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Phys121_Syllabus - DRAFT Syllabus PHYS 121A Autumn 2008...

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DRAFT Syllabus: PHYS 121A, Autumn 2008 Lecture Instructor: Prof. Daryl Pedigo email: [email protected] Office: PAB C138 Phone: (206) 543-4983 Tutorial Instructor: Prof. Peter Shaffer <[email protected]> PHYS 121 Lab Instructor: Prof. Jens Gundlach <[email protected]> Course WWW: http://courses.washington.edu/pedigo/phys121aut08/ Office Hours in the Study Center: to be announced Also available by appointment in my office. Lecture Hall: A102 in the auditorium wing of the Physics and Astronomy Building Lecture schedule: MWF 9:30- 10:20 Holidays: Tuesday November 11, Thursday and friday, November 27-28 Course Texts: Tipler, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers", 6th edition; McDermott and Shaffer "Tutorials in Introductory Physics"; PHYS 121 Lab Manual. NOTE: Concurrent enrollment in 121 Lab is mandatory Tycho Homework will be due as announced; (Supplemental Homework will also be due as announced). Tentative Weekly Course Schedule: o The schedule for Phys 121 A is available here: Phys 121 A_Schedule o This will be followed as closely as possible, and changes will be announced as necessary. Lecture Instructor's Comments Welcome to PHYS 121, the first of a three-quarter sequence of introductory physics courses for physics and engineering majors. You should find this course challenging and stimulating, though perhaps it will not fit your preconceptions of what a university physics course should be. I hope that you also find it to be interesting and enjoyable. Have a great quarter! The course design is a cooperative effort of many faculty, each of whom is deeply concerned with providing the most effective learning experience for every student. Each element of the course (lecture, lab and tutorial) is essential to your mastery of physics. The three elements are carefully coordinated, but are not necessarily synchronized. Research has shown that presenting material in cycles, so that the same topic is approached more than once from different
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viewpoints, is a very effective means of encouraging deeper understanding and long-term retention of ideas. You are strongly encouraged to visit with me regularly during office hours, by appointment, by e-mail, by phone, etc. Get used to the idea of seeing the Professor outside of class during the quarter; it will pay off for you in many ways as the years go by! This will not happen unless YOU take the initiative, and now is a great time to start. Memorization of material is not particularly helpful in this class. Your goal in this class should be to understand how each new topic is related to all of the previous material, and how the concepts, rules and formulae can be applied to solve real-world problems. Never let anything go by if you do not understand. Generally, ask questions immediately. If it is inconvenient to
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