Physics 161 - General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics

Fall 2004

Course Policies - Preliminary

Class Meetings: Monday 7 - 8:50, Wednesday 7-7:50 - Room 1412 Physics
Required Reading: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Sixth edition, Vol. 1  by R. A. Serway and J. W. Jewett (Thomson)
Instructor: Dennis Drew, Professor of Physics, Office: Physics Room 2333 
Telephone: 301-405-6146,  FAX: (301) 314-9465, Electronic Mail:
Office Hours: I do not post specific office hours, but I am generally in my office daily from 9:00 am until 7 pm. Feel free to come by my office on the second floor of the physics building or make an appointment by email or phone. 
Teaching Assistants:

Section 0401, W 8 - 8:50, PHY 1402, Buckley Hopper, (301) 405-6192, Office 4223 Physics,
Section 0402, W 6 - 6:50, PHY 1402, Joseph Harris, (301) 405-6192, Office 4212 Physics,
Undergraduate grader: Andrej Resevic, Office hours M,W 2-4 PM, Physics 3109, email

Course Grade: Quizzes (15% of Course Grade) 
Homework 15% 
2 Hour Exam (20% each of Course Grade - 40% Total) 
1 Final Exam (30% of Course Grade) 
A. Problem Sets: Homework is to be turned in at the beginning on class on Monday.  The homework questions are designed to help you understand the material and to prepare for the exams.  You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with one another or your TA or me.  However, I recommend that you try them yourself first. 
B. Quizzes:
There will be weekly quizzes.  They will be given, usually on Monday, in the lecture class.  They will be based on the assigned homework.  The two lowest quiz grades will be dropped for computing your course grade. 
C. Hour Exams: Two fifty-minute, closed-book, in-class examinations given on Weds., Feb 25 and Weds., April 14. The exams will emphasize both understanding of concepts and problem solving. Working and understanding the homework is essentual for doing well on these tests. 
E. Final Exam: A two-hour, closed-book final examination will be given on Monday, May 17, 2004  7-9 PM.
The exam will emphasize understanding of concepts and problem solving.  Working and understanding the homework is essentual for doing well on the final.
Missed Tests or Exams Policy: Make up quizzes or exams are possible only for absence due to illness, family illness or death, or religious holidays.  To qualify for a make up you must contact me before you miss a quiz or examination. 
Grading Information: Your course grade will be based strictly on your numerical scores for the semester.  Quizzes and tests not taken will receive a zero (0 pts), far worse than a failing grade (typically 30 pts or more).  Your letter grade is determined as follows: A (90-100%), B (80-89 %), C (70-79%), D (60-69%), F (less than 60%). 

Students have the responsibility to behave honorably in an academic environment. Academic dishonesty, including cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any abridgement of academic integrity standards will be referred directly to the Assistant Dean and forwarded to the University's Office of Judicial Affairs. Confirmation of such incidents can result in expulsion from the University. Students who are uncertain as to what constitutes academic dishonesty should consult the University publication entitled Academic Dishonesty.