212SyllabusWinter08

212SyllabusWinter08 - Syllabus: General Physics with...

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Syllabus: General Physics with Calculus (PHYS 212, Winter 2008) MWF 2:00–2:50 p.m. in Weniger 151 Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers (3 rd edition) by Douglas Giancoli (you must also purchase the Physics 212 lab manual) Professor: Dedra Demaree Office: Weniger 373 Office Hours: M 3-4, W 3-5, F 11-12, or by appointment (feel free to stop in if my door is open) Office Phone: 541-737-1713 E-mail: demareed@science.oregonstate.edu Webpage: www.physics.oregonstate.edu/~demareed/COURSES/ph212/ AND on blackboard Prerequisites: PH 212 requires completion of MTH 252 Lab Teaching Assistants: Buchanan, Paul, Peterson, and Russell Recitation Teaching Assistant: Jason Vielma What is Physics: Physics is the study of nature in its simplest form. It is the science of daily existence, and is something you know a great deal about already. The nature of forces and how things respond to those forces, the conservation of mass, energy, and momentum, and some aspects of gravity are all concepts you have experienced and observed daily since infancy. The formal study of physics should guide and clarify your thinking to reveal the underlying nature of your experiences. What to Expect from Lecture: The purpose of the lectures will not be for me to repeat what you have read in the book. Instead, we will work on developing your conceptual understanding, doing problem solving, and tying the ideas together by building on our observations and explanations of phenomena. I expect you to be prepared for lecture by reading the text in advance. From this reading, you should at least be familiar with the definitions provided and have some idea of what you need to focus on in order to fully understand the chapter. I will give questions that test your reading on a random basis, covering the material up to and including that day’s lecture (following the reading schedule given at the end of this syllabus). There will be times in lecture that you are encouraged to talk to your neighbors, especially during some of the voting questions. I would also like to encourage more group work. However, due to the large size of the class and my personal teaching style it is very distracting for me if you talk while I am talking. I try to pay attention to what you are saying as it helps me see what points you are confused about – and it is hard to listen to dozens of people at the same time as giving a lecture! If you have something relevant to say that will benefit everyone to hear, then say it, and loud enough for the whole class to hear – but otherwise please keep your noise to a minimal while I am talking. That means you will also have to pay attention to when we transition from group activities to lecture activities so you can quiet down quickly. Communication:
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