Physics 4A - Physics for Scientists & Engineers I - Info Sheet - Spring 2014

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PS 103 408-848-4881
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; Tuesday & Friday: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment.
Textbook: Fundamentals of Physics, 10th edition. Halliday, Resnick and Walker, authors.
Student Study Guide with Selected Solutions, to accompany above.
Prerequisite: Physics 2A and Math 1A with grades of "C" or better are required.
Attendance: Regular attendance is highly recommended. It is the responsibility of the student to drop the course by obtaining a drop card from the registrar.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations will result in disciplinary action that may include recommendation for dismissal.
Special Needs: Students requiring special arrangements because of a disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center.
Course Objectives
and Goals:
Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will possess an appreciation and understanding of the fundamental laws, rules and principles that control mechanics, and waves. A conceptual understanding of the course material is expected. However, proof of this understanding will require the appropriate set-up and solution of application problems using quantitative techniques. Problem solving is an integral part of Physics 4A.
Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade based upon the following:
  1. Laboratory. 15% of grade.
  2. Quizzes. 15% of grade.
  3. Three midterm exams. 50% of grade.
  4. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 20% of grade.
90% of the total possible points will be required for an A, 80% of the total possible points for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.
Homework: Doing homework daily is the most important part of the class. Success in this class requires doing homework and asking informed questions about it. Hopefully you will spend at least two hours outside of class for each scheduled class hour. Problems will be reviewed and discussed in detail during the lab period. There will be quizzes, announced and unannounced (pop), based upon the homework. Partial credit will be minimal. Make-up quizzes will not be given.
Exams: The three midterm exams will be given during the lab period on the following Mondays:
March 3 April 14 May 12
Make-up exams will not be given. Mark these dates in your calendar. The best preparation for the exams is to do the homework. Exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework problems. All exams are closed book and closed notes. Calculators with trig functions are recommended.
Laboratory: Late lab write-ups will not be accepted. Laboratory projects will be assigned which highlight important topics discussed in lecture.
Final Exam: Monday, May 19, 2013. 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Room PS 102. Without exception!
Last update on January 28, 2014.