Paul Mikulski usna.edu/Users/physics/mikulski mikulski@usna.edu 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 visualizations.
- 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:__

**80%**quiz / exam problem average.**20%**wileyplus online homeowork.

__Course grade:__

**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:

(the main point of focus).*High quality solutions to your online homework problems*(we'll discuss this when we get to the first lab).*Documentation for each lab*(worked directly on the quiz / exam in contrasting ink).*Corrections to quiz / exam problems*

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).