Physics Syllabus--Fall 2011

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					               General Physics I & Laboratory—PHYS 2054—Section 01
                                TR, 10:30 a.m. – 12:50 a.m., McClain Hall 309
                                                  Fall 2011

INSTRUCTOR:             Jessica Clanton
OFFICE:                 Dryer Hall 308
PHONE:                  office: 870-508-6177
                                 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
                                 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: noon – 1:00 p.m.
                                 Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
                                 Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                                 Call for an appointment
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ASUMH Mission

The mission of ASUMH is to LEAD through educational opportunities.
   Lifelong Learning,
   Enhanced Quality of Life,
   Academic Accessibility, and
   Diverse Experiences

General Education Philosophy

Arkansas State University Mountain Home offers a comprehensive general education core
that challenges students to acquire skills and knowledge that allow them to flourish in their
professional and personal lives. The general education curriculum is designed to give
students the ability to master basic skills in English/communications, mathematics, science,
and social science.

General Education Outcomes

1) Students will learn basic skills in English/communications, mathematics, social science,
   and the sciences.
2) Students will communicate in written and verbal forms.
3) Students will be exposed to diversity issues.
4) Students will use technology for academic and personal purposes.

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Required Texts and Materials

       College Physics, 2th Ed., Knight, Jones, Field; Pearson, Addison Wesley, 2010

       College Physics—Student Workbook; Volume 1; 2th Ed., Knight and Andrews; Pearson,
        Addison Wesley, 2010
       Scientific Calculator

Course Outcomes

This course provides a foundation for understanding the physics of natural processes and
improves problem-solving skills through the application of physics principles. It also
provides direct observation of the principles and processes of physics and the development
of laboratory skills relevant to the study of physics. Upon successful completion of the
course the student will be able to:

                1. Explain, describe, discuss, recognize, and/or apply knowledge and
                   understanding of:
                      a. Measurement and error;
                      b. One- and two-dimensional motion;
                      c. Vectors;
                      d. Newton’s Laws of Motion;
                      e. Work and energy;
                      f. Conservation laws;
                      g. Linear momentum;
                      h. Rotational kinematics and dynamics;
                      i. Fluids;
                      j. Sound waves;
                      k. and Heat.
                2. Solve physics problems by
                      a. Identifying relevant data,
                      b. Utilizing physics or mathematical methods, and
                      c. Effectively and accurately communicating the solution.
                3. Apply physics skills and knowledge in
                      a. Higher level physics courses
                      b. Other courses that require physics skills and knowledge.

Course Description

General Physics I & Laboratory I examines the essentials of mechanics, heat, and sound.
Lecture three hours per week, lab two hours per week. Pre-requisite: MATH 1033. (D)

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Writing Statement

Each student will write extensively for a variety of projects including labs, exams, and
discussion projects.

Technology Statement

This course uses Blackboard course management software to deliver the online content and
track student progress. You may access the online content and/or determine your current
course standing at any time and from any location where you have access to the Internet.
Exams and quizzes will be administered using Blackboard.

Academic Integrity

Dishonesty in any form, including but not limited to plagiarism, submitting assignments
prepared by others, unauthorized possession of exams, or using unauthorized materials
during exams, may result in the student being dropped from the class with a failing grade
or being suspended from the University. For further information, refer to the ASUMH
Catalog and Student handbook .

Students with Disabilities

It is the policy of ASUMH to accommodate students with disabilities. The registrar is
responsible for making arrangements to accommodate students according to Section 50-4
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any student with
a disability who needs accommodation, for example in seating placement or in
arrangements for examinations, should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course.

Food and Drink, Tobacco Use

Food and drink are allowed in the academic classrooms of McClain Hall, Dryer Hall, and First
National Hall at the discretion of the individual instructor. However, food and drink are not
allowed in computer labs, science labs, and the library.

As of August 1, 2009, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home is a tobacco-free campus.
All forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes, are
prohibited on campus. This includes in buildings, on university property, in parking lots,
and in vehicles on parking lots/streets owned by the university. Thank you for your
cooperation in making ASUMH tobacco free.

Cell Phone Policy

The use of cell phones is prohibited during class meetings. Any student who uses a cell
phone in any manner during a test will receive a zero on that test.

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Attendance, Make-Up Work, and Expectations

Regular attendance is essential in a college-level course. Students should miss no more than
three hours of classroom instruction per semester. Instructors monitor attendance in on-line
classes based on participation in the class as evidenced by students turning in assignments,
participating in discussion boards, or corresponding via e-mail. Excessive absences may be
penalized, including failure of the course, at the discretion of the instructor. Make up work
is at the discretion of the instructor. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal,
and the appropriate withdrawal process must be followed. See ASUMH Catalog and Student
handbook for withdrawal procedure.

You are expected to attend all lectures. There will be regular quizzes with NO make-ups
allowed. Good attendance and respectful class participation will be considered when
deciding whether or not to move a borderline grade up to the next letter grade. Homework
IS NOT collected, but you are responsible for any material covered on homework and in the
reading assignments. Be consistent in your work and do NOT get behind.

Five chapter exams and one final exam will be administered in the classroom. You will have
between 30 minutes and one hour to complete each chapter exam. Exams cannot be made
up. NOTE: Any exam scheduled to be taken during inclement weather will be taken the
following class day.

Grades will be determined by adding points from the chapter exams (500 points total),
participation (100 points total), the laboratory assignments (200 points total), the journal
assignments (100 points total), and the final exam (100 points total). A total of 1000 points
can be earned in this course. The grading scale is 90% – 100% A, 80% – 89% B, 70% – 79% C,
60% – 69% D, 0% – 59% F.

Laboratory Assignments

There are twenty laboratory assignments worth 10 points each. Missed laboratory
assignments cannot be made up.

Resources available

       Norma Wood Library on the first floor of Roller Hall
       Schliemann Learning Center in Dryer Hall 208 (free tutoring and computer lab)

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