Syllabus

Physics 135, Introduction Physics with Calculus I, Sections 3, Fall 2017

Physics 135 is a online, first-year physics course for majors in mathematics, physics, computer science, and the physical sciences.  It is a 4-credit 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 online class modules, a textbook, and a workbook.  There are no formal lectures.  While students can meet with the instructor during office hours or by appointment, the only time students are required to show up in person is during the tests.  Students are required to complete the online laboratories, homework assignments, and optional extra-credit assignments on time, before the due dates listed on the schedule.

Instructor:

Dr. 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
Email: mbreinig@utk.edu

Lab Instructor:

Namila Liyanage
Email:  wliyanag@vols.utk.edu

Class structure:

There are no formal lectures.  Students are expected to complete two online class modules per week.  Each module should be completed by the date shown on the schedule.  Students are encouraged to come to the department of physics tutorial center, visit the instructor during office hours or by appontment, and ask questions via email.  Students are required to complete the online laboratories, homework assignments, and optional extra-credit assignments before due dates listed on the schedule.
Module schedule

Textbook:

"University Physics, Volume 1", a free, online textbook by OpenStax College (https://cnx.org/).
The link to the HTML version is
https://cnx.org/contents/1Q9uMg_a@5.52:bG-_rWXy@5/Introduction.
A PDF copy of the book can be downloaded from the OpenStax website.

Workbook:

A link to the workbook is on Canvas.

Homework assignments:

Homework assignments are based on the material covered in the on-line modules. Students are expected to complete two class modules per week and submit the assignments associated with each module on time on Canvas.
Homework assignment schedule

Exams:

There will be two in-class exams on September 26/27 and on October 30/November 1, and a final exam during the exam period on December 7/8.  The exams will be given in PHY 203/208.  The exams are based on the material covered in the on-line modules.

Extra credit:

An extra credit assignment is associated with each modules.  Each extra credit assignment is worth up to 5 points.  Extra credit assignments must be submitted on time on Canvas.
Extra credit assignment schedule

Grades:

Each 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 the 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-

Announcements:

For announcements, please check the Class Site on Canvas regularly.

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

Student Disability Services
915 Volunteer Blvd/100 Dunford Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
Tel: 865-974-6087
Fax: 865-974-9552
VRS: 865-622-6566
Email: sds@utk.edu
Website: http://sds.utk.edu/

For important additional information please see the Campus Syllabus.