3737 Motley Drive
Mesquite, TX 75150
PHYSICS PROGRAM GENERAL COURSE SYLLABUS
COURSE NUMBER:������������ ��������������� PHYS2426
COURSE TITLE:�� ��������������� General Physics
CREDIT HRS: 4��� ��������������� ��������������� LECTURE HRS: 3 ��������������� LAB HRS: 3
INSTRUCTOR NAME AND OFFICE HOURS: ________________________________________
��������������� Email: ________________________________________
CLASS TIMES: LEC__________________________; LAB _________________________
PREREQUISITE: Physics 2425 and credit or concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 2414.
Course Description:� This course is designed primarily for physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering majors.� This course presents the principles and applications of electricity, magnetism, and optics.� Emphasis is on fundamental concepts, problem-solving, notation and units.� The laboratory includes a one-hour problem session.
Textbooks:��������������� Fundamentals of Physics, by Halliday, Resnick, & Walker, 6th edition
��������������� ��������������� (optional:� A Student Companion & Student Solutions Manual)
��������������� ��������������� Physics Laboratory Experiments, by Wilson, 5th edition
Supplies:��������������� scientific calculator, scantrons, metric ruler, protractor, graph paper
Course Objectives:� Our first goal is to help students develop a conceptual understanding of physics principles.� Secondly, a strong reasoning ability, combined with a good conceptual understanding, is the legacy that we wish to leave to our students.� Understanding rather than mechanical and rote use of formulas is the primary goal.� Finally, we want to show students that physics principles come into play over and over again in their lives.
Attendance:� Official policy for class attendance is stated in the college catalog.� Students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory meetings and are fully responsible for their attendance.� Missed work cannot be ‘made-up’ and absences will result in a grade of zero unless excused by the instructor.� All unexcused assignments more than 1 class meeting late will result in a grade of zero for that assignment.� Warning, no-one will be admitted to the classroom 10 minutes past the start time, late arrivals receive a grade of zero for that period.� Cellular phones and beepers must be silenced during class and laboratory periods.� Violators who disrupt class with ringing phones or beepers will be asked to leave and will receive a grade of zero for that lecture or experiment.�
Americans with Disabiities Act: for information regarding services for students with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, or information pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Postsecondary Education, call 972-860-7032 (voice or TDD).
Withdrawal Policy:� If you wish to drop this course for a grade of “W”, note the final date for the college as listed in the official class schedule and obtain and complete the proper form.� A student must withdraw himself or herself.� An instructor cannot withdraw a student.� If a student stops attending class and does not officially withdraw, that student will receive a performance graded based on work completed and missed, usually a grade of “F”.
Method of Evaluation:
��������������� 50%-75% Exams
��������������� 20%-40% Laboratory Work/Reports
��������������� 10%-20% Homework
��������������� 0-10% optional assignments (e.g. term paper, research report, independent studies)
Course Outline:� subject to change at the discretion of the instructor to insure that all pertinent material is covered.