Physics 1408 Section H02

Principles of Physics I
Course Outline
Spring Semester 2018

Instructor: Thomas L. Gibson Office: Sc 27 Office Hours: 1:30-03:00 pm T,Th or 10:00-11:00 am M,W (or by appointment).
Required Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 9 th edition, by Serway and Jewett with Enhanced Web Assign (online homework student access kit) and Laboratory Manual for Physics 1408 Principles of Physics I.

This course satisfies part of the Natural Science core curriculum requirement. The objective of the study of the natural sciences component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The natural sciences investigate the phenomena of the physical world.

Course Purpose:
Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to explain some of the major concepts in the natural sciences and demonstrate an understanding of scientific approaches to problem solving, including ethics.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome Assessment
Distinguish between a scientific theory
and speculation.
Embedded Post Test.
Understand and Compute the fundamental
elements of energy and motion.
Embedded Post Test.
Verify the centrality of experiment to the scientific method. Evaluation of written laboratory reports.

Course Coverage: Time permitting, the course will cover material from chapters 1-15 in the text.
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Grading Policy:
The following six scores will be accumulated during the course of the semester:
OHLD; Exam 1; Exam 2; Exam 3; Final Exam; Final Exam.
The course grade will be the weighted average of the OHLD at 40% and the four highest exam scores of the five listed above at 15% each. NO MAKEUP EXAMS will be given. Your letter grade will be determined on the following scale:
(55-65) D; (66-81) C; (82-91) B; (92-100) A. I do use +/- grades one point either side of a grade boundary, e.g., grades of 80 or 81 earn a C+ while grades of 82 or 83 earn a B-.
OHLD:(Online Homework + Laboratory/Discussion)
Online homework from the Enhanced WebAssign website (enroll in section ttu 9753 7780 using your name and TTU student ID#) will be assigned and graded on a regular basis. This will constitute half of the credit for the OHLD category.
Laboratory/Discussion will be conducted during the assigned periods. Your laboratory+discussion scores will constitute the other half of the credit for the OHLD category.
Exams: Three in-class exams (over the material in lecture, text, and discussion) will be given on the approximate dates listed below. You will need a scantron sheet for each exam.
Final: A comprehensive two-and-a-half-hour final exam will be given. You will also need a scantron sheet for this exam.

Important Dates:
January 18 = Thursday---Classes start for the Spring Semester.
March 10-18 = Spring Break, University Holiday.
March 28 = Wednesday---Last day to drop course.
April 02 = Monday---Day of no classes.
May 08 = Tuesday---Last day of classes.
May 11 = Friday---Final Exam (Chapters 1-15) (01:30-04:00 pm) in SC112 unless we are notified otherwise.
Course Goals:
This course is intended to acquaint students with the basic laws of physics, to develop a better understanding of physical science in general, and help prepare you for other upper-division physics and engineering classes. To this end, the course will emphasize a mix of laboratory, conceptual understanding and standard "end-of-chapter" homework solving skills.
Approximate Dates for Exams
  • Exam 1; Friday, February 09, 2018.
  • Exam 2; Wednesday, March 07, 2018.
  • Exam 3; Friday, April 20, 2018.
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