Lect01 - Physics 211: Lecture 1 Mechanics for Physicists...

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Physics 211: Lecture 1, Pg 1 Physics 211: Lecture 1 Physics 211: Lecture 1 Mechanics for Physicists and Engineers Mechanics for Physicists and Engineers Agenda for Today Agenda for Today z Course information and advice (how does the course work?) Course information and advice (how does the course work?) ¾ Class plus WWW Class plus WWW z Scope of this course Scope of this course z Measurement and Units Measurement and Units ¾ Fundamental units ¾ Systems of units ¾ Converting between systems of units ¾ Dimensional Analysis z 1-D Kinematics (review) D Kinematics (review) ¾ Average & instantaneous velocity and acceleration ¾ Motion with constant acceleration
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Physics 211: Lecture 1, Pg 2 Course Info & Advice Course Info & Advice z Go to http://www.physics.uiuc.edu and follow “ courses ” link to the Physics 211 homepage. This is always your starting point. z Course has several components: ¾ Discussion sections (tutorials, problem solving, quizzes) ¾ Labs: (group exploration of physical phenomena) ¾ Homework sets, Web based ¾ Lecture: (demos, discussion) z What happens if you miss a lab or discussion section… – Can’t make this up, will get ex or 0 . – Give excuse document to staff in 233 Loomis (Note from doctor or emergency dean or coach…) z The first few weeks of the course should be review, hence the pace is fast. It is important for you to keep up!
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Physics 211: Lecture 1, Pg 3 Lecture Organization Lecture Organization z Three main components: Three main components: ¾ Lecturer discusses class material » Follows lecture notes very closely » Modified lecture notes posted each day… ¾ Lecturer does as many demos as possible » If you see it, you gotta believe it! » Look for the symbol ¾ Students work in groups on conceptual “Active Learning” (ACT) problems and vote on the answer . » About 3-4 times per lecture
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Physics 211: Lecture 1, Pg 4 Back to How Grades are Calculated Back to How Grades are Calculated z Your final grade for Physics 211 will be based upon your total score on all the components of the course. z The total score is the sum of your scores on the ¾ final exam (300 pts), ¾ three exams (100 pts each), ¾ labs (200 pts total), ¾ homework/quizzes (200 pts total). ¾ Adds to 1000 z Based on our experience from previous semesters, rough guidelines for letter grades (minimum score) this semester will be: ¾ A+(950), A(920), A-(900), ¾ B+(880), B(860), B-(835), ¾ C+(810), C(780), C-(750), ¾ D+(720), D(690), D-(610), ¾ and F(<610).
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Physics 211: Lecture 1, Pg 5 Grades Grades z 10 labs (zero through 9) for 200 points (very important) z [9 quizzes + 14 HW(A+B)] for 200 pts » Where are the quizzes? Discussion section » Where are the homework problems? On the web z 3 midterm exams (100 pts each) for 300 pts z One big final exam worth 300 pts
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Physics 211: Lecture 1, Pg 6 Grades Grades z Notice that we do NOT use the common 90/80/70/60 breakdown for letter grades. The reason for this is that for some parts of the course the average score is typically very high.
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2009 for the course PHYS 211 taught by Professor Tonyliss during the Spring '09 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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Lect01 - Physics 211: Lecture 1 Mechanics for Physicists...

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