Physics 101-003/4, Introductory Physics I
Room 125 RHSC
Dr. Chris Fragile
Office: 127 RHSC
Office hours: MW 1:00-2:00, Th 3:00-4:00
Or by appointment
Tentative Schedule (Subject to change as we go.)
We will cover chapters 1-14 of the book this semester. The remainder of the book is covered in PHYS 102. Note that there are only 14 weeks in the semester, so this works out to one chapter per week. However, some chapters will be covered in more depth than others, and some sections will be omitted altogether.
To be fair to all students planning travel during and after the semester, consider all test dates to be set in stone. If you think you might have a conflict with one of these dates, you need to talk to me about it ASAP.
|DATE||COURSE MATERIAL||Related Lab|
|8 Jan||1.1-1.5||Measurement (1/10 & 1/14)|
|10 Jan||2.1-2.4||Velocity & Acceleration (1/17 & 1/21)|
|17 Jan||3.1-3.3||Vectors (1/24 & 1/28)|
|24 Jan||3.4 (cont.)||Projectiles (1/31 & 2/4)|
|29 Jan||Snow Day|
|5 Feb||4.5 (cont.)|
|7 Feb||4.6||Friction (2/7 & 2/11)|
|10 Feb||Ch. 4 recap||Inclined Plane (2/14 & 2/18)|
|12 Feb||Snow Day|
|17 Feb||Test 1, chaps 1-4|
|21 Feb||5.5-5.6||Ballistic Pendulum (2/21 & 2/25)|
|12 Mar||7.4||Circular Motion (2/28 & 3/11)|
|14 Mar||8.1-8.4||Torque (3/14 & 3/18)|
|21 Mar||Test 2, chaps 5-8|
|26 Mar||13.5||SHM - Pendulum (3/21 & 3/25)|
|28 Mar||13.7-13.11||Waves on a String (3/28 & 4/1)|
|9 Apr||14.8 & 14.10||Sound (4/4 & 4/8)|
|14 Apr||9.7-9.8||Fluids (4/18 & 4/15)|
|21 Apr||Test 3, chaps 13, 14, 9-10|
|29 Apr||Final Exam, 8-11 am, RHSC 125|
Preparation is one of the most important things you can do to succeed in this class. I will be posting my own notes for every chapter on WebAssign before we cover them. I want you to read the relevant material in the book and look over my notes before coming to class. Jot down any questions you have about the material so you can ask them during class. We will use class time to review difficult material, work problems, and see examples of the physics we are studying. I will not simply be rehashing what is in the book or in my notes, which is why it is so important for you look at that material on your own ahead of time. I know this is asking a lot, but I am going to have faith that your are all serious students.
Also, I suggest you bring your calculator to class every day. It will be helpful for working example problems and for quizzes.
Communicating: If I need to communicate with you outside of class, I will most often do so via your CofC email. Please check it regularly! Often the messages will appear to come from WebAssign. Please ensure these don't end up in your Spam folder.
Students with Disabilities: If there are any students in this class who have been approved to receive accommodations through SNAP Services, please see me to discuss this during my office hours.
Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs): Laptops, tablets, and even smart phones are welcome in the classroom. However, they are NOT to be used for texting, receiving calls, checking/sending email, web surfing, or following social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. If your use of PEDs becomes a problem, you will be asked to turn them off or leave the classroom. This policy is subject to change if classroom use of PEDs becomes a general problem.
Cheating: Violations of the College of Charleston Honor Code (including cheating or attempted cheating) will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for adjudication. Examples of cheating relevant to this course include copying test or quiz answers, using cellular technology to communicate information during a test or quiz, or copying homework answers verbatim from an external source.
Collaboration: You are welcome, even encouraged, to work together in small groups on homework and in-class assignments. Just be sure everyone in your group is contributing. Don’t let someone else “carry” you through the course; otherwise you’ll sink on the quizzes and tests. Collaboration is not allowed on quizzes or tests.
As you will see below, attendance counts as a small portion of your final grade in this class. These are basically free points that I am offering as an incentive for you to learn the good habit of attending class.
A few other words on attendance: Failure to attend class on the day an assignment is given or due does not mean that you may turn it in late without penalty. There will be no makeup quizzes, though your lowest quiz score for the semester will be dropped. If you miss a scheduled test, then you will be given a 0 for that test until you take the final exam. Once you have taken the final, your final exam grade will count as the replacement grade for any tests that you missed.
Heaven forbid that you have a catastrophe this semester that keeps you out of class, but if you do, please contact the office of the Associate Dean of Students to get it documented. After I am notified by the Dean's office I will make the final determination whether you get an excused absence or a zero for any late or missed material.
Finally, I shouldn't have to say this, but experience tells me I do: Each student who attends class is expected to participate in a positive manner. This means being on time (so as not to disturb the learning of others) and making positive contributions to the learning environment. Students who disturb others (including me) will be asked to leave.
Demonstrate competence (through quizzes and tests) in numerical problem solving in the following areas:
Demonstrate conceptual understanding (through quizzes and tests) of the following topics:
Homework problems will be assigned following just about every lecture of the semester through the on-line homework system - WebAssign. The best practice will be for you to attempt the problems prior to the next lecture, while the material is still fresh in your head. To encourage you to do so, you will be given 50% extra credit for the assignment if you complete it prior to the next lecture. Note that this is the only opportunity to earn extra credit in this class. If you don't do the assignment in this window, then you will need to request an extension in WebAssign. Extensions are only available for 7 days following any given assignment's original due date. You may only request 1 extension for each assignment, and you will have 2 days to complete the assignment after you request the extension. Pay attention to due dates and times! No additional extensions will be granted. You are encouraged to work together on homework assignments; however, working together does not mean copying. Also, a message board is available within WebAssign; this is an effective medium to post questions and comments about homework.
Even though you will be submitting your homework answers through WebAssign, you are required to keep a hardcopy of all of your homework assignments with detailed solutions in a single location (a notebook or folder just for this purpose). You should also keep copies of your quizzes and tests in your portfolio. You will be required to periodically turn this in for grading. You will only be graded on the completeness of your portfolio - the assignments themselves will have already been graded. You are also asked to bring your portfolio with you any time you stop by my office for help.
You will have in-class quizzes almost every week. I will not be announcing when these will be. The quiz problems will come from the homework. You will be provided necessary formulae on the quiz, but will not be able to use your notes or your book. There will be NO make-up quizzes. Instead, your lowest score will be dropped at the end of the semester.
There will be 3 in-class tests during the semester. Each test will be 45 minutes long, and will have multiple-choice conceptual questions as well as problems. A calculator may be used during the tests. However, using the calculator to store formulae, text, or other information is not permitted.
Final exam:A comprehensive 3-hr final examination covering all chapters will be held on Monday, Apr 28 (8 - 11am).
The grading scale for the course will be:
Your final grade will be based upon the following weightings:
There are numerous resources available if you need help with the material: