Mechanics, Wave Motion, and Heat

Course Details

Course Number: 1144  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 175

Days & Times:

Class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 12:20 AM.



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Martin Frederic Melhus   
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Course Objectives

 

The first part of a two-semester course in classical and modern physics for students majoring in science. We will cover units, kinematics, force, momentum, energy, power, wave motion, and the basic thermodynamics of heat flow.

 


Course Expectations

Prerequisite: MATH 1433 or 1534 or concurrent enrollment therein.  Students are expected to be proficient with algebra and trigonometry.

Grading: Labs – 15%, Homework - 20%, Participation – 10%, Midterm Exams (2 @ 15% each) – 30%, Final – 25%

Course Website: This course will make use of WebCT / Blackboard for supplemental instruction.

Expectations: Students are expected to attend class regularly; the instructor will present the material and do some example problems.  Short homework assignments will be given every class.  Students are expected to remain current with the assignments.

 


Grading Standards

 

90% or higher: A

80% - 89.99%: B

70% - 79.99%: C

60% - 69.99%: D

below 60%: F

The instructor reserves the right to scale grades on exams as needed.


Final Exam12/10/2013  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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

Homework: Homework assignments may be submitted late. However, please note that approximately 50% of the homework grade is based on the quality of the submitted work, with the rest being awarded for submitting the work in a timely manner.  Homework assignments have a set due date, listed on the assignment, and any assignment submitted at or before the start of the next class after the due date will be considered on time.  (It is recommended that students submit all assignments on the due date.)  Assignments submitted after that time will have credit reduced by approximately 5% per class session late.

Students may request extensions on homework assignments.  All reasonable extension requests (at the discretion of the instructor) will be granted if requested in advance of the due date.  Requests made after the due date require exceptional circumstances.

Laboratory: Policies for the laboratory exercises will be set by the laboratory teaching assistants.


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

While attendance is not factored into your grade, it is expected that students will attend class regularly.  If there are exceptional circumstances, please speak with the instructor.  Tests may only be made up with an excused absence or notification of illness, considered on a case by case basis.  Discussion of planned absences in advance is preferred.

A portion of the grade is based on participation, and it is of course impossible to participate if you are not present.  However, it is not necessary to ask a lot of questions to earn full participation points - listening is also participating.


Other Policies

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 start the week of Monday August 30, 2010. 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.  Homework exercises may also be worked in groups; however, each student is expected to understand the material they submit, and not simply copy the work of another student.

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. 

 


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 http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.