Instructor

Doug Folsom

Email

dfolsom@pipeline.sbcc.edu

Office

PS 115

Phone ext. 4305

Office Hours

MW 2:10-3:00

MW 11:00-11:30

TR after your lab (PS 117)

Course Outline

Physics 105/106 is a two-semester overview of the field of physics. It is important to meet with a counselor or academic advisor to discuss the degree and transfer requirements for your major. The website assist.org also has information about degree requirements for different majors at different schools.

Textbook

The textbook for the course is available online and FREE. It can be accessed in web page or PDF format, or purchased as a bound book for a fee. Click the link to access the textbook:

OpenStax College Physics Textbook

Note that the textbook does not include the use of calculus. In Physics 110, several calculus-based examples will be added to lectures, homework, and exams.

Grading

Scores will be recorded on the class Moodle page (which can be accessed through Pipeline) as they become available throughout the semester. Students will be able to check their scores. Course grades will be based on:

Lab Participation -- 10%

Lab Journal -- 10%

2 In-Class Quizzes -- 8% each

2 In-Class Exams -- 17% each

Final Exam -- 30%

A rough estimate for the grading scale:

95-100% A+

91-95% A

88-91% A-

85-88% B+

82-85% B

78-82% B-

72-78% C+

65-72% C

These cutoffs will be slightly adjusted at the end of the semester depending on how the class performs as a whole on quizzes and exams.

Homework

Approximately 4 homework problems will be assigned with each lecture, due at the next class meeting. Your homework will not be collected. We will spend the first few minutes of each class period reviewing the homework problems.

Quizzes/Exams

There will be 2 in-class quizzes, 2 in-class exams and a cumulative final exam.

All exams and quizzes will be offered during class time ONLY. If a student misses an exam (NO MATTER what the excuse for the absence), that exam will be ignored and the other exams and quizzes will count for a higher percentage of the grade.

Missing the final exam will result in an F for the course. Any student who must miss the final exam must complete an "Incomplete Contract" BEFORE the exam and take the final exam during the following semester.

Doug Folsom

dfolsom@pipeline.sbcc.edu

Office

PS 115

Phone ext. 4305

Office Hours

MW 2:10-3:00

MW 11:00-11:30

TR after your lab (PS 117)

Course Outline

Physics 105/106 is a two-semester overview of the field of physics. It is important to meet with a counselor or academic advisor to discuss the degree and transfer requirements for your major. The website assist.org also has information about degree requirements for different majors at different schools.

Textbook

The textbook for the course is available online and FREE. It can be accessed in web page or PDF format, or purchased as a bound book for a fee. Click the link to access the textbook:

OpenStax College Physics Textbook

Note that the textbook does not include the use of calculus. In Physics 110, several calculus-based examples will be added to lectures, homework, and exams.

Grading

Scores will be recorded on the class Moodle page (which can be accessed through Pipeline) as they become available throughout the semester. Students will be able to check their scores. Course grades will be based on:

Lab Participation -- 10%

Lab Journal -- 10%

2 In-Class Quizzes -- 8% each

2 In-Class Exams -- 17% each

Final Exam -- 30%

A rough estimate for the grading scale:

95-100% A+

91-95% A

88-91% A-

85-88% B+

82-85% B

78-82% B-

72-78% C+

65-72% C

These cutoffs will be slightly adjusted at the end of the semester depending on how the class performs as a whole on quizzes and exams.

Homework

Approximately 4 homework problems will be assigned with each lecture, due at the next class meeting. Your homework will not be collected. We will spend the first few minutes of each class period reviewing the homework problems.

Quizzes/Exams

There will be 2 in-class quizzes, 2 in-class exams and a cumulative final exam.

All exams and quizzes will be offered during class time ONLY. If a student misses an exam (NO MATTER what the excuse for the absence), that exam will be ignored and the other exams and quizzes will count for a higher percentage of the grade.

Missing the final exam will result in an F for the course. Any student who must miss the final exam must complete an "Incomplete Contract" BEFORE the exam and take the final exam during the following semester.

Lab Procedure and Participation

The "lab manual" for this course is made of Google documents (see links in the "Schedule" section of the class website). These documents contain instructions for lab equipment, and outline the goals of the labs.

When students arrive at the lab, the instructor will create a "shared" document for each lab team. This document will act as a "lab notebook" for the group. Students should insert data, observations, graphs, etc. into this document.

Being included on the shared document is the only way to get participation credit for a lab. It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to check that this has happened before leaving the lab, otherwise no credit will be given. If you arrive to lab late, be sure to let the instructor know you are present.

Students who arrive on time and complete lab activities will receive full credit for participation.

Students who arrive more than 30 minutes late will receive 50% credit for participation.

Students who arrive more than 60 minutes late will receive no credit for participation.

Lab Journal

Each individual student will keep a lab journal with a one-paragraph summary ("abstract") for each experiment.

The lab journal will be stored as a Google document, accessible by both the student and the instructor. Each student's lab journal grade will be updated by the instructor every few weeks.

Some guidelines for lab journal summaries:

- length: one paragraph (typically 3-6 sentences)
- 1-2 sentences about equipment and procedure
- 1-2 sentences about results
- 1-2 sentences about accuracy (general comments and/or estimated % error)

Due to the large numbers of students and labs, make-up labs can not be offered. Each student is allowed one "free" lab absence without affecting the lab particpation score.

Tutors

Tutors (hired by the Physics Department) are available in PS 112. Physics tutor hours for the semester are posted on the bulletin board in the lecture classroom.

STEM Transfer Program

The STEM Transfer Program (STP) is a grant-funded program which provides counseling, tutoring, and professional guidance to STEM majors. The program is open to everyone, but especially targets under-represented and low-income students.

STP's services can drastically improve a student's chance of success. Learn more and sign up at www.sbcc.edu/STEM

Extra Problems

There are several "extra" problems (i.e. not on the homework) at the end of each section of the online textbook. These can be very useful as practice problems when studying for exams.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is an online free tutorial service with short instructional videos on many topics, including physics:

Khan Academy Physics

DSPS

SBCC students with verified disabilities who are requesting academic accommodations should use the following procedure: (Please note that this procedure also applies to student requests to bring personal service attendants and/or service animals into class.)

Step 1: Obtain documentation of your disability from a licensed professional. You may use the �Disability Verification Form� found at www.sbcc.edu/dsps.

Step 2: Make an appointment to meet with a DSPS Specialist to review your documentation and discuss reasonable accommodations. To schedule a meeting, please call DSPS at (805) 730-4164.

Step 3: Bring your disability documentation to your DSPS appointment. The DSPS office is located in room 160 of the Student Services building.

Step 4: Each semester, reach written accommodation agreement with the DSPS Specialist and your instructor. Please complete this process in a timely manner to allow adequate time to provide accommodation.

Tutors (hired by the Physics Department) are available in PS 112. Physics tutor hours for the semester are posted on the bulletin board in the lecture classroom.

STEM Transfer Program

The STEM Transfer Program (STP) is a grant-funded program which provides counseling, tutoring, and professional guidance to STEM majors. The program is open to everyone, but especially targets under-represented and low-income students.

STP's services can drastically improve a student's chance of success. Learn more and sign up at www.sbcc.edu/STEM

Extra Problems

There are several "extra" problems (i.e. not on the homework) at the end of each section of the online textbook. These can be very useful as practice problems when studying for exams.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is an online free tutorial service with short instructional videos on many topics, including physics:

Khan Academy Physics

DSPS

SBCC students with verified disabilities who are requesting academic accommodations should use the following procedure: (Please note that this procedure also applies to student requests to bring personal service attendants and/or service animals into class.)

Step 1: Obtain documentation of your disability from a licensed professional. You may use the �Disability Verification Form� found at www.sbcc.edu/dsps.

Step 2: Make an appointment to meet with a DSPS Specialist to review your documentation and discuss reasonable accommodations. To schedule a meeting, please call DSPS at (805) 730-4164.

Step 3: Bring your disability documentation to your DSPS appointment. The DSPS office is located in room 160 of the Student Services building.

Step 4: Each semester, reach written accommodation agreement with the DSPS Specialist and your instructor. Please complete this process in a timely manner to allow adequate time to provide accommodation.