Instructor: Prof. Frank Zimmermann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grader: Liam Lau (email@example.com)
There are no prerequisites for this course. Physics uses basic common sense to figure out facts about nature. We will explore these facts, from the sun-centered solar system to the weirdness of quantum mechanics at atomic scales, and how they were established.
- Familiarity with basic arithmetic, and simple high-school level algebra will be assumed.
- Homework and exams will be conceptual as well as quantitative.
- For the homework, students are expected to write short paragraph answers.
Office Hours: Mondays 3:30 - 4:30.
Grading - Section 01:
- Homework: 35%
- Labs: 15%
- I-clickers: 15%
- Final Exam 35%
Grading - Section H1 (honors):
- Homework: 30%
- Labs: 15%
- I-clickers: 15%
- Final Exam 35%
- Term paper 5%
Textbooks: (free) College Physics - OpenStax (We will skip certain sections that are too techincal.)
(optional) Hobson - Physics Concepts and Connections, any Edition, Addison Wesley.
iClicker: We will use iClicker for polling during the lectures. You can either use the physical remote, or the iclicker web app on your laptop, or the mobile app on your phone. Detailed instructions are here.
- The solutions will be available right after the submission deadline.
- For this reason, there will be NO LATE HOMEWORK ACCEPTED!
- Homework is only accepted by uploading to Canvas. Do not email me homework.
- Homework Guidelines
- There will be four simple labs that you will do over the semester.
- You will write lab reports according to the Lab Guidelines and upload them to Canvas.
Term Paper - Section H1 only:
- Students in the honors section H1 submit a 4-5 page term paper at the end of the term.
- Detailed instructions in Assignments.
- Students are expected to maintain the highest level of academic integrity.
- You should be familiar with the university policy on academic integrity.
- Violations will be reported and enforced according to this policy.
- Use of external sources to obtain solutions to homework assignments or exams is cheating and a violation of the University Academic Integrity policy.
- Cheating in the course may result in penalties ranging from a zero on an assignment to an F for the course, or expulsion from the University.
- Posting of homework assignments, exams, recorded lectures, or other lecture materials to external sites without the permission of the instructor is a violation of copyright and constitutes a facilitation of dishonesty, which may result in the same penalties as explicit cheating.
Course Policies and Student Resources
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Reading Assignment Hobson
|Alternative Reading Assignment OpenStax||Lecture Notes|
Jan 18 (by Zoom)
Science, stars, and the nature of things
|Hobson Chapter 1||OpenStax Chapter 1||Lecture 1|
|Jan 24 (by Zoom)||How things move||Hobson Chapter 3||OpenStax Sections 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7, 3.1|
|Jan 31||Newton's laws of motion||Hobson Chapter 4||OpenStax Sections 4.1 through 4.4, 5.1|
|Feb 7||Circular Motion and Gravity||Hobson Chapter 5||OpenStax Sections 6.1 through 6.3, 6.5|
|Feb 14||Gravitation, Astrophysics, Atoms||Hobson Chapters 2 and 6||OpenStax Section 34.1|
|Feb 21||Work and Energy||Hobson Chapter 6||OpenStax Sections 7.1 through 7.3, 7.6|
|Feb 28||Thermodynamics||Hobson Chapter 7||OpenStax Sections 13.1, 14.1 through 14.4|
|March 7||Thermodynamics and Electrostatics||Hobson Chapters 7 and 8||OpenStax Sections 15.1, 15.3, 15.4, 18.1, 18.3 through 18.5|
|March 14||Spring break - no class|
|March 21||Electromagnetism||Hobson Chapter 8||OpenStax 19.1, 20.1, 20.2, 22.1, 22.3, 22.7 through 22.9.|
|March 28||Waves and Light||Hobson Chapters 9||OpenStax 16.2, 16.9, 16.10, 24.2, 24.3.|
Greenhouse Effect, Special Relativity
|Hobson Chapter 10||OpenStax 28.1, 28.2.|
|Apr 11||Relativity and Cosmology||Hobson Chapter 11||OpenStax 28.3, 28.6.|
|Hobson Chapters 12, 13, 14||OpenStax 29.1, 29.2, 29.3, 29.5, 29.6, 31.1, 31.3, 31.4.|
|Apr 25||Fission, Fusion||Hobson Chapter 15||OpenStax 32.2, 32.5 through 32.7|
|May 2||Elementary Particles||Hobson Chapter 17||OpenStax 33.2, 33.3, 33.5||Lecture 28|
Final Exam 12:00 - 3:00 PM, Physics Lecture Hall
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