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PHY-111-20, College Physics (SP14)

 INSTRUCTOR: Casey Retterer

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Saturday/Noon – 2:45pm, 02/01/2014-05/17/2014

CONTENT:

A survey course in Physics designed for students with interests in the life sciences. Material covered will provide a foundation in physics and highlight bio-medical examples of physical laws and concepts. No previous background in physics necessary, but students should have experience with algebra and trigonometric functions.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will be able to:

1. Identify and explain the basic concepts and laws of physics

2. Develop problem solving, data interpretation, and physical reasoning skills

3. Discuss physics and its applications in the modern world, with an emphasis in biomedical applications

METHODS:

The course will primarily be lecture and demonstration based with student discussion. Laboratory work will be incorporated into the class schedule. This course will be “web-enhanced.”

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

Cumulative final – 20% of total grade

Laboratory reports and assignments – 20% of total grade

Weekly Homework– 20% of total grade

Weekly Quizzes – 20% of total grade

Term Paper – 20% of total grade

Satisfactory completion of work in each category is required for a passing grade.

ATTENDANCE:

Students are expected to attend every class. Any assignments or quizzes missed due to an absence will count as a zero in the grade book.

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS:

Inquiry Into Physics, 7th edition, Vern J. Ostdiek and Donald J. Bord

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS:

None

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Inquiry Into Physics – Prologue

Inquiry Into Physics – Appendix B (the problems are optional)