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Session II, 2013 Academic
Calendar. Final Exam Schedule. Course
Syllabus. Lab Syllabus. Recitation Syllabus.
Help Resource Document. Problem Solving Strategy Document.
to Succeed in
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!!
- 2. Past Final Exams with Solutions in pdf Format are on-line here:
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General Course Information: Course
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
versions of this
book. They also produce books for algebra-trig based
(non-calculus!) Physics. A Google
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
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
on the publisher's Website. An
search finds huge variations on the prices for this book. Given the book's
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
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
an equivalent elsewhere)!
& 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
problems students have with this course are the fast pace
& the math!
- E. Laboratory & Recitation: Co-Requisites: You MUST
enrolled concurrently in Physics 1408 Lab & Physics 1408 Recitation.
- F. Attendance: I don't take roll & have
policy. But, isn't it obvious that
you're a genius!) attendance
is REQUIRED to
grade (& LEARN
& grades are correlated! Skipping WASTES
fees for a full-time (Texas) student,
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 sufficient! Unless
you are a genius,
the ONLY way to
physics is to DO
by WORKING MANY, MANY PROBLEMS!!
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
- 1. Are
you curious about Dr.
Myles? Do you want to know about his education, experience, research,
- 2. Are
you curious about
Physics? For up to date Physics
toPhysics Central (a website for the public).
- A more
link is Focus
News from the American
- 3. Look at the
Top 10 "most influential people"
of the last
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
later put into precise mathematical form by Sir Isaac Newton. The lives of both are interesting
a historical viewpoint as well as from a scientific viewpoint. The
following documents give brief
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
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
- 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
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
- These are also the two
requirements for research to be considered for an Ig
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