PHYSICS 112 (OSU Marion Campus, Spring 2012)

Instructor: Gordon Aubrecht, Professor of Physics
Room 114, Morrill Hall, 740-725-6250, aubrecht@mps.ohio-state.edu
Office hours: Monday, 14:00 to 15:00; Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 to noon and by arrangement

Class Times MWF 15:00 to 16:50 (3:00 to 4:50 PM)


Physics 112 WebAssign Administrator Dr. K. Bolland, 5059 Smith 292.8065, bolland@mps.ohio-state.edu
Note: The problems as given in WebAssign are the ones due. As of the writing of this syllabus, the WebAssign assignments are tentatively set but may be changed.


Text and required materials (needed by first day of class):

Website: Course materials, including Columbus office hours and Columbus announcements (not relevant to Marion), and the policy document “Welcome to Students of Physics 112,” (which is relevant to Marion) are found on the course website: http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/


Any materials assigned in this course may be kept and analyzed to improve the course and for research purposes. No personal identifiers will be kept; if you have any concerns about this, see the instructor.

OSU’s policy mandates that the university address needs connected to disabilities. Any student who feels the need for an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me in a confidential environment to discuss specific needs. We will coordinate arrangements for accommodations for such students with Prof. Hazlett’s office.


Tentative ASSIGNMENT SHEET


Grading for the class. The class is not graded on a curve. You are encouraged to study with one another and work together except for homework (which are created individually for each student by WebAssign), pre-topic quizzes, the midterms, and the final, which should be your sole work.


      Quizzes (best 10 of 18)           100
      Midterms                                 200
      Laboratory Participation           75
      Homework                                80
      Final Exam                              200
      Lab Questions                           45
         Total                                     700

Bonuses:                                      3 points for being present for all lab exercises during the quarter.
                                                     up to 20 extra points for participation in class.


Cellphone policy. We understand that there might be an emergency situation in which you need to be contacted, but it is important to respect your fellow students. Put the phone on vibrate rather than allowing the ringtone to be heard. Please do not use the cellphone for personal calls except for emergencies, and go into the hall to make any such call. No texting is allowed during class.



Quizzes

Before classes for which a topic is listed, a preclass question will be posted on Gordon’s website here. You are expected to have read the subject indicated by the assigned topic to be able to answer the questions. The question will ask about the topic before class. It must be submitted before class by email (origination time listed on the email is used to judge). The first quiz will be due 28 March before class.

Homework

Homework is online through WebAssign. The lowest homework grade will be dropped, 10 points for each.

Midterms

There will be two midterms during the quarter. There will be some problems and some multiple choice questions asked on exams as preliminary practice for the MCATs. They and the final will include a formula sheet to discourage attempts to memorize formulas.

Laboratories

While it appears from the syllabus below that labs will occur on specific days, the course unfolding may include sections of the labs done during regularly labeled classes and regular class topics discussed on parts or all of some assigned lab days, as makes the best pedagogical sense. The labs will likely be done during the week indicated.

There will be extra lab questions on the midterms and final (12, 12, 21; tota; 45) as indicated for a separate lab question point score as described above.

Final

The final will be comprehensive.

TUTORING SERVICE: Students are urged to use the free tutor service available in the Marion Academic Enrichment Center.


Class description

The class’s success depends on your participation and preparation. The preclass quizzes are meant to encourage you to read the class material before class. Come prepared to discuss the listed example questions and problems with other classmates and the teacher. The class period will consist of minilectures, discussions, experiments, and many questions being considered. The syllabus is tentative; parts of labs may be done during parts of other days’ material


The week’s material will be approximately as given. What days we do what things may be changed.


Week 1 (26 - 30 March)

M Topic: Ch. 18 S 1-5: Electric charge and force; CSEM & assignment sheet

W Lab 1 Charge and force

F Topic: Ch. 18 S 6-8: Electric field; concept questions may be discussed

Prelab #1, due online by midnight, Tuesday, March 30

HW#0: Log into WebAssign and complete the WebAssign Tutorial if you have had no previous WebAssign experience
Homework #0, due online at 6:30 PM Saturday, March 31 (if necessary)


Week 2 (2 - 6 April)

M Topic: Ch. 18 S 8, 10, 11 and Ch. 19, S 1, 2: Electric field and electric potential

Prelab #2, due online by midnight, Tuesday

W Lab 2 Deflection of electrons

F Topic: Ch. 19 S 3, 4, 7: Electric potential

Homework #1: due 6:30 PM Saturday

Example questions and problems that may be used in class this week: Ch 18: Q 9, 13, 17 P 3, 21; Ch. 19: Q 2, 4


Week 3 (9 - 13 April)

M Topic: Ch. 18 S 6, Ch. 19 S 5: Capacitors; Ch. 20, S 1, 2: Current and Ohm’s Law

W Topic: Ch. 20 S 3, 4, 6: Resistance, power, series circuits

Prelab #3, due online by midnight, Thursday

F Lab 3 Ohm’s Law

Homework #2 due 6:30 PM Saturday

Example questions and problems that may be used in class this week: Ch 19: Q 6, 11, 15, 17


Week 4 (15 - 20 April)

M Topic: Ch. 20 S 7-9, 11: Circuits

Prelab #4, due online by midnight, Tuesday

W Lab 4 Series and parallel circuits

F Midterm 1--take home, due Monday; through Ch. 20

F Topic: Ch. 21 S 1: Magnetic field

Homework #3 due 6:30 PM Saturday

Example questions and problems that may be used in class this week: Ch. 19: Q 17, Ch. 20, Q 3, 5, 8


Week 5 (23 - 27 April)

M Topic: Ch. 21 S 2 - 4: Magnetic field, magnetic force

W Topic: Ch. 21 S 5: Force on a current in a magnetic field

F Topic: Ch. 21 S 5, 6: Magnetic force and applications; Ch. 21 S 7 - 10: Magnetic fields caused by currents

Homework #4 due 6:30 PM Saturday

Example questions and problems that may be used in class this week: Ch. 21: Q 3


Week 6 (30 April - 4 May)

M Topic: Ch. 22 S 1 - 3: Electromagnetic induction and magnetic flux

W Topic: Ch. 22 S 4 - 5: Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law

F Topic: Ch. 22 S 5 - 7, 9, 10: Applications of Faraday’s Law

Homework #5 due 6:30 PM Saturday

Example questions and problems that may be used in class this week: Ch. 21: Q 6, 8, 12


Week 7 (7 - 11 May)

M Topic: Ch. 22 S 9: Transformers; Ch. 16 S 1,2: Waves; Ch. 24 S 1 - 3: Electromagnetic waves

Prelab #5, due online by midnight, Tuesday

W Lab 5 Magnetic force

F Topic: Ch. 24 S 6, 7: Polarization

Homework #6 due 6:30 PM Saturday

Example questions and problems that may be used in class this week: Ch. 21: Q 13, 16; Ch. 22: Q 9, P 35


Week 8 (14 - 18 May)

M Topic: Ch. 25 S 1 - 6: Light rays, reflection, and mirrors

Prelab #6, due online by midnight, Tuesday

W Lab 6 Magnetic field

F Midterm 2: through Ch. 22 (may be take-home)

Homework #7 due 6:30 PM Saturday

Example questions and problems that may be used in class this week: Ch. 16: Q 3, 13; Ch. 24: Q 10


Week 9 (21 - 25 May)

M Topic: Ch. 25 S 6, 7: Spherical mirrors; Ch. 26 S 1 - 3, 6, 7: Refraction, total internal reflection, lenses

Prelab #7, due online by midnight, Tuesday

W Lab 7 Faraday’s Law

F Topic: Ch. 26 S 3, 6 - 8: Total internal reflection, lenses

Homework #8 due 6:30 PM Saturday

Example questions and problems that may be used in class this week: Ch. 25: Q 6, 7, 13, 14


Week 10 (28 May - 1 June)

M No class - Memorial Day

Prelab #8, due online by midnight, Tuesday (still on mirrors)

W Lab 8 Image formation (substitute on lenses rather than mirrors)

F Topic: Ch. 26 S 7, 8: Lenses; Review of quarter

Homeworks #9 and #10 are both due 6:30 PM Saturday

Example questions and problems that may be used in class this week: Ch. 26: Q 1, 7, 12


Exam week

FINAL EXAM (tentative) 15:00 (3:00 PM) Monday, 4 June 2012


The Physics 111, 112, 113 sequence is a general physics course serving a broad spectrum of students, including biomed students, students in the School of Architecture, in agricultural science, education, etc. Physics 111, 112, 113 are each five credit-hour courses. The following is the statement from the University about GEC Physical Science courses. “Physics 112 is a Physical Science course in the Natural Science category of the GEC. The goals and objectives for this category are:

Goals/Rationale:
Courses in natural sciences foster an understanding of the principles, theories and methods of modern science, the relationship between science and technology, and the effects of science and technology on the environment.

Learning Objectives:
1. Students understand the basic facts, principles, theories, and methods of modern science.
2. Students learn key events in the history of science.
3. Students provide examples of the inter-dependence of scientific and technological developments.
4. Students discuss social and philosophical implications of scientific discoveries and understand the potential of science and technology to address problems of the contemporary world.”

The course meets these objectives through discussion of basic physics concepts and techniques with note as to their historical context. An understanding of these basic physics facts and principles lays the foundation for future investigations into many areas of modern science and technology. The student is provided the opportunity to strengthen understanding of these concepts by applying them to the solution of many varied situational problems and to investigating them via hands-on laboratory activities. When possible, these problems and activities emphasize the relevance of the concepts to current social or technological issues.


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