Physics 1305

Engineering Physics Analysis I

Course Outline

Fall Semester 2009

Instructor: Thomas L. Gibson      Office: Sc 27      Phone:742-1606
Office Hours: 10:00-11:00 M-F (or by appointment)

Required Texts: Linux in Easy Steps, 4th Edition, by Mike McGrath (In Easy Steps Limited, 2008)  ISBN-13: 9781840783513, Getting Started with Open Office.Org 3.0, by OOo Authors Team (Create Space, 2008)  ISBN-13: 978-1440451751, Gnuplot in Action: Understanding Data with Graphs, by Philipp K. Janert (Manning Publications, 2009)  ISBN-13: 978-1933988399, Digital Media Ethics (Digital Media and Society), by Charles Ess (Polity Press, 2009)  ISBN-13:978-0-7456-4164-5.

This course satisfies the Technology and Applied Science core curriculum requirement. The objective of the technology and applied science component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand how profoundly scientific and technological developments affect society and the environment.

Course Purpose
Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to demonstrate understanding of how technology and applied science affects society and the environment and to demonstrate understanding of the relationship of ethics and technology.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome Assessment
Describe examples of ethical implications associated
with use of technology and applied science.
Original term paper.
Understand the limitations of finite representation. Pre-instruction and Post-instruction exams.
Develop facility with the production and display
of quantitative information.
In class presentation and critique of student projects.

Course Coverage

  1. Rights, Ethics, and Responsibilites in the Digital Environment
  2. Introduction to Linux
    1. Commands, Files, and Directories
    2. Finding Help
    3. Editors
    4. Internet Browser
    5. Online Library
  3. Introduction to OpenOffice
    1. Precision and Arithmetic Computations
    2. Spreadsheets in Scientific Analysis
    3. Manipulation and Importation of Data Files
    4. Curve Fitting and Data Analysis
    5. Introduction to Simple Two-Dimensional Plotting
      1. Using gnuplot and xmgrace
      2. Using gmpage For Multiple Plots

    Important Notes

    Grading Policy

    Post deadline work will not be accepted.
    No one should expect a high grade based on simply doing the minimum for each assignment; correct, but perfunctory work is, at best, average, i.e., a C.
    Unannounced quizzes may be given at the discretion of the instructor. Grades on these quizzes will be used to assign bonus points.
    Credit Breakdown
      Term Paper: 25%
      Presentation of Projects: 50%
      Exams: 25%
    "Typical" Grading Scale
    I do use +/- grades one point either side of a grade boundary, e.g., grades of 90 or 91 earn a B+ while grades of 92 or 93 earn an A-.

    Strategy for Success