Syllabus for PHY-115

PHYSICS I WITH LAB


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Physics I with Lab is a first-semester introductory course in physics that focuses on mechanics and the properties of matter and includes study of motion and energy. This course includes a laboratory.

Advisory: It is advisable to have knowledge in a course equivalent to MAT-121, College Algebra, with a grade of C or better to succeed in this course. Students are responsible for making sure that they have the necessary knowledge. This course meets the area of study Physics I with Lab requirement. Students will need a scientific calculator; a graphing calculator is not required. Programmable calculators are not permitted in examinations.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific model.
  2. Explain Newton’s three laws of motion.
  3. Solve problems involving speed, velocity, and acceleration.
  4. Solve problems involving momentum, collisions, and momentum conservation.
  5. Discuss potential and kinetic energy.
  6. Solve problems involving work, energy, and power.
  7. Discuss the differences between linear and rotational motion.
  8. Discuss the differences between centrifugal and centripetal force.
  9. Solve problems related to linear momentum and angular momentum.
  10. Discuss Newton’s law of gravitation.
  11. Discuss the differences between longitudinal and transverse waves.
  12. Discuss the Doppler effect.
  13. Show ability to set up a physics experiment following directions and an outline.
  14. Collect, analyze, and evaluate experimental data.
  15. Correlate laboratory experiments with the principle topics of Physics I.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook and Lab kit are available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  • Conceptual Physics, 10th ed., by Paul Hewitt (San Francisco, CA: Addison-Wesley, 2009).

ISBN-13: 978-0-558-66449-7

Required Lab Kit

COURSE STRUCTURE

Physics I with Lab is a four-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, topics, and activities.  

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to complete written assignments and lab exercises, participate in online discussions, and take two proctored examinations—a midterm and a final. The course has been organized in the order of the textbook chapters. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum, you are required to participate in four (4) graded online class discussions.

 

Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

 

All of these responses must be substantial. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position.

 

You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information to support your point of view, and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions: responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments, one per module. Each assignment consists of short essay questions and application problems, all of which you should answer. These questions deal with material in the textbook.

The written assignments are the primary means for you to demonstrate that you have mastered the concepts presented throughout the semester. Due dates for each assignment are given in the course Calendar.

Take the time to read through the written assignment questions before you begin each module. Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and convey your understanding of the course materials. Formulate responses in your own words (do not merely copy answers from your reading materials), citing text materials where appropriate and in an appropriate manner.

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer and using whatever equation editor comes with your word processing software. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

When satisfied that your assignment represents your best work, submit it to your mentor.

Lab Exercises

You are required to complete six (6) lab exercises; one per module.  

Examinations

You are required to take two (2) proctored examinations: a midterm and a final. See the Calendar for the official dates of your midterm and final exam weeks.

For the both of these online examinations you are required to use the College’s Online Proctor Service. Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see the General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to make your scheduling arrangements for both exams within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site.  

Midterm Examination

The midterm is a closed-book, proctored exam. It is two hours long and covers material in Modules 1, 2, and 3. It consists of multiple-choice questions. You will be permitted to take with you to the exam an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of formulas and a non-programmable calculator.

Final Examination

The final is a closed-book, proctored exam. It is two hours long and covers material in Modules 4, 5, and 6. It consists of multiple-choice questions. You will be permitted to take with you to the exam an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of formulas and a non-programmable calculator.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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