Grades will be based on individual performance. If everyone does A work, everyone will
receive an A grade. If everyone does C work, everyone will receive a C. A very
approximate conversion of percentage to letter grades could be >87% is A-, >75% is
B-, >65% is C-.
The final exam will cover the entire course. Tests will take place at the assigned times with the
only exceptions being those caused by illness or university business. The final exam must
be taken at the assigned time unless an exception is
approved by the Dean's office.
Classroom Philosophy: The class will be different from most other large
classes. You are expected to read the text material before the class for which it is
listed. There will be occasional unannounced quizes throughout the semester which will be
scored for my use. They will not count on your grade but will give you and me some
indication of how well prepared the class is and will allow you to monitor your progress.
Class attendance is expected. You will invest less
time in the course (for the same grade) if you read the text before each class and come to
every class. But, I know that reading the material in advance will become a burden to some
students and I urge you to either decide to set aside that time twice each week or
consider taking a less demanding course.
Homework: There will be several (about ten) homework sets for you to test your understanding of the course material. This year we will make the homework assignments in the web-based "Wiley Plus" which is included in the price of the 3rd ecition of your text (WHEN YOU BUY THE TEXT NEW WITH ISBN 0471946648).
Laboratory (Physics 110): The laboratory will parallel the course but is not
required. It will have several components. There will be a number of traditional
physics experiments that you will carry out and analyze. There will also be experiments
with everyday objects. Some will already be disassembled for you to work with. Some you
will disassemble yourself. Those not taking the 110 lab are still welcome to stop by
during one of the lab sessions to see what is being done that week. The goal of both
lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments will be to use everyday objects and
technology to elucidate the fundamentals of the physical world. In a few of the 110 lab
experiments, we expose you to the pracitical apparatus a day or two before we discuss the
underlying science in class. We will warn you of these one or two exceptional cases.
Information and Updates: We will post notices and course information on the Physics
109/110 web pages; please check them often, especially when bad weather or other problems arise. We will also use the campus email to send messages to you so please be sure that your campus address is automatically forwarded to the account you check each day. Questions can always be sent to me at:
Complaints, suggestions: You can send me notes by e-mail or in my
mailbox (anonymous, if you prefer). If you have concerns that should be addressed at the
start of class, just leave a note in my mailbox or on the front desk that morning. And,
please keep in mind that what you get from this course depends greatly on how much time
and attention you devote to it. I expect you to attend class and to read that day's
assignment before you come. If you do that, studying for the tests and getting good test
scores will be far easier. Remember also that if you have a question, there is likely to
be a large member of classmates with the same problem. So, when you speak up, they
appreciate your assertiveness, and so do I. (revised: 12 December 2006)