PHY n303K: ENGINEERING PHYSICS I (Summer 2014)

 

Unique # 91875

 

MTWThF 1:00-2:15P, PAI 2.48

 

1. Instructor:   Dr. Maxim Tsoi

Office: RLM 13.308

Office hours: TF 10:30-11:45A or by appointment

You may contact me via e-mail: tsoi[at]physics.utexas.edu

 

TA:              Brandon Furey

E-mail: furey[at]utexas.edu

Office hours: M 2:30-4:00P and Th 10:00-11:30A in RLM 5.120 or by appointment

 

2. Course materials:

Textbook: Ohanian and Markert, Physics for Engineers and Scientists, Volume I, 3rd Ed. This course covers chapters 1 through 18. The syllabus represents the nominal amount. Additional concepts, if needed in HW problems, will be included.

Clickers: Purchase iClicker from UT-Coop or ask around to see if you can purchase an old one. Register your iClicker at Quest. See “http://web4.cns.utexas.edu/quest/support/clicker/” for instructions.

Homepage of this course: http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~tsoi/303K.htm” contains this Syllabus and slides from class (posted as we proceed through material).

Quest:   This course makes use of the web-based Quest content delivery and homework server system maintained by the College of Natural Sciences. This homework service will require a $22 charge per student for its use, which goes toward the maintenance and operation of the resource. Please go to http://quest.cns.utexas.edu to log in to the Quest system for this class. After the 12th day of class, when you log into Quest you will be asked to pay via credit card on a secure payment site. You have the option to wait up to 30 days to pay while still continuing to use Quest for your assignments. If you are taking more than one course using Quest, you will not be charged more than $50/semester. Quest provides mandatory instructional material for this course, just as is your textbook, etc. For payment questions, email quest.fees@cns.utexas.edu.

 

3. Prerequisite: High school physics or consent of the undergraduate adviser; Mathematics 408C with a grade of at least C-; Mathematics 408K with a grade of at least C- and registration for 408L, or Mathematics 408N with a grade of at least C- and registration for 408S; and credit with a grade of at least C- or registration for Physics 103M.

 

4. Quantitative Reasoning: This course may be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement. Quantitative Reasoning courses are designed to equip you with skills that are necessary for understanding the types of quantitative arguments you will regularly encounter in your adult and professional life. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your use of quantitative skills to analyze real-world problems.

 

5. Drop deadlines: 6/6 - Last day of the official add/drop period; 6/10 - Last day to drop a first-term, nine-week, or whole-session class for a possible refund; 6/25 -  Last day a student may change registration in a first-term, nine-week, or whole-session class to or from the pass/fail or credit/no credit basis.

 

6. Students with disabilities: The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Services for Students with Disabilities at 512-471-6259, 512-410-6644 (VP) (http://ddce.utexas.edu/disability/).

 

7. Interactive quiz oriented teaching: We intersperse lectures with interactive quiz (IQ) sessions. You will need your iClicker to participate in IQ-sessions.  Questions for these "IQ"-questions are chosen to highlight the course materials and give students guidance in doing HW problems. Good understanding of textbook examples, IQ questions, and homework problems will help you to understand the physics of this course.

 

8. Study suggestions: Students are responsible for assigned sections of the book even if they are not covered in class. Read the material to be covered in class before coming to class, and a second time afterward. Start working on your homework problems as soon as they are available and turn your work in as soon as you have completed it (you get multiple tries for missed questions). Get help if you have trouble understanding the material ! The importance of doing the homework assignments (and understanding them) can not be overemphasized. Very few students pass who do not do well in their homework. Please don't fall behind. Also, you should work the problems at the end of the chapter, looking for particularly interesting ones to solve in addition to those which you have done for homework.

 

9. Attendance: Class attendance is not mandatory but is strongly recommended. Class interruptions such as arriving late, leaving early, or chatting, are unacceptable. Your cooperation in maintaining a good atmosphere for learning is required.

 

10. Course summary: The course summary sheet gives the basic formulas/principles which you will be learning in this course. We encourage you to use it as your study companion. It is meant to help you to organize the course materials, to do homework and to review for exams. Queries on the summary are welcome anytime. You can also find this summary here: Course summary.

 

11. Homework/Tests/Final: (see schedule below)

  • Homework: The Quest homework service handles distribution and collection of the homework (HW) on the Web. Submit your HW to Quest expeditiously. No late homework will be accepted. Continue submitting answers until due time. Urgent messages related to HWs will be posted on Quest. Solutions will be available on Quest after the due time.
  • Tests/Midterms: There will be 4 in-class Tests (also referred to as Midterm Exams). See below for time and place of each Test/Exam.
  • Final exam: The final exam is comprehensive and mandatory. Exam site and date will be announced by the UT-registrar's office. Preliminary exam date is Thursday, July 31, 9:00–12:00 noon.

During each Test/Exam:

·        a fresh course summary sheet will be given to you. No crib-note cards will be allowed.

·        Programmable calculators may be used for numerical calculations only. No display of any formula on the screen is allowed.

·        Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated (see link to University Honor Code).

 

12. Grading policy:

  • Homework (drop 2) 25%
  • Tests (drop 1) 45%
  • Final 30%

à A grade report for each assignment/exam will be available on Quest after the due time; plus and minus grades will be used for final course grades; %score required for a given grade (grade cutoffs) will be determined after the final exam (no prescribed cutoff values should be assumed).

 

No make up tests will be given. Student is required to take all four Tests. At the end of the semester, the Test with lowest score will be dropped. If a student misses a Test, the missing Test will be the one which will be dropped. If missing a test is due to a legitimate reason approved by the instructor, the student may alternatively choose a no-drop option, where the student's final exam score appropriately scaled may replace the score of the missing Test. After a missing test, the student needs to immediately communicate with the instructor through email. The student must save the email record and claim the no-drop option at the end of the semester. For the no-drop option to be applicable, the student must take the other three Tests.

 

 

First class reminders:

o   Notice the due time of homework #1 is at 4am on T, June 10 (think of it as Monday evening).

o   Instructions for submitting work: “http://web4.cns.utexas.edu/quest/support/student/

o   Announcements related to homework, will be given in class and on Quest.

  • TA office hours will begin next week: Monday, June 9, 2:30-4:00P in RLM 5.120.
  • To take this course, you must enroll in 103M lab. The labs will begin next week. Check with the lab supply room RLM8.316 (471-5352) for the lab schedule. It can also be found here: http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~phy103m/
  • Check your e-mail for messages about pre/co-requisite compliance. If you get one, come see Lisa Gentry (RLM 5.216) to correct the problem.

 

Tentative class schedule:

 

Week of   |   M     T    W     Th    F    |     HWs              Due Time

02-June   |   -       -     -       1      2    |                          

09-June   |   3      4            5            |     #1, 2              TF; 4am (~MTh evening)

16-June   |   6      7    Q1   8            |     #3, 4              TF; 4am

 

Quiz 1:  Wednesday, June 18, 1:00-2:15 PM, PAI 2.48 (Qz 1: ch 1-5)

 

23-June   |   9            10    11          |     #5, 6              TF; 4am

30-June   |   12          Q2   13    -     |     #7, 8              TF; 4am

 

Quiz 2:  Wednesday, July 2, 1:00-2:15 PM, PAI 2.48 (Qz 2: ch 6-11)

 

07-July    |   14          15    16    -     |     #9                  T -; 4am

14-July    |                 Q3   17          |     #10, 11          TF; 4am

 

Quiz 3:  Wednesday, July 16, 1:00-2:15 PM, PAI 2.48 (Qz 3: ch 12-14)

 

21-July    |           18                        |     #12, 13          TF; 4am

28-July    |   Q4   R       -   F      -     |    

 

Quiz 4:  Monday, July 28, 1:00-2:15 PM, PAI 2.48 (Qz 4: ch 15-18)

 

FINAL:  Thursday, July 31, 9:00–12:00 noon, Location TBA