As our primary text we will use the Six Ideas
books by Tom
Moore. I would like to cover all of unit C and most of unit N.
I also anticipate spending about week on "chaos."
I have two main goals for this course:
- I want you to learn several big physics ideas: Conservation of
energy, momentum, and angular momentum; and Newton's Laws.
- I want to help you improve your quantitative literacy, problem
solving skills, and mathematical confidence.
Your evaluation will be based on the following:
I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines
on page 8
of the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's, B's, etc.
- Weekly Homework Assignments: 50 percent.
- Mid-Term Exam: 15 percent.
- Final Exam: 20 percent.
- Class and Lab Participation: 15 percent.
Policies and Stuff: First Draft
- Homework will be due Fridays at 5pm. I will only accept one
unexcused late assignment.
- You are strongly encouraged to work together on homework. You
can also consult me, class tutors, other faculty, friends,
and family. However, the homework you hand in should represent
your own understanding. This means that if your friends get a
homework problem and you don't understand how they did it,
you shouldn't photocopy their solution and turn it in.
- Exams will be open notes, open book, and (essentially) untimed.
- For each class for which I assign reading, you should arrive
with one question and one comment on the reading. I will often
use your comments and questions as a starting point for class
[ Dave ]
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