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Welcome to Physics 350 _ The primary goal of this course is


									                                                                                 Physics 350 Syllabus F13

Welcome to Physics 350 !

The primary goal of this course is for you to learn critical thinking through dialogue and debate
with your peers. As per the catalog, this trigonometry-based course includes topics ranging from
the mechanics of particles to waves, sound, and thermodynamics. Physics 350 and 360 are
designed for biological science majors including pre-medical, pre-dental, agricultural, and forestry

The prerequisite for Physics 350 is MATH 330 (trig) with a grade of ‘C’ or better OR ESLL 320,
ESLR 320, and ESLW 320 with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Assessment :


     Your grade in the course will based on the total number of points* you earn for the

             category                             %

 COLs                                 40

 final COL                             20

 homework                             25

 journals, quizzes, etc.              15

 scientific literacy                   1–2

*Additional points for extra credit projects, extra or fewer “celebrations of learning”, and other
subjective factors may change these percentages somewhat.


      Final Grades will be determined by calculating the percentage of your total points earned
relative to the total possible points for the course and then applying that percentage to the
following table:

          grade                  %

 A                         90 - 100

 B                         80 - 89

 C                         70 - 79

 D                         60 - 69

 F                         Below 60

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Celebrations of Learning (COLs):


     Two “celebrations of learning” will be given throughout the course in additional to a final
COL. They will generally consist of three problems reflective of class discussions in addition to
multiple choice questions. One or more of the problems may be taken from the homework
assignments. You will be given a page with formulas. A reworked COL is due one week after the
COL is turned back.

No makeups will be given without a prior arrangement agreed upon between student and
instructor. Make-up “celebrations” may be partially verbal.



     A crucial element of this class is participation. You’ll be expected to participate in whole
group discussions. Additionally, to keep track of attendance / tardiness, there will be a clicker quiz
at the beginning of each class meeting. You can’t participate if you are absent ... excessive
absences (excused or unexcused) may result in you being dropped from the class.
Three late days counts as once absence and over 15 minutes late counts as an absence.

Cell phones:


     If your phone goes off during class or lab, you will be obligated to bring snacks for the next
class meeting. This policy applies if you are caught texting or otherwise using your phone
inappropriately* during class or lab time. (* this includes using your phone as a calculator. Please
have a separate calculator handy for use during class.)

Scientific Literacy:


      By the time you leave this class you should have a working knowledge of physics and its
role in society. You’ll be required to demonstrate scientific literacy throughout the course. As an
example you will be required to attend at least 2 scientific talks over the course of the semester
and write a reflection paper for each. Other ways to earn points in this category are left to the
creativity of the students and the discretion of the instructor.



    Each class meeting you will be expected to make an entry of your learning and
observations. The journals will be collected weekly and checked at the instructor’s discretion.



    There are two categories of homework: formal and informal.



  Formal: Once a week, there will be a written homework problem due and
homework problems due online each week reflecting the material covered in class and in the

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     Informal: Each class meeting you will be given an informal homework assignment
at the end of class. This homework is due at the beginning of the next class meeting. The
assignment is checked for completeness. If a majority of the class does not turn in the assignment
in a satisfactory state, it becomes formal, graded homework.

Only two late formal homework assignments will be allowed for credit.


    Quizzes will be given during the course at the discretion of the instructor. No makeups will
be given. The lowest score will be dropped.

Resources :


              • OpenStax College Physics: 1e and Sapling Learning chapters 1-17 (some sections may
                be omitted)
              • Binder to keep journal entries + worksheets and other course materials.

              • Introductory Physics with Algebra as a Second Language: Mastering Problem Solving S.


              • Los Rios Gmail: Activate your gmail account:
                 ( – Plan on receiving emails from me!
              • Website:
              • D2L: – Important documents will be posted here.

Contact/Schedule Information :



    Dr. Brooke Haag


    L025 (basement corridor of the library)


    (916) 484–8839

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Academic Dishonesty / Cheating:

As per the ARC catalog :

     “ The president of the college or administrative designee may authorize the suspension of a
student for good cause which is defined for numerous offenses which includes ... dishonesty, such as
cheating, plagiarism or furnishing false information to the college, forgery, alteration or misuse of
college documents, records or identifications.”


       If a student is discovered to be cheating, a zero will be given on the assignment immediately
and a meeting with the instructor will be scheduled. If a second 	

 instance occurs, the prior
policy will be invoked in addition to further action taken with administration and the possible result
of a failing grade in the course.

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Student Learning Outcomes :


     You will be expected to have gained a thorough understanding of physics by attending all
class meetings, actively participating in the learning community, and completing all assignments.
In addition the learning outcomes of the course are as follows:

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

• test the validity of a hypothesis using the scientific method.

• identify the basic physical principles that apply in a particular situation (such as Newton’s laws,
  energy conservation, or momentum conservation).

• analyze conceptual problems that require the application of physics.

• solve problems that require the application of physics and mathematics up through trigonometry.

• interpret the results of physics calculations.

• define common physics terms and physical laws.

• compose a well-organized and complete lab report.

Dropping :


    If you decide to drop the class, it is your responsibility to officially drop the class. If you do
not officially drop, you will receive an ‘F’ grade for the course at the end of the semester.

   Everything on this syllabus is subject to change. Please pay attention to any
changes that will be clearly communicated by the instructor as necessary during
the semester.


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