PHYSICS 352/354   Course Expectations  2006/2007 (Kolena)


Physics, 3rd edition by Walker
The Way Things Work, by Macaulay


taught by John Kolena    email:   office: Bryan 443       
phone: (919)416-2767

The pace of the class will be brisk, partly because I will assume that you already
know a good deal of physics (because you have done the assigned daily
readings and have studied the worked examples suggested).

We will solve problems from Walker virtually every class day, so please bring
your Walker text to class each day.

You are required to have two lab journals.  We might be taking lab data on any
day, or we might be discussing lab work already in your journals, so you need
to have your journals with you every day, except of course when they have
been handed in for grading.

I expect you to have your working (!) graphing calculator with you every day.

Please obtain printing privileges , some labs require printing from the 4th floor.




The course syllabus is a rough guide to the order of the topics that we will
study this trimester. 
  Refer to it often; you are allowed to read ahead! 

The course web site address is

It is your responsibility to make sure that you know what is expected of you for
the next class in the way of textbook reading, homework, and  labwork
Assignments will be available on the web. Please get into the habit of checking
the web site daily.  I will try to have any relevant messages and assignments
posted by 6 pm.

I cannot emphasize enough how important reading the relevant text sections
and studying the worked examples in advance of my talking about them are to
your success in this class. Reading a physics book or studying worked
examples is quite unlike reading a novel or a social studies text.
More about this sometime in class.





Assigned written homework problems (typically 3 each M W F) ) will usually be
due by 5 pm in the black box on the table outside my office (Bryan 443). 
I encourage you to turn the homework in during that day's class, so that you
don't have to return later to hand it in.   
BUT, if you should forget to turn it in
on time, you do need to turn it in asap, as late work may receive some credit. 
See the Late Work Policy below.

After completing the assigned reading, you should attempt 1 or 2 conceptual
questions or non-asterisked problems from the back of the chapter in Walker.
If you cannot solve them pretty immediately, it means that you need
to re-read the appropriate sections and re-study the worked examples more
carefully. As we dig deeper into subject, you should also be working extra
problems of the * or ** type from Walker. Keep all these extra worked problems
organized in your notebook; they may be traded in for extra class commitment
credit if a test performance is below expectations.

   You should be solving at least as many problems on your own as I assign!

Homework MUST be stapled if more than one page. There is a stapler mounted
on the 4th floor Bryan wall across from room 441.

Lab instructions should be available a day or more before we actually do lab. 
Please read them beforehand.  Links to the instructions will be on the class
website. Lab expectations are available in the Physics 352/354 Lab Guide.

Tests will happen 2 to 4 times each trimester & usually on lab day. Since tests
will often cover 2 or 3 chapters of material, cramming for them the night or
weekend before will be of minimal value. If you have kept up with the reading
and succeeded in completing the homework by yourself every day, tests will
seem easy.


Physics teachers and senior tutors will be available most every M - Th  for at
least an hour. Use this opportunity!  Check the posted tutorial schedule on the
physics hallway.    If you need physics assistance, you are expected to use
tutorial as one of the primary sources of assistance outside of class time.


My teaching blocks are CDG this trimester.  You are welcome to visit me in my
office (Bryan 443) during your free periods, to talk about physics or anything
else. I will particularly try to be available in the afternoons  after school.


You will receive a copy of the  Physics Department Honesty Policy ;
it is also posted in the classroom.

Of course, I expect you to be on time for class.  "Tardy" means not being in your
seat at the time when class is scheduled to begin.  Because Physics classrooms
have radio-controlled, accurate clocks, it will be easy for everyone to know
whether you are Tardy or not.  You will be considered Tardy even if you arrive
on time, but have to return to your room because you are inappropriately
dressed, do not have your calculator, or do not have your lab materials (lab
book, prelab, ...) on days when lab is scheduled.

The Physics Department Tardy Policy  addresses the consequences of being
Tardy.  The Tardy Policy is also posted in physics classrooms.  In addition, each
of you will receive a copy to read, sign, and return during the first week of class.


Homework is due on the date and time assigned by the teacher.  Homework that
is up to one day late will be accepted for a maximum grade of 50%. Homework
that is more one day late will not be accepted.  Note that major assignments are
due on the day they are due regardless of last-minute illness! Contact me before
the due date in case of sustained, major illness or other unavoidable conflicts.

If you miss 2 of any combination of assignments (homework, lab, class
presentation), you will report to Saturday morning Restricted Study (new this
year).  Any additional miss after the first 2 missed assignments will result in
additional Saturday sessions.













Since tests in this class may occur less frequently than in some of your other
classes, they will count proportionally less toward your total grade than in
many other classes. What this really means, of course, is that you will be tested
every day in class in a variety of ways; examples of such are in the following
(non-exhaustive) list:

  • coming to class and turning in your work on time
  • showing enthusiasm in your learning
  • working problems beyond the ones required for turn-in
  • taking useful notes
  • asking questions of your own and answering mine in class
  • challenging explanations or examples that leave you confused
  • convincing me that you did the assigned daily reading
  • being prepared for and taking leadership in labs
  • following verbal and written instructions, especially in lab
  • helping your classmates where appropriate
  • re-doing returned tests or labs that do not earn at least a grade of C+
  • taking initiative in getting missed notes & assignments from a classmate
    (or the web) after an absence
  • taking initiative in completing and turning in assignments (homework and
    lab) before a planned absence or asap after an unplanned one (including
    assignments due in class)
  • getting extra help from me outside of class and at tutorial if appropriate
  • posting problem solutions on hallway bulletin boards  before tests
  • presenting 2 problems to the whole class each trimester

Your class commitment grade is my assessment of how committed you are to
making this class a successful learning experience not only for yourself, but
also for the rest of the class. You are welcome to talk with me at any point
about your class commitment grade.



Pre-final-exam Trimester grades will be based on

20% for Class Commitment
40% for Homework/Labwork
    (minimum 20 homework assignments, including online; minimum 12 labs)
40% for Tests (2 - 4 in number)

In determining the final trimester grade, your final (trimester) exam will count
15% - 25%. 

The following grading scale applies to all work in this class

A: 83 -- 100
B: 70 -- 82.99etc
C: 60 -- 69.99etc
D: below 60