Physics: concepts and connections

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Content: Physics Fundamentals Physics Fundamentals Lab
Course Number: Instructor*: Institution: Email: Office Hours:
PHY 101, PHY 101L Cora Dvorkin Harvard University [email protected] TBD and by appointment
*Additional instructor information available on final page
Term: Dates: Meeting Times:
Summer, 2018 July 9th ­ August 10th M, T, W, Th, F
I. Course Description: This is an introductory physics course for non-science majors. This course focuses on basic physics concepts and connections to everyday life. Course topics include Newtonian mechanics, fluids, heat, vibrations, electricity and magnetism, light and sound, quantum phenomenon, relativity, and cosmology. II. Student Objectives Our course covers Newtonian mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Relativity, and quantum mechanics. We will learn to apply the concepts to simple physical systems. While advanced mathematics is not required for this course, basic math with some trigonometry and simple algebra is utilized. Proportional reasoning, estimating, and graphing skills are emphasized throughout the course. Overall goals of this course include knowledge about how science is done, an understanding of the major physical principles that explain the functioning of the world, improved problem solving and reasoning skills, and improved Scientific literacy. III. Required Textbook and Course Materials: Title: Physics Concepts and Connections Edition: 5th Author: Art Hobson Page 1 of 8
ISBN: 978-0-321-66177-7 LABORATORY NOTEBOOK: Bound composition notebook (marble cover). IV. Language of Instruction: This course is taught entirely in English, including lectures, homework, assignments and examinations. Teaching assistants will be fluent in both English and Mandarin. V. Course Prerequisites: None.
University Policies Class Meeting Times & Course Hours This course will meet Monday through Friday for a total of 25 sessions over five weeks. Each session is 120 minutes in length for a total course meeting time of 3,000 minutes or 60 contact hours. Shenzhen University awards 4 credits for the Successful completion of this course. Attendance Summer courses are very intensive and in order to be successful, students need to attend every class. Attendance is required for all lectures and in class activities. If you need to miss a day of class, make sure you speak with the course instructor first. Otherwise the absence will be unexcused. If you need to miss class due to illness, please bring a doctor's note. Unexcused absences will negatively impact your grade, and university policy states that students with three or more unexcused absences will be referred to the Dean's office and face automatic failure of this course.
Academic Dishonesty All cases of academic dishonesty will be diligently pursued. Academic dishonesty includes representing the work of another as one's own work or cheating by any means. Academic dishonesty also includes aiding, abetting, concealing or attempting such activity. The penalty is automatic failure of the course and possible suspension from the university.
Examination Guidelines Only the following items are permitted in the examination room: - the examination
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- a one page helper sheet (at instructor's discretion) - approved calculator - pencils - water - All other items must be placed well outside of students' reach and closed. Cell phones especially should be collected and held at the front of the room. The following items are not permitted in the examination room: - books - notebooks - book bag - purse - laptop - cell phone - any other electronic devices Exam Administration The following policies will be strictly enforced during the administration of all examinations. - Students must be seated in every other seat. - At least two proctors required per room. One proctor can be a teaching assistant, but the teaching assistant must be accompanied by another non-TA faculty member. - No questions allowed. Students should be told beforehand to make/state assumptions as necessary and proceed. - No talking allowed. - Students may only leave the room with a proctor and only for bathroom visits. Students are not allowed to speak with anyone except proctors when outside the exam room. Additional restrictions may be applied as deemed necessary by the instructor. Grading Scale Student grades will be determined using the following grading scale: Page 3 of 8
Grading Scale (%)
97-100 A+
93-96
A
90-92 A-
87-89 B+
83-86
B
80-82 B-
77-79
C+
73-76
C
70-72
C-
67-69
D+
63-66
D
60-62
D-
0-59
F
Conceptual Outline
Instructor Policies
The first section of the course deals with the scientific method and the some of the history of important scientific ideas. We move onto Newtonian mechanics, the study of how to explain motion using concepts of mass and forces. Many aspects of forces are not intuitive, and we must to careful to avoid common misconceptions. In addition to learning to properly reason with forces, there are also some higher-level, derived concepts that are powerful aids in problem solving. Topics like energy and momentum thus form the third section of the course. These are useful in part due to conservation laws; even in the absence of conservation, focusing on the flow of these quantities is often a powerful technique. We then transition to the study of light and electromagnetism. The course concludes with sections on modern physics, with particular focus on the special and general theories of relativity, and on quantum theory.
Laboratory Regulations: A. Bring your lab manual to the first laboratory meeting. B. Prompt attendance is imperative: Instructions and demonstrations begin on time, so plan to get to lab early. It is expected that you read through the lab activities in the lab manual before coming to lab so you are better prepared to work on the assignments and take the quizzes and tests. C. Make up labs are not offered during the summer due to the fast pace of summer classes. If you know you have to miss a lab, you should immediately contact your TA. Do not assume an email has been received unless you receive a reply. An unexcused lab deducts 10 points from your final grade and counts as a zero on any missed work. D. For safety reasons absolutely NO FOOD or DRINK is permitted in the laboratory rooms. Cell Page 4 of 8
phones should be silenced during lab. Some lab exercises use dyes and stains or chemicals that might damage clothing. Pay attention to the lab you are doing each week so that you wear the appropriate clothing. You are encouraged to wear closed shoes. No visitors are allowed in the lab. E. All assignments should be written by you alone. Collaboration outside of lab is not permitted. Leaving the lab during an exam is not permitted unless excused by the TA. Cell phones and smart watches must remain in the lab if leaving to use the restroom during an exam. Assignments Reading Reading the sections of the textbook corresponding to the class lectures and assigned homework exercises is considered part of the homework assignment; you will be responsible for material in the assigned sections regardless of whether it is discussed in lecture. You are expected to read the assigned material in advance of the lecture. Homework The daily homework assignments must be turned in to your instructor at the beginning of each class meeting. You are encouraged to discuss general problem solving methods with other students, but the solutions you hand in must be uniquely your own. Do not copy your colleague's work because you will not learn the material if you do. In-Class Quizzes You should expect a quiz every week, based on the current reading assignment or on examples from the previous lectures. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you are keeping up with the readings and homework. In-Class Exams There will be four one-hour exams during the semester. Exams are designed to test your understanding of the physics principles you have been taught, not your ability to remember formulas or reproduce homework problems that you have already solved. Most problems on the exams will be variations and elaborations of your homework, designed to test whether you can apply physics principles to other situations. How to Study in This Course: Learning is a collaborative activity involving you, your fellow students, and the staff. Treating each other with mutual courtesy and respect is important to develop the environment we need for a successful experience. You are encouraged to collaborate with other students while thinking about how to solve problems, since talking about physics is one of the best ways to learn physics. Of course you need to write down solutions to problems on your own, since this is the way to solidify your understanding and to develop the analytical skills you need. Page 5 of 8
Diligent attendance is very important; experience shows that active participation in the classes leads to better performance. Come to class prepared! This means read the chapters ahead of time, and look over and try to solve the assigned problems. The purpose of the lectures is to: inspire you, explain the tougher issues in the book, make you think rigorously about what is going on, stimulate you to go off and learn the material yourself, and show you some demonstrations to illustrate the physics you are learning. The purpose of the lectures is not to: introduce you to new and unexpected material, cover everything you are expected to learn, or dwell on problem solving.
Week 1: Sections 2-1 thu 2-8
Tentative Course Schedule The Scientific Method Atoms
Weeks 1-2: Sections 3-1 thru 3-5 Sections 4-1 thru 4-6 Sections 5-1 thru 5-2; 5-5 thru 5-6
The Newtonian Universe How things move Why things move Newton's universe Motion Lab
Week 3 Sections 6-1 thru 6-7 Sections 7-1 thru 7-3; 7-7
Energy Work, Energy & Power 2nd Law of Thermodynamics Waves Lab
Weeks 3-4: Sections 8-1 thru 8-8 Sections 9-1 thru 9.4 Weeks 4-5: Sections 10-1 thru 10.8 Sections 11-1 thru 11.7 Sections 13-1 thru 13-6
Light and Electromagnetism Waves, Electricity, Magnetism, Atoms Electromagnetic Wave Theory Electromagnetism Lab
Modern Physics Special Relativity general relativity The Quantum Idea Radioactivity Lab
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Academic Standards Board This course is designed to provide an academically rigorous, pedagogically effective educational experience through systematic inspection, evaluation, and assessment. As a member of the Lion Global Education Consortium, Shenzhen University offers this course in a variety of study abroad, semester exchange and dual accredited degree programs. The consortium utilizes both a Campus and a Central Academic Standards Board (ASB) to ensure the highest levels of academic rigor and pedagogical integrity. This course will benefit from the full spectrum of ASB quality control mechanisms and peer-to-peer evaluation procedures. The ASB certifies that this course will foster and develop: 1. Student engagement in the classroom; 2. Critical Thinking skills; 3. Analytical and Problem-solving skills; 4. Flexible Learning Outcomes accommodating a full spectrum of learning differences; 5. Multiple objective perspectives regarding concepts and applications; 6. Diverse approaches and emerging theories along with ethical and sustainable applications. Systematic review by the ASB provides assurance that the above learning outcomes are achieved in each course. All classroom professors are periodically observed and assessed by ASB members on a peer-to-peer basis as they are teaching their classes. The ASB will not approve any consortium member's course that fails to focus effectively on these learning outcomes. For specific questions related to this course please contact the course instructor directly. For questions and inquiries related to the ASB's standards and quality assurance requirements, please contact one of the following ASB members. Dr. Dan Herron Chair Miami University [email protected] Dr. Zhiping He Member Shenzhen University [email protected] Page 7 of 8
Meet your Instructor Cora Dvorkin Institution: Harvard University Education Background: Ph.D. ­ University of Chicago, M.S. ­ University of Chicago Biography: Cora Dvorkin is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on "data-driven" cosmology: predictions from fundamental physics which can be tested with cosmological data. Her research interests span questions related to inflation, dark matter, dark energy, and neutrinos. To assess these questions, she uses data from the Cosmic Microwave Background and the large-scale structure of the universe. Professor Dvorkin, born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, received her Diploma in Physics from the University of Buenos Aires. She earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Physics at the University of Chicago in 2011 and has conducted postdoctoral research at the School of natural sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (from 2011 to 2014) and at the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University (from 2014 to 2015).

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