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Physics 7B-W11 Syllabus

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Unformatted text preview: Physics 7B Winter 2011 Welcome Back to Physics 7! As you discovered in Physics 7A, Physics 7 is structured quite differently from most other introductory science classes, both at UC Davis and elsewhere. We have designed this course following what current research reveals about how students actually learn subjects like science. One significant difference is that the time spent in lecture has been significantly reduced. The lecture is not designed to function as the means by which you acquire the course content. Rather, it is be used to provide focus, examples of the physics and its applications to biological sciences and the “real world” and to provide a framework for your five ­hour per week discussion/lab (DL) experience and the time you spend outside of class. Much of your learning will occur not in lecture, but as you participate in various types of activities, experiments, and discussions in small groups and as a whole class in DL, and as you carry out the homework assignments between each lecture and DL meeting. Instructor for all four lecture sections: Lawrence B. Coleman office: e ­mail: office hours: 2101 Math Sciences Building [email protected] 2:00 – 3:00 PM Tuesdays in EPS 2314 and 2:00 – 3:00 PM Wednesdays in EPS 2314 and 11:30AM ­12:30PM Thursdays in 2101 Math Sciences DL Supervisor   Sections A&B: Daniel Cebra e ­mail: [email protected] office hours: 3:00 – 4:00 PM Tuesdays in EPS 2314 DL Supervisor   Sections C&D: Scooter Johnson e ­mail: [email protected] office hours: 6:00 – 7:00PM Wednesdays in EPS 2314 When sending e ­mail, please include “Physics 7B” in the subject line. If you are working from a public computer terminal, make sure to include your return email address (and your name) in the body of your message, as it often does not show up in the email header. I would prefer if you used your official UCDavis.edu email address so that I know your email is not SPAM. Lectures are Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30 ­8:50 AM (sections A&C) and 9:00 ­10:20 AM (sections B&D ). With only one lecture per week it is important that you attend every lecture. You must take your quizzes in the lecture section in which you are officially enrolled. To help you better use the lectures to learn Physics, you will be required to carry out pre and post lecture readings and exercises. Your attention to these exercises will impact your grade as described below. More importantly, you will gain a better understanding of the material presented in lecture and therefore perform better in DL and on the quizzes and final. Physics 7B Winter 2011 Syllabus – Coleman Sections A, B, C & D Page 1 Discussion/Labs (DL’s): Each DL section meets twice a week and each DL meeting lasts two hours and twenty minutes. The DL sections meet in room 2307 (sections A&B) and room 2317 (sections C&D) in the Earth and Physical Sciences (EPS) Building. For much of the DL sessions you will be working in a small group. In your DL section you will design and perform simple experiments to explore physics concepts, discuss the results of these experiments with your small group and the class as a whole, and work within your small group and the DL section to gain an understanding of how these concepts can be applied to a wide range of real ­world problems and situations. When you leave DL, you will have explicit assignments (called FNT’s = For Next Time) to work on before coming to the next DL meeting. You are expected to participate in both your small group and the whole class DL discussions, activities, and experiments, and to have completed any FNT’s. Attendance at DL is central to the course and absences will adversely impact your course grade. Discussion/Lab Instructors: DL sections are taught by teaching assistants. All DL instructors hold weekly office hours, which are open to all students in the course. The times of these office hours will be posted on the Physics 7B web site. Learning resources: Website: The Physics 7B website is accessed via UC Davis Smart Site (smartsite.ucdavis.edu). Our website has copies of course materials and resources. Updates and announcements will be posted there. You will receive emails with class announcements. The Chat feature is for your use to ask questions of and collaborate with your fellow students. Professor Coleman will “lurk” in the chat room and may make comments and answer questions. However do not count on his participation. Specific questions for Dr. Coleman or the TA’s should be sent via email or in office hours. You should visit the website regularly to read any class announcements and to access posted Resources. College Physics: A Models Approach, Part II by W. Potter. This includes two items packaged together  ­ a text and a Discussion/Lab Workbook and activity sheets. You are expected to bring the activity sheets to your DL section every time you attend. Mastering Physics –Mastering Physics is an on ­line tutoring system that will present you with questions and problems to complete. In many cases it can provide hints to help you complete the problem. The system will keep track of how you do and provide feedback to you. The pre and post lecture exercises must be completed during the time windows given on each assignment. Usually the pre lecture assignment will be available by Friday afternoon the week before the lecture and must be completed before the 7:30 AM lecture (Wednesday or Thursday). To most effectively learn from lecture it is best to review your Physics 7B Winter 2011 Syllabus – Coleman Sections A, B, C & D Page 2 lecture notes, think about the material and begin the post ­lecture assignment the evening after lecture. The post lecture assignment must be completed by Monday at 5 PM. The Mastering Physics access code card is available in the Bookstore. You will need this access code to establish a Mastering Physics user account. This account is required for the course. Information on how to set up your Mastering Physics account is on the Physics 7B Smart Site (ResourcesMastering Physics Support How to Sign Up…). More details on how you will be using Mastering will be presented in lecture and on the Physics 7B Smart Site. The Sears Coleman On Line Learning Resource – This on ­line textbook is accessed through the Physics 7B Smart Site. It is a hypertext document created from a standard College Physics text. It includes physics material and worked problems to assist in your learning. You will be given suggested readings as part of the pre ­lecture assignment. Quizzes: There will be four quizzes. Each quiz is 20 minutes long. The quizzes will most likely be given at the beginning of the lecture period. Be on time! No extra time will be granted if you are late. There will be no early, late or make ­up quizzes. Quizzes are closed ­book and closed ­notes, but you will be allowed one 3x5 card of notes. Calculators are allowed for the quizzes; make sure you have one available. We will discard your lowest quiz score. If you miss one quiz, that will be the discarded grade. If you miss another quiz, for any reason, you will receive zero for that quiz. Your quiz score at the end of the quarter will be calculated after dropping your lowest score. Quizzes will be scored on a ten point scale. Rubric Grading: Quizzes and the final exam will be graded using rubrics. A rubric is a description and scale of how well you understood and answered the question or problem. This is different from a number grade that signifies how close you were to a correct answer. The problems and questions will be graded by assigning a letter code that characterizes your response. The letter code is an indication of what you actually wrote down on paper during the quiz and how well it responds to the question or problem. A description of the answers and the corresponding rubrics will be posted on the website after each quiz. If, after carefully comparing what you actually wrote on your quiz question and the description of the letter codes, you believe the wrong rubric code was assigned, you may request a reconsideration of the rubric code assigned to a particular response. To do this, attach to your quiz the quiz re grade form (available from the website) properly filled out. Submit these at the lecture within one week after the return of the quiz to be re ­ graded. Requests for re ­grades that are later than one week after the return of the quiz will in general not be granted. Warning: Do not alter your quiz in any way when submitting for a re grade. Altered quizzes will be turned over to Student Judicial Affairs. Cheating on quizzes (or the final) warrants a score of zero. In such instances, that quiz score will automatically be used for the calculation of the average quiz score (i.e. the zero cannot be used as the score to be dropped from the average). The Physics faculty and Student Judicial Affairs takes these matters seriously, and students have been expelled for multiple violations, so please be honorable in Physics 7B Winter 2011 Syllabus – Coleman Sections A, B, C & D Page 3 your conduct. Final Exam: The final exam for all sections of Physics 7B will be held from 10:30 AM till 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 19th. You must take the final exam at this assigned time and day. There will be no late, early or make up finals. If you cannot take the final at this time, do not take Physics 7B this quarter. (Students frequently have several finals on the same day as the scheduled Physics 7B final. This is not an excuse for changing the final time.) Discussion/laboratory grading: The DL is central to the course. If you fail DL, you will fail Physics 7B. Your DL Instructor will determine your DL grade based on your preparation (consistency in completing the out ­of ­class assignments) and participation in the DL. How this grade is determined will be discussed further by your TA. DL grades are: Grade Rubric Effect on Course Grade High Pass (HP) Excellent participation. Raises grade by 0.34 Consistently does all assigned work, helps other students, raises interesting questions. Mid pass (MP) Consistent effort to help Raises grade by 0.2 peers, completes all assignments Pass (P) Leaves grade unaffected Low Pass Homework not done, Lowers grade by 0.34 participation not great. Late arrivals. Unsatisfactory (U) Misses 3 DL’s, holds up class Lowers grade by 1.0 by not paying attention Fail (F) Misses 4 or more DL’s, very Fail the course disruptive Attendance in DL is mandatory. With two unexcused DL absences, your highest DL grade is a low pass. With three unexcused DL absences, your highest DL grade is unsatisfactory. Four or more unexcused DL absences is totally unacceptable, and you will fail Physics 7B. Low passes will also be given due for chronic tardiness, leaving early, lack of active participation, incomplete FNT’s, and behavior that contributes negatively to the productive functioning of the small groups. We understand that sometimes things come up and you may not be able to make your regular DL time. If for some reason you cannot go to your registered DL you should make up the DL you miss in another section. This is best arranged beforehand. In this circumstance you must use a DL attendance make ­up form (available on the website). You may do this a maximum of five times. It is a good idea to contact the make ­up DL instructor via email before the make up DL. There are no guarantees that you will be able to make up a DL since space is limited! Physics 7B Winter 2011 Syllabus – Coleman Sections A, B, C & D Page 4 Course expectations and grading: The responsibility for learning is yours. If you participate fully in lecture and DL and complete the assigned work, you should do well. We believe all students in Physics 7 can attain the expected level of understanding. You will not succeed if you do not attend the lectures and the DL’s, and/or do not regularly put forth serious mental effort as you carry out the learning activities and assignments. Scoring in Physics 7 is absolute, based on the problem rubrics. There is no curve. The quizzes, final and any other graded work will be scored on a 10 point scale. The grades corresponding to ranges of scores are shown in a table posted on the course website. Your course grade in Physics 7B is made up of three components. The first of these is your Quiz/Exam grade determined by your performance on the quizzes and on the final exam. Your Quiz/Exam grade is the higher of either of two weighting schemes, whichever is to your advantage: (a) 50% Average of 3 Quizzes + 50% Final exam (b) 30% Average of 3 Quizzes + 70% Final exam The second reflects your participation in and preparation for DL. The impact on your course score is shown on the table above. The third component of your course grade is your participation on the Mastering Physics pre and post lecture assignments. Your score is based on your working and responding to the questions and problems, not how well you do on them. I expect that you will make a good effort on these questions and problems and will use the feedback from the Mastering system to challenge yourself and help solidify your learning. A honest effort on these questions and problems will lead to a better understanding of the physics and improved performance in DL and on the quizzes and final. Percentage of Questions/Problems Effect on Course Grade Attempted 90 – 100 % Raises grade by 0.25 75 – 89% Raises grade by 0.15 50 – 74% Raises grade by 0.07 < 50% no effect Academic dishonesty of any form is always immediately reported to Student Judicial Affairs for appropriate action. We appreciate any suggestions you may have to help us reduce the temptations and opportunities of academic dishonesty. As always, should circumstances necessitate, I reserve the right to make changes in the above. Physics 7B Winter 2011 Syllabus – Coleman Sections A, B, C & D Page 5 ...
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