Lecture Instructor: Matt DePies
Office: PAB B221 Phone:email better
PHYS 119 Lab Instructor: Jeffrey Zirul
<>Course WWW: http://faculty.washington.edu/mrdepies
Office Hours See course website.
Also available by appointment in
Lecture Hall: A102 in the auditorium wing of the Physics and Astronomy Building
Lecture schedule: MTWTh 10:50-11:50
Course Texts: J.S. Walker, "Physics", 6th edition (UW custom Volume 3); PHYS 119 Lab Manual.
NOTE: Concurrent enrollment in 119 Lab is recommended but not mandatory
webassign.com homework will be due as indicated
Tentative Weekly Course Schedule:
<>The schedule for Phys 116 is available on the
This will be followed as closely as possible, and changes will be announced as necessary.
Welcome to PHYS 116, the third of a three-quarter sequence of introductory physics courses for science majors. You should find this course challenging and stimulating, though perhaps it will not fit your preconceptions of what a university physics course should be. I hope that you also find it to be interesting and enjoyable. Have a great quarter!
You are strongly encouraged to visit with me regularly during office hours, by appointment, by e-mail, etc. Get used to the idea of seeing 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 take the initiative, and now is a great time to start.
Memorization of material is not particularly helpful in this class. Your goal in this class should be to understand how each new topic is related to all of the previous material, and how the concepts, rules and formulae can be applied to solve real-world problems. Never let anything go by if you do not understand. Generally, ask questions immediately. If it is inconvenient to interrupt, make a quick note to yourself and inquire later.
Each quarter, the UW Office of Educational Assessment conducts surveys of undergraduate courses. For many years, the PHYS114-5-6 courses have been among the courses reportedly requiring the most hours of work per week outside of class. A typical course will show a span from 5 hours per week to 20 hours of study per week outside of class, probably including some time spent on PHYS116 . Many courses claim to require at least two hours outside of class for each hour in class; physics classes tend to deliver.
Be aware that many technical majors have a minimum grade requirement for a core of lower-division technical classes including the PHYS114-5-6 sequence. Therefore, each student is strongly urged to discuss departmental entry requirements with their undergraduate or departmental advisors, and plan their course loads accordingly. The course grading policy is detailed below.
The final course grade is based on two midterms, the final exam, the Webassign.com lecture HW, and lecture exercises (often using the new infrared response system), and lab participation and reports. However, the lecture instructor may adjust individual final grades by no more than 0.2 grade points (about 5 % out of 4.0 possible) based on records from the lecture infrared response system and/or the supplemental homework related to the lecture. All percentages discussed in the policy statement and in the summary below are used to determine your raw grade, before this adjustment is applied.
Midterm exams: There will be two closed-book midterm exams. Each midterm will emphasize recent material, but may include questions dealing with topics from far earlier in the course. The exams will include both multiple choice and essay-style questions. For grade computations a z-score [(your score - class average) / (std deviation)] will count toward the final course grade. After correcting for different average scores on different midterms, the midterms will contribute 40% to your final raw grade. You are permitted to bring one 8.5"x11" page of notes (front only) to each midterm. Calculators are permitted. Cell phones, radios, etc. are not permitted. Laptop computers are not permitted, and the use of the text-storage capability now available on many calculators is not permitted. Exams are to be your own work; you are not permitted to collaborate with 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 exams in PHYS 116, unless sufficient advanced notice is given. Students with outside professional, service, or career commitments (i.e. military service, ROTC, professional conference presentation, NCAA sports, etc.) conflicting exactly with the exam dates must contact the intructor early in the quarter to establish alternate examination procedures. Students who miss an exam without making prior arrangements with the lecture instructor will receive a zero for that exam score. Except for extreme circumstances, a final grade of 0.0 may be assigned to any student who misses two midterm exams.
Final Exam: A one-hour closed-book comprehensive final exam worth 25% of the final raw grade will take place on the final Thursday of class from 10:50 to 11:50 for PHYS 116. This examination will cover material from the entire course. You are permitted to bring one 8.5"x11" page of notes (front and back) to the final exam. Calculators are permitted. Cell phones, radios, etc. are not permitted. Laptop computers are not permitted, and the use of the text-storage capability now available on many calculators is not permitted. The final exam is to be your own work; you are not permitted to collaborate with any other person. The Physics department reserves the right to ask for valid identification from any student during examinations. A final grade of 0.0 may be assigned to any student who does not take the final exam.
Exam Re-grades: If you believe that the points on the examination were incorrectly totaled or if there is a gross error in the grading, you may return an exam for regrading. To do so, you must resubmit the examination no later than at the beginning of the lecture following the one in which the exams are returned. You must write a brief note on the front page or 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 of the examination. Portions of each examination are scanned or photocopied. You should be aware that any request for a regrade may result in a regrading of the entire exam. Therefore your total score may increase or decrease.
Homework: Lecture homework will be assigned and collected weekly through the webassign.com system. It will count towards 35% of your raw score. Be sure to do all of the assigned homework each week!
Your responsibilty: Check your grades on the Webassign.com system every week or two and report any problems to both the lecture instructor and the relevant TAs immediately. Lab and exam grades should be recorded for your review within one week from the date that papers are submitted for grading. Webassign.com homework grades should be recorded within 24 hours of submission. Supplemental HW should be recorded every two weeks or so. Grading problems that are reported in a timely fashion will be investigated and, if action is warranted, corrected. The lecture and lab instructors may choose to ignore grading complaints that are not reported in a timely fashion.
Students are encouraged to gather and work cooperatively in small groups 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 Foucault pendulum and proceed toward the end of the hall). Teaching assistants will be available for consultation during many portions of the day if your study 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.
Attendance Policy: Since participation is vital for a successful experience, please arrive on time for class. Late arrivals interrupt our in-progress activities and discussions. If you must miss a class session, let the instructor know as soon as possible so that you can make up the work that you miss. DO NOT ARRIVE LATE TO CLASS!
Technology in the Classroom: Since technology is profoundly linked to education, there will be many times when I ask that you employ different tools in the gathering and expression of knowledge. Since, however, education is also more than technology, please turn off all laptops, cell phones, iPods, etc before the start of class and I will let you know when we’ll make use of them. (There are exceptions for students with specific note-taking and other needs.)
Incompletes: University rules state that “an incomplete is given only when the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work until within two weeks at the end of the quarter and has furnished proof satisfactory to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control.” We strongly discourage incompletes.
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