SYLLABUS: PHY 2053C – COLLEGE PHYSICS I
SPRING 2007 (4 sem. hrs.) – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm. Class – MAP359
Instructor: Enrique del Barco Office: MAP 414 Lab: MAP 240
Office hours: T/R 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (other times by appointment).
If by any chance I am not in my office, look for me in the lab.
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Michael Whelam Office: MAP 307
Office hours: Tu-Th 10:30-12:00, 1:00-4:30
Textbook: COLLEGE PHYSICS by Young & Geller and PHY 2053 Lab Manual
Laboratory: The laboratory component of PHY 2053 covers material related to class lectures. The laboratory is required for all students enrolled in the course. The laboratory score will determine one-sixth of your final grade for this course.
Course description: PHY 2053 is the first of a two-semester sequence in introductory physics offered primarily for students majoring in information technology, the biological sciences and pre-health professions. Special emphasis is placed on understanding major principles governing general phenomena in Nature, and mathematics is used as a tool to clarify concepts. Students should have a good working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.
Examinations: Two thirds of your grade will be determined on the basis of two 50 minutes in-class exams (two-sixths) and a comprehensive 150 minutes final exam (two-sixths). All exams may be written, multiple choice or a combination of both. You MUST bring a number two (2) pencil and a computer scored answer sheet to each exam. You also MUST know you student ID number and record it accurately in the proper location on the Test Form and on each written exam so that the computer can keep turn in your exam answer sheet. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS AND NO EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN EARLY OR LATE. For exceptional situations (such as Religious holiday, medical emergency, etc.) you may take an exam in a different day if you have a written request (not an e-mail) and submitted it personally to the instructor ahead of time with the appropriate documentation to justify the absence. A non-graphic, non-programmable calculator may be used during exams.
Homework: Weekly (preferably on Thursdays) web-assigned homework will be submitted on the WEB. Shortly, you will receive instructions on how to pay and sign up in the bookstore for a WebAssign account. 10. Homework will count as one-sixth of your grade.
Grades: Your grade for this course will be calculated as follows:
Grade = 1/6 (homework) + 1/6 (laboratory) + 2/6 (two in-class exams) + 2/6 (final exam)
Grade (%) = [HW(100) + LAB(100) + ICEX(200) + FINAL(200) ]/6
3+3 extra points will be given upon completion of the pre- and post-tests
Grading scale: A 85-100%; B 75-84%; C 60-74%; D 50-59%; F 0-49%
NO GRADE INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN OVER THE PHONE OR BY E-MAIL. If you miss an in-class exam without exceptional justification (see UCF policy) it will count as a zero and will average down your exams grade.
Course information: Course information (i.e. updated tentative coverage, syllabus, class-notes, etc…) will be available at www.delbarcolab.com/html/teaching.html. This webpage will be frequently updated as the course advances.
CLASS ATTENDANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT SINCE MANY OF THE EXAM QUESTIONS WILL BE DRAWN FROM THE CLASS LECTURES, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND DISCUSSIONS. TAKING GOOD CLASS NOTES IS ESSENTIAL.
I would also suggest reading the course textbook and/or related ones as a complement to the class lectures. Remember: The instructor could be wrong!