NOTE:It is Dept. of Physics & TTU Policy that you will NOT be excused from lab or discussion to take an exam for another course!! Any
instructor who requires you to take an exam which conflicts with a
scheduled lab or discussion is in violation of TTU Policy! See a memo about this from the Physics Lab Director Here. The Official TTU policy document on this is Here.
1.Exam I: Your votes have decided that it is Mon., Sept. 26!As announced repeatedly in class, it will cover the following sections of our texbook:
Chapter 1: Sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
Chapter 2: Sections 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
Chapter 3: Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Please be sure tobring a calculator!You will need it! Also, as I've told you, for the exams, you are allowed to bringONE "cheat sheet", which is a single page of ordinary sized notebook paper, with
anything written on it you want. I allow that in order to try to pull
you away from your tendency to think that Physics is a bunch of
formulas to memorize. If you still think that, then you haven't
listened to much that I've said this semester!! Put the relevant equations on your sheet and instead of memorization,learn thePHYSICAL PRINCIPLESthat we have discussed in the first three chapters.
The Exams Page has old exams & solutions.There
you will find many of my old exams and also solutions for many of them.
I've been asked to post solutions for my Physics 1403 exams from
Summer, 2016. However, I simply have no time to do that right now. Besides, there are so many of my old exams there, with so many solutions, that I doubt that you would learn anything new if I did so. You arestrongly encouragedto form study groups to study for exams together!This is how professionals work in "real life"!!Try to solve old ExamsBEFORElooking at the solutions. You CAN'T LEARN PHYSICSby copying solutions!!
If you look at the old exams you will see that, for one portion, I ask questions for which I wantqualitative answers IN ENGLISH, with as little math as possible. For the rest, I ask physics problems which I want you to work out numerical answers to. For those, I want you toSHOW YOUR WORKand I givelots of partial credit.
However, as I've stated in class, the
enrollment is so large that I don't want to have to grade so
many problems. So, this semester, I will modify my Exams by also
adding some multiple choice problems. As I
envision it now, Exam I will have a qualitative part as usual. However,
instead of also requiring solution to 2 problems with numerical answers
& showing your work, I'll require you to solve only one problem
with numerical answers &
showing your work. Further, I will ask several short answer,
multiple choice questions where partial credit is not possible.
2.Assignment #2: You are behind if you've not yet read Ch. 2:Motion, Forces, & Newton's Lawsand Ch. 3:Forces & Motion in 1 Dimension. As I've stated in class, I am treated Chs. 2 & 3 as if they were one chapter because that is my preference for order of topics.
We've already discussed several of the topics in those two chapters
& we will likely finish wityh them within the next week. Some Power
Point Lectures on this material are posted on the Lecture Page.A homework assignment on this material is posted on WebAssign.
3. Assignment #1: Its way past time to haveRead Ch. 1: Introduction. Its a short, introductory chapter. We finished it more than a week ago. Some Power Point Lectures on this matrial are
posted on the Lecture Page Here.A good strategy might be to download LecturesBEFOREI cover the material in class. You can print them, several slides per page. Rather than try to take notes on everything in class, you can follow along on the printed Lectures. A homework assignment on this material is posted on WebAssign.
4.Quiz #5: Friday, Sept. 30. To
try to prevent the large attendance decreases seen in previous
semesters, especially on Fridays, a short (~10 min) Quiz will be givenEACH FRIDAY,with simple questions about what recently happened in class and/or with simple problems similar to those inthe Homework. The Quizzes Pagehas some old quizzes & solutions. Studying old quizzes will do you the most good if you try the problems BEFORElooking at solutions.Copying solutionsWON'Tteach youphysics!!!!
5. Physics 1403 Lab/Discussion: You MUST
enrolledin a Physics
1403 Lab/Discussion section! Lab Syllabus& Rules!
6. Homework on WebAssignis REQUIRED.Access Instructions. Getting Started Guide. Local Technical Support.The only way to learn physics is to DO physics by working many, many physics problems! To force you to do this, homework is required & must be done on the on-line homework websiteWebAssign. As was discussed during the first class, the homework counts 10% of your grade in this course.
7. How Do You Learn Physics? It's
sufficient to just read the book, come to class, & watch me
solve problems (but, these can't
physics is toDO
PHYSICS YOURSELF(or with
friends) by WORKING
MANY, MANY PROBLEMS!!
8. Class Email List:A class email distribution list exists. Please let me know if you would prefer to use an email address besides your ttu.edu one. Please check your emailDAILY!!Hereis an important email announcement!!
out the Top 10 most influential people of the
borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!).
5. In this course, we talk about the
view of the physical world
developed first byGalileo
later put into precise mathematical form by Sir Isaac Newton.
The lives of both are interesting (to me) from
a historical viewpoint as well as from a scientific viewpoint. The
following two documents give brief
of what I mean. Galileo
Galilei document. Sir
Isaac Newton document. A
"Google" search on
Galileo gives 2,110,000 hits. Here is an
interesting one. A
"Google" search on Newton
gives 1,840,000 hits. Here
is a good one.