Wright State University Lake Campus/2018-9/Phy1050/Syllabus
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Physics of How Things Work – 77186 - PHY1050-W01
- 1:00pm - 1:55pm MWF Dwyer Hall 154
- Physics of How Things Work Laboratory - 77187 - PHY1050L-W01
- 1:00pm - 1:55pm TR Dwyer Hall 154
PHY1050: How things work The physics associated with everyday scientific and technological phenomena and devices, including those associated with the generation, detection, and application of sound, light, and energy (4 credit hours.) There is also a 1 credit required lab that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a General Education course with no prerequisites.
There is no textbook. But we will borrow from the following online (and free) resources:
- https://www.physicsclassroom.com/ (good high school introduction to classical physics)
- https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/How_things_work_college_course (A Wikiversity predecessor to the current course)
- http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~orban/physics_coding/hourofcode/ (Youtube video series on using computers to simulate classical motion)
- https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Quizbank/HTW (will be the source for five exams)
- https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wright_State_University_Lake_Campus/2018-9/Phy1050 (A tentative schedule for these exams)
The labs and quizzes will follow the general pattern defined by the five midterm tests (T1-T5). Since we have a small class size, we will be more focused on improving the tests than memorizing the answers. Each of these units has a theme:
- The first test (T1) covers what is known as classical physics, which is associated with the work of Galileo and Newton during the 17th century. This mathematical view of the world formed the foundations for our understanding of fluids (i.e. weather forecasts, and much of our understanding of chemistry, sound, and light.
- The next unit covers the Modern Physics revolution associated with the 20th century. This includes the quantum theory of the atom and Einstein's relativity. We will spend a great deal of time exploring Bell' theorem, which was discovered in 1964 and has been called "the most profound discovery of science" (not everybody agrees.)
- The third unit discusses computers, with an emphasis on the history of computers in science dates back to ancient times.
- The fourth unit looks at the Industrial Revolution.
- Finally we look at the Global Warming controversy. Much of the fourth and fifth units are devoted to reviewing and deepening our understanding of the basic concepts developed in the first three units: Classical Physics, Quantum Physics, and Computer technology.
As we look for ways to improve this course, perhaps to the point where it can evolve into an online course, we shall see how computer technology can be used to automate portions of higher education, as discussed on the Wikiversity page Quizbank. Many of the labs will be devoted to this series of videos that mixes computer technology with classical mechanics:
- 75% of the grade is based on the Scheduled Exams
- 15% is based on Quizzes
- 10% is based on Labs
Since we have more than enough 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. Also, your worst Scheduled Exam will count as a quiz.
At each lab it will be announced whether the report is to be turned in electronically or on paper. Paper reports are due at the end of the lab, and electronically prepared reports are due via Pilot before next week's lab begins.
Four ways to get help
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ODS (Rm 182 Andrews) for more information.
Study guide questions
Practice questions for the exams may be found here