Wright State University Lake Campus/2018-1/Phy2400/Syllabus

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Instructor: Guy Vandegrift ... guy.vandegrift@wright.edu ... http://www.wright.edu/~guy.vandegrift/ ... User:Guy vandegrift


General Physics 1: PHY2400 is an introductory survey of mechanics for science and engineering students. Uses of interpreting physical phenomena. Topics include vectors, kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, rotation, oscillation and thermodynamics (4 credit hours.) Also required is the lab PHY2410L: Introductory physics laboratory problems in mechanics, oscillation and thermodynamics (1 credit hour.)

The textbook is open source and can be read online or downloaded as a pdf at zero cost. A paperback copy of each version is available at a modest cost:

  1. https://openstax.org/details/books/university-physics-volume-1
  2. https://openstax.org/details/books/university-physics-volume-2
  3. https://openstax.org/details/books/university-physics-volume-3 (will not be covered in the first semester course)

A tentative schedule can be found in the class Notes

A good way to study for the exams is:

  1. file:Study-calc1Bnk.pdf (first-day handout)
  2. file:All-calc1Bnk.pdf (contains multiple versions of numerical questions)


Other useful resources:

Solutions to most quiz questions can be found at



Grades:

  • 70% of the grade is based exams. Four midterms will be tentatively scheduled, and a final exam will count twice as much as a midterm. Either your worst midterm exam grade is dropped, or the weight of the final will be reduced to that of a midterm exam (depending on which gives you the highest net exam score.)
  • 20% is based on labs and quizzes. No lab, quiz or test can performed at a later date if you are absent. But, three of your worst performances on labs and quizzes will be automatically dropped.
  • 10% is based on a term paper, which will be submitted electronically to Pilot on or before Friday 19 April 2019.

Getting help

Writing: Because writing is such an important part of a college education, the Student Success Center provides free writing support to all Wright State students, at any stage of your writing process and for any class. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of your writing, from research to revision. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrews Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.

Math: The Student Success Center offers free assistance to students enrolled in mathematics courses within the Wright State Catalog. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of math above DEV. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5 pm. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrew Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.

LTC: The Library & Technology Center provides free access to scholarly resources in all formats to all Wright State students. WSU students can also visit the LTC for assistance with creating or editing multimedia projects i.e. PowerPoint, Voiceovers, Website development, etc., free of charge. The LTC is temporarily located in 182 Andrews Hall. For additional information about the LTC and the services they provide please call (419) 586-0333, or visit the LTC M-Fri from 9am-5pm

Office of Disability Services: If a student has a disability that will require special accommodations, it is essential that he or she discuss it with the instructor and/or The Office of Disability Services (ODS) before or during the first week of the semester. ODS will work with these students on an individual basis to determine what services, equipment, and accommodations would be appropriate regarding their documented needs. Students who may qualify for these types of services should initiate contact with the instructor and/ or ODS as soon as possible to enable the university to meet their needs.  Please call Deanna Springer at 419-586-0366, email deanna.springer@wright.edu or visit ODS (Rm 182 Andrews) for more information.

Grades[edit]

5 tests 500 points 5/6 ≈ 83%
Labs 100 points 1/6 ≈ 17%
 ...total 600 points   100%

The grade is based on a 600 point scale, with five tests worth 500 points, and a term project worth 100 points. Each test is worth 100 points, with the understanding that you final exam score can be substituted for your lowest of the four midterm scores. You can't drop the final exam. But, you can have your final exam count for 200 points by replacing your lowest midterm test score if that helps your grade. Your project and each undropped test is worth 1/6 ≈ 17% of your grade. If your lowest grade is one of the four midterm tests, that score is dropped and the final exam is worth 2/6 ≈ 33% of your grade.

test Case 1  include Case 2 include
T1 80 80            80 80
T2 80 80 80 80
T3 80 80 80 80
T4 40 - 70 70
FE 70 70 40 40
' ' 70 -
Ave. 76% 70%
Sum 380 350

The table to the right illustrates how these rules allow either the lowest midterm test, or half the final exam to be dropped, if the final exam is given twice the weight of a midterm.

In both cases, three test scores were 80%, while one was 70% and another was 49%. In case 1, the lowest score is completely dropped, and the final exam score counts twice. In case 2, the lowest score was the final exam, weighted equally with the four midterm tests because it was the lowest score.

Labs and attendance[edit]

A one credit lab (PHY,,,L) is a co-requisite to this course. A lab report is due electronically via Pilot on Friday at 11:00 pm on the week of each of the four tests. You are encouraged to write your report on wright.miraheze.org either using wikitext, or by photographing a report or drawing and submitting a pdf printout. Any extra-credit must be submitted in this way in a way that permits Collective Commons licensing. A private wiki will be assigned to you on the wikifarm at https://wright.miraheze.org/wiki/Main_Page.

Attendance is required for all scheduled meeting times. But you are allowed to miss five class hours (not days not classes) without penalty. Once you have exceeded this limit, your lab grade will be reduced by 5 points (out of 100) for each lab missed. If the course has a recitation section, you may make up attendance points by attending those sections. There is a small extra credit award of 0.5 points per class hour for missing fewer than five class hours.

Materials will also be posted on

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Fall-2019 Academic Calendar Fall Lake Campus final exams (tentative)

Getting help
Getting help

Writing: Because writing is such an important part of a college education, the Student Success Center provides free writing support to all Wright State students, at any stage of your writing process and for any class. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of your writing, from research to revision. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrews Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.

Math: The Student Success Center offers free assistance to students enrolled in mathematics courses within the Wright State Catalog. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of math above DEV. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5 pm. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrew Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.

LTC: The Library & Technology Center provides free access to scholarly resources in all formats to all Wright State students. WSU students can also visit the LTC for assistance with creating or editing multimedia projects i.e. PowerPoint, Voiceovers, Website development, etc., free of charge. The LTC is temporarily located in 182 Andrews Hall. For additional information about the LTC and the services they provide please call (419) 586-0333, or visit the LTC M-Fri from 9am-5pm

Office of Disability Services: If a student has a disability that will require special accommodations, it is essential that he or she discuss it with the instructor and/or The Office of Disability Services (ODS) before or during the first week of the semester. ODS will work with these students on an individual basis to determine what services, equipment, and accommodations would be appropriate regarding their documented needs. Students who may qualify for these types of services should initiate contact with the instructor and/ or ODS as soon as possible to enable the university to meet their needs.  Please call Deanna Springer at 419-586-0366, email deanna.springer@wright.edu or visit ODS (Rm 182 Andrews) for more information.