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PHYSICS 203AA; lec, lab ENGINEERING PHYSICS Spring, 2008

lec: 18-105 MTRF 8:30-9:30; lab(2 hrs): 18-109; W 7:30 & 1:00

Dr. Michael R. Rodman Spokane Falls Community College

Office: 18-107A hrs MWRF 9:30, MWRF 11:30

also during any lab session, and by arrangement--- phone 533-3668

e-mail miker@spokanefalls.edu and www.spokanefalls.edu. If I’m not in my office always check Room 109 (lab), & Room 107 (prep area)

Course description/outcomes : This is the third quarter of a three quarter sequence. It is a 5 unit (lab included) calculus based physics course for students majoring in physics, math, engineering, and other sciences and related fields requiring calculus physics. This third term will finish wave rotation topics and cover topics in thermodynamics and “modern physics”. Among the topics covered will be optics, fluids, heat, temperature, four laws of thermodynamics, heat transfer, entropy. Also covered is a brief mechanics section on angular motion and gravity. In modern physics, time permitting, special relativity, and some quantum physics will be covered. Film, video, and demonstrations may be used during lecture. By the end of the quarter, students should have improved problem solving skills, use state variables, distinguish microscopic and macroscopic phenomena, qualitatively know the laws of thermodynamics, and use the ideal gas model. Additional outcomes are describe oscillatory motion, apply wave analysis and improve physics laboratory skills.

Pre/Co-requisite : 1. Physics 201 or equivalent 2. Credit from Math 125, or 126, or 222, or 274.

Materials to purchase (necessary): (1) text—Knight; Physics for Scientists and Engineers with modern physics bundled w/ Student Workbook & Mastering Physics online access kit; ISBN bundle 0321289315 (2) calculator (3) metric ruler (4) rudimentary drafting supplies, e.g. ruler, protractor, etc. (5) graph paper; (6) access to the online Black Board which is where assignments, practice material, ~grades, and other information will be posted; (7) other material either recommended or required later in the course or year will be mentioned in class.

Supplementary optional materials : 1) Any text related problem book such as the supplemental material that goes with this text; or a good one but hard to find is Qualitative Problems for Introductory Physics by Gibbs (2) solutions manual for Knight, must be special ordered (3) Mathematical Handbook. Schaum’s Outline Series (4) Physics for Engineers and Scientists. Schaum's Outline Series (these Schaum texts are from Mcgraw-Hill are excellent and probably have to be special ordered) (5) a good inexpensive secondary text (as DVD) is Physics 2000 by E. R. Huggins (see me for details).

Grade : There are five quantitative components where the component weight factors are 1. Examinations .....51% 2. Laboratory ....31.4% 3. Attendance activities (quizzes, shared inquiry, shared questions), and “Student Workbook”....14% 4. “Mastering Physics” online prep problems ....03.5%. 5. Text book homework…0.1% (note that this is an extremely small portion of your grade and acts more like extra credit work). The final grade is calculated from the composite score attained by the student where each component is calculated from points received divided by the total possible points, i.e. averaged. Each average is then multiplied by the above weight factor and summed then multiplied by 100. Based on this result the final grade will be approximately distributed as follows---- (91 = 4.0); (89 to 91=3.5); ( 81 to <89= 3.3); (73 to <81= 2.8); (66 to <73 = 2.5); (59 to <66=2.0); (50 to <59= 1.7); (35 to <50 = 1.3); (20 to <35= 0.9); (<20= 0.0).----For example, suppose you get 350/450 for four tests; 67/80 for eight labs; 80/100 for 30 class activities and workbook assignments; 30/44 for eleven Mastering Physics assignments; and 30/40 for other text book assignments. Then your final grade is [(350/450 x .51) + (67/80 x .314) + (80/100 x .14) + (30/44 x .035) + (30/40 x .001)] x 100 = .7963 x 100 = 79.63; therefore the final grade is 2.8. However, I reserve the right to consider such factors as attendance, exceptional participation, extraordinary work, cheating, and other factors in determining the final grade which could be significantly different than in the distribution given in item 3 above! There is no extra credit for class work. In addition, since this is a lab course, a minimum of half the total labs assigned must be completed to pass the course.

Examination (51%) : 1. 4 one hour exams @ 100 pts and a mandatory final @ 150 pts. The lowest score of the hour exams will be dropped. These will be a mixture of problem types, e.g. short answers, fill in the blank, multiple choice, and calculations. 2. All exams are retained permanently by the instructor. Exams will be reviewed in class after grading then recollected. Students do not keep the exams! 3. MAKE-UP EXAMS GENERALLY WILL NOT BE GIVEN, except cases of genuine emergency will be considered on an individual basis (refer to item 1). Any permitted make-up exam will automatically be penalized 10 points regardless of the reason. 4. All tests are open book and open notes 5. Not all material in the text will be covered in lecture, but tests will cover all the assigned text material as well as lecture and lab material. 6. Your Final is on Fri., June 13, 2008 from 8:30 to 10:30 in the lecture room. 7. The final is comprehensive and multiple choice with a possible penalty for guessing. It is also open book and open notes.

Laboratory (31.4%) : 1. Some labs are work sheets, some are brief reports, and some may be formal write ups having five basic sections---- purpose (goals, the problem, etc.), description (equipment, sketches, setup, procedure, etc.), data (tables, graphs, errors, etc.), calculations (basic equations, sample calculation with units, etc.), conclusion (error analysis, summary, goals met, etc) 2. Specific formats for particular labs will be given in each lab. Regardless of the type of report, do not forget the units! 3. Text material necessary for lab will handed out in lab. 4. Completed lab reports will be collected periodically but not necessarily after every lab. Each lab should be stapled separately and handed in separately. See colored class schedule for due dates. 5. Depending on the lab, each individual will hand in the lab, or in some cases the group will hand in one lab. A group consists of those at one table, maximum of 4 students, with its equipment set-up. Exceptions to the group will be occasionally made for absences and other emergencies if discussed with me. For the reports handed in as a group, each individual in the group will receive the same grade. These reports, of course, will receive more scrutiny. All individuals in each group must sign a group contract. This contract will be handed out and discussed during an early lab. 6. Grading –each lab session is worth 10 points, 2 of the points due to attendance 7. Lab reports, which are turned in late, will be subject to a minimum penalty of 10%. 8. All students must checkout with the instructor by having their data signed out. A lab not signed out will be severely penalized. Clean up is a cooperative effort. No group will be signed out until the entire station is in order. 9. Attendance is taken for lab by signing the sign-in sheet at the beginning of the lab and is part of your lab grade. 10. No labs are dropped, but one lab may be made up at the last lab of the quarter; it’s a make-up lab day. Make-up labs are penalized 1 point unless there are special extenuating circumstances. Only one lab can be made up for the quarter! 11. Your report’s written portion must be produced on a word processor or typed, or printed legibly. Neatness and readability count. If I can’t read it I won't grade it. Reasonable English is expected, i.e. complete sentences, correct spelling, punctuation, etc. 12. Late arrival in lab may result is disqualification from the lab or a 1 point penalty. 13. Use the following format only for any formal written reports as a guide (do this by line, i.e. your name on the first line, partners’ on second line, etc., note, “underlined words” are filled in by you as part of your report).

Your name: type it and also sign it Date:

All partners names in the group

{some line/spaces}

Title of the lab

Introduction/ Purpose: 1 or 2 sentences stating the purpose or goal of the lab

Procedure/Description: A paragraph describing the equipment, how it was used, what you did to collect the data etc. You may supplement your description with a sketch.


Results: Graphs/calculations/paragraphs telling what your results were (numerical values &/or outcome). Also if appropriate, do error calculations.

Conclusion: Restate your final results and error. What did the experiment tell you?

Discuss any difficulties you encountered and possible sources of error (don’t say human error, be specific). Also say whether you were satisfied with your results and why.

Note, your error analysis will usually consist of the per cent error or per cent difference:

% error = [(your value-accepted value)/accepted value] x 100

Homework (3.5%) : Roughly 10 to 15 exercises/problems are assigned online in Mastering Physics per text chapter. Each set of Mastering physics problems are grouped by chapters for the relevant test and are due after each test. The details of the “Mastering Physics” assignments will be further discussed in class.

Other text homework (0.1%): You may choose any exercise/problems to do. For each 10 text homework exercise/problems, you get 1 point. Points are assigned in groups of 10 exercise/problems. Therefore, if you do 15 problems you get 1 point; if you do 20 problems, you get 2 points etc.; a total of 40 exercise/problems, i.e. 4 points, is possible per chapter. A sample of these exercise/problems for each chapter, have solutions posted on the auto webs. These chapter exercise/problems are due in groups, i.e. units 1, 2, 3, or 4 after each test, and may be stapled together, but do not staple with the workbook assignments. Note the very low point value which essentially means this portion of the grade is like extra credit.

Daily activities/attendance/workbook (14%): 1. Often during class expect a quiz, a shared question, a shared inquiry, a “Student Workbook” discussion, Mastering Physics discussion, or some other small writing activity. 2. Material, usually chapters, from the “Student Workbook” will also be assigned during class and on blackboard and will often be partially worked in class, thus these assignments may be scored twice; as an attendance activity and as graded handed- in work at 2 points per page. The “Student Workbook” assignments must be turned in as pages from the workbook or as Xerox copies of the workbook. “Student Workbook” assignments turned in on separate sheets of note paper etc. will not be graded. These workbook assignments are do as a unit after each test. Staple each chapter together separately and do not staple them with the text homework. 3. Quizzes may cover material from that day, previous lectures or some current relevant news item. 4. These attendance activities and participation may also take the form of “entrance/exit” tickets and peer - group work. 5. These activities are usually graded as 0 (absent), 1, 2 usually, or sometimes more depending on the effort involved. 6. Prompt attendance is required for all class meetings. 7. Note, late arrival may result in 0 points for attendance. 8. The workbook solutions will be posted as hard copies in the lab which you may Xerox, but be considerate of your class mates by returning them quickly. The solutions are quite complete, consequently I do not intend to work them out in class. However, if there are steps you don’t understand, be sure to ask about them. 9. Again, details for the “Student Workbook” and “Mastering Physics” will be explained further in class.

Extra Credit: One method to earn extra credit points is to give an oral report to the class of ~ 10 minutes on a particular reading or activity the student has done. This reading/activity must be pertinent to science, but need not be physics, and must have the instructor’s prior approval. It will probably be a book or a longer paper from a refereed journal, or some in depth cutting edge work, most likely from the “Web”. Up to 5 extra points will be added to your last activity/workbook score based on your presentation, and self evaluation. Every class member present on the day of the presentation can also benefit by receiving from 1/4 point to 1 added to their last activity/workbook score if they also do a thorough critique, however the maximum points added will be 5 (i.e. 5 presentations evaluated, however more than five students can give presentations). The presentation will be graded as if it is a professional paper given at a science conference to professionals in the field; thus not only must it be scientifically sound it must also adhere to good speech and English. It will be very difficult to receive a five, as will it be very difficult to get a 1 for critiques!

Academic Conduct ; Withdrawal: Dishonesty and cheating defrauds all those in this class and the college community. While cooperative effort on homework and lab can be helpful and useful to your understanding and is encouraged, it will not be tolerated on exams. You may want to read the student Conduct Code and Rules for Enforcement. Notice that expulsion from SFCC is a possible penalty. Depending on the magnitude of the offense, expulsion from SFCC, expulsion from class, or loss of that grade is a likely consequence. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from class. The last day to withdraw is Thur., May 15, 2008. I will only give Z grades to those students missing this deadline who have discussed their situation with me and offered a reasonable cause. If by the time the grades are due, the student has not officially withdrawn or seen me, I give a 0.0 grade. For an incomplete grade the student should see me with enough lead-time to discuss their situation and to fill out the Incomplete Contract and get the appropriate signatures. (It is usually easier to take the grade as it would stand, then make-up the missing work next quarter. Then I simply submit a grade change.)

Emergency & Safety Procedures : Try to judge the severity of the emergency to decide whether to bring your belongings, since you may not be allowed back into the classroom for some time. During evacuation volunteers will be asked to monitor the class. In good weather evacuate to parking lot 9C; during bad weather evacuate to buildings 3/14 (Social Science). Laboratory safety will be discussed in detail in lab. A general rule to remember is to never play with or turn on equipment until instructed to do so. Anyone with a pacemaker or other health condition should inform the instructor. Caution, some lab experiments use very high voltages.

As a final note, please remember you are always invited into any lab I have for any course to ask question or visit!

A quick summary:

Text Book & Work Book assignments

(1) Problem assignments for the class are on-line using “Mastering Physics” and are dated and due in units after each relevant test.

(2) Work book assignments for which you must use the work book pages or Xerox copies of the pages are given periodically in class and generally are all pages from the appropriate text book chapters. These work book assignments will also be posted in Black Board. They are due in units after each relevant test.

(3) The auto webs - on line syllabus will have a set of worked solutions to selected text book problems.

(4) These text book exercise/problems are due in units after each relevant test.


Unit 1

Labs 1, 2, 3

April 28

Unit 2

Labs 4, 5, 6

May 19

Unit 3

Labs 7, 8, 9

June 9

Additional Notes:

1. Labs meet twice per week on either Wednesday morning or afternoon, but you only attend the one lab you signed up for. You may with instructor permission attend an alternate lab time. You may also come into any lab for any class to ask questions!

2. Should you need to make up a lab for any reason, there is an automatic 1 point penalty. Thus you should make every effort to attend one of the other labs.

3. Last day to drop or make schedule changes is Thur., May 15.

4. Your FINAL is Friday, June 13 at 8:30 to 10:30 in the lecture room

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