University

Physics 2

Physics 2

Fall 2024

General Info – Workflow – Textbook – Labs – Homework – Exams and Quizzes – Grading – Other

**Course Syllabus**
(pdf)

Course number: PHYSICS 20806224

Class number: 34660

- Lecture
- Mon & Wed at 2:30 - 4:20 pm
- Truax room B3200D

- Lab
- Friday at 2:30 pm - 4:20
- Truax room B3200D

The course will usually follow this weekly schedule (starting in Week 2):

**Monday**- Reading Quiz due at MyOpenMath at 2:20 pm
- Lecture 2:30 - 4:20

**Wednesday**- Reading Quiz due at MyOpenMath at 2:20 pm
- Lecture 2:30 - 4:20

**Friday**- Lab Reading Quiz due at MyOpenMath at 2:20 pm
- Lab with concept quiz at 2:20 pm
- Homework due at MyOpenMath at 11:59 pm

In addition to the above, please do the following **on an
ongoing basis**:

- Check the home page for announcements and the calendar (left panel) for upcoming dealines.
- Keep up with homework. It is not advisable to try to complete the homework on the night it is due. Find time throughout the week to work on the problems. See Homework below for notes and advice on completing homework.
- Keep up with study. Follow these Study Strategies

- We will be using University Physics by Openstax. It is an open text, free to copy as you like.
- You can obtain the textbook in several ways:
- Download a pdf of the entire textbook from the Openstax web page.
- Order a print copy, also from the Openstax web page.
- Read the text in a web browser with the html version. This can also be accessed via the table of contents or by section links in our course home page.

- Supplemental
documents are available at the Openstax web site, including
- Problem Solutions (zip archive of one docx file per chapter)
- Reading and Notetaking Guide
- Managing Time and Priorities

- Labs will be run every week, except for those weeks with a midterm exam.
**Lab Manual**- Physics 2 Lab Manual – whole manual pdf and individual lab pdf’s are avaliable
- A printed version will be available in the bookstore. You may either purchase it or print from the pdf above. You will be required to turn in lab reports, either a physical copy or an edited pdf.

**Lab Notebook**: You must have a notebook dedicated for lab work. It can be any type of notebook. Please perform intermediate calculations in your lab notebook, not on the lab report.- For each lab, every student must turn in a lab report, even when work is done in groups. The report is due one week after the lab work is done.
- Labs cannot be made up if missed, but one missed lab may be replaced with work assigned by the instructor. You must arrange this with the instructor.
- There will be a short conceptual quiz in lab. (See below for more information.)

- There will be a homework set assigned at MyOpenMath about once per week.
- You are advised to do homework on a regular daily schedule. It is wise to start a homework set a few days before it is due. Then if you have questions we can discuss them.
- Register at MyOpenMath following these instructions.

Homework will be due at 11:59 pm on the due date. When you enroll at
MyOpenMath you are granted five *LatePasses*
for use throughout the semester. If you get behind on a homework set,
you may use a *LatePass* for a 72 hour extension on the due date
(click “Use LatePass” near the homework date). If you use all five
*LatePasses*, you may email the instructor to request
another.

Some of the problems are difficult. This is intentional – you must struggle with the ideas to master them.

Here are some tips:

- Try the easier problems in the book before you attempt the difficult homework problems. You can do those quickly and they can get you thinking about the situation correctly. This is not extra work – it will ultimately save you time because you will know how to approach the harder problems.
- You shouldn’t spend too much time on one problem in the homework. If you don’t get it, please post a question to the homework discussion forum, that way others can learn from the discussion too. I will often give a hint when I see a reasonable question there.
- If you have to spend hours on a single problem it means you are missing something fundamental.
- Collaboration with peers is permitted and encouraged, but be sure such collaborations are of mutual benefit.
- The “Calendar” link in the left panel (also at MyOpenMath) is a convenient way to check homework due dates.

- There will be 3 midterm exams (find dates on the upcoming schedule). There will be one final exam during Finals Week. There will be no credit given if you miss an exam. If you pay attention to announcements you won’t miss it by accident.
- Midterm Exams will cover only the material since the last midterm. The final exam will cover all semester’s material.
- During the exams you may not use any resources except for a clean copy of the course equation sheet and a calculator.
**What you have to know and what is provided:**- A course equation sheet (pdf) will be provided with the exam.
- Physical constants not on the equation sheet will be provided when needed (for example, the mass of a proton).
*Units*: You must know all the units found on the symbols on the equation sheet, and how to convert between them. (For example, 1 J = 1 N·m.) You should know the following metric prefixes: nano (\(10^{-9}\)), micro (\(10^{-6}\)), milli (\(10^{-3}\)), centi (\(10^{-2}\)), kilo (\(10^{3}\)), mega (\(10^{6}\)), and giga (\(10^{9}\)). Non-metric unit conversion factors will be provided.*Calculus*: You should be able to differentiate and integrate polynomials, square roots, sine and cosine functions, natural log and exponential functions. You should be able to use the chain rule when necessary. (See math resources to review.)

**Calculator:**You may use any calculator as long as it is not network-capable. That means no phone calculators. If you’re used to using your phone as your calculator, become familiar with an allowable calculator before the exam.**Format:**The midterms and final exam generally have the same format – one section of multiple choice conceptual questions and one section of long answer problems.**Multiple Choice:**- These questions will be modeled on the Concept Questions in the review questions.
- A common mistake is to answer these questions too quickly, jumping to the wrong solution. Make sure you read the question carefully, even if (especially if) it looks familiar – the wording may be different than what you expect.

**Long Answers:**- These questions will be be modeled on the Long Answer Questions in the review questions.
- To obtain full credit for the long answer problems, you must (1) write your answer in the designated blank (2) include correct units and (3) show your work in the designated work area.
- Significant partial credit may be earned even if the final answer is wrong, provided the work is neat and in the designated work area. If you need more space than what’s provided, you may use another page as long as you make a note of this fact in the designated work area.
- Be careful to avoid these common errors:
- failure to write vector answers as vectors
- incorrect or missing units

- See the Recommended Study Strategies for exams.

- Short quizzes consisting of five multiple choice conceptual questions will be given during lab hours.
- The quiz questions are modeled on the concept questions found (with their solutions) on the Resources Page.
- You may take the quiz at any time during the lab period but it must
be done alone, with only the course equation
sheet (pdf) (and a calculator, though it will probably not be
helpful). There is no time limit, but please allow 5-10 minutes to take
it. You must complete the quiz right when you pick it up—do not leave it
unattended—and submit it to the
*Completed Quiz*folder when finished. - A common mistake is to answer these questions too quickly, jumping to the wrong solution. Make sure you read the question carefully, even if (especially if) it looks familiar – the wording may be different than what you expect.
- One Concept Quiz grade will be dropped to calculate the end-of-semester grade.
- Though they have small weight in the grade calculation, these questions closely resemble those you will find on the exams.

- Before every lecture and lab you must complete a Reading Quiz at MyOpenMath. It will consist of three easy multiple choice questions covering the reading for the upcoming lecture or the lab instructions.
- Reading quiz due dates cannot be extended, and
*LatePasses*are not available for Reading Quizzes. This is because their sole function is to keep you up to date with the material. - The three lowest reading quiz grades of the semester will be dropped.

Grades are recorded on Blackboard. The “total grade” is composed of the following weighted average:

Assessment Type | Weight | Adjustment |
---|---|---|

Homework Assignments | 22% | – |

Midterm Exams (3) | 14% | – |

Final Exam | 14% | – |

Labs | 14% | – |

Concept Quizzes | 3% | lowest dropped |

Reading Quizzes | 3% | 3 lowest dropped |

Participation | 2% | – |

At the end of the semester, the total grade is rounded to the nearest integer then translated to a letter grade as follows:

A | AB | B | BC | C | D |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

92-100 | 89-91 | 82-88 | 79-81 | 70-78 | 60-69 |

You may use this grade calculator (Google spreadsheet) to enter your grades or hypothetical grades (you will need to make your own copy to edit it). The spreadsheet uses the weighted average above to compute the total grade.

Notes on the Blackboard gradebook:

- The “–” symbol means no grade has been entered and the grade has not been included in your total.
- Grades in MyOpenMath have to be manually imported into Blackboard. The recorded grade at MyOpenMath is the most up-to-date homework grade.

- For all other policies, check the Syllabus (pdf).
- For course resources, visit Course Resources (link in the left menu).
- Previous Course Announcements are archived at this page when removed from the home page.

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- Contact Info

*Last modified: August 27, 2024*