& Wheeler: Physics, A World View (4th Edition)
In order to do most of the book during the semester, we will
roughly cover one chapter per week (on the average).
3310 - The laboratory experiments are an essential part of this
course. You cannot pass the course unless you have completed every
experiment and submitted the lab report. Since time in the laboratory
is limited, come to the lab fully prepared. Read the lab manual
and any supplementary materials in advance. Lab reports must be
submitted before leaving the lab. Late lab reports will not be given
any credits. The lab will be run by the TA who will be in charge of
Homework: Homework will be assigned
every week for practice. You do not need to submit homework solutions,
but quizzes will be based on homework problems. Therefore, you
should always do the homework problems. You will not do well in
the course if you do not do the homework. You should consider your homework
a self-test of your preparation and degree of understanding. If you
have problem with your homework do not hesitate to contact the instructor
or the TA. Act before it is too late!
Quizzes : Brief announced quizzes
based upon recent materials will take place regularly (average:
one quiz per week). These will be based on homework problems and
will be given in the last 20 minutes of the lecture. No make-up quizzes will
be offered and the absence on a quizz day shall require a previous notification
or a written documentation. In any case at least %80 of the quizzes should
be taken in order to pass the course.
Exam Dates: There will
be two hourly exams and one final exam. The exact dates of the exams
will be announced during the class. (If you must be absent from
an exam for a religious observance, you must notify Dr. Liberati
before the end of the schedule adjustment period.)
Grading: Your semester grade
will be based on overall course score, computed with the following
30% Lab Reports
25% Two Hourly Exams
No make-up exams will be offered but your
lowest (curved) quizz and exam score (or half of your final exam score if
your final exam is your lowest) will be dropped. You must take Final
Exam and do every lab to pass the course. The final grade will be
given in a normalized ("curved") basis.
Extra Help: Dr. Liberati will
be available after lecture, or in Physics Room 4205D during his
weekly office hours (Mon & Wed: 1pm-2pm) or at other times
by appointment to answer any questions. The TA will help with
the lab, grading, and will also answer questions that you may have.
You are encouraged to ask for help whenever
you feel it may be useful, and better sooner than later. In addition,
the University's Learning Assistance Service (LAS) offers general
assistance. If you are experiencing difficulties in keeping up
with the academic demands of this course, you might wish to contact
the Learning Assistance Service, 2201 Shoemaker Bldg., 301.314.7693.
Their educational counselors can help with time management, reading,
note-taking, and exam preparation skills.
Calculators: You should bring
a scientific calculator to the class, and especially to the lab
Cellular Phones and other wireless devices:
The use of any wireless device (especially the use of “text messaging”!)
will be forbidden during quizzes and exams.
Lab Notebook: You should keep
all of your original lab notes in a single notebook. A square
ruled page format is convenient for plotting graphs as you go.
See the 117 Laboratory Manual for further details on lab notebooks
University of Maryland Honor Pledge
The University has a nationally recognized Honor Code, administered
by the Student Honor Council. The Student Honor Council
proposed and the University Senate approved an Honor
Pledge. The University of Maryland Honor Pledge reads:
pledge on my honor that I have not given or received
any unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination."
In Physics 117, you may be asked on occasion whether you wish
to append this pledge to a work (e.g., Exam, Report, Assignment)
you are submitting for course credit. We recommend that you do
so at each opportunity as a constructive re-affirmation of your support,
in principle and in practice, of academic integrity. Whether or
not you choose to do so will have no affect on any aspect of your Physics
117 course record.