Mary Hall Reno
- Location:515 VAN
Phone: +1 319 335 1920
- Physics & Astronomy
University of Iowa
- 203 VAN
+1 319 335 1686
Prerequisites: majors or special permission for enrollment
Corequisites: 22M:025 or 22M:035 or 22M:045
course meets three times weekly for lectures, once per week for a
discussion/problem solving session (12:30-1:20, 301 VAN) and once per week for a laboratory
Grade Composition: The grade is comprised of homework scores (30%), laboratory reports (25%), 2 midterms and a final exam (each 15%).
- Homework is due on Fridays. Late homework is highly discouraged.
Homework solutions will be posted via the Electronic Reserves on the
Physics Library link.
- The midterm exams are scheduled during class times (see
calendar: September 27 and November 3). The final exam is on Tuesday,
December 12, 2005 at 12:00 Noon.
- The laboratory reports are graded by the TAs. We will also have a grader for the homeworks.
Fee: $ 25.00
The emphasis in this course is on the rigorous structure of classical
physics and the development of the ability to solve problems. Topics
include Newtonian mechanics for point particles and rigid bodies, and
conservation laws. This course is part of a four-semester sequence
(029:027-028-029-030) intended primarily for physics and astronomy
majors. The three weekly lectures and discussion section are given by a
professor, and the weekly lab is conducted by a TA. The instructor is
Prof. Mary Hall Reno.
Goals and Objectives
I is the first semester of a four semester course sequence introducing
all of physics to departmental majors. In the junior and senior years,
students take separate courses for each of the topics introduced in the
first two years.
About half of the
students in Physics I will already have some exposure to calculus in
high school, while the other half will take Calculus I concurrently.
Required calculus will be developed in the physics class as part of the
lecture so that students new to calculus have the required mathematical
develop an understanding of Newtonian mechanics, using the tools of
calculus. Problem solving will be emphasised, with a clear exposition
of the student's work one of the goals.
Required text: University Physics with Modern Physics by Young and Freedman, 11th edition with student manual.
Lab manual: Experiments in Mechanics, Wave Motion and Heat (available at the University book store)
of work to be expected: The college guideline is that one semester hour
of credit is the equivalent of approximately three hours of work (class
time plus out of class preparation) each week over the course of a
whole semester. This standard is the basis on which the Registrar's
Office assigns hours of University credit for courses.
of Students with Disabilities
Policy on Make-up Exams
you are unable to attend an exam for a legitimate reason, I should be
notified in advance of the exam time in order for a make-up exam to be
is not required for the lecture or discussion section, but it is
recommended. Attendance is required for the laboratory, although it is
this professor's policy that one lab score will be dropped from the
final total (the lowest score). This is partly to avoid make-up
- Plagiarism and cheating are not tolerated. Plagiarism includes but is
not limited to copying line for line solutions to assigned problems from
other students or from other sources (such as those found online).
- A student suspected of plagiarism or cheating must be informed
in writing as soon as possible after the incident has been observed or
discovered. Instructors who detect cheating or plagiarism may decide,
in consultation with the departmental executive officer, to reduce the
student's grade on the assignment or the course, even to assign an F.
The instructor writes an account of the chronology of the plagiarism or
cheating incident for the DEO, who sends an endorsement of the written
report of the case to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, CLAS. A
copy of the report will be sent to the student.
The detailed policy is printed in the Schedule of Courses and the College's Student Academic Handbook.
- A student who has a complaint related to a Physics or Astronomy
course should follow the procedures summarized below. The full policy
on student complaints is on-line in the College's Student Academic
- Ordinarily, the student should attempt to resolve the matter
with the instructor first. If the complaint is not resolved to the
student's satisfaction, the student should go to the course supervisor
(if the instructor is a teaching assistant) or to the Departmental
Chairman, Professor Thomas Boggess (335-1686).
- If the matter remains unresolved, the student may submit a
written complaint to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, 120
Schaeffer Hall (335-2633). The associate dean will attempt to resolve
the complaint and, if necessary, may convene a special committee to
recommend appropriate action. In any event, the associate dean will
respond to the student in writing regarding the disposition of the
complaint. For any complaint that cannot be resolved through the
mechanisms described above, please refer to the College?s Student
Academic Handbook for further information.
Policy on Accomodation of Students with Disabilities
would like to hear from anyone who has a disability which may require
some modification of seating, testing, or other class requirements so
that appropriate arrangements may be made. Please talk with me after
class or during my office hours. Students with diabilities should also
contact the Office of Student Disabilities Services (335-1462).