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Physics 135,  Introductory Physics with Calculus I, Sections  003, Fall 2016

Physics 135 is a web-based, first-year physics course for majors in mathematics, physics, computer science, and the physical sciences.  It is a four-hour course.  Only students which have already completed a first-year calculus course are allowed to register for Physics 135 without co-registering for Mathematics 141.

The course uses web-based class modules, a textbook, and a workbook.  There are no formal lectures.  While students can meet with the instructor during office hours, the only time students are required to show up in person is during the tests.  Students are required to complete the online laboratories before the indicated due dates. 

bulletDr. Marianne Breinig (Physics)
Office: 202 Nielsen Physics Bldg.
Office Hours: WF 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, M 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Phone: 974-7842
bulletLab Instructor:
bulletShashi Pandey
bulletWeb-based, interactive class modules
bulletAny Introductory Physics with Calculus textbook, for example Serway, Principles of Physics, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th edition "College Physics", a free, online textbook by OpenStax College (  The link to the HTML version is, and a PDF copy can be downloaded from OpenStax.  This book does not use calculus.
bullet Workbook
bulletSaunders, Core Concepts in Physics
bulletClass Structure:
bulletThere are no formal lectures.  Students are expected to complete two web-based class modules per week.  Each module should be completed by the date shown in the schedule.  Students are encouraged to come to the department of physics tutorial center, visit the instructor during office hours, and ask questions via email.  Students are required to complete the online laboratories before the indicated due dates. 
Module schedule
bulletHomework assignments:
bulletHomework assignments are based on the material covered in the Web-based modules.   Students are expected to complete two class modules per week and submit the assignments associated with each module on time over the Web.
Assignment schedule
bulletThere will be two in-class exams on September 26/27 and on October 24/25, a final exam during the exam period on December 5/6.  The exams will be given in PHY 201/203.  The exams are based on the material covered in the Web-based modules.
bulletExtra credit:
bulletAn extra credit assignment is embedded in each of the 10 modules.  Each extra credit assignment is worth up to 5 points.  Extra credit assignments must be handed in on time on Blackboard
bulletExtra credit assignment schedule
bulletEach exam is worth a maximum of 100 points. The homework assignments are worth a maximum of 100 points and the lab reports are also worth a maximum of 100 points.   Extra credit points are added to your total score from tests, homework assignments, and laboratories.
450 and above    90% and above    A
435-449 87% - 89% A-
415-434 83% - 86% B+
400-414 80% - 82% B
385-399 77% - 79% B-
365-384 73% - 76% C+
350-364 70% - 72% C
335-349 67% - 69% C-
315-334 63% - 66% D+
300-314 60% - 62% D
285-299 57% - 59% D-
bulletFor special announcements check the Class Pages on Blackboard regularly.

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a documented disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS). This will ensure that you are properly registered for the services provided by ODS.

Disability Services
2227 Dunford Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-4020
Phone: (865) 974-6087 (v/tty)
Fax: (865) 974-9552

For important additional information please see the Campus Syllabus.