Physics 4C- Chabot College - Scott Hildreth
Fall 2017 Syllabus Section 1 (21522)
Monday/Wednesday Lecture 2:30 - 4:20 PM in 1806
Homework - Calendar - Lectures - Mastering Physics
Mastering Physics class ID:
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Monday/Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Monday 5:30 - 6:30 PM (office or astro lab 1806)
Tuesday/Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 PM (planetarium or office)
I also might be in the physics lab (1810) on Fridays before class from ~11:30 - 1:00 PM. My complete office hours for the term are available online at my home page: http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/. You can also make an appointment to see me at another time that fits your schedule. If you ever come by and miss me, please leave a note with your name, phone number, and the best time to reach you, and I will call you back.
I will check email multiple times every day, and I recommend this as the best way to reach me! However, you MUST include a clear SUBJECT message in your email, and your name, to ensure that your email will not be treated as "SPAM" and automatically deleted. I check my voicemail messages, but not daily. If you have an urgent need, and cannot get to email, leave me a voicemail message but do not expect an answer back the same day.
About Physics 4C, General Physics: Waves, Sound, EM Radiation, Optics, Thermodynamics
This is the third course of a 3 or
sequence of physics courses with calculus, designed for students majoring in:
Students who take Physics 4 generally are planning to transfer to four-year schools. Many Chabot students have gone on with great success to California State University campuses at Hayward, San Jose, and San Francisco, as well as Cal Poly SLO, and University of California campuses at Berkeley and Davis, among other schools. Chabot College has "articulation agreements" with these schools, which guarantee that your successful completion of Physics 4C at Chabot will be deemed equivalent to the same course at those schools. Your units will transfer, and you can continue in their physics sequence or continue on to more advanced work.
Subject Prerequisites for the course include:
1. Primary Textbook
University Physics, Young & Freedman, 14th edition, Pearson.
The new copies in the bookstore are bundled with the required modified mastering code. You can also purchase the book as a completely online edition (e-text), bundled with Modified Mastering Physics, for approx. $113.95, at Pearson's online Modified Mastering Physics site.
2. Required Online Homework & Tutorial System
This term, all of the Physics 4
classes will continue to use an advanced, online homework and tutorial system
called **Modified** Mastering Physics. If you purchase a new textbook, it will come with an
individual access code. You can purchase the entire package online
(0-13-422501-5). If you purchase a used book, or use an earlier
edition, you will still be required to participate in the homework
assignments using Mastering Physics, and you can purchase your own access code
online for $65.95 at the publisher's website (
http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/ ) or $113.95 with the e-book. The code works for 2
years, and will allow you to continue in Physics 4C (or repeat 4B) without purchasing another
code if the book stays the same.
If you are not sure that you are ready for this class, or you are unsure that you'll be able to do the work with your schedule, you can use the modified Mastering Physics system temporarily for 2 weeks. After that point, you'll need to finalize your purchase with a credit card.
Other Requirements for our course:
with trig, statistics, exponentials. Graphing capability is optional.
Internet: You need not own a computer, but you must have access to a computer (on campus, at work, or at home) that can access the Internet to participate in this class. In addition to the publisher site, we have a Canvas shell for discussion, quizzes, tutorials, and homework/lab review.
Physics 4C includes ~4 hours of lecture/discussion/short
each week on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 3 hours of laboratory/discussion each week on Friday afternoons. You must attend the lecture/discussion sections
and the laboratory each week; attendance will be taken and factored into your
overall course grade as "participation" credit. If you do miss class, I expect
you to login to our online course site on Canvas to respond to questions, post comments,
and let me know you are still in our class. If you must miss a discussion or
lab, you must notify me and attempt to make arrangements to do make-up
work. Missing 4 consecutive hours or 6 hours overall without advance notice will
be cause for withdrawal.
Please note that lab activities are always done as teams, and work will be done in lab groups that depends upon your regular attendance and active participation. Also, please note that coming late to lab will affect your grade, and coming more than 15 minutes late without prior notice will mean you may not be able to participate in the activity in progress. In some cases, this may mean you will miss the entire lab, and will not have a chance to make it up. In other cases, you'll miss the 1st part of the activity for that day, and will not have the opportunity to submit that work for credit. Coming in late imposes a hardship on your lab teams, and unfairly burdens team members who have to catch you up on what has happened. Please do your utmost to attend labs on time.
Homework (15%) & Homework Quizzes (10%): 25%
Labs, Research Paper, Group Work, & Class Participation: 25%
Exams (50% of grade)
There will be two midterm exams and one final exam in the class. The exams include both short answer essays and numerical problems. Check the course calendar for the tentative exam dates. Sample questions for the exams will be provided to help you prepare.
Homework & Homework Quizzes (25% of grade)
One of the most important factors for your success in Physics 4, and future success at a 4-year school, will be your ability to solve basic physics problems and demonstrate your understanding of key concepts. And the best training to help you learn how to solve problems and really wrestle with those concepts is through lots of homework!
Lab Sections & Lab Write-ups, Group Participation & Discussion (25% of grade)
Labs will give you a hands-on chance to investigate concepts. You will work in groups to set-up, perform, and analyze experiments, and submit a group (or individual) write-up according to our Chabot College Physics Department Laboratory Report Standards. Attendance is required, and typically there will not be opportunities to make-up missed lab exercises.
Current research in physics learning
shows that active group discussion is the most important ingredient for
student success. Each week we will work in groups to explore concepts and problem-solving
techniques. Attendance is required, and your active participation will be factored
into your overall course grade. We'll often use Mastering Physics for our
group work, and everyone in the group will share one ID and the credit for the
work done together in class as long as each member of the team is recorded in
the tracking form provided in class (and submitted by the end of class) or after
in a email submitted to me for each problem. If you miss a class, you can work on these problems yourself but
remember that doing so individually will NOT translate to the same
participation/achievement grade as doing them in class, with others.
In all your interactions in our class, whether on-campus or on-line, you are expected to participate respectfully and collegially. Please refer to the Chabot College Catalog for general expectations of student conduct in our course.
Grades will be based on an approximate scale, with extra factors taken into consideration if you are close to grade "borders" (like improvement during the term, group participation, attendance, etc.), and with the condition that you must pass exams with at least 40% score to pass the class regardless of other work.
Turning in Material & Late Work Policies
You may submit work in class, during office hours, under my door, and by Canvas messages. Late work will not be accepted without advanced approval from me. Late lab reports will receive 50% credit at best. There is no opportunity to makeup homework quizzes or missed labs.
If you submit your work via
email and attachments, it is your responsibility to ensure that any
attachment is readable and properly formatted and virus-free. If I cannot
read an attachment, I will reply to your email and request you resend your
message with the text and answer in the body of the email message. I suggest
standardizing on "Microsoft Word" as a default format. Make a print copy of
your work as a backup.
Academic Integrity & Citations
I expect all work turned in to be original, and any research material for papers, labs, or extra credit, whether copied or paraphrased, must be cited to received proper credit. Be sure to use quotation marks, and note references. Copying material from the text or other sources without giving a reference is not acceptable. I want to know what you think, not what someone else thought! If you use the Internet to assist with assignments and extra credit, you must include the URL, the universal resource locator, that identifies the sources. Citation styles for all work should follow the IEEE style, available online.
In research papers and lab reports, all outside references should be numbered consecutively and citations of references in the text should be identified using numbers in square brackets (e.g., “as discussed by Smith ”; “as explained online [9, 10]”). Those references should appear at the end of the paper in numerical order. For the refernces, at a minimum, you must include the name of the author, the title of the webpage you access, the publishing institution or organization hosting the site, the URL, the publishing date or last updated, and the date you accessed the site. Examples:
K. Ison. "High Speed Rail plans get backing from civil engineering body." Institution of Civil Engineers. Internet: http://www.ice.org.uk/News-Public-Affairs/Media-and-press-centre/High-Speed-Rail-plans-get-backing-from-civil-engin Jul. 22, 2011 [Jan. 15, 2014].
Lincoln Cardoso Brandão, Frederico Ozanan Neves, and Gregório Christo Nocelli, “Evaluation of Hole Quality in Hardened Steel with High-Speed Drilling Using Different Cooling Systems,” Advances in Mechanical Engineering, vol. 2011, Article ID 746535, 7 pages, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/746535, Internet: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ame/2011/746535/cta/ [Aug. 5, 2011}.
Hints & Suggestions for Success!
1. Class websites
This is the class website, with the syllabus, calendar, homework summary, and lecture outlines. This site also has a link to the following online discussion forum:
2. Class Text Message System (using free REMIND app)
Send/Receive text messages regarding this class using free, secure REMIND system. Messages sent are archived online and always visible on our calendar page!
3. Class Discussion Board using Canvas
This is our online classroom where you can post messages, review homework and practice exam answers, take quizzes, and see great simulation tools to help you learn Physics. Your Username and Password are pre-set if you have registered for the course.
- Go to the online course site, and save the page as one of your favorite sites or "bookmark" the page. Login instructions are available at:
- If you are officially enrolled, you can login with a Username which is your User Identification Number, the (unique) number beginning with a W and containing 8 digits given to you by the College when you registered. You can also find out your W-number using CLASS-Web.
Your initial password is the first two letters of your first name, followed by the first two letters of your last name (all lowercased), followed by the last four digits of your User Identification Number. For example, Maria Valdez with a UIN of W98765432 would log in as: Username: W98765432 Password: mava5432
- If you have problems with the Canvas login to our course, please:
- visit the Chabot College Canvas Support webpages. There is a ton of information about logging into Canvas for the first time, and there are some on-campus orientations available to help you as well.
- Request help from the Chabot College Canvas Help Form. Include your name, that you are enrolled in my Physics 4C Course at Chabot College. Email me as well so that I can ensure your name and password were entered correctly.
3. Publisher Websites
This is the online portal to the Mastering Physics system for our textbook by Young & Freedman. From here, create your own userid and password. You'll need your personal access code only once, and from then on, can access the site with your userid and password. I would suggest using the same userid and password as that for Canvas.
Specific instructions on how to get going for our class are located online.
You will need our Mastering Physics class ID: hildreth07695
Within the Mastering Physics STUDENT STUDY AREA, the publisher has an excellent companion website for our book, Be sure to check it out.
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8/10/17 - SH