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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 majors. 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 following: 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 1 Physics 350 Syllabus F13 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. Participation: 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. Journals: 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. Homework: 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 textbook. 2 Physics 350 Syllabus F13 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: 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 : Required: • 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. Optional: • Introductory Physics with Algebra as a Second Language: Mastering Problem Solving S. Loucks, Online: • Los Rios Gmail: Activate your gmail account: (https://apps.losrios.edu/login.html) – Plan on receiving emails from me! • Website: http://nuclear.ucdavis.edu/~bhaag/b_Haag_webpage/Teaching.html • D2L: https://d2l.losrios.edu/ – Important documents will be posted here. Contact/Schedule Information : Dr. Brooke Haag Ofﬁce: L025 (basement corridor of the library) Phone: (916) 484–8839 Email: haagB@arc.losrios.edu 3 Physics 350 Syllabus F13 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. 4 Physics 350 Syllabus F13 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. 5
"Welcome to Physics 350 _ The primary goal of this course is "