Syllabus: PHYS 110, Winter 2010
Liberal Arts Physics
Lecture Instructor: Matt DePies
Office: PAB B257
Office Hours: 11:30-12:30pm MW
<>Course WWW: http://faculty.washington.edu/mrdepies
- Lecture Hall: A118 in the auditorium wing of the Physics
- Lecture schedule: MTWTh 10:30-11:20
- Course Texts: Hobson, "Physics: Concepts and Connections", 4th
- Tentative Weekly Course Schedule:
<>The schedule for Phys 110 is available on the course website.
This will be followed as closely as possible, and
Lecture Instructor's Comments
You should find
course challenging and stimulating, though perhaps it will not fit your
preconceptions of what a university physics course should be. I hope
you also find it to be interesting and enjoyable. Have a great quarter!
You are strongly encouraged to visit with me regularly during
by appointment, by e-mail, etc. Get used to the idea of
the Professor outside of class during the quarter; it will pay off for
you in many ways as the years go by! This will not happen unless YOU
the initiative, and now is a great time to start.
Memorization of material is not particularly helpful in this
class, although some is required to learn the language used by
scientists and physicists.
goal in this class should be to understand how each new topic is
to all of the previous material, and how the concepts, rules and
can be applied to solve real-world problems. Never let anything go by
you do not understand. Generally, ask questions immediately. If it is
to interrupt, make a quick note to yourself and inquire later.
- No laptops or personal computing devices allowed in class unless
specified for use via DSS or the state of Washington. Research
has shown that people are very poor at multitasking, and multitaskers
perform at a lower level than others.
- Midterm exam: . The midterm exam will be multiple
choice and cover material from lecture and reading. The midterms
contribute 45% to your final
grade. Calculators are permitted. Cell phones, radios, etc.
are not permitted.
Laptop computers are not permitted, and the use of the
capability now available on many calculators is not permitted.
are to be your own work; you are not permitted to collaborate
any other person. The Physics department reserves the right to ask for
valid identification from any student during examinations.
- Note that there will be no make-up exam.
outside professional, service, or career commitments (i.e. military
ROTC, professional conference presentation, NCAA sports, etc.)
exactly with the exam dates must contact the intructor early in the
quarter to establish alternate examination procedures.
- Final Paper:
A final paper of length 4 to 6 pages is due the beginning of finals
week. It is worth 45% of
the final raw
grade. Details will be provided later in the course.
- Exam Re-grades: If you believe that the points on the
were incorrectly totaled or if there is a gross error in the grading,
may return an exam for regrading. To do so, you must resubmit the
no later than at the beginning of the lecture following the one in
the exams are returned. You must write a brief note on the front page
attached to the front page of the exam explaining the possible error in
the grading. Do not make *any* changes or marks on the other pages
the examination. Portions of each examination are scanned or
You should be aware that any request for a regrade may result in a
of the entire exam. Therefore your total score may increase or decrease.
- In Class Questions: In
via the H-ITT radio frequency clicker system or by paper will
used. H-ITT clickers are required for the course. It is
worth 10% of
the final raw grade. These questions will range from review of
reading, elaboration of current lectures, to homework. Please be
sure to attend all lectures to get the maximum points possible.
These points cannot be made up.
The Physics Study Center
Students are encouraged to gather and work cooperatively in small
in the Physics Study Center located in room AM018 of PAB. (to reach the
Physics Study Center, go down the stairs that circle behind the
pendulum and proceed toward the end of the hall). Teaching assistants
be available for consultation during many portions of the day if your
group needs assistance, but staffing levels will not support much
individual attention. The Study Center is staffed from approximately
9:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays.