Physics 162 Syllabus, Spring 2015

Instructor: Professor Henry Greenside   919-660-2548     Physics 097
Teaching Assistant:   Mr. Kevin Holway    919-660-2682     Physics 248

Welcome      Time and Place      Prerequisites      What You Need      Class Policy     

Weekly Reading      Grading      Getting Help      Important Dates      References     


Time and Place


What You Need:

  1. An i>clicker 2 electronic polling device. Using these devices will be an essential part of the course, they will help everyone to determine if they are understanding key ideas and they will be used to stimulate discussion during classes.
    Please bring your iClicker 2 device to every class and to every discussion section, starting Friday, January 9. The device is small and light enough that you can keep it in your backpack or purse for the entire semester.

  2. The book Physics for Scientists and Engineers, a Strategic Approach, Third Edition by Randall Knight (Addison-Wesley, 2012). It is important that you purchase the third edition and not an earlier edition. The Duke textbook store will be selling a special course package that includes just the chapters needed for the course (Chapters 20-36, corresponding to Volumes III and IV), a card that gives you access to the online website MasteringPhysics, and a discount coupon towards the purchase of an iClicker2 device.

  3. Access to the commercial website MasteringPhysics. Access is included if you buy the textbook bundle through the Duke Textbook Store, but you will have to purchase separate access if you buy a used copy of the Knight book.
    The MasteringPhysics website includes access to an electronic version of the entire Knight textbook (which is great for discussions sections, you won't need to bring a hard copy of the book since you can use your laptop or tablet instead). The MasteringPhysics website will be used to ask you pre-lecture questions and to give you immediate feedback about your answers.

  4. A computer with access to the Internet and a modern browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You will need to access email, the 162 webpage, the Duke Sakai website, the course Piazza website, and various websites and multimedia files as mentioned in class.

  5. A calculator that can handle floating point notation (for example, 1.2 × 10-5), and various functions like sin, cos, exp and their inverses. A graphing calculator is not necessary but will be occasionally helpful. Your calculator will be needed mainly for your homework problems, nearly all quiz and exam problems will not require calculators since, as part of this course, you will learn the skill of how to do quick approximate estimations without a calculator.

Class Policy

Weekly Reading


Getting Help

Important Dates


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