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El Camino College

Physics Department

Physics 11- Conceptual Physics    

Physics 11

Norm Kadomoto

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Class Information:

Physics 11, Section 1606
Room:  Phys 112 
MW 10:30 am - 11:20 am   (Phys 112)
   F  10:30 am - 11:35 am   (Phys 112)
  

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    TENTATIVE GRADING BREAKDOWN 

        Your course grade for this course will be determined by the number of points you have earned as described below.   Please do not squander them.

                    Grading Breakdown                                          Course Grade
                         Item        Points                                           Points      Grade  
                    Homework     150                                              720 - 800.0   A
                         Exams     480                                              640 - 719.9   B
                   Attendance      10                                               540 - 639.9   C
                   Final Exam     160                                              440 - 539.9   D
                                                                                                0  -  439.9   F

Course Objective:  Upon completion of this course, you should be able to;

1.  Identify the principles of physics in action within your daily experiences and observations,

2.  Identify some of the consequences of Newton's laws of motion and his law of Gravity,

3.  Recognize different forms of energy, and

4.  Describe the effects of Conservation Laws as applied to Momentum and Energy,

5.  Describe the physical states of matter and some of their properties,

6.  Describe some of the thermal properties of matter, and modes of heat transfer,

7.  Describe vibrations, and different types of waves and some of their properties.

 

Student Learning Objective:  Given a description of a physical situation  (floating ice cube,

falling body, ...) the student can recognize the basic physical principles involved and explain how they are manifested in, and influence the behavior of, the situation.

                                                              

School Policies:   There are a number of school policies each student should be made

     aware of, but since it would make this "First Day Handout" too lengthy to read, I will indicate

     which page of the current college catalog (2010-2011) this information can be found.  You can

     purchase a copy at the college bookstore or you can read it online at 

         www.elcamino.edu//admissions/catalog.asp .

            1.  College Mission Statement                       Page 1

            2.  Attendance Policy                                    Page 11

            Standard of Conduct

                Dishonesty                                                Page 25

                Disciplinary Action                                    Page 26

                Student Grievance                                     Page 29

      Physics Courses and A.S. Degree information  Page 202 - 204

                                                                                      

ATTENDANCE:  (10 points)  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting.  If you arrive late (bad form), inform the instructor at the end of class and the absence will be changed to a Tardy.
     A tardy is defined as missing any part of a class meeting, such as  arriving late, or leaving early.  If you must leave early, inform the instructor before the start of class or it will be changed to an absence.  If you must leave early often, you should transfer to another section before it is too late. 
     Two tardies will be counted as an absence, and you will lose one point for each absence.  
Any student may be dropped for four or more absences.

HOMEWORK:  (150 points)     This is due on the day of the corresponding EXAM at the beginning of class.  You will lose  5 points  per school day for late homework.   The HW consist of writing clearly stated, concise answers to specific Questions (Q) or Exercises (E)  at the end of each chapter.  When grading the homework, I will pick one chapter at random and very carefully check your answers.  I will then assume that all of the other answers, if given, are correct. 
      The homework will be graded on the following three things; 
a) how well you followed the format for the homework given, and
b) your answer to each question graded, and 
c) neatness - use a sharp dark pencil or ink or type.

EXTRA CREDIT: (40 points max.) - The write-ups for the EC must be TYPED, and are due on the day of the exam for that material.  No late EC will be accepted.  No credit will be given if this is stapled to the Homework.
     This work will not be graded unless a student is within 40 points of the next higher grade.  For the extra credit to have any effect, you must do ALL of the following.

  I.     Home project (HP)  write-ups  (34 points total)
     1.   Each HP must be on a separate sheet of paper, and must be clearly labeled,
         i.e. Chapter 4 - HP 1 ,  and staple these sheet together, in the order assigned.
     2.   For EACH home project, you must do all of the following, or you will 
         receive  No Credit;
         a)    Include a good sketch or a photograph of the set-up.
         b)   A detailed description of how the project was done.  This should be 
             several paragraphs. 
         c)    The results of the observations.   (For numerical results, do experiment
             at  least 3 times, then give each measurements and the average value. 
             Experiments should never be done just once.)  
         d)    Explain the results, using theories given in class or in the text.
     3.   Any deviations on any of the steps given above will result in   No Credit  .

 II.   Science Museum Visit (California Science Museum, Griffith Obs., etc.)   (6 points)  -   Pick 4 displays;  make a neat sketch or photograph of the set-up, then write a description explaining purpose of display using concepts discussed in class, or in the text.  Due before the Final exam.  

EXAMS:  (480 points)     Exams will be composed of  Multiple Choice/True False (about 50), Fill ins about 8), and Essays questions (5), and will be given as indicated on the course outline.  Please bring a blank Scan-tron (form #882) and a pencil (#2 or softer).  NO MAKE UP EXAMS will be given.  In the event one exam is missed, the grade received for that exam will be the average of the other exams times  0.84, if the student contacts me immediately.  Any student missing two exams will be dropped, if there is time.  For each exam, each student may have one (3 x 5 inch) card with anything written on it with his/her own hand.

FINAL EXAM:  (160 points)     The final exam will be comprehensive.  Approximately 75 of the multiple choice questions will be taken from the multiple choice questions from the previous 4 exams.  The remaining 25 multiple choice questions will be taken from the untested material.  There will also be about 5 essay/fill-in questions from the untested material.  For the final, each student may use both sides of either 5 - (3 x 5 inch) card  or  one (8½ x 11 inch) sheet with anything written on it. 

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Syllabus:

  LECTURE TOPIC  (Chapter)    

Feb. 14                   Introduction (1),  Motion (2, 3)
Feb. 21 (21)            Newton's Laws of Motion (2, 4, 5)   
Feb. 28                   Newton Laws (4, 5),  Gravity  (9) 
Mar.  7                    Projectile and Satellite Motion (10)
Mar. 14                   Momentum (6)  
                 Mar. 19        EXAM I    Ch  1-5,9,10 
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Mar. 21                  Energy (7),  Rotational Motion (8)
Mar. 28                  Rotational Motion (8),  Matter (11, 12)
Apr.  4                    Matter (11, 12)
                  Apr.  9       EXAM II   Ch  6 - 8
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Apr. 18                   Liquids (13)
Apr. 25                   Gases and Plasmas (14)
May  2                    Temp., Heat, and Expansion (15)
                   May  7       EXAM III    Ch  11 - 14
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May  9                    Heat Transfer (16)
May 16                   Change of Phase (17)
May 23                   Vibrations and Waves (19)
May 30 (30)            Sound (20, 21),  Light (26,27,30,31) 
                    June 4     EXAM IV    Ch  15 - 17
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June  6                   Light (26,27,30,31),  Reflection, Refraction (28)
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     FINAL EXAM      Fri.   June 10, 2011   at  10:30 - 11:35 am  + 

Last day to drop - no record   March 11, 2011
Last day to drop -  with "W"    May 13, 2011

 

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Assignments:    See download ! !

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    FORMAT FOR HOMEWORK 

1)    Write very  NEATLY  or  TYPE  your answers.  
2)    Use standard  8½ x 11 inch paper.   DO NOT  TEAR OUT OF 
     A SPIRAL NOTEBOOK ! !   
3)    Write your name on the far upper-right corner of every page.
     On the first page, also write the date in the far upper right corner
     Write the homework set number as a title on the first page only.  
    (See the example to the right.)   
4)   Write the chapter number and its title on the next blank line on that
      sheet of paper. 
5)    Write the answers for each chapter on a separate sheet of paper.  
     Use the back, if necessary, to complete the answers for that chapter. 
6)   Answers must be written in EXACTLY the same order that they are given on the
    assignment sheet.  Each answers must be numbered according to the numbering in 
    the text  (i.e. Q-13, Q-20, E-1, E-6, etc.,)  along the left side of the page.
7)   Leave an extra blank line between answers of different questions.  If you double
    space, then you must double - double space between answers.
8)   Place chapters in EXACTLY the same order as on the assignment. 
9)   Staple pages together in the far upper left corner

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Course Material:

TEXT:  Conceptual Physics, 10th. Ed.,  by Paul Hewitt.   (Required)  
      An important facet in the survival in this course is to get the text book as soon as         possible, and to READ it.

For each exam, bring;  
      a) Scan-Tron form  882,   b) Soft lead pencil,   and  c) 3 x 5 inch card.

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Online Resources: (list related websites as links)

Mechanical Universe - Free Video on Demand 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Getty Center

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