TTh, Period P (12:35-1:50 PM), Room

The Textbook Course Description Course Objectives Course Policies Grading System Course Schedule |
## Prof. Thomas A. Easton |

Art Hobson

Prentice Hall, 2010 (ISBN 978-0-321-66113-5)

This course introduces the student to concepts essential to understanding the underpinnings of modern technology. Topics include mechanics, energy, light, electricity, and magnetism, as well as an introduction to the concepts of atomic, relativity, and quantum theory.

See "Course policies" below for details on grading.

See "Course policies" below for details on grading.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

- Explain where scientific knowledge comes from.
- Outline the atomic theory of matter.
- Describe Newtons's laws of motion and gravity.
- Describe the nature of energy and the laws of thermodynamics.
- Describe the nature of light, electricity, and magnetism.
- Outline relativity and quantum theory.
- Explain why the nature of the atomic nucleus makes it possible to release large amounts of energy.

Students should always read their assignments and come to class prepared to discuss and/or work on the material. Each student may be absent twice without penalty. Each additional two absences without a medical excuse (no others are acceptable) will cost the student three points on the course grade.

There will be 6 quizzes; the lowest will be dropped; the remaining 5 will count for 25% of the course grade. There will be 2 exams, each one counting 20% of the course grade. The final exam will count for 35% of the course grade. See the Course Schedule for details.

Students who plagiarize work will receive zeros for the work in question, with no makeup opportunities.

There will be 6 quizzes; the lowest will be dropped; the remaining 5 will count for 25% of the course grade. There will be 2 exams, each one counting 20% of the course grade. The final exam will count for 35% of the course grade. See the Course Schedule for details.

Students who plagiarize work will receive zeros for the work in question, with no makeup opportunities.

A (94 - 100) A- (90 - 93)

B+ (87 - 89) B (83 - 86) B- (80 - 82)

C+ (77 - 79) C (73 - 76) C- (70 - 72)

D+ (67 - 69) D (63 - 66) D- (60 - 62)

F (below 60)

DATE | TOPIC | ASSIGNMENT | |

Tues Aug 27 | The Way of Science and The Scientific Revolution | Read Chapter 1 | |

Thurs Aug 29 | Atoms, Molecules, and Chemistry | Read Chapter 2 | |

Tues Sept 3 | Review and Quiz #1 | ||

Thurs Sept 5 | Asking the Right Questions | Read Chapter 3 | |

Tues Sept 10 | Force and Movement | Read Chapter 4, pp. 71-78 | |

Thurs Sept 12 | Gravity and Action/Reaction | Read Chapter 4, pp. 78-89 | |

Tues Sept 17 | Review and Quiz #2 | ||

Thurs Sept 19 | Newton's Universe | Read Chapter 5 | |

Tues Sept 24 | Exam #1 | ||

Thurs Sept 26 | Energy and Work | Read Chapter 6, pp. 118-124 | |

Tues Oct 1 | The First Law of Thermodynamics | Read Chapter 6, pp. 124-131 | |

Thurs Oct 3 | The Second Law of Thermodynamics | Read Chapter 7 | |

Tues Oct 8 | The Second Law of Thermodynamics | ||

Thurs Oct 10 | Review and Quiz #3 | ||

Tues Oct 15 | Columbus Day Observed | ||

Thurs Oct 17 | Electric Force and Electromagnetism | Read Chapter 8 | |

Tues Oct 22 | Waves and Light | Read Chapter 9, pp. 187-201 | |

Thurs Oct 24 | Electromagnetic Radiation and Global Warming | Read Chapter 9, pp. 201-220 | |

Tues Oct 29 | Review and Quiz #4 | ||

Thurs Oct 31 | Special Theory of Relativity | Read Chapter 10 | |

Tues Nov 5 | Exam #2 | ||

Thurs Nov 7 | General Theory of Relativity | Read Chapter 11, pp. 248-270 | |

Tues Nov 12 | Quantum Theory | Read Chapter 12 | |

Thurs Nov 14 | Review and Quiz #5 | ||

Tues Nov 19 | Quantum Universe | Read Chapter 13 | |

Thurs Nov 21 | Radioactivity | Read Chapter 14 | |

Tues Nov 26 | Review and Quiz #6ioactivity | ||

Thurs Nov 28 | Thanksgiving | ||

Tues Dec 3 | Nuclear Fission and Fusion | Read Chapter 15 | |

Tues Dec 5 | The Energy Challenge | Read Chapter 16 | |

Mon Dec 9 | FINAL EXAMS BEGIN | ||

EXAM DAY | FINAL EXAM | ||

Syllabus last modified September 10, 2013.