This is a three or four credit course depending on whether the lab is taken or not. Survey of physics concepts with minimal quantitative effort. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of physics concepts starting from the foundations of measurements, describing motion, and Newton's Laws. Building on these foundations they will be able to explore the concepts of conserved quantities, states of matter, temperature and heat, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, relativity, elementry particles, and cosmology.
The plan is to spend about three fourths of the class giving a standard lecture and the other fourth of the class in a discussion of the key points of daily material. These will almost always be variants of Questions and Problems that are given at the end of each chapter. These are also the basis of what appears on the exams.
Withdrawal Deadline: This semester it is Saturday 22 March.
Students with Disabilities: If you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of your academic accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services department. SDS telephone number is 313-577-1851 or 313-577-3365 (TTY: telecommunication device for the deaf; phone for hearing impaired students only). Once you have your accommodations in place, I will be glad to meet with you privately during my office hours to discuss your special needs. Student Disability Services’ mission is to assist the university in creating an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their educational experience at Wayne State University.
I do not intend to make paper copies of this syllabus available. Please print it for yourself or reference the electronic copy.Professor: David Cinabro(333 Physics, 313-577-2918, email@example.com, http://motor1.physics.wayne.edu/cinabro.html)
Extra credit will be given for in class quizzes using the i>clicker system. In general there will be 2-3 questions asked during the course of the in class lectures with students responses recorded with the i>clicker system. For each class students earn a half point for attendance and one for answering the majority of the questions correctly These points are not simply additions to the total, but reduce the weight of the other requirements. For example if 50 points were earned in i>clicker quizzes then the contributions for the 3-credit course would be i>clicker quizzes 50%, Exams 33%, and Final 17%.
The i>clicker2 has been adopted campus wide and is being used for many classes at Wayne State. You can purchase or rent one at the Wayne State Bookstore or elsewhere. Unfortunately the i>clicker app for smart phones is not supported, the wifi network is not reliable enough for many simultaneous users in a single class, and you need to obtain the dedicated i>clicker device. Once you have the i>clicker you have to register it for this class. Find the link to do so on Blackboard in Tools. You will not get extra credit for the in class quizzes unless you do this.
While this is not a particularly difficult class, there is a large amount of material. Get the text, read it before class, go to class, do well on the i>clicker quizzes, take notes, listen to and participate in the discussion. This is the opportunity to ask about things that are either interesting or not clear to you. Do so. Often. To make things easier, I do post the lectures in blackboard after I give them in class. They can be found in the "Content" link on the class blackboard page. These are valuable for going over your notes. Do not ignore the class until just before exams. Spending some time on it regularly is the best way to stay on top of the material.
Often I go too fast in lecture. Do not hesitate to ask me to go over something again, slow down, or simply to leave a slide up for you write something down.
With the large amount of material I can either ask more questions that cover everything, or fewer that do not cover everything. I choose the latter, but try to give you clues about what will appear on the exams in the "Questions for Discussion" and the "Reviews" given before the exams. Go over your notes and get plenty of rest before the exams.
PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL TIME OF THE FINAL. Every semester a small number of students wander in two hours late for the final. The final is a pain. Prepare extra for that. I do some things to make it easier.
Taking the in class quizzes seriously is a good way to ensure that you will get a good grade. There is a very high correlation between those who show up to class every day and those who do well on the exams. Thus not only do students get in class extra credit, but also seem to learn the material that appears on the exams by reading the material before class and paying attention to the presentation and discussion in class. At some level, this should be obvious.
|6 Jan||Introduction, Math, Scientific Method||Prologue||No Lab|
|8 Jan||Units, Conversions, Time||Prologue-1.1||No Lab|
|10 Jan||Position and Motion||1.1-1.2||No Lab|
|13 Jan||Vectors and Graphs||1.2||2. Measurement and Prediction|
|15 Jan||Acceleration||1.3-1.4||2. Measurement and Prediction|
|17 Jan||Force and Mass, 1st Law||2.1-2.3||2. Measurement and Prediction|
|20 Jan||MLK Day: No Class||-||No Lab|
|22 Jan||Projectiles, 2nd Law||2.4-2.6||No Lab|
|24 Jan||Motion and Force, 3rd Law||2.6-2.7||No Lab|
|27 Jan||Gravity and Orbits||2.8||3. Velocity and Acceleration|
|29 Jan||Planets and Tides, Review||2.9||3. Velocity and Acceleration|
|31 Jan||Exam 1||Prologue-2.9||3. Velocity and Acceleration|
|3 Feb||Conservation of Momentum||3.1-3.2||4. Free Fall|
|5 Feb||Work and Potential Energy||3.3-3.4||4. Free Fall|
|7 Feb||Conservation of Energy||3.5-3.7||4. Free Fall|
|10 Feb||Angular Momentum||3.8||5. Newton's Laws|
|12 Feb||Matter, Density, and Pressure||4.1-4.4||5. Newton's Laws|
|14 Feb||Fluids||4.5-4.7||5. Newton's Laws|
|17 Feb||Temperature||5.1-5.3||6. Conservation of Momentum|
|19 Feb||Heat||5.6-5.7||6. Conservation of Momentum|
|21 Feb||Waves I||6.1-6.2||6. Conservation of Momentum|
|24 Feb||Waves II||6.2-6.3||9. Density|
|26 Feb||Sound and Review||6.4-6.6||9. Density|
|28 Feb||Exam 2||3.1-6.6||9. Density|
|3 Mar||Electricity||7.1-7.2||10. Heat|
|5 Mar||Circuits||7.3-7.5||10. Heat|
|7 Mar||Magnetism||7.6-8.1||10. Heat|
|10-14 Mar||Spring Break: No Class||-||No Lab|
|17 Mar||E+M and Transformers||8.2-8.3||13. Periodic Motion|
|19 Mar||E+M Waves and Blackbody||8.5-8.6||13. Periodic Motion|
|21 Mar||Light||9.1||13. Periodic Motion|
|24 Mar||Relection and Refraction||9.2-9.3||11. Circuits|
|26 Mar||Optics I||9.4||11. Circuits|
|28 Mar||Optics II and Review||9.5-9.7||11. Circuits|
|31 Mar||Exam 3||7.1-9.7||12. Electromagnetism|
|2 Apr||Atomic Physics||10.1-10.2||12. Electromagnetism|
|4 Apr||Quantum Mechanics||10.3-10.5||12. Electromagnetism|
|7 Apr||Atomic Structure||10.6-10.8||15. Wave Nature of Light|
|9 Apr||Nuclear Physics||11.1-11.3||15. Wave Nature of Light|
|11 Apr||Nuclear Reactions||11.4-11.6||15. Wave Nature of Light|
|14 Apr||Fusion and Special Relativity||11.7-12.1||16. Spectroscopy|
|16 Apr||Fundamental Particles||12.2-12.5||16. Spectroscopy|
|18 Apr||General Relativity and Cosmology||Epilogue||16. Spectroscopy|
|21 Apr||Review||10.1-Epilogue||No Lab|
|29 Apr||Final||Prologue-Epilogue||No Lab|