall course grade. You can anticipate that the course average will correspond to a letter grade somewhere around a B-.

Adding and Dropping

Miscellaneous Courses (classes with irregular start and end dates): You may drop (delete) workshops, miscellaneous, and short term courses without tuition penalty according to the following schedule:

Classes 11+ days in length: Through the third day of class
Tuition payment due Wednesday, May 23

A Final Reminder

The summer physics course covers all of the material which is taught during the Autumn and Spring Semesters. We move quickly covering 2 - 3 chapters each week. Where people have had problems in the past it has been due to several factors. One suggestion is to avoid working. For some, this is easier said than done; if you can cut back or quit and devote your time to the course, you will do better. Second, we have found that knowledge of the prerequisite math greatly influences your ability to do well in this class. If you feel like your math is rusty, you might consider taking this course another time. We want you to spend your time learning physics, not fighting against the math to make the physics work. Another problem that comes up each summer is missing class. We move so quickly, that missing one week is approximately the same as missing three to four weeks of class during the regular year. Try not to miss class. Much of what is on each exam comes from what is said in lectures. You will have holidays during the summer. Also, homework is due on-line by a specific time--after that time has elapsed you will not be able to submit homework. Don't miss discussion. The TA's are "in tune" to what is going on in the class. They are a great resource and will help "prep" you for the course. It is my policy that everyone can get an "A" in the course. The exams are designed to test your knowledge on a particular subject, not to create a "curve." We want you all to do well.

Important Dates

Last day to drop (delete) classes with no tuition penalties is Wednesday, May 17 (3rd day of miscellaneous courses.
Last day to withdraw from term length classes contact Registrar's Office for miscellaneous course deadline.
Last day to add classes contact Registrar's Office for miscellaneous course deadline.
Last day to elect CR/NC options contact Registrar's Office for miscellaneous course deadline.


Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

Students with Disabilities

The University of Utah provides equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you need accommodations in this course, contact the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Bldg, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for accommodations.

Academic Integrity

The policy on academic integrity (Student Behavior Code) can be found on the University web site at The student is responsible for reading and understanding this policy. In this class the Student Behavior Code will be strictly followed.

Personal concerns such as stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, cross-cultural differences, etc., can interfere with a student’s ability to succeed and thrive at the University of Utah. For helpful resources contact the Center for Student Wellness -; 801-581-7776

All students are expected to maintain professional behavior in the classroom setting, according to the Student Code, spelled out in the Student Handbook. Students have specific rights in the classroom as detailed in Article III of the Code. The Code also specifies proscribed conduct (Article XI) that involves cheating on tests, plagiarism, and/or collusion, as well as fraud, theft, etc. Students should read the Code carefully and know they are responsible for the content. According to Faculty Rules and Regulations, it is the faculty responsibility to enforce responsible classroom behaviors, beginning with verbal warnings and progressing to dismissal from class and a failing grade. Students have the right to appeal such action to the Student Behavior Committee. Faculty…must strive in the classroom to maintain a climate conducive to thinking and learning.” PPM 8-12.3, B. “Students have a right to support and assistance from the University in maintaining a climate conducive to thinking and learning.” PPM 8-10, II. A.

Sexual Misconduct
Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender (which includes sexual orientation and gender identity/expression) is a Civil Rights offense subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, color, religion, age, status as a person with a disability, veteran’s status or genetic information. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you are encouraged to report it to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 135 Park Building, 801-581-8365, or the Office of the Dean of Students, 270 Union Building, 801-581-7066. For support and confidential consultation, contact the Center for Student Wellness, 426 SSB, 801-581-7776. To report to the police, contact the Department of Public Safety, 801-585-2677 (COPS).

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