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Physics chapter 1 - Physics 101: Introduction to mechanics...

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1 PHYS 101 - Lecture 1 1 Physics 101: Introduction to mechanics and waves (for the life sciences) Welcome ! Lectures : Tuesday/Thursday, 13:05 – 14:25 Your instructor (me): Prof. Ken Ragan Rutherford Physics Building 344 398-6518 ragan@physics.mcgill.ca Web page : on myCourses ( www.mcgill.ca/mycourses access with student ID/pw) PHYS 101 - Lecture 1 2 Overview of course components : - 27 lectures (Sept 1, 2011 through December 1) - 6 2-hour labs (start in week of September 19) - 11 assignments (first one due September 12) - tutorials (at your discretion) - mid-term exam: 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Thursday November 3 - final examination (during official December exam period; date not yet fixed) Full calendar of course components (lectures, midterm, labs, CAPA assignments) is available at: www.physics.mcgill.ca/~ragan/#Calendars2011 PHYS 101 - Lecture 1 3 Grading scheme : - assignments: 10% - lab reports: 20% mandatory ! - mid-term exam: 25% - final exam: 45% - bonus points: 5% Bonus points are really bonus , and based on conditions of attendance and performance in online quizzes (more later). PHYS 101 - Lecture 1 4 Text : “Physics” by D. Giancoli, 6 th edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall - Already in bookstore (new $132, used ~$100), will be used for PHYS 102 as well; used copies around too… Hardcover text, available on used book market. IDENTICAL CONTENT McGill special edition, available at boookstore.
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2 PHYS 101 - Lecture 1 5 Clickers : Personal response systems (“clickers”) will be used frequently in the lectures, and I encourage you to obtain one, register it , and use it. Calculator : - scientific calculator with trig (cos/sin), square roots, logs, etc… required for course and labs. Good models available at the bookstore (~$10). My office hours : - Tuesday 2:30 – 4:00, Friday 10:30 – 12:30 - Rutherford Physics Building, Room 344 - in general my door is open but within these hours you take priority PHYS 101 - Lecture 1 6 Some thoughts about : • Attendance is not compulsory; you’re adults now. • However, I think attendance is incredibly useful: it’s your face time with me – it’s your chance to ask questions, test your knowledge, see demos, discuss concepts with your classmates, etc… • There’s a strong correlation between attendance and final grade: “90% of life is just showing up…!” – Woody Allen PHYS 101 - Lecture 1 7 Because of the importance I place on lectures, I’ve structured the bonus points to try to encourage attendance and preparation for the lectures : • Bonus points are truly bonus : you are NOT penalized if you decide not to attend, or not do the quizzes. • You get the bonus points if: – you attend (measured through clicker participation) 75% of the clicker questions during the entire term, AND: – you get at least 60% (cumulative) on quizzes that will precede most lectures. These quizzes will • be short: composed of a few (3 to 5) multiple choice questions • be based on the reading material (from the text) we’ll deal with in the
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