CH255 (near Bancroft/Chapel corner)
- Recognize basic physical quantities in language, connect them with
their mathematical definition, and demonstrate a direct algebraically
driven calculation from the definition.
- Conceptualize fundamental key quantities and refine / modify your
intuitions about your physical world with the help of dynamic
- In problems driven by a single key concept or idea, construct basic
connections between quantities to breakdown / illustrate the main idea.
- Reliably employ advanced mathematics as a means to explore and
produce calculations in the context of a rich, multi-faceted problem.
- Develop and implement techniques for tracking work and keeping calculations reliable.
- Apply skills from previous core courses with particular emphasis on problems involving differential and integral calculus.
Marking period grades:
Each quiz / exam problem scores (out of 5 points) is recorded individually.
For every 10 problems accumulated, you earn a drop problem for being a positive contributor to the classroom / lab.
If you are struggling to bring your problem performances to the level you seek, it is possible to increase your number of
drop problems through a notebook review (discussed below).
- 80% quiz / exam problem average.
- 20% wileyplus online homeowork.
- 70% 16 week average.
- 30% final exam (50 multiple-choice questions).
Your notebook, notebook reviews: Your notebook is an organized record of work you wish to share with me
during a notebook review (these reviews are optional).
There are three required components:
You may request a notebook review at any time during the semester. During a review you will take me on a tour through your notebook and we'll discuss how you've been
using your time when studying physics. We will also discuss possible strategies and possible changes in approach
that may help you improve. After we complete this review, I'll let you know how much I will add to your drop number.
After our meeting, I will log some electronic notes of how things went and what to look for in future meetings.
The idea behind this process is that I want to limit to some degree how much your past efforts will hold you back when you
seek to improve on future quizzes and exams; after all, I am mostly concerned with how you develop through the course and
ultimately how you leave the course. The way to optimize this on your end is to engage authentically and
consistently through the course and make sure your notebook reflects this.
- High quality solutions to your online homework problems (the main point of focus).
- Documentation for each lab (we'll discuss this when we get to the first lab).
- Corrections to quiz / exam problems (worked directly on the quiz / exam in contrasting ink).
While notebook reviews are optional and you may not choose to take advantage of this early on, it is important that you
take a long view: at some point, most students start to struggle in this course. It is hard to understate the importance of
consistently maintaining a high quality notebook through the entire duration of this course. I make this a point of focus
because I have found that it is one of the few things that I can see has a very positive impact on student development.
While there are required components, there is still a lot of flexibility and openness for you
to explore and develop an approach that works best for you
(hopefully an approach that will serve you well in other courses too).
Wileyplus online homework: There is a set for the suggested problems for each topic in the course reference
syllabus. Each set is due at 0700 one week after its topic is listed in the reference syllabus. Any points earned after a due
date take a 30% deduction. For example: if you complete 3 out of 4 points before the due date and then finish the set later,
your final score for the set would then be 3.7/4. A week is long enough and deductions are mild enough that keeping on top of this will not be
problematic even if on occasion some parts of sets are completed a bit late.
Calculator, Equation Sheet: On quizzes, exams, and the final you may only use the TI-36X Pro. For quizzes and exams you may use your own copy of the course equation sheet (it is OK have personal annotations on it). For the final exam, the equation sheet is provided with the exam (you will not be able to use your personal copy).