Physics 1408-001 (Principles of Physics I)
Announcements & Calendar Items Last Update: 7/16/2013
ATTENTION!!  This Physics 1408 Website is Under Construction!!
It may undergo changes as the session progresses
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Usually, this page will be updated shortly after each class has finished. Please check it  at least 2 or 3 times per week! 
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"!  
Physics 1408 Homepage Lectures. Exams. Quizzes. Webassign On-Line Homework Login Page.
THE COURSE THEME IS NEWTON'S LAWS OF MOTION!!
Dr. Myles' Future Teaching is discussed Here.

1. Final Exam: Wednesday, July 17!! 8AM at our Usual Room!
Comprehensive over Chapters 1-9!!!
It will be About 50% on Chapter 8 & 9 & + about 50% on other topics!
There will be one Conceptual Question on Gravitation, Ch. 13!
You get up to three cheat sheets & a calculator!!
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2. Past Final Exams with Solutions in pdf Format are on-line here:
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Important General Course Information: Course Syllabus.
     A. Email Distribution List: I want to make sure that everyone is no my email diustribution list. 
     B. Textbook: 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. 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. 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!
     C. On-Line Homework is assigned & graded through the commercial site WebAssign. Doing problems is the most effective means of learning physics, which is impossible otherwise!! 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.
    D. Math: Co-Requisite: You MUST be enrolled concurrently in (or have already taken) Calculus I (Math 1351, or an equivalent elsewhere)! 
         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!! I must assume you know it! Major problems students have with this course are the fast pace & the math!
    E. Laboratory & Recitation: Co-Requisites: You MUST be enrolled concurrently in Physics 1408 Lab & Physics 1408 Recitation.
    F. Attendance: I don't take roll & have no attendance policy. But, isn't it obvious that (unless you're a genius!) attendance is REQUIRED to get a good grade (& LEARN SOMETHING!)? Class attendance & grades are correlated! Skipping WASTES the tuition/fees! With tuition & fees for a full-time (Texas) student, each meeting costs about $39. 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.
    G. How Do You Learn Physics? Coming to class, listening to lectures, & reading the book are all important & necessary. But, these alone are usually not sufficientUnless you are a genius, the ONLY way to learn physics is to DO PHYSICS YOURSELF (or with friends) by  WORKING MANY, MANY PROBLEMS!!

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.
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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.
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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!)
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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.
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5. To see that Physics Can Be Fun, click Here!
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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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