PHY n303K: ENGINEERING PHYSICS I (Summer 2017)
Unique # 88155
MTWTHF 11:30-1:00P, PAI 2.48
Office: RLM 13.308
Office hours: TF 10:00-11:30A or by appointment
You may contact me via e-mail: tsoi[at]physics.utexas.edu
TA: Vikas Aragam
Office hours: M 9:30-11AM, Th 1:30-3PM in RLM 9.318, 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. iClickers have to be registered in Canvas (http://canvas.utexas.edu/). Please register your iClicker remote in Canvas to participate in in-class activities. Simply go to this class in Canvas, click the "i>Clicker" link in the menu, and enter the remote ID that can be found on the back of your iClicker. See “https://wikis.utexas.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=121446407” 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).
course makes use of the web-based Quest content delivery and homework server
system maintained by the
3. Prerequisite: Credit with a grade of at least C- or registration in one of the following: Mathematics 408D, 408L, or 408S; and 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: 6/2 - Last day of the official add/drop period for first-term, nine-week, and whole-session classes; 6/21 - 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)
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:
à A grade report for each assignment/exam will be available on Quest after the due time. Final course %scores can be calculated as %score = 0.3*Final + 0.45*Test_average + 0.25*Homework_average. Final letter grades will be determined on the basis of the following rubric: A = 94-100; A- = 90-93; B+ = 87-89; B = 84-86; B- = 80-83; C+ = 77-79; C = 74-76; C- = 70-73; D+ = 67-69; D = 64-66; D- = 60-63; F = 0-60. Please note: to ensure fairness, all numbers are absolute, and will not be rounded up or down at any stage, thus a B- will be inclusive of all scores of 80.000 through 83.999. The University does not recognize the grade of A+. A curve may be used after the final exam, if needed, to bump the grades up (but not down).
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.
o Notice the due time of homework #1 is at 4am on T, June 6 (think of it as Monday evening).
o Instructions for submitting work: “https://wikis.utexas.edu/display/questla/My+Assignments”
o Announcements related to homework, will be given in class and on Quest.
Week of | M T W Th F | HWs Due Time
29-May | - - - 1 2 |
05-June | 3 4 5 | #1, 2 TF; 4am (~MTh evening)
12-June | 6 7 Q1 8 9 | #3, 4 TF; 4am
Quiz 1: Wednesday, June 14, 11:30a–1:00p, PAI 2.48 (Qz 1: ch 1-5)
19-June | 10 11 12 | #5, 6 TF; 4am
26-June | 13 Q2 | #7, 8 TF; 4am
Quiz 2: Wednesday, June 28, 11:30a–1:00p, PAI 2.48 (Qz 2: ch 6-9)
03-July | 14 - 15 16 - | #9 T -; 4am
10-July | Q3 17 | #10, 11 TF; 4am
Quiz 3: Wednesday, July 12, 11:30a–1:00p, PAI 2.48 (Qz 3: ch 10-13.2)
17-July | 18 | #12, 13 TF; 4am
24-July | Q4 F - - - |
Quiz 4: Monday, July 24, 11:30a–1:00p, PAI 2.48 (Qz 4: ch 13.3-18)
FINAL: Tuesday, July 25, 11:30a–1:00p, PAI 2.48