Physics I

Fall 1999

Course Overview

Instructor: Dave Feldman Email:
Office: Third Floor Arts and Sciences Phone: x249, TBA
Mailing List: Office Hours: TBA
Tutors: Anthony Yartel, Chhoti Mitra, Jen Dupras Help Sessions: TBA

Course Overview

As our primary text we will use the Six Ideas books by Tom Moore. I would like to cover all of unit C and about half of unit N.

I have two main goals for this course:

  1. I want you to learn several big physics ideas: Conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum; and Newton's Laws.
  2. 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.

Policies and Stuff: First Draft

  1. Homework will be due Fridays at 5pm. More than one unexcused late homework assignment will result in me mentioning this in your narrative evaluation and may result in a lowering of your grade.
  2. 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.
  3. Exams will be open notes, open book, and (essentially) untimed. You may not, however, get any help from any humans during the exam.
  4. I will almost always assign reading for each class. You should do the reading, and come prepared with some questions or areas that you want to discuss.
  5. More than two missing homework assignments will result in a grade no higher than a C.
  6. I expect you to attend class and labs.
  7. Academic misconduct -- cheating, plagarizing, etc. -- is bad. Any cases of academic misconduct will result in a judicial hearing, as per pp. 14-15 of the COA handbook. Possible consequences range from failure of the assignment to expulsion. For more, see the revised statement on academic integrity passed by the faculty last winter.

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