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PHYSICS 121 General Physics 1 Dutchess Community College Spring 2019 PHY121 Course Outline Page 1 of 7 Instructor: George Petryczka Lecture: Phy121-610 Thursday 6:30 9:30 PM in W130 Lab: Phy121-611 Tuesday 6:30 9:30 PM in W228 Course description: This course gives students a basic understanding of physics concepts and their applications. It is primarily concerned with mechanics, including basic vector operations, kinematics, Newton’s Laws, momentum, work, energy, rotation and conservation laws. A working knowledge of intermediate algebra is required. (For some, this course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence.) The laboratory component of PHY121 is designed to teach basic experimental techniques and to verify physics concepts covered in the lecture component. Prerequisites: HS Algebra II/Trigonometry (Minimum Regents Exam grade of 65) or credit-level MAT 184 (minimum grade of C) or credit- level MAT 132 (minimum grade of C). Contact information: The best way to contact me outside of class is by email: [email protected] Though I have no set office hours at the present time, I am usually available before and after our scheduled classes. For other times appointments are welcome. Required materials: Physics 121 Laboratory Manual (Spring 2018 edition). Bring every lab day. A scientific calculator. (You do not need a graphing calculator.) Bring every day. Recommended materials: Textbook: Physics, 11 th Edition by Cutnell (hardcopy or e-book) with WileyPlus access. A three-ring binder Restricted materials: Unless there is a compelling reason, students should not use cell phones or laptops for personal matters in class. However, using such devices for lesson-related work (such as checking WileyPlus ) is fine. Cell phones may not be used as calculators when taking quizzes/exams and must be put away at such times. Inclement weather & class cancellations: In case of bad weather, check or call 845-431-8001 to find out whether classes are cancelled. In case I ever need to cancel class, a note will be posted on your “myDCC” welcome tab (and hopefully emailed to you, too).
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PHY121 Course Outline Page 2 of 7 Roles and responsibilities: Active engagement with daily learning activities. Students should routinely offer up their ideas and questions. Do the in-class worksheets. (Doing these in groups is strongly encouraged.) Take notes. Attendance (on time) at all classes. If you need to miss a class, contact me as soon as possible. Carefully studying the notes/worksheets/text. It is important to reinforce your learning in lecture and lab by reading up on the relevant sections in the text. If you opt out of the text/WileyPlus keep in mind that copies of the text are available at the Math Center and library.
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