Class meets 10:10 am - 12:10 pm MTWR.
Labs meet 2:30 - 4:30 pm MW, 12:20- 2:20 pm MW, 12:20 - 2:20 pm TR, 4:30 - 6:30 pm MW.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of physics. We will cover everything from linear kinematics to thermal physics.
Grading: Labs – 15%, Quizzes & Participation – 15%, Exams (2 @ 20% each) – 40%, Final – 30%
Course Website: This course will make use of WebCT / Blackboard for supplemental instruction.
Expectations: Students should read the chapters to be covered on a particular day prior to coming to class. We will not discuss all of the written material covered in the text during class, but you will be held accountable for knowing this material. Most of the time in class will be spent on problem solving.
Late work will not be accepted.
While attendance is not factored into your grade directly, you must attend class regularly if you hope to do well. Tests can only be made up if you have an excused absence (considered on a case by case basis). Any planned absences from class should be discussed with the instructor beforehand if you are going to be missing a graded activity (e,g, test, quiz, etc.) so that make-up plans (if approved) may be arranged. Excused absences include university sponsored events, illness, and the death of an immediate family member (parents, children, siblings, etc.).
Class participation points cannot be made up (not even with an excused absence). The grading scale for the participation points is as follows, according to the total percentage of points earned: 80% or more = 15 points, 70% to 80% = 12 points, 60% to 70% = 9 points, 50% to 60% = 6 points, 40% to 50% = 3 points, below 40% = 0 points.
Lab: All lab assignments must be completed during the lab period unless otherwise noted. If you cannot attend your normal section at any time, please try to attend the other section of the same week. If this is not possible and you have an excused absence from ALL AVAILABLE LAB SECTIONS, you must make arrangements with the TA to make-up the lab within ONE WEEK. Labs will meet in McCoy 203.
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. You may work together in pairs in lab, but you must submit your own work.
Please turn off your cell phone (or put in silent mode) while in lecture or lab.
Note: In accordance with the law, MSU provides students with documented disabilities academic accommodations. If this applies to you, please contact me.