Physics 221, Elements of Physics I, Sections 1-5, Spring 2020

Physics 221 is a 4 credit-hour, introductory physics course with laboratory.  There are 5 sections.


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

Studio Session Instructors and Teaching Assistant:

Section 1:
James Christie
Anuradha Wijesinghe
Section 2:
Namila Liyanage
Shaun Vavra
Section 3:
Jesse Buffaloe
Love Richburg
Section 4:
Alex Brassington
Anjali Rathore
Section 5:
Rizwanul Alam
Ben Thornberry
Teaching Assistants:
Ashley Holt
Isaac Ownby

Class structure:

This course is taught in a hybrid format.
Students meet once per week for one hour and 15 minutes in a large lecture hall (Thursdays, 11:10 - 12:25, room 415, Nielsen Physics Building) and once per week, by section, for 2 hours and 30 minutes in a studio physics classroom (Tuesdays or Wednesdays, room 207 Nielsen Physics Building).  Attendance is mandatory for both meetings.  The traditional second meeting in the large lecture hall is replaced by online activities that students schedule themselves. 

Students are responsible for their own learning.


OpenStax Tutor, College Physics
This is an online textbook with spaced practice problems and feedback.  Students find the code to access this textbook on Canvas under Modules.

The College Physics textbook by itself can be found at  (View online),
and can also be downloaded as a PDF.

Homework assignments:

Homework assignments are based on the material covered in the web-based modules and studio sessions.   Students are expected to submit two assignments per week on Canvas, one pre-lab assignment and one homework assignment.  The assignments must be submitted on time for credit.
Assignment schedule


There will be two one-hour, in-class exams, on February 18 or 19 and on March 24 or 25 during the first hour of the studio session, and a 80 minute final exam during the exam period.
Final exam schedule

Extra credit:

Up to 50 points extra credit will be available.  Students can earn up to 25 extra credit points by answering OpenStax Tutor questions before the class meetings, and they can earn up to 25 in-class extra credit points.


Test 1 and test 2 are worth a maximum of 75 points each and the final exam is worth a maximum of 100 points.  The studio session work is worth a maximum of 100 points.  All pre-lab and homework assignments together are worth a maximum of 100 points.  Class participation is worth a maximum of 50 points. Extra credit points are added to your total score from tests, laboratories, assignments, 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-

Excused absences or missed assignments:

Students must notify the instructor promptly and submit documentation if they miss a class meeting or studio session with a valid excuse.  They also must notify the instructor promptly with a valid excuse if they request an extension on an assignment.  Late notifications will not be accepted.


For announcements check the Class Pages 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

For important additional information please see the Campus Syllabus.