Syllabus

Physics 135, Introduction Physics with Calculus I, Sections 3, Fall 2020

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 132 or 141.

Physics 135 is a general education course.  The course uses online class modules, a textbook, and a workbook.  There are no formal lectures.  Students are expected to complete two online class modules per week.  They will use the Piazza discussion forum for class participation and to engage with each other. The instructor and the lab instructor will have scheduled and by-appointment office hours online via ZOOM.  Students can also make an in-person appointment.  Students are encouraged to use the department of physics online tutorial center.  Students are required to complete the online laboratories, homework assignments, optional extra-credit assignments and participate in discussions on time, before the due dates listed on the schedule.

Instructor:

Dr. Marianne Breinig (Physics)
Office: 202 Nielsen Physics Bldg.
Office Hours:
Phone: 974-7842
Email: mbreinig@utk.edu

Lab instructor:

Pradip Adhikari
Email: padhika2@tennessee.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 required to complete the online laboratories, homework assignments, optional extra-credit assignments and participate in discussions before the due dates listed on the schedule.  Links for the submission of all assignments are on Canvas.  Students should use online discussion forum to engage with the instructors and each other.

Textbook:

"University Physics, Volume 1", a free, online textbook by OpenStax College (https://cnx.org/).
The link to the HTML version is
https://openstax.org/books/university-physics-volume-1/pages/1-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.

Laboratories:

The lab instructor will help students with the laboratories and grade the lab reports.  Students cannot earn passing grade for the course, unless they earn a passing grade for the labs.

Class participation credit:

Students earn class participation credit by contributing questions, answers, hints, comments, etc to the Piazza discussion forum.

Exams:

There will be two 80 minute exams, on October 6/7 and on December 3/5.  The exams are online.  Exam 1 questions are about material covered in modules 1 - 5, and exam 2 questions are about material covered in modules 5 - 10.  Students will take the exam using the Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor.

Extra credit:

Up to 50 points extra credit will be available, 25 points from very active participation in the Piazza discussion forum and 25 points from answering extra credit questions on Canvas.

Grades:

Each exam is worth a maximum of 125 points.  All homework assignments together are worth a maximum of 100 points and the all lab reports together are also worth a maximum of 100 points.  Class participation is worth up to 50 points.  Extra credit points are added to the total score from tests, homework assignments, laboratories, and class participation..

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:

In Canvas, please go to "Account", "Notifications", and set your notification preferences so that you receive announcements notifications and conversations immediately.  Review the announcements in 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/

Please review the Campus Syllabus for information that is common across all courses at UT.