Physics 1408-001 (Principles of Physics I) Summer II, 2013 (Last modified 7/8/2013)
ATTENTION!!  This Physics 1408 Website is Under Construction!!
It may undergo changes as the session progresses

Noon-1:50pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, AND Friday, Science Room 10
Summer Session II, 2013 Academic CalendarFinal Exam Schedule.  Course Syllabus. Lab Syllabus. Recitation Syllabus.  
Help Resource Document. Problem Solving Strategy Document. Document: "How to Succeed in Physics"!  
Announcements Lectures. Exams. Quizzes. Webassign On-Line Homework Login Page.
Dr. Myles' Future Teaching is discussed Here.
NOTE: PHYSICS 1408 Labs WILL Meet This Week!!

Instructor Contact Information
Dr. Charles W. Myles, Professor of Physics. Phone: 742-3768. Office: Science Room 18. E-mail:  
Office Hours: MTWTF just after class and 3:00 - 4:00pm MWF + by appointment.
An email distribution list will be developed.  Here is an important email announcement!!
Please be sure that I have your correct email address, that you tell me if it changes, and that you check your email DAILY!!

Physics For Scientists & Engineers with Modern Physics, by R.A. Serway & J.W. Jewett, 8th Edition, bundled with acess to Webassign (Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2010) is REQUIRED!! The ISBN number for the bundle is  9781285143811. Please be careful to buy the right package! The ISBN number is the simplest way to get the correct book. The publisher's page about this book is Here. The publisher & authors produce other versions of this book (split into volumes; additional chapters; etc.). They also produce books for algebra-trig based (non-calculus!) Physics. A Google search, Here, finds 1,370,000 websites about this book! Many of them offer the book for sale at prices much lower than the publisher's price. Many others also have Help Resources for students either for free or for a very low price. This book is available from bookstores & on-line, new or used. Note that a used version probably won't come with a Webassign access kit! So, if you buy it used, you will have to ALSO separately buy one of these access kits. These kits should be available on the publisher's   Website. An online search finds huge variations on the prices for this book. Given the book's cost, don't you think that it would be worthwhile to READ IT?
I URGE YOU to shop around for the best book price for you!!
I also urge you to take advantage of the many Physics help resources available on the web!

Course Topics, Objective & Level
Topics: (Selected) from Chs. 1-16 of the text. Detailed coverage will be announced as we go. Level: This is standard introductory,
Calculus Based Physics!
Objectives: A survey of 1st semester Calculus Based Physics (mechanics, fluids, waves). It's a survey course, so the pace is very fast, especially in the summer. (Some call it "firehose Physics" because it goes so fast that learning something is analogous to trying to drink from a  firehose!). More course details, discussions of Exams, Homework, Quizzes, grading scheme, etc. are in the
Course Syllabus. PLEASE READ IT!!

Co-Requisites & Pre-Requisites
Math Co-Requisite: You MUST be enrolled concurrently in (or have already taken) Calculus I (Math 1351, or an equivalent elsewhere)!
Math Pre-Requisites: Algebra & Trigonometry (or Pre-Calculus) are also assumed! This ISN'T a math course! It isn't my job to teach you math!! Also, there is no time to do so!! I must assume that you know it! Most problems students have with this course are the fast pace & the math!
Lab & Recitation Co-Requisites: You MUST be enrolled concurrently in a section of Physics 1408 Lab  and in a section of Physics 1408 Recitaton. Lab Syllabus & Recitation Syllabus. PLEASE READ THEM!!
NOTE: PHYSICS 1408 Labs & Recitations Meet This week!

Attend as many classes as possible, come to class prepared, do the homework.
READ the material BEFORE I lecture on it, & keep up as we go along.
Attendance: I don't take roll & I have no attendance policy. But, isn't it obvious that (unless you're a genius!) attendance is REQUIRED to get a good grade (or to LEARN SOMETHING!)? Class attendance & grades are correlated! Skipping class also WASTES the tuition/fees that you (or someone) paid! With tuition & fees for a full-time (Texas) student, each meeting costs about $36. So, each time you skip, you're throwing away $36!! After a while this adds up! My lectures may not be entertaining or brilliant, but I do expose you to the material.
NOTE: The weekend doesn't start Thursday evening or end Monday evening!
Friday & Monday are class days, NOT weekend days!!!

Many help resources are available! Please take advantage of them! Here is a Physics Help Resources document & a Physics Problem Solving Strategy document. Also see the Syllabus. Another useful Document: "How to Succeed in Physics by Really Trying"! 
Hints: This course is difficult & very fast paced! If you are typical, to get a good grade, you should spend at least 2 to 3 hrs/wk outside of class studying this course for every class hour!!

Announcements & Calendar Items
Announcements Page: This page has announcements & calendar items. It is usually updated shortly after each class.
Please check it at least 2 or 3 times a week!
COPYRIGHT: Lectures are copyrighted & owned by C.W. Myles!  No reproduction or use of them other than by students in this course  is allowed!!
Click Here to learn how to reduce the # of pages when printing a Power Point file!
Lecture Page: (Under construction!) This page has some Physics 1408 Lectures (Power Point format).
A good strategy is to download Lectures BEFORE I cover the material in class. You can print them, several slides/page. Rather than try to take notes on everything in class, follow along on the printed Lectures, making extra notes on them.  I'll attempt  to complete some unfinished Lectures before we cover the material.  Some Physics 1408 Lectures are on the old 1408 Lecture Page. A different book was used then & those are based on it. You might look at them for a different treatment of the same material. You might also want  to look at my Phys 1403 Lectures, which cover the same material.
COPYRIGHT: Exams are copyrighted/owned by C.W. Myles! No reproduction or use of them other than by students in this course is allowed!
Exams Page: (Under Construction!) This page has some old Physics 1408 Exams & Solutions.
I'll attempt to post new Exams & Solutions shortly after each ExamYou 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! Othe examples of my Exam style & content can also be found on my Phys 1403 Exam Page, where old Physics 1403 Exams/Solutions are posted.
On-Line Homework
On-Line Homework is assigned & graded through the commercial site WebAssign.
Please read the explanation there about homework scoring. 
Doing problems is the most effective means of learning physics, which is impossible otherwise!!
Homework will come (mostly) from end of chapter problems in the text. Once you register on WebAssign, you'll be able to work on assignments. I'll ATTEMPT to post assignments about the same time as we start a chapter. Typically, assignments will be Due at 11:59pm about 5 days later. There will be several problem sets (+  quizzes!). You might find problem solutions elsewhere. If so, try to solve them first without looking at the solutions!! Copying solutions won't teach you physics!
Instructions for accessing WebAssign & for registering on it are Here.
Our Course Key is: ttu 4552 9054
Access instructions should also be in your Student Access Kit. If you didn't get a Student Access Kit with the book, please buy one ASAP at WebAssign.
COPYRIGHT: Quizzes are copyrighted/owned by C.W. Myles! No reproduction or use of them other than by students in this course is allowed!
Quiz Page: (Under Construction!) This page has some old Physics 1408 Quizzes & Solutions.
I'll attempt to post new Quizzes & Solutions shortly after each Quiz.
To try to prevent the large attendance decreases seen in previous sessions, 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 problems similar to those in the Homework.
These are averaged with the Homework grade. The Quiz average counts equivalently to 1 Homework assignment.
So, the quiz grade counts as an extremely small potion of your course grade.  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 Quizzes BEFORE looking at the solutions. You CAN'T LEARN PHYSICS by copying solutions!
Examples of my Quiz style & content can also be found on my Phys 1403 Quiz Page, where old Physics 1403 Quizzes/Solutions are posted.

Other Course-Related Topics
Miscellaneous Course-Related Information is Here. Items covered are
Textbook, Attendance, Study Groups, Labs, Email,  Fonts in Course Related Files Tips on Downloading & Printing Course-Related Files

Miscellaneous Topics
1. Are you curious about Dr. Myles? Do you want to know about his education, experience, research, personal & family?
    See his Homepage, his Research Page, & his Personal & Family Page. A page discussing his Current & Future Teaching is Here.
2. Are you curious about Physics? For up to date Physics News go toPhysics Central (a website for the public).
    A more advanced link is Focus News from the American Physical Society.
3. Look at the Top 10 "most influential people" of the last 1,000 years!
    You will find that 4 of the 10 were physicists. (Link borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!)
4. In this course, we'll talk about the view of the physical (mechanical) 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 documents give brief illustrations of what I mean. Galileo Galilei document. A "Google" search on Galileo gives more than 26,000,000 hits. Here is an interesting one.  Sir Isaac Newton document. A "Google" search on Newton gives more than 3,700,000 hits. Here is a good one.
5. To see that Physics Can Be Fun, click Here!
6.  If you want more fun with Physics & with other science as well, the following is for you! I'm sure that you all have heard of the Nobel Prizes. Well, have you ever heard of the Ig-Nobel Prizes? These are real prizes, awarded each fall in a ceremony at Harvard U. to the most entertaining research published recent years in several areas. The research projects sound strange, but each is a REAL research project
published in a REAL scientific journal. For the most part, researchers receiving an Ig Nobel are practicing scientists, some of them are really
very distinguished & a few of them have also been awarded a Nobel Prize. The presentation ceremony streamed live on the internet. The Ig
Nobel website has downloadable video clips of the ceremonies. The Ig Nobel presentations are always made by Nobel Prize winners.  The Ig
Nobels are awarded by the same people who publish the Journal of Improbable Research (JIR). There are two requirements for a
research paper to be published in JIR: The paper must contain actual research that  A. Makes People Laugh and B. Makes People Think!
These are also the two requirements for research to be considered for an Ig Nobel Prize.

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