Fundamentals of Physics (PHYS*1300)
Code and section: PHYS*1300*01
Term: Fall 2019
Instructor: Maher Bakri-Kassem, Matt Steffler, Jason Thomas
This course introduces students to fundamental phenomena in physics, with particular emphasis on applications to the biological sciences. Topics include: analyzing one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion; Newton’s laws; momentum, energy and associated conservation laws; interactions between charges, resistive direct-current circuits; the fundamentals of waves, with applications to acoustics; ionizing radiation, radioactivity and medical applications. This course is designed for students who have not completed 4U Physics (or equivalent): students with credit in 4U Physics (or equivalent) may not take this course for credit.
Course Credit Weight: 0.5
Course Related Information and Contact
Quiz Room Location: SSC1101A
Laboratory Location: MacN301
Help Room: LIB370 (see Courselink for operating hours)
Lost and Found: Quiz Room (SSC1101A).
Quiz Room Hours: Posted on Courselink – see Quiz Room Operating Hours
Main Course Contact
Quiz Room Supervisor: Cindy Wells
Please contact the Quiz Room Supervisor with all course related inquiries, to report any illness that prohibits you from meeting the course requirements or to report any errors in your courselink record.
Students in this course will need to use Courselink to check their term marks. ““As soon as possible, you should check that you can log in to Courselink”“:
- Use a web browser to go to the Courselink website: ““http://courselink.uoguelph.ca/”“
- Follow the courselink login instructions.
Jason Thomas “Orbax”
|01||Monday, Wednesday and Friday||4:30pm – 5:20pm||ROZH101|
|02||Monday, Wednesday and Friday||1:30pm – 2:20pm||ROZH101|
|03||Monday, Wednesday and Friday||10:30am – 11:20am||ALEX 100|
Text & Other Required Materials
- Textbook: Physics: An Algebra-based Approach bundled with an access kit to the online homework system called Enhanced Web Assign (EWA). Available in the university bookstore or the co-op bookstore.
- Students can also order the ebook with EWA from nelsonbrain.com (or from the bookstore) as a more economical option or for those who have second hand books access only can be obtained from nelsonbrain.com.
- Study Guide/Lab Manual (2018 printing) Available for purchase in the Physics quiz room SSC1101A $30.00. Cash only please. Exact change appreciated.
Booksale - The Quiz Room will be open for the sale of manuals Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. September 5,6 & 9,10,11 from 9am – 3 pm. After Sept. 11th during regular quiz room hours.
- Calculator (get one with trig functions, e”“x”“, etc.) Cell phones, graphing calculators, programmable calculators, and electronic devices are strictly prohibited from use in the quiz room or labs. They must remain off and in your book bags during your entire quiz room attendance.
***Failure to comply is considered a form of academic misconduct and can/will result in at least a minimum penalty of automatic quiz disqualification or removal from the room***
- This Course Outline: includes important dates and deadlines, lecture schedule, evaluation information, etc.
- (optional) iClicker or a subscription to Reef polling: we will be using this classroom response system to facilitate in-class discussions. Please bring your clicker to class regularly or use your mobile device with a Reef subscription. See iclicker.com for more details.
Tentative Lecture Schedule
|Week||Topics (Study Guide)||Textbook Chapters|
What controls motion? Forces and Newton’s laws
Energy & Momentum
Another way of understanding motion
Waves & acoustics
What are waves and how do they behave?
In order to enroll in the EWA course page, you will need to use the following class key;
- Section 01 (10:30am class) – uoguelph 3007 0937
- Section 02 (1:30 pm class) - uoguelph 3028 7757
- Section 03 (4:30 pm class) – uoguelph 2793 3311
During the course of the semester there will be 5-6 optional online homework (EWA) assignments for students to complete. Students have the option of completing these assignments or have their Final exam weight adjusted as shown below. Mandatory – use your university of Guelph userid when setting up your EWA account.
These two evaluation options are available to students as illustrated below. The course grade will be calculated based on the scheme that produces the highest grade:
|Assessment||Scheme #1||Scheme #2|
|Online Homework (EWA)||8%||0%|
Evaluation of Quiz Marks
Quizzes are marked out of 10:
- 8/10 or higher receive 10 out of 10 (highest possible mark per unit)
- between 4.0/10 and 7/10 (inclusive) receive 2 marks per attempt
- less than 4/10 receive zero
The partial mark of 2 does not add to a mark of 10. It is awarded on the condition you do not receive a “pass” on any attempt on a unit quiz. See the examples below.
- A student earns 4.0/10 on the first quiz attempt, 6.0/10 on the second quiz attempt, and 8.0/10 on the third quiz attempt. Mark received: 10 out of 10.
- A student earns 4.0/10 on the first quiz attempt, 5.5/10 on the second quiz attempt, and 7.5/10 on the third quiz attempt. Mark received: 6 out of 10.
- A student earns 2.5/10 on the first quiz attempt, 4.0/10 on the second, and 7.5/10 on the third. Mark received: 4 out of 10.
- A student earns 7.5/10 on the first quiz attempt and tries no further quizzes. Mark received: 2 out of 10.
Final Exam Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00p - 9:00p, Room TBA.
The final examination will consist of multiple-choice questions.
Quiz Deadlines and Important Notes
|0||Thursday, September 5||Quiz Room Opens for Writing|
|3||Friday, September 27||
Last day for Quiz #1
|5||Friday, October 11||
Last day for Quiz #2
|7||Friday, October 25||
Last day for Quiz #3
|9||Friday, November 8||
Last day for Quiz #4
|11||Friday, November 22||
Last day for Quiz #5
|12||Friday, November 29||Quiz Room closes for the semester at 4:00pm|
Obtaining Help in the Course
- Brief questions can be answered by the course professor after lectures. Otherwise, the instructor will be available during office hours. Office hours will be announced in class.
- Scheduled help sessions – LIB370 weeks 3,5,7,9 & 11 Monday-Thursday 12-3pm. Help will be available in weeks 1 & 2 Wednesday and Thursday 10-11 and 2-3 in the quiz room.
- Step-by-step problemsolving exercises developed specifically for this course, covering each major unit at:
The laboratory activity will be assigned a pass or fail distinction by the TA at the end of the laboratory period. You must show your TA your results by the end of 90 minutes in the laboratory session. The remaining 20 minutes of your assigned time will be available for students to correct mistakes (when necessary) in order to allow for reassessment by the TA. It is crucial that you read the instructions in your lab before you arrive for the experiment. Failure to adequately prepare for the session may result in a failing grade for that experiment.
You selected a particular lab section when you registered for the course. You must attend your lab section; do not attempt to complete the exercise in another time slot. For all lab sections, each of the experiments will take place as follows:
|1-2||September 9-20||Experiment #1 – Introduction to Experimental Techniques & Kinematics|
|3-4||September 23-October 4||Experiment #2 – Newton’s 3rd law|
|6-7||October 14-25||Experiment #3 – Conservation of Energy|
|8-9||October 28 -November 8||Experiment #4 – Ohm’s Law|
|10-11||November 11-22||Experiment #5 – Acoustics|
|12||November 25-29||Experiment #6 (optional) – Ionizing Radiation|
Contact your lab TA immediately if you miss your scheduled lab.
Quiz Room Information
Quiz Room Protocol
- Students must show their U of G photo ID card in order to write a quiz.
- Only 1 quiz attempt per day allowed on same quiz group.
- Your 1st attempt should be at least 3 days before the deadline to allow for a possible 2nd or 3rd attempt. Students will be allowed entry into the quiz room up to closing time only. At the posted closing time, the door will close, turning away those that did not gain access to the room. All quizzes are available from week 1 and they can be written as early as you want. The dates above reflect the last possible date that particular quiz is available to write.
- No credit will be granted for labs or quizzes completed during a previous semester.
- Book Bag Lock (optional) – Book bags are not allowed to be taken to your quiz writing station in the quiz room. The designated area for book bags is equipped with cables for locking (you must bring your own lock).
- If you absolutely cannot stay to have your quiz marked, you may leave it. It will be marked at the end of the day and the mark posted to Courselink. It will be available for you to look at for two further days.
- All quizzes, answers and scrap paper remain in the quiz room and must be handed in at the quiz marking submission area.
- Wait quietly to have your quiz graded by the TAs. If you miss hearing your name your quiz will be graded in your absence.
You can in principle try quizzes in any order. However, note that quizzes are withdrawn on specific dates (see page 7), so these should be attempted as appropriate. A sample of each quiz is provided on Courselink for you to look at. The quiz tests mastery of that material, and so you may find that you do not pass the quiz on the first attempt.
You will need your University of Guelph photo ID card in order to write a quiz. The time allotted for each quiz is 20 minutes. When you have completed the quiz, it is marked immediately by a tutor in your presence. In this way, no time is wasted teaching you things you already know, but the quiz will isolate those things (if any) you don't know. The tutor will give you help on the spot when time permits. It is important to emphasize the diagnostic aspect of this quiz; diagnosis is its prime purpose. It is of no value to write one if you are not prepared; you are wasting everyone's time. The level at which you are considered to have "mastered" the material is 80%, i.e., the "pass mark" is 8 out of 10.
Each quiz that is mastered contributes 10% toward your course mark. If you do not get 80% on your first attempt (and you may not), it doesn't matter. There is no stigma attached to failing this quiz; that is not its purpose. You may go away, study, and try again. The quiz will have served to show you what you must study for that section. Obviously, there must be a limit to the number of times you may write a version for each quiz, and this has been set at three. You may not attempt more than one version of each quiz in a single day.
During quizzes (as well as the final examination), you may use a pocket calculator (graphing calculators or any other electronic devices are not allowed). In the quiz room, each desk is provided with a sheet of formulae. A copy of this sheet will be included in the final exam. No material in the form of quizzes or paper may be brought in or taken from your assigned station in the Quiz Room and all paper used when writing a quiz must be turned in. You should visit the quiz room during the first week of the semester to see how the system operates.
Self-paced study is a new experience for most students. At best, it permits you to work ahead in physics early in the semester, freeing study time for other courses during heavy weeks. At worst, there is a temptation to leave things too late. To help pace students, deadlines are placed on quizzes.
Before any quiz can be written for credit, a Pretest must be taken and passed at the minimum level of 60%. These Pretests are designed to permit a self-examination of the basic concepts and objectives of the modules in question. They are a necessary but not sufficient preparation to pass a quiz. Each Pretest consists of a variety of simple questions in one of 4 formats:
- multiple choice
- true or false
- pairwise matching
- enter a number or symbol
The Pretests are delivered via Courselink. Follow the login instructions outlined on page 2 and this will enable you to take the Pretest. Upon completion it will be marked and an explanation provided for every question for which you selected the wrong answer. These should be studied carefully.
When you obtain at least 60% on the Pretest (allow 1 hour for your mark to process), you may then proceed to the Quiz Room (SSC1101A) to write a quiz for credit. If you failed to get 60%, you must repeat the Pretest until 60% is obtained. Pretests attempts are unlimited. The Pretest must be recorded in your course record as a pass before a Quiz for credit may be written.
Of course, you get the maximum advantage from these Pretests if you do them without help and, as much as possible, without aids (textbook, etc.).
It is a serious academic offence to copy, print or otherwise store this material or to attempt to alter it in any way.
When You Cannot Meet a Course Requirement
Undergraduate Calendar - Academic Consideration and Appeals
Graduate Calendar - Grounds for Academic Consideration
Associate Diploma Calendar - Academic Consideration, Appeals and Petitions
Undergraduate Calendar - Dropping Courses
Graduate Calendar - Registration Changes
Associate Diploma Calendar - Dropping Courses
Copies of Out-of-class Assignments
Recording of Materials
Please note: This is a preliminary web course description. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. An official course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester and/or posted on Courselink.