General Physics

Course Details

Course Number: 1144  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: 207

Days & Times:

Lecture:  11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Tuesday-Thursday

Lab A:  3:00 PM - 4:50 PM Tuesday, McCoy 203

Lab B:  2:00 PM - 3:50 PM Wednesday, McCoy 203

Course Attachments


PHYSICS, 6th Edition
Author: Giancoli
  ISBN: 0-13-060620-0

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Richard Fleming   
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Course Objectives

This is the first part of a two-semester course in classical and modern physics designed for students without a calculus background.  The topics covered are mechanics, heat, and sound.  The laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce the knowledge gained in the lecture section.

Course Expectations

General Physics students must have a good working knowledge of mathematics through college algebra and plane trigonometry.  Students must have a reliable scientific calculator and be facile in its use.  Students should read the textbook carefully and work as many end-of-chapter problems as possible including  those specifically assigned by the instructor. 

All of the laboratory assignments must be completed in order for the student to receive a passing grade.  If a lab is missed, the student may attend a different lab section that week.  If this is not possible, he/she should consult with their lab instructor as to how to make up the assignment.  A week near the end of the term will be allotted for make-up labs.

Grading Standards

A = Excellent

B = Good

C = Average

D = Passing

F = Unsatisfactory

Final Exam12/7/2010  10:30 AM

Submission Format Policy

Laboratory assignments must be completed during the laboratory period.

The laboratory reports must be neat and legible.  Illegible, disjoint submissions will not be accepted.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No late work can be accepted. If an examination is missed, please consult with the instructor immediately on how to make-up the exam.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Egregious tardiness and absenteeism reflects poorly on the student's maturity and motivation and cannot be tolerated.  Such untoward conduct will lead to the student being dropped from the course.

Do not schedule routine medical, dental, or beauty appointments or airline departures during the scheduled examinations.  These elective appointments are not excused absences and will merit no consideration on the part of the instructor.

Other Policies

Please turn your cell-phones off during the lecture and lab periods.  Do not bring food or drinks into the classroom or laboratory.  No text-messaging or other electronic communications can be tolerated within the classroom.  Please refrain from any juvenile horseplay within the classroom.  Kindly do not bolt from the room before the class is dismissed.  If you must leave while the class is in session, please do so as quietly and unobtrusively as possible.

Academic dishonesty will lead to immediate expulsion from the course.  All work submitted must be your own.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.