29:27 PHYSICS I SYLLABUS
Physics & Astronomy
Physics by Resnick, Halliday and Krane, Fifth Edition
Manual:Experiments in Mechanics, Wave Motion and Heat (available
at the University Book Store)
& TA INFORMATION
Mary Hall Reno
- Yugang Sheng
p.m. Wednesday, 10:30-12:00 Thursday
may confer with the professor at other times by making an appointment
at the lecture or by email, or by dropping by the office to see if the
professor is available.
PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY MAIN OFFICE
AVAILABILTY OF MODIFICATIONS
- “I need 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 contact me during my
Students with disablities should also contact the Office of Student
Disabilities Services (335-1462)
FOR STUDENT COMPLAINTS
- 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 Handbook http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/faculty/handbook/5/f.shtml
• 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 Associate Chair, Professor
• 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.
A student suspected of
plagiarism or cheating will be informed by the faculty member, 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 (Associate Chair), 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 College guideline is that one semester
hour of credit is the equivalent of approximately three hours of work
(class time + out-of-class preparation) each week over the course of a
whole semester. In a typical lecture/discussion course, each hour of
class normally entails at least two hours of outside preparation for
the average student (e.g., in a three-credit-hour lecture course,
standard out-of-class preparation is six hours per week). This standard
is the basis on which the Registrar's Office assigns hours of
University credit for courses.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND
- "All students
in the College have specific rights and responsibilities. You have the
right to adjudication of any complaints you have about classroom
activities or instructor actions. Information on these procedures is
available in the Schedule of Courses and on-line in the College's
Student Academic Handbook (http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/).
You also have the right to expect a classroom environment that enables
you to learn, including modifications if you have a disability."
responsibilities to this class-and to your education as a whole-include
and participation." Attendance is not part of the grade for this
however, it is the experience of the instructor that attendance
is correlated with the grade in the course. "You are also expected to
be honest and honorable in your fulfillment of assignments and in
test-taking situations (the College's policy on plagiarism and cheating
is on-line in the College's Student Academic Handbook http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/).
You have a responsibility to the rest of the class-and to the
instructor-to help create a classroom environment where all may learn.
At the most basic level, this means that you will respect the other
members of the class and the instructor, and treat them with the
courtesy you hope to receive in turn."
- "This course
is given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This means that class policies on matters such as requirements,
grading and sanctions for academic dishonesty are governed by
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students wishing to add or
drop this course after the official deadline must receive the approval
of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Details of
the University policy of cross enrollment may be found at http://www.uiowa.edu/~provost/deos/crossenroll.doc.
COURSE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
- Physics I is
the first semester of a 4 semester course sequence
introducing all of physics to departmental majors. In the junior and
senior years, students will take separate courses for each of the
topics introduced in the first two years.
CONTENTS - The course covers the topic of classical mechanics:
kinematics, dynamics in 1, 2 and 3 dimensions, including rotational
grading will be used. The cutoff for A- is 85% on homeworks and
exams and 90% on laboratory writeups.
is not required in lecture or in the discussion section, but it is
recommended. The discussion sections will be very informal, except for
the first two, in which some lectures will be made up. Attendance is required for the laboratory,
although it is the professor's policy that one lab score will be
dropped (the lowest score). This is partly to avoid make-up labs. For
exams, the professor needs to be informed in advance of any health or
other issues that will make attendance at the scheduled exam
impossible. After the exam is too late!
are scheduled for class time on Friday October 1 and Friday November 5.
The final exam is on Tuesday December 14 at noon, in our usual
classroom. A calendar is attached with a schedule of exams, labs etc.
in course registration including adding, dropping, and changes in
sections, will be made by Karen Reshetar or Heather Mineart in Room 203
VAN between the hours of 8-12 and 1-5 Mon-Fri. If
you are taking this course as a second grade option, your TA needs to
Assistants will be available for free tutoring in room 54 VAN during
the hours posted. Students are permitted
to seek help from classmates in preparing their homework.
While you are encouraged to seek help from TA's, do not
expect them to do your homework for you.
- Homework solutions will be
available on reserve in the Physics Library, third floor VAN,
after homework is graded.
ASSIGNMENTS AND EVALUATION OF
- Homework is weighted heavily, with 30% of the grade assigned to
homework The lab component is 25% of the final grade, the midterms are
each 15% and the final is 15% of the total grade.
The labs will
be held under the supervision of your teaching assistant, who will
grade your homework and laboratory reports. The
lowest lab score will be dropped from the final grade. Discuss
the grading of your assignments with your TA.
- Homework is due on Fridays. Please do not hand in late homework.
two midterm exams and the final exam will be closed book, however, I
will allow a file card with equations that you make yourself. I will
discuss this before the exams. The final
exam is comprehensive.
to seek help:
instructor (office hours):
your section TA
- Laboratories: All questions.
- Homework: Questions about grading, solutions to the
problems, lecture and textbook topics.