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College Physics I

College of Arts and Sciences Syllabus

Course Information

Course Description
This is the second course of a two-term algebra based lecture and laboratory sequence intended for non-physics majors, PHYS-201L and PHYS-202L. Kinematics and dynamics of a particle and systems of particles, momentum, energy, angular momentum, conservation laws, applications to problems involving collisions, oscillatory motion and motion in a gravitational field, rigid body motion, temperature, heat, the laws of thermodynamics, application to thermodynamic engines, and ideal gases are discussed. Lecture: 4 hrs. Lab: 2 hrs. 5.0 Credits.
MATH 185 to 499, minimum grade of C or MATH 173 and MATH 175, minimum grade of C.
Lectures (Anderson)
SEC 1-4, MTWR at 9:20 - 11:40, in BBH-102.
Laboratory (Summer 2018)
SEC 1, MW at 12:00-2:20, in BBH-209 (Colak).
SEC 2, TR at 12:00-2:20, in BBH-209 (Colak).
SEC 3, MW at 12:00-2:20, in BBH-237 (Wilson).
SEC 4, TR at 12:00-2:20, in BBH-238 (TBD).

Faculty Information

Lecture Instructor
Dr. Greg Anderson, Professor of Physics.
Office Hours
MTWR 12:00-1:00 and by appointment in 217C BBH.
Contact Information
Email:, Phone Extension: 5753

Course Materials

Required Textbook textbook photo
Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th ed., Pearson, 2014.
Other Textbooks & Resources
Study Materials
Your study materials for this course include the required textbook, any lecture notes that I may provide, laboratory handouts, notes that you take. Lecture assignments and materials can be found on the study guide. As you use these materials, be an active learner. Either take notes during lecture, or annotate the notes that I have provided for you. Numerous academic studies on learning have repeatedly shown that active learning beats passive learning. If you make your own synopsis - you are an active learner. If you uses someone else's summary - you are engaging in passive learning. Summarizing the course material and organizing your thinking about the content provided is an essential part of the learning process. No one can do this for you without compromising your learning.

Assignments and Expectations

Goals and Learning Outcomes
The Learning Outcomes for this course are derived from the Physics Program Learning Outcomes which align with NEIU's Baccalaureate Goals.
Regular class attendance is expected, and attendance at the first class and lab sessions are mandatory.
Time Commitment
We cover five credit hours worth of material course, one lab credit hour and four lecture. For university courses, the canonical expectation is that students should spend at least two to three hours per week outside of class for every hour of class time during regular terms. The summer term is compressed so you should be spending at least fourteen hours every week (outside of class time) studying your text, doing homework and reviewing lecture notes. Please consult the study guide for these assignments. There is a very large correlation between study time and performance on exams. Students who do not devote enough time to outside of class study should not expect to perform well on tests and quizzes.
Problem Sets
Mastering Physics, Course ID: GANDERSON2018S. There will be a homework assignment for each chapter covered during of the summer session. These will be posted on the mastering physics, site. Mastering Physics is an online interactive homework system that you should have an access code for - either from your purchase of the course textbook. If you purchased a used book, you can gain access to the mastering physics site from the link above. The assignments should be completed by the deadline specified, roughly a week after they are assigned. These assignments are automatically graded. The homework will count towards 25% of your final grade.
Textbook problem sets are also assigned for each chapter. here. These assignments have partial overlap with the Mastering Physics assignments. Unlike the Mastering Physics assignment, they will not be graded. A significant portion of the examinations will be based on problem from Mastering Physics and the textbook assignments. You are expected to be able to work the problems without the aid of the solutions. At times, solutions may be provided so that you can check your work after you have completed the problem sets. Problem set assignments and solutions (when available) can be found on the study guide.
Laboratory Sections
The Physics I Lab, may be taught by a different instructor than your lecture. The laboratory is administered independently and is worth 25% of your grade. Please see the instructor for your lab section for further information.
The final grade will be based on the following system:
Laboratory 25%, Homework (Mastering Physics) 25%, Five exams: 5 × 10% = 50%.
Your final grade will be based on the total points in this system.

Any student who achieves a percentile score of above 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% is guaranteed to receive an A, B, C, or D respectively. These percentile scores may be adjusted downwards based on a class curve and other considerations.

Link for exam regrade policy.

Missed Exams
Makeup exams will not be given, except under very very limited circumstances. Make-ups will only be allowed for circumstances clearly beyond your control. In addition, students are required to provide complete and verifiable documentation, and your instructor must be notified in advance. See the NEIU student conduct code for more details.
Regular weekly hours are set up in the library for tutorials. Tutors can be found in the Learning Success Center on the fourth floor of the library. Please note, these tutorials are intended for the 100 level general education courses, but tutors may be able to help physics 201 students on a second priority basis.

Additional Information

Electronics Policy
Any use of electronic devices during quizzes or exams will be considered cheating.
Academic Integrity
By enrolling in this course, you are bound by the NEIU Student Code of Conduct (HTML), (PDF).
ADA Statement
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. To request accommodations, students with special needs should make arrangements with the Student Disability Services (SDS) office, located on the main campus in room D104. Contact SDS via (773) 442-4595 or this link.
Campus Safety
Emergency Procedures and Safety Information can be found here, or on NEIUport on the MyNEIU tab.
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