Here it is, the syllabus in all of its glory. It may be a
bit long, but that is because it is full of valuable information.
- For "lecture"-121
Seaver Hall, 1:00- 1:50 MWF
- For "lab"-
121 Seaver Hall, 3:00-5:00 W
- Physics for Scientists
and Engineers by Ray Serway and John Jewett (Books/ Cole-
Thomson, 2004) We will cover many of the chapters which were skipped
in physics 101 & 201. This means that we will make use of
- Six Ideas That
Shaped Physics (Unit T) by Tom Moore (McGraw-Hill, 2003)
We will use this as our primary source for thermodynamics.
Books on Reserve at the Library
Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard Feynman. Feynman was
one of the great physicists and teachers of the last century.
(Not to mention a real “character”.) His freshman
physics lectures were transcribed nearly forty years ago, and
they are still fantastic lectures that cover all of physics in
a clear and insightful manner.
- If you purchased
a new textbook, you should have received an access code for Physics
Now, which is Brooks/ Cole- Thomson’s companion web site
for our book. (www.ilrn.com or www.pse6.com) If you bought a used
book, you can still access the site for a $30 fee. The site is
completely optional, however it may be worth looking at if you
want some additional help. The site has several useful features.
You’ll notice that at the end of each chapter in our book
several question are marked as having solutions and hints on the
web. One nice way to use this feature is to use the “work
in steps” option. This basically acts as a coach to help
you through each step in a complicated question. The active figures
and chapter quizzes can give you additional practice, but they
lack significant feedback.
- Who am
I?: Jeff Phillips (a.k.a. Dr. Jeff)
- Where I
"live": 106 Seaver Hall
- When I
tend to be "home": MWF 11:00- 12:00, T 10:00- 12:00, F 2:00- 3:00
I’m normally around my office and more than willing to meet
with you at other times. You may want to set up an appointment
with me if you want to avoid a trip to an empty office. One note
about office hours, you’re more than welcomed to stop by
even if you just want to work on homework and have me serve as
a “consultant.” You don’t have to have specific
questions to justify a visit, sometimes the most valuable discussions
are ones that aren’t planned.
- Other ways
to contact me: phone-338-7811 and email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Student responsibilities include (but not limited to):
to class prepared which includes actively reading the text, trying
various example problems, and studying any additional handouts.
all homework, this can be done either individually or in study
groups with your classmates (simply be careful not to rely on
your classmates so much that you cannot solve problems by yourself
questions when material is unclear, this can be done during office
hours, in class or via email.
check email for schedule or policy changes.
Dr. Jeff’s responsibilities include (be are certainly not limited
- Being receptive
to student feedback and suggestions concerning both course content
opportunities for students to assess their own progress.
several modalities (verbal, visual, tactile, etc) when introducing
topics so as to accommodate different learning styles.
a respectful and student-centered environment.
Here is how your
final grades will be computed:
30% Three tests (10% each)
All grades in this class will
be based on a fixed scale, which means that you shouldn’t
feel any need to “compete” with your classmates. The
grading scale we will be using is as follows:
This is a broad
category that includes in-class activities, problem sets and labs.
What is most important is that we improve our problem solving
and critical thinking skills. Thus, in writing up homework solutions,
you should write out complete solutions. We will discuss the level
of necessary detail later in class, but the basic criteria will
be- can somebody else read your solution and understand each step.
This means no ESP should be necessary when trying to understand
a solution. You should pay special attention to the beginning
of the problem (where you build a mental model of the situation,
describe any assumption made and identify the relevant physics
principles). Other parts of a thorough solution can include pictures
(with clear labels), step-by-step mathematical solutions, and
a final “evaluation” where you ask yourself “does
this answer make sense?” (Is it reasonable to have the speed
of a car come out to be 6 x 108 m/s?)
encouraged to work collaboratively- studying together is one good
way to learn physics. But don’t just copy work from a friend!
You will help yourself in the short run (good score on the homework
assignment, maybe) but punish yourself in the long run (you’re
not learning anything, and it’ll show on exams and quizzes).
Also, you should be aware that simply copying a friend’s
work is not working together; it is plagiarism and is a violation
of the University’s Honor Code.
There are in-class tests
following the completion of every other unit (see the class schedule
on the last page for dates). In addition, there will be a comprehensive
final exam given on Friday, May 4, which will be worth 20% of your
Tests will consist
of conceptual questions of the multiple choice, short answer, and
fill-in-the-blank variety as well as numerical exercises. For each
test, you will be allowed to bring in one 3”x5” note
card. You can write down anything you want on this card- equations,
notes, examples, prayer to St. Albert (patron saint of scientists),
whatever. Keep in mind that physics is a description of physical
phenomena. Sometimes we use the language of mathematics to articulate
these ideas, but the math itself is not physics. Exams will be written
to test your understanding of physics not mathematics.
of this cumulative nature of the course is that when you receive
your graded test back, it would be beneficial to review it and learn
from any mistakes. To help encourage this I’m going to offer
each of you the opportunity to make corrections to your tests and
earn back some of the points you may have missed. Also, all of us
sometimes make mistakes, especially when we under pressure as in
a test, and it can be very frustrating not being able to fix your
mistakes. We will discuss the test correction scheme more before
the first test.
Note that there
are no make-up tests unless you can provide documentation of some
dire circumstance that prevented you from being present at the test.
(If you know that you will not be able to take a test at the scheduled
time due to other campus commitments, you need to notify Dr. Jeff
ahead of time so alternative arrangements can be made.)
As with all courses
at LMU, each student is expected to contribute to the course. This
doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to present a 30 minute
lecture on quantum electrodynamics; rather, simply asking questions
or sharing your ideas is all it takes. People learn best when they
do something or they try to explain it to others. This is probably
common sense to you. After all, one hardly becomes a great quarterback
by simply watching Monday Night Football every week. If you want
to be a better athlete (or musician or painter or poet or…)
you would practice the fundamentals of that activity as well as
prepare for “game situations” (or concerts or whatever).
So, by participating in discussions and activities you will not
only help yourself, but also your classmates- definitely a win-win
and be as flexible as possible, not going too fast, but this course
will require each of us to work outside of class, to come to class
prepared, and to participate. This is especially true given the
size of our class. It is important that everybody asks questions
when they’re unsure about something. Ask in class, after class,
in office hours, over email, etc. With sufficient feedback (both
students giving to the instructor as well as the instructor giving
to the students) we should be able to keep the course at a reasonable,
yet challenging level.
submission of the work of others, etc. violates LMU’s Honor
Code and may result in penalties ranging from a lowered grade to
course failure or expulsion. Often students will be allowed to work
together in groups on homework assignments, but this does not mean
you are able to turn in somebody else’s work. Any group work
(in or out of class) is meant to be a collaborative effort that
improves the students’ understanding of physics as well as
team working skills. When in doubt as to whether or not group work
is permitted, or what exactly constitutes collaborative teamwork
versus plagiarism, ask Dr. Jeff. A further discussion of the campus
policies and student obligations are given in the Undergraduate
Homework will be
accepted the following class period after the due date (unless otherwise
stated assignments are due at the beginning of class). However,
there is a late penalty of a 50% reduction in the score. So, if
you turn in a worksheet the next class and receive 8 points out
of a possible 10, then your actual grade becomes 4 points out of
10. Assignments will NOT be accepted after this grace period.
If you know of
any campus activities (travel with sorts teams, for example) that
will interfere with class, you should inform Dr. Jeff ahead of time
so fair adjustments can be made. Students who require alternative
accommodations due to learning disabilities should contact Disability
Support Services in Daum Hall.