Instructor: Dr. Rhett Allain
Office Hours: M, W, F 8-9; M, T, Th 1-3; T, Th 10:15 - 11:15
Office: Pursley 115
This is a three credit-hour, calculus -based physics course. The content covered in this course includes electric and magnetic fields and light. The course will start with fundamental principles of physics and explore their meaning. We will look at macro-micro connections and the atomic nature of matter.
Text: Matter and Interactions - Chabay and Sherwood
WebAssign Access Card - available online at retail bookstore
Your grade in this course will be determined by your scores on homework, tests and the final exam with the following weighting:
Tests (4): 100 points each
Homework: 0 points
Final Exam: 200 points
Grades will be determined in the following manner:
A = 90%-100%
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = Less than 60%
There will be 4 tests throughout the semester. The test dates are given below. Each test will cover a specified range of topics (to be posted on the course webpage). You may bring a calculator to the test. If you do not have a calculator, you may not share nor may you use your cell phone. You will be provided with a set of equations for each test. If you miss an exam, your final exam grade will also count as your missed test grade.
Test 1: February 5
Test 2: February 26
Test 3: March 26
Test 4: April 23
The final exam time and day can be found on the University Calendar. The final exam will be cumulative.
All homework will be assigned using WebAssign, an online homework delivery system. I strongly encourage you to work on the homework. Instructions for using WebAssign can be found here. (that page also includes tips on using WebAssign effectively).
The purpose of class time is not to go over everything that is in the text. You are responsible for reading the textbook and working the assigned problems. Some of WebAssign homework may cover material that has not yet been discussed in class. This is done to encourage you to read the text before coming to class. Think of it this way, if you were taking a class on Shakespeare, you would come to class expecting the instructor would read the play to you? I would hope you would have read the play before class and would come to class ready to discuss the material. Same for physics.
Attendence will be taken daily, but it does not count for your grade.
If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203, Student Union. No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of Disability Services.
It is the University policy that the classroom is not a place for children, and that students are not to bring their family members for day care or baby sitting.
It is the University policy that free discussion, inquiry, and expression are encouraged in class. However, classroom behavior that interferes with either (a) the instructor's ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable. Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as "crossing the civility line." In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular telephone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required. Classroom behavior which is deemed inappropriate and cannot be resolved by the student and the faculty member may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for administrative or disciplinary review as per the Code of Student Conduct which may be found at http://www.selu.edu/StudentAffairs/Handbook/2005/codeofconduct.html.
It is the University policy on e-mail communication that instructors may use only official Southeastern e-mail addresses when initiating or responding to electronic correspondence with students.
Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Behavior that violates these standards is not acceptable. Examples are the use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, improper acknowledgment of sources in essays and the use of a single essay or paper in more than one course without permission are considered very serious offenses and shall be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in the current General Catalogue.