will be used to record lectures (both audio and slides).
You will be able to review/scan
using desktop/laptop/tablet/smartphone both the
visual and the audio parts, following
the link above, where you will also find a
number of tutorials for students and sample
Prerequisites: PHYS 114, PHYS 115 and working knowledge
of high school algebra and basic trigonometry.
Textbook: James Walker, Physics, 4th Ed., Prentice Hall; paperback
volume 3 (custom edition for UW), or the entire hardback text,
available at U. Bookstore.
Lectures: students will be responsible for all material
covered in lectures. Please ask questions in class (highly
encouraged), or drop by for office hours, or email your question
(that might be more difficult to use, so use that as last resort
in special circumstances).
Slides shown in lectures will be posted for your reference.
Concurrent enrollment in lab course, PHYS 119, is not
mandatory, but recommended. Please note PHYS 119 is a separate
course; if you have questions, you must contact the
access is required
for homework and grade communication.
for pop quizzes: H-ITT RF (not
infrared!) transmitter, available at U. Bookstore. They will be
used during each class. Bring your clicker every day! YOU are responsible for knowing how to use your
clicker - we will have a practice quiz in class. If you have
trouble operating your clicker, please ask students sitting
nearby for help. Please don't ask me to hand-enter your answer
if you are unable to enter your response electronically.
Quizzes: 2/3 of the maximum number of points will count
as a full credit for clickers, so you can miss several quizzes
without loss - therefore, no makeup quizzes! The quiz questions
will be very easy if you have been paying attention in class.
Homework: Lecture homework on WebAssign will be
assigned each week. Please check the WebAssign for due
dates. Each student will have the same assignment to complete
online, but the numerical values supplied to each student will
differ. WebAssign cuts off according to the due date
schedule; WebAssign will relentlessly refuse to accept your
entries after the specified closing time! Computers are
available for your use in the Physics Study Center, from
8:30am-5:20pm on weekdays and at various other locations around
campus. Completing 90% of the maximum number of points of the
homework will count as full credit. You are very strongly advised to work out at least 10
additional problems in each chapter. The homework
assignments are very minimal, and experience shows that students
who spend time on homework problems get better scores on exams.
Also, some exam questions may be very similar to
Midterm Exams: there will be 3 midterm exams. Please
see the course calendar for dates and material covered. Your
lowest midterm score will be dropped, so you can miss one
midterm without loss. Therefore, you need not (and should not)
notify me in any way if you have to miss one midterm. However,
please do not ask for permission to miss more than one!
Closed-book, but you will be allowed a handwritten
formula page with the exam. Each midterm will emphasize
recent material, but may include questions dealing with topics
from earlier in the course. The exams will include only multiple
choice. Calculators are permitted. Cell phones, laptop
computers, iPad computers are not permitted, and the use of the
text-storage capability now available on many calculators is
also not permitted. The Physics Department reserves the right to
ask for valid identification from any student during
Final exam Plan your departure after this required exam.
If you miss the final exam you will get an I (Incomplete) grade
for the class, and will have to make it up by taking the final
exam of following term's 116 class. The final exam will be
comprehensive, covering material from the entire course. It will
be entirely multiple choice in format. The same rules apply as
for Midterm exams.
Of course you may not communicate with anyone in or out of the
room during an exam, or use any electronic device for
communication. Please recognize that any variety of cheating is
a serious academic offense, with penalties up to and including
expulsion from UW, and since we have seen them all before, you
are unlikely to succeed.
Grading Policy: The final course grade will include:
midterm exam score (best 2 of 3) 40%
of the course grade,
the final exam score 30%,
WebAssign homework scores 15%,
Clicker quiz scores 15%.
Your lowest midterm exam score will be dropped and your best two
midterms are your "midterm exam score".
For each of the components we obtain a "Z-score", defined as
Z=(your score - class average)/(class standard deviation). This
preserves your rank in class for each item, while giving all
items a common average.
Study center: please make use of the Physics Study
Center, located in room AM008, on the mezzanine level of the A
wing of the Physics Astronomy building. The room is open at all
times the building is open, 8am to 7pm weekdays. TAs and faculty
will be on hand to answer your questions most of the time betwen
9:30 am and 4:30 pm weekdays. You are encouraged to study with
fellow students to learn more! (Of course, homework
submissions must be your own work.)
Common courtesy: Civil behavior is required in class.
The basic rule is, do not get in the way of other students who
want to pay attention. Cell phones must be turned off while in
class. If you want to chat with another student, or play games
or watch videos on a laptop, please leave the room.
Exam accommodations for students
through Disability Resources: If you have met with the Disability
Resources for Students office (DRS) and have special
accommodations for exams (such as extra time), you will need
to submit a testing contract through your online account with
DRS. You can find information about their new online program
on their website: http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/.
If you have questions about the new procedures, please contact
the DRS office at 206-543-8924 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For students taking
Physics 114, 115, or 116, you will need to
check your course syllabus to see what is allowed for exams
(some professors allow notes, some do not, etc). If you are
unsure about what materials are allowed for your course,
please contact your professor to discuss your accommodations.
You will need to submit your testing contract at least FIVE
days before your exam in order to take the exam at the DRS
testing center. DRS
Testing Contract Questions for 12X courses only.pdf Please mark “TA will deliver exam/TA will pick up exam”
on the form. Students must submit their testing
contracts (not just the initial email from DRS) at least FIVE
days before the exam date, or else they will not be given
accommodations to take the exam at the DRS testing center.
The new system is a little confusing, so if you have any
questions, please contact Susan H. Miller, see https://sharepoint.washington.edu/phys/ugrad/1xx