Physics 4A, General Physics With Calculus: Opening your mind to  the fundamentals.

NVALEXANDER: n.alexander.igc @gmail.com
Mechanics

Course Description, Schedule of Topics

Instructor: N.V. Alexander (aka drn); RM2009
OFFICE HOURS 

TEXTBOOK YOUNG AND FREEDMAN, "University Physics " 14th Ed with MODIFIED  Mastering Physics access card.  (BUY THE BOOK ONLINE). MODIFIED MASTERING ADMINISTERS  ONLINE QUIZZES.
FINAL  EXAM
USE THE TABLE FOR THIS GROUP 1 COURSE .
START DATE-AUGUST 16; LAST DAY OF INSTRUCTION--DEC. 12. (TUESDAY)
LECTURES Will generally follow the text. Try to scope the assigned material before you come to class. Please ask questions in class or during my office hours. I'll be honest.  This course does get hectic. I strongly recommend you form study groups; explore the wealth of resources I've tried to provide.  Check yourself before you wreck yourself !
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PLOS: PHYSICS PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

CRITICAL THINKING, COMMUNICATION : Students shall be able to read, diagram and solve qualitatively and quantitatively key physics applications aided by correct and efficient lab experiments using industry standard equipment.

CRITICAL THINKING, COMMUNICATION : Students shall be able to effectively, efficiently, and correctly run lab experiments using industry standard equipment.

COMMUNICATION: Demonstrates an understanding of experimentation and real world applications within the scientific method as well as a mastery of physics lab experiments through the submission of a complete lab report with all required elements present.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHOLE PERSON: Increase confidence in understanding qualitatively and quantitatively physical concepts, communicating ideas and thinking analytically.

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY, GLOBAL AND CULTURAL INVOLVEMENT: Students should identify the role and influence of ethics, morality and politics in the development and application of physics.

IMPORTANT DATES:   
*Last day to Add or Drop NGR (No Grade of Record) in person for Full-Term courses 8/25 
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Last day to Add or Drop NGR (No Grade of Record) online for Full-Term courses 8/27

HOLIDAY - Labor Day (CAMPUS CLOSED)

Sept 2-4

CENSUS-8/28

 

*SPRING FLEX DAYS -

Flex Day 1(No Instructions for classes before 4 pm. Evening classes are held)

SEPT 5

Flex Day 2 (No Instructions for classes before 4 pm. Evening classes are held)

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*HOLIDAY - THANKSGIVING (CAMPUS CLOSED - No Instruction) 11/22 - 11/24
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Last Day to WITHDRAW with a "W" in person for Full-Term courses  11/3
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Last day to WITHDRAW with a "W" online for Full-Term courses 11/5

DEC. 12 TUES IS LAST INSTRUCTION DAY

GRADES DUE: 1/9/2018

HOMEWORK IS IN THE QUIZ CATEGORY OF COURSE; ON LINE QUIZZES will be assigned in the form of weekly quizzes based on problems in the text book .Discussions of the quizzes also will be posted on this web site with links provided in the schedule of  topics section below. The problems are mission critical. You must  learn the material so you can move to the next level !  Quizzes will be collected and graded ONLINE and could account for 18 percent of your course grade.  
EXAMS
Tentative dates for 4 or more midterm exams will be announced. Sample exams will  be posted--- SEE LINKS AT PAGE BOTTOM. You shouldn't collab. with your friends during  exams. Please  work independently; be original. Line for line, you should shine on your own work. A seating chart may be administered.. Don't worry. One or more pages of your own handwritten notes aka cheat sheets are allowed. EXACT PAGE ALLOWANCES WILL BE ANNOUNCED FOR EACH TEST. Please do not use pages xeroxed from the book or downloaded from the quiz hints or solutions. (You may use two or more pages during the final exam.) Do not bring scratch paper to the exams. The only things you need are a pencil or pen, eraser, and your alert mind. BRING A CALCULATOR!  Before the test begins, please put all other things on the floor. Avoid  staying up all night crammin'; stay on top of it.. Get your rest,  and you will be blessed (for optimal performance). Any disputes on grading must be resolved within one or two days after the exam is returned. No make-up exams are allowed.. You must take the final exam on the date and time that it is scheduled.
LABORATORY Laboratory Room: 1810. PHYSICS LAB FORMATS.
Laboratory Schedule: The tentative dates of the lab experiments will be given in class. All experiments assigned are required. If you do not complete them all your total course grade will be dropped by one grade point or more. Your lab report is generally due a week after the experiment at the next lab session. Read the manual or handout before coming to the lab. If you miss an experiment for unavoidable reasons, make arrangements to make it up as soon as possible. Some lab reports will require using the spreadsheet program Excel. See these links:
L1, L2, and L3   for exercises on Excel.  I will provide in-class tutorials on using the software, if requested, and I have ordered a short reference book on Excel that you may wish to buy. You may also get access to Computer Science lab by talking to me. The computers in the school library and Tutorials Center are also available.

GRADING POLICY Grades in the course will be based on a total score consisting approximately of the following percentages: Laboratory: 18  Quizzes: 18 Midterm exams: 40  Final exam: 24  Letter grades:90-100  A; 80-89 =  B;  63-79 = C; 50-62 = D

TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE
Physics 4A---Fall 2017!

Week   

Chapter  

Topic( NOTES)

1  

1, 4

PHYSICS AS SCIENCE/NEWTON"SFIRST LAW

2     

1D MOTION

3      

3    

1D, 2D MOTION   

4   

4    

1D, 2D MOTION

5      

2D MOTION, Newton's Laws I

6      

6     

NEWTON'S LAWS II, CIRCULAR
MOTION, WORK/KINETIC ENERGY

7      

CIRCULAR  DYNAMICS/POTENTIAL ENERGY

8      

WORK/CONSERVATION OF ENERGY

9    

8    

ENERGY/MOMENTUM

10     

8  

Conservation of momentum

11     

Rotational motion

12     

10

Rotations/Torque

13     

10/11

Torque/Statics

14     

12   

Statics/fluids

15     

13  

Universal Gravitation

16     

14

Periodic Motion

17     

15/REVIEW

WAVES; Review CLICK HERE FOR TEST 4 TAKE HOME AU16 SAMPLE TEST

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