Physics 1403-001 (General Physics I), Fall, 2016
Announcements & Calendar Items

Class Meets: 2-2:50pm, Mon., Wed., AND Fri., Sc. Room 007
The Course Theme
is Newton's Laws of Motion!
Attention!! This page & its sub-pages are undergoing modifications!
There may be more changes before the semester begins!!
Last Update, 9/24/16
Fall, 2016 TTU Academic Calendar. Final Exam Schedule.
Course Syllabus  Announcements  Lectures  Exams  Quizzes
Homework on WebAssign: InstructionsGuide. Local Technical Support.
You MUST be enrolled in a Physics 1403 Lab/Discussion section! Lab Syllabus & Rules!
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 to bring a calculator! You will need itAlso, as I've told you, for the exams, you are allowed to bring ONE "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 the PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES that 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 are strongly encouraged to form study groups to study for exams together! This is how professionals work in "real life"!! Try to solve old Exams BEFORE looking at the solutions.  You CAN'T LEARN PHYSICS by copying solutions!! 
     If you look at the old exams you will see that, for one portion, I ask questions for which I want qualitative 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 to SHOW YOUR WORK and I give lots 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 Laws and 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 have Read Ch. 1: IntroductionIts 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 Lectures BEFORE I 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 printeLectures. 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 given EACH FRIDAY, with simple questions about what recently happened in class and/or with simple problems similar to those in the Homework. The Quizzes Page has some old quizzes & solutions. Studying old quizzes will do you the most good if you try the problems BEFORE looking at solutions. Copying solutions WON'T teach you physics!!!!
5. Physics 1403 Lab/DiscussionYou MUST be enrolled in a Physics 1403 Lab/Discussion section!
Lab Syllabus & Rules!
6. Homework on WebAssign is 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 website WebAssign. As was discussed during the first class, the homework counts 10% of your grade in this course.
7. How Do You Learn PhysicsIt's usually not sufficient to just read the book, come to class, & watch me solve problems (but, these can't hurt!).  The ONLY way to learn physics is to DO PHYSICS YOURSELF (or with friends) by WORKING MANY, 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 one. Please check your email DAILY!! Here is an important email announcement!!
Suggested Readings:  A. Emailing your Professor without being annoying
               B. 10 Ways to tick off your Professor!

Miscellaneous Topics
1. Dr. Myles' Homepage  & Research Page.
2. Physics News: Physics Central (for the public).
                            Focus News (advanced level) from the APS.
3. Some Physics & Science Fun!!, The Ig-Nobel Prizes
                   The Journal of Improbable Research (yes, that is really it's name!)
4. Check out the Top 10 most influential people of the last 1000 years!
      (Link borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!).
5. In this course, we talk about the view of the physical world developed first by Galileo Galilei & 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 illustrations 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.
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