General Physics II (Spring '11)NSC 262 - 4 credits - Introductory
- Times: MWF 11:30 - 12:50
- Place: Sci117A
- Text: handouts
- Faculty: Travis Norsen
Course Overview: Second half of the year-long introductory physics sequence. Two great pre-20th century physics theories (Newtonian gravitation and the atomic theory of matter) serve as integrating themes for topics including rotational dynamics, astronomy, thermodynamics, and the structure of the atom.
Assignments and Grading: Weekly homework assignments will ask students to engage the "Projects" from the book. These assignments will be worth 50% of the overall grade. (I will automatically drop your lowest homework score before averaging.) A final exam (and maybe one or two short midterm quizzes) will be worth 30%. Class participation (including appropriate preparation for class meetings) will be worth 20%.
- Attendance is mandatory. (Let me know in advance if, and why, you will miss a class.)
- Late work will not be accepted without prior arrangement.
- In addition to being fully present in class and handing in all the assignments, to really succeed in the class you should expect to spend several hours each week (outside of class) interacting with the readings.
- Students are encouraged to work together on the homework assignments (and to get help from me or the tutor). However, your final write-up of the solutions must represent your own understanding; copying another person's work is plagiarism and will result in no credit for that assignment (and possibly worse). If there is any question about a specific case, simply cite your sources as you would in any kind of research paper (e.g., "I worked with Joe Schmoe on this problem.").