Syllabus

Fall 2010

Physics 222:  Introduction to Physics II

C.A. Bennett
bennett@unca.edu
RH 124E


Office hours:

Text

Fundamentals of Physics Extended, Halliday, Resnick and Walker, 8e.

Course Web Site

 http://webhw.unca.edu/bennett_phys222

Or, go to http://www.phys.unca.edu and follow the links.

Test Schedule

Notes:

  1. Dates are firm, material covered on each test is approximate.
  2. The testing period is during the evening session: 7:00p-9:00p, Tuesdays.
  3. The Final Exam will be during the posted final exam period; see the Course Calendar or UNCA Home Page.
Quiz 1 9/21, 7:00p-9:00p Chapters 21-24
Quiz 2 10/19, 7:00p-9:00p Chapters 25-28
Quiz 3 11/16, 7:00p-9:00p Chapters 29 - 33
Final Exam 12/9, 8:00a-10:30a Comprehensive + 34-36

Grading

Grading Scale

Final averages will be rounded to two digits.

93-100 A
90-92 A-
87-89 B+
83-86 B
80-82 B-
77-79 C+
70-76 C
68-70 C-
58-67 D
0-57 F

Course Information and Class Policies

The general policies concerning Physics 222 are described below. Any exceptions to these policies will be announced in class.

Lecture

Lectures are intended and designed to supplement your efforts outside of class to read and understand the text.  Lecture topics will consist of an overview of each subject area, along with as much discussion of the most challenging concepts and problem-solving techniques associated with that subject area as time allows.  Unless a specific topic is explicitly omitted, you will be responsible for all material presented in each chapter, regardless of the content of the lectures.  

World Wide Web Access

Many aspects of Physics 222 will involve using the Web. You have many options for arranging the necessary access:

Homework

Homework for Physics 222 will be conducted via the World Wide Web (WWW) . See the link and info on http://webhw.unca.edu/bennett_phys222.

You must maintain a well prepared Homework Solutions Manual that records the calculations used to submit answers online. This will be an invaluable study aid for Quizzes and (especially) the Final Exam. It also allows me to help you effectively if you have questions. Always bring your Homework Solutions Manual when stopping by my office for help. You will pass your homework solutions manual in with the final exam so I can inspect it at the end of the class.

Tips:

  1. Use a looseleaf binder for you homework solutions manual. For each problem, include the problem statement for each subpart that uses your WileyPlus problem parameters. Transcribe a carefully prepared solution from you scratch work. Do not use scratch work for you solutions manual.
  2. Be careful with tutors; they can often give you too much help.
  3. I do not recommend that you use sites like cramster. Such shortcuts can negatively affect the learning goals of homework, and can thus negatively affect your quiz and exam grades. 
  4. Working in groups is a good idea, as long as each group member is an active participant. If you participate passively, then you may not learn adequately from the experience.

Remember: your study should iterate between reading the text and working the homework. Several iterations are typically needed. You goal is not to collect homework points, it is to do well on the quizzes and the final exam.

Special Deal for Fall 2010: When computing your final average, I will substitute your HW grade for your lowest quiz grade, (NOT exam gram), if it helps you to do so. In order for this to happen, you must have a neatly maintained well prepared homework solutions manual.

Attendance

Attendance is required in both lecture and lab.

If you are unable to take a quiz or exam because of illness, you must contact me beforehand and afterwards provide a note from a physician  (no exceptions).

Roll will be taken by scanning your One Card, once as you enter the classroom and again as you leave the classroom. You can be up to five minutes late as long as it does not happen more than once every two weeks. You must not leave the classroom early. You will be allowed three unexcused absences during the semester. After that, each unexcused absence will reduce your final average by one point.

If you miss class, it is your responsibility to acquire any important information covered during the missed lecture from other class members. Feel free to contact me in this regard but be aware that I do not maintain class notes for you to photocopy. 

Classes Missed Due to Weather: Class will be canceled only if the University is closed.  If this occurs on a day scheduled for an in-class exam, the exam will be rescheduled on the next available class period.  Every effort will be made to keep you informed via the course web site.

Usually, classes are not cancelled - an abbreviated schedule is followed.  See http://www.unca.edu/enroll/late.html.

Additional attendance policies relating to laboratory are described below.

Calculus

You should have already had or should now be taking Math 193 (Calculus III) or its equivalent. If you do not have this minimum math prerequisite, then you should not take Phys 222 at this time.

Cell Phones

Please turn them off before entering the classroom or laboratory. Never bring a cell phone to a quiz or exam unless it is turned off and inside a book bag or purse. Having a live cell phone in your possession during a quiz or exam will be considered cheating.

Calculators

Calculators must be specifically designed as such. You may not use any device that also connects to the Internet (e.g.. cell phone app.) To avoid providing folks who have calculators equipped with alphanumeric displays an unfair advantage, everyone will be able to bring a 3x5 index card of information (one side only, both sides for the final) to tests.

Laboratory

Attendance during laboratory periods is required. Each unexcused lab absence will deduct 3 points  from your final course average. You will have the opportunity to make up one lab absence during the evening session on Tuesday, Nov. 30. See the Course Calendar.

If you are late to laboratory, it is your responsibility to make sure that you have not been marked absent. Be aware that information necessary to complete the laboratory is discussed during the first twenty minutes or so of the laboratory period, and thus repeated tardiness will not be tolerated. If you are over 15 minutes late, you have missed laboratory.

Laboratory Schedule

See the Course Calendar.