Expectations 2006/2007 (Kolena)
Physics, 3rd edition by Walker
The Way Things Work, by Macaulay
taught by John
Kolena email: email@example.com office:
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
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
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
printing privileges , some labs require printing from the 4th
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
the web site daily.
I will try to have any relevant messages and assignments
posted by 6 pm.
cannot emphasize enough how important reading the relevant text
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
by 5 pm in the black box on the table outside my office (Bryan
I encourage you to turn the homework in during that day's class, so
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.
cannot solve them pretty immediately, it means that you need
the appropriate sections and re-study the worked examples more
carefully. As we dig deeper into subject, you should also be working
problems of the * or ** type from Walker.
Keep all these extra worked
organized in your notebook; they may be traded in for extra
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
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
expectations are available in the Physics 352/354 Lab Guide.
Tests will happen 2 to 4 times each trimester & usually on lab day.
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
Physics teachers and senior
tutors will be available most every M - Th
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
My teaching blocks are CDG
this trimester. You are welcome to visit me in my
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
Department Honesty Policy ;
it is also posted in the
|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
have radio-controlled, accurate clocks, it will be easy for everyone to
whether you are Tardy or not. You will be considered Tardy even
if you arrive
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
...) on days when lab is scheduled.
Department Tardy Policy addresses the consequences of being
Tardy. The Tardy Policy is also posted in physics
of you will receive a copy to read, sign, and return during the first
is due on the date and time assigned by the teacher. Homework
is up to one day late will be accepted for a maximum grade of 50%.
that is more one day late will not be accepted. Note that major
due on the day they are due regardless of last-minute illness! Contact
the due date in case of sustained, major illness or other unavoidable
If you miss 2 of any combination of assignments (homework, lab, class
presentation), you will report to Saturday morning Restricted Study
year). Any additional miss after the first 2 missed assignments
will result in
Since tests in this class
may occur less frequently than in some of your other
will count proportionally less toward your total grade than in
other classes. What this really means, of course, is that you will be
every day in class in a variety of ways; examples of such are in
- coming to class and turning in your work
- showing enthusiasm in your learning
- working problems beyond the ones required
- 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
- being prepared for and taking leadership
- 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
about your class commitment
grades will be based on
20% for Class Commitment
40% for Homework/Labwork
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
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