Donald F. Collins
Class schedule, due dates are posted here.
The major goals in Physics I and Physics II are to:
In addition to the above, Physics II emphasizes:
The students will experience the learning of physics mainly through active participation in class, laboratories, and simulations. Lectures will be minimized except when students want further explanations.
Textbook: Text for Physics I and Physics II: Fundamentals of Physics - 9th Ed, by Halliday, Resnick and Walker.
Lab Notebook (Required): Each student will need a quadrille-ruled laboratory notebook for entering laboratory descriptions, data, and summary drafts (no spiral bindings). In addition, the laboratory notebook will be used for problem solving related to each laboratory assignment and occasional in-class peer writing. The student must have the lab notebook for every class and laboratory session, otherwise the student will be required to retrieve it.
Internet account: Each
student is required to maintain his/her WWC
server account on which to save data. A number of
will gain access through the WilsOnLine MOODLE course-management
system. The student must have an active WWC e-mail account
order to access this essential part of the course.
(notebooks for 15 experiments: 15%; 5 lab reports:
- 45%. Monday, Feb. 6; Mon, Mar 5; Mon, Apr 9; Mon,
Problem solving - 20% - collected Mondays and Wednesdays
Simulations and on-line activities - Bonus. Each quiz closes on a Thursday.
Attendance - see classroom protocol below.
The laboratory material is the primary material regarding the course material. Each week the class activities will be centered around a particular laboratory phenomenon and experiment. The whole class meets as a single group on Monday and Wednesday. Smaller groups meet for "lab" on Tuesday and Thursday. Class time (M, W) will be spent on Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs), making predictions, illustrating concepts, problem solving assignments, and simulations. Lectures will be minimal, and the lab notebook will be needed at every class meeting.
Lab time (T, Th) will involve written instructions for each
experiment. All the data, calculations, computer output,
graphs, etc. will be entered in the lab notebooks. No loose
papers! The lab
notebooks for each week will be evaluated as "acceptable" or
for improvement" (see below). Only 5 of the experiments
will be written as reports.
Laboratory - 35%. The large contribution to the
the laboratory is justified by the fact that half of the class
experience is spent in the laboratory exploring phenomena.
35% is divided between lab notebooks and lab reports.
15 experiments will be conducted
course. For the lab grade in the course, each student
sufficient entries in the lab notebook for each lab
student will write a lab report for 5 the
Lab notebooks - 15%.
student must present the laboratory notebook to the
instant evaluation. The notebook will be rated "acceptable"
the student may re-submit the book after making the
The notebook should be acceptable by the end of the Thursday
session. If not, the student should complete the
notebook by 4:00
pm on Friday at the professor's office. The criteria
acceptibility include: No
notebooks will be evaluated later than one week after the
begins. Exception: medical/family emergency - notes
Exams - 45%. An exam will be given on every fourth Monday:
Feb. 06; Mar. 05; Apr.09; May 07.
The purpose of exams is to motivate the review of concepts learned in the course, to reinforce the retention of knowledge, and to build the student's confidence that he/she can perform in a setting where textbooks are unavailable, and to extend the physics concepts to a new situation where rote memory does not work. Each exam will primarily cover material since the previous exam, but common analytical techniques will appear in all exams. If necessary, some material may re-appear on later exams if the material presented significant difficulty on previous exams.
Problem Solving (20%) Physics II is considerably
analytical than Physics I. Learning begins with concepts
experienced in the first day of the labs; enhanced by explaining
summarizing the concepts in each lab summary; and culminates in
ability to calculate parameters and results to new situations
(problem solving). Numerical problems will be assigned twice
each week (due Mondays and Wednesdays) and once a week on exam
receive complete credit for a
problem assignment, the student's work must show and explain the
solution to the evaluator. A sheet with only a listing of
answers is not appropriate. Each problem must be explained
correctly in order to receive credit for the assignment. The
students are encouraged to form teams of 2 - 4 students for the
purpose of problem solving and group learning, but each student’s
solution must be submitted separately. Please review the Homework
Standards. Late homeworks are assessed 10%
HW papers are accepted more than one week late with the exception
Simulations and on-line activity
( bonus). There will be at least weekly simulations
student must visit and answer a few simple questions. The
simulations serve to enhance the concepts of the material in the
- especially dynamical simulations. The simulations
will be accessed through the
System. Each student must enroll in the on-line
Physics II during the first week. The course enrollment key
_____________, which is needed only for the first time.
or other on-line activities will demonstrate
the students have explored the on-line simulations. The
set-up so that students may repeat the exercises as many times as
desired to get a perfect score on each "quiz" without having to
activity through a cumbersome e-mail system. Students should
the most of exploring the simulations. The "quizzes" only
Weekly Activities Outline - See the daily Schedule..
The topics treated in the course are listed by their laboratories.
1. Temperature/Heat transfer
2. First Law of Thermo
3. Thermodynamic Engines
4. High Temperature Superconductivity
5. Harmonic Motion
6. Speectral analysis of Sound
7. Speeed of Sound, Thermodynamic model.
8. Magnetic Fields and Electron Deflection
9. Speed of Light and laser physics
10. Diffraction and Interference
11. Diffraction grating and spectra
12. X-Ray diffraction
13. Photoelectric effect
14. Electron diffraction
15. Astrophysics H-R diagrams
Late papers. Late lab reports and problem solutions will receive a 10% penalty between one day and one week late. No papers will be accepted later than one week past the due date.
Missed and late classes. Because a substantial amount of
physics learning takes place in the classroom, regular attendance
required. A student is allowed three absences from
or laboratory activities. No distinction is made between
sickness, field trips, athletic events, Natural Science Seminar
preparation, or goofing off. The only exception will be
extended illness (more than 3 days for a single infirmity or
emergency), both of which will require documentation. The
work will have to be completed in an extended time on a
basis. Lateness to class (between 1
and 30 minutes according to the instructor's watch) will
as half an absence. Each excessive absence will result in a
penalty (2 points out of 100 points) in the final course
score. Students arriving beyond 30 minutes late will be
as absent. If the instructor is late, the
who are waiting in the classroom before the instructor arrives
receive credit for half an absence.
If a student misses an exam due to sickness or family emergency, then with the presentation of adequate documentation, the student will allowed to make-up the missed exam for full credit. If the missed test results from an alarm clock failure, oversleeping, attending a cousin’s wedding and a delayed flight, then the student will be allowed to make-up the missed exam for 50% maximum credit. Attending a relative’s wedding, participating in athletic event, or other planned event should be pre-arranged with the instructor, especially if there is a chance of transportation delays.
Students are expected to arrive on time and stay in class until
the class period ends. Visit
water fountain and restroom before class begins or student will
counted late. If a student knows in advance that
she/he will need to leave early, she/he should notify the
before the class period begins. Students are expected to
the instructor and fellow students with respect. For
students must not disrupt class by leaving and reentering during
class, blatantly falling asleep in class, or by eating during
Extra credit. There will be several opportunities to attend special lectures or special astronomy observation sessions. These events will be announced to qualify for credit. If the student attends these events, he/she must write a brief summary and submit it to the instructor. Each pre-approved event that is adequately summarized will receive one 50 pt HW assignment (about 1% of the course grade) up to a maximum of 5 points.
Special Needs A student with a diagnosed learning
handicap may request
special arrangements such as additional time for exams, taping
sessions, taping exam answers, using classmates’ notes, etc. To request
academic accommodations due to a
disability, please contact Deborah Braden, Educational Access
ext. 3791 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Office location is lower level, Dodge
Students are encouraged to
develop ways of coping with special learning needs, but special
requests for accommodations for special needs must be made at the
beginning of the semester
the Educational Access
Coordinator. Do not make requests to the
professor until the special needs have been documented. A
learning-handicapped student is still responsible for learning the
material in the course. The methods of testing and
may be varied to accommodate the handicapped student.