- Winter 2021
- Physics 116 addresses the following topics:
- Simple harmonic oscillators
- Mechanical waves
- Doppler effect
- Superposition of waves and standing waves
- Physical optics
- Geometrical optics
- Electromagnetic waves and polarization
- Quantum physics
- Atomic physics
- Nuclear physics
- The platform for online assignments is MyLab and Mastering through which you can also access the e-textbook, College Physics: A Strategic Approach, 4th edition, by Knight Jones Field.
- Please note that you have already purchased the access code for the eTextbook and MyLab and Mastering as a part of your registration fee.
- Information on how to access MyLab and Mastering can be found here.
- The access code is: PSKPSE-DROSS-RUMEN-CRUET-ABASH-SWORD
- Troubleshooting for common issues with MyLab and Mastering is listed here.
Getting help and working collaboratively
- It is very important to work collaboratively. If at all possible, please do arrange with fellow students to work through assignments together.
During the week, the TAs and I will hold office hours on Zoom where you can ask questions. Click "Office hours" in the menu on the left for the office hour schedule.
Use Slack or the Discussion Board (click "Discussions" in the menu on the left) for physics questions or syllabus related questions. Students are encouraged to answer each others' questions, but we will also monitor this frequently and will respond if needed.
- For personal correspondence related to grades, health issues, etc... send an email with the course (Physics 116A), your UW netID (the part before @uw.edu in your email address) and your name as it appears on Canvas to email@example.com
- For administrator questions related to registering, overloading, etc... send an email with your course (Physics 116A) and your name as it appears on Canvas to the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can see all the components required in a given week by clicking on the "Modules" menu on the left. All the course assignments become available at least one week before they are due.
- This class consists of the following components:
- Lecture components:
- Tutorial components:
Lectures and tutorials will not be held at the scheduled times. You will work at your own pace before due dates. Engagement will occur through peer discussions on Slack and office hours through Zoom.
The details of each component are described below:
- Exams (60 % of grade):
- All exams are open-book and administered on Canvas. Communication with others in any form or using tutoring sites such as Chegg.com is not permitted.
- Midterm exam 1 on Tuesday February 2nd starting between 4:55pm and 5:15pm (PDT) for 1 hour.
- Midterm exam 2 on Tuesday February 23rd starting between 4:55pm and 5:15pm (PDT) for 1 hour.
- Final exam on Tuesday March 16th starting between 2:25 pm and 2:45 pm (PDT) for 1 hour and 50 minutes.
- Note that there are no make-up exams. So, students with outside professional, service, or career commitments (i.e. military service, ROTC, professional conference presentation, NCAA sports, etc.) conflicting with the exam dates must contact me early in the quarter to establish alternate examination procedures. Exam scores for students who miss an exam without making prior arrangements will be zero.
Your overall exam score will be based on one of the following methods that give you the best score:
- Method 1: 40% from your two midterm exams and 20% from your final exam
- Method 2: 20% from your best midterm and 40% from your final exam
We will design the exams such that a student who understands some of the material very well but needs some improvement in the remaining material should get a score around 65%. If the class average on a given exam is less than 65%, then all the scores for that exam will be adjusted upward so that the average is 65%. Scores will not be adjusted downward even if the class average is higher than 65%.
- If a student is found responsible for misconduct during an exam, a score of zero would be given for that exam for this student, and this zero will not be dropped from the grade calculation.
- Exams (60 % of grade):
At the end of the quarter your scores of the following assignments will be scaled by 1.25 (but not allowed to go over 100%).
- Pre-lecture reading quiz (25 % of grade):
- After reading the assigned reading for each day (see schedule below), you should complete the quizzes related to the reading on MyLab and Mastering.
- You have up to 5 attempts for each question. For each wrong answer 10% of the grade is subtracted. Note that practice problems, adaptive follow-ups, and dynamic study modules available also through Mastering are not graded, but great for your study.
- Reading Quizzes are due at 11:59 pm on the same day as the associated lecture.
- Lecture/tutorial video quiz (10 % of grade):
- You should watch the lecture or tutorial videos and answer video quizzes. The videos and associated slides will become available under the "Panopto Recordings" and "Files" menu on the left. Quizzes will be embedded in these videos.
- You will be graded based 80% on participation and 20% based on correctness.
- Video Quizzes are due at 11:59 pm on the same day as the associated lecture.
- Tutorial Pre-test (5 % of grade):
- You should complete the pre-test on Canvas. Once you open, the pretests are available for only 30 minutes, and after time is up, your answers will be automatically submitted. Please keep a record of your confirmation page.
- They are graded based on an honest attempt, so you will receive credit as long as you have attempted most of the questions, even if you run out of time.
- Tutorial Pre-tests are due at 11:59 pm on the same day as the associated lecture.
- Pre-lecture reading quiz (25 % of grade):
- Your final weighted percentage is converted to a grade point using the following thresholds.
grade point final course score grade point final course score grade point final course score grade point final course score 4.0 93.0 3.0 78.0 2.0 63.0 1.0 48.0 3.9 91.5 2.9 76.5 1.9 61.5 0.9 46.3 3.8 90.0 2.8 75.0 1.8 60.0 0.8 44.6 3.7 88.5 2.7 73.5 1.7 58.5 0.7 42.9 3.6 87.0 2.6 72.0 1.6 57.0 3.5 85.5 2.5 70.5 1.5 55.5 3.4 84.0 2.4 69.0 1.4 54.0 3.3 82.5 2.3 67.5 1.3 52.5 3.2 81.0 2.2 66.0 1.2 51.0 3.1 79.5 2.1 64.5 1.1 49.5
Research Study Information
This course is part of a research project examining student reasoning ability and attitudes about physics with the goal of improving physics teaching. By enrolling in this course you are automatically included in the study. Early in the quarter, students will have an opportunity to learn about the study and to remove themselves from the study if they wish. Your instructor will not know whether or not you participate. Later in the quarter, the link below will become active and allow you to review the details of the study, contact a member of the research team, or remove yourself from the study.
The form link is: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/uwpeg/397171
Access and accommodation
- Your experience in this class is important to me, so if you have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but are not limited to: mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical), please see details here.
- I am committed to ensuring a safe environment on campus. I suggest you check out the resources available here.
- Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy (https://registrar.washington.edu/staffandfaculty/religious-accommodations-policy/). Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (https://registrar.washington.edu/students/religious-accommodations-request/).
Academic integrity and student conduct
- The University takes academic integrity and student conduct very seriously. Behaving with integrity and respect is part of our responsibility to our shared learning community. Acts of academic misconduct may include, but are not limited to cheating by sharing questions and answers on exams.
- Please note that screenshots or recordings of instructors, other students, and course materials during active video (Zoom) participation sessions are strictly forbidden. Streaming or posting inappropriate materials on any course platform is also not allowed.
- All the course materials including exam and quiz questions, lecture notes, lecture videos are intellectual properties of the instructor and the University Of Washington. Distributing them in any form without permission is forbidden.
- The University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121) defines prohibited academic and behavioral conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable as they pursue their academic goals. Allegations of misconduct by students may be referred to the appropriate campus office for investigation and resolution.
- More information can be found online at https://www.washington.edu/studentconduct/.
- If you’re uncertain about if something is academic and behavioral misconduct, ask me. I am willing to discuss questions you might have.