Physics 4C - Physics for Scientists & Engineers III - Info Sheet - Spring 2015


Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PS 103 408-848-4881 hhh.gavilan.edu/rlee
Office Hours: MWF: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.; and by appointment made in person.
Textbook: Fundamentals of Physics, 10th edition. Halliday, Resnick and Walker, authors. Any recent edition of the book will work just fine. The important thing is to have a book, read it, and do homework problems!
Prerequisite: Physics 4A with a grade of C or better is is required.
Attendance: Regular attendance is highly recommended. It is the student's responsibility to initiate and complete the process if they choose to drop the course.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity by always turning in work that is entirely their own. 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 thermodynamics, optics and modern physics. 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 4C.
Grades: You will earn a letter grade with your performance on the following, weighted as shown:
  1. Laboratory. 15% of grade.
  2. Quizzes. 15% of grade.
  3. Three midterm exams. 45% of grade.
  4. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 25% 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 is the most important part of the class. When you're doing your homework, be honest with yourself about when you're looking up answers instead of learning how to solve problems. Success in this class requires doing problems on your own, getting stuck, asking informed questions, and learning how to solve problems. Homework problems will be reviewed briefly at the beginning of each class period. Occasionally, a homework assignment may be collected and graded for correctness, completeness, neatness, and presentation.
Quizzes: Make-up quizzes will not be given! There will be quizzes, announced and unannounced (pop), based upon the homework. Quiz grades will be based upon your problem solving methodology, completeness, and neatness. All quizzes are closed book and closed notes.
Exams: The three midterm exams will be given during the lab period on the following Mondays:
February 23 April 6 May 11
Make-up exams will not be given! Mark these dates in your calendar. The exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework. Exam problems may require synthesis of more than one concept. All exams are closed book and closed notes. Partial credit will be given.
Laboratory: Late lab write-ups will not be accepted! Laboratory projects will be assigned which highlight important topics discussed in lecture.
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 20, 2015. 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Room MA 102. Without exception!
"My performance was a product of my preparation." Matthew Mitchum, Olympic Gold Medalist.
Last update on December 28, 2014.