The course comprises three equally important components that operate in parallel. 1) Lectures that cover the conceptual aspects of the material. 2) Workshop sections that are devoted to applications, questions and problem solving. 3) Laboratory work that emphasizes the principles of measurement using experiments designed to demonstrate topics discussed in the lectures.
Lectures will be given on Tuesday and Thursday 1230 - 1350 hours in Hoyt Hall commencing Thursday 16 January. Lecture notes will be provided prior to each lecture to allow pre-lecture reading. It is suggested that you print a copy of the lecture notes that you bring to the corresponding lecture so that you can annotate them to minimize note taking in order to enhance the learning experience during class. Demonstrations will be given in class. Attendance of lectures is required since there is considerable experience that shows that the most successful students in courses are those with the best attendance records. In addition there is quantitative evidence that students who sit at the front of class are more successful than those who sit at the rear of the class room. If any student is unable to attend a lecture they must contact the instructor to ensure that the missed material is covered.
Workshops will be an integral part of this course, similar to P113. You will meet once per week, for two hours, with a group of about ten other students plus a leader. The basic idea of the workshop concept is to institutionalize the study group with the addition of some leadership and supervision. At the workshop sessions, students will work through sample questions and conceptual exercises designed to elucidate the material taught in class. The purpose of the workshop leader is to facilitate the discussions rather than lecture or provide answers. The workshop leaders will record your attendance and level of participation at workshop sessions and this will count towards 3% of the final course grade. Workshops will commence Tuesday January 21. The workshop assignments will be posted on the assignments link on this web page.
Workshop instructors I am a strong believer in the importance of frequent student-instructor interaction when learning physics and thus typically I arrange one-on-one meetings with my students. Unfortunately this is not feasible in P114 because of the large class size, ≈220 students. Therefore it is necessary to delegate student-instructor interactions to the workshop leaders. Each student will be assigned one workshop leader and this workshop leader assumes responsibility for providing the student with guidance, grading, recording of the grade records, and will participate in assigning the final course grade for the student. Thus it is important that you and your workshop instructor get to know each other. Your workshop leader is the one assigned to teach the workshop section that you selected when registering for workshop sessions. Unfortunately I have no flexibility to move students between workshop sections because most workshop sections are already at the maximum size of 15 students. If you wish to switch to another workshop instructor you must first locate a student in your preferred workshop session who is willing to swap sections with you, and then the two of you must come to my office at the same time so that I can check that the proposed swap is mutually agreeable to both students.
Problem sets will be assigned weekly to illustrate and enhance the understanding of material taught in class. Lectures will emphasize concepts while the problem sets and workshops will emphasize quantitative problems. Only two questions of each homework problem set will be graded because of manpower limitations; it is felt that instructor time is better spent providing guidance during workshops rather than grading homework. Students will be given one point for each question answered plus up to 5 points each for the two questions that are fully graded. Solutions to the problem sets will be posted one week after the assigned deadline. Note that examinations will emphasize quantitative problems, thus it is crucial that you take the time to learn to solve the assigned problems every week, prior to looking at the solutions. You will seriously reduce the chances of a high grade in this course if you do not expend the consistent effort needed to learn how to solve quantitative problems. In contrast to P113, the physics concepts introduced in P114 will be novel and new to you, and thus your intuition, derived from common experience, will be less useful. It takes time learning to understand and apply these new concepts, so do not fool yourself into thinking that you can cram the material just before examinations. The homework problem sets and the solutions will be posted on the homework links of this P114 web page. Homework assignments are due at 1800 hours on the Tuesday assigned. Place your completed homework in the metal P114 homework locker assigned to your workshop instructor. These homework lockers are at the bottom of the main staircase to B&L next to the door leading to the quadrangle tunnel.
Class quizzes: Weekly 5-minute multiple choice class quizzes will be given, they will be based on material presented during prior lectures. The grades on these class quizzes will count 10% towards your course grade. Evidence shows that repeated class tests provide the stimulus to work consistently and keep up with the material. Each lecture builds on material discussed in prior lectures, so you must keep up with the course; it is difficult to recover if you fall behind.
Reading assignments: Reading Assignments will include the lecture notes provided prior to each lecture. The knowledge gained from this pre-lecture reading should enable you to extract more from each lecture.
Personal Response System will not be used.
Laboratory work is required for P114. You already have signed up for the Physics 114 laboratory course. You MUST perform the experiments and hand in a satisfactory lab reports to pass the P114 course. Laboratory work comprises five 3-hour laboratory experiments scheduled every other week in B&L 268. The laboratory component of the course is run independently of the lectures. Please refer to the web address http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~physlabs for information. Contact Professor Bodek on matters pertaining to the Laboratory. His e-mail address is; firstname.lastname@example.org. Laboratory sessions will start January 28.
Office Hours. Contact your workshop leader directly whenever you need help and arrange mutually convenient times to meet. Office hours are listed below. Students should take advantage of the office hours and other help provided by the workshop instructors. All 9 workshop leaders will hold office hours and students are allowed to interact with any of the 9 workshop leaders to have questions answered. The office hours manned by the workshop leaders all will be held in the POA Library at the following times.