The course during this Semester commences on THU Aug 19 and
concludes on TUE DEC 7 (the day of the last
final exam for our course). The course work will consist of two
lectures each week, either in PSF-101 or else in Dr. Adams' Zoom
meeting room (https://asu.zoom.us/j/8349628496), plus a two-hour
laboratory session and a one-hour recitation session each week.
he lectures will present a introduction to the basic interactions
between the particles that make up our universe, and examine
the quantities that change, or do not change, as a result of
those interactions. The principal methods of scientific
investigation will be examined in the laboratory. The
recitation provides an opportunity to learn and practice
problem-solving skills in a smaller group setting. The lab,
lecture, and recitation combine to make a four-hour course;
you must attend and successfully complete each part of the
course. A complete schedule of tests, lectures, reading assignments,
recitation quizzes, and
labs is distributed with this
syllabus. All homework assignments will be done online, but
some of these will ALSO be turned in at recitation; homework
assignments are available only at your WebAssign web site.
LECTURES are on TTH
from 10:30 until 11:45 or from 12:00 until 1:15 either in-person
in PSF-101 or else in Dr. Adams' Zoom meeting room
Students are responsible for any information imparted to the class
during lectures. Minimal preparation for lecture is to do the
for that day. To more fully prepare for lecture,
also take an advance look at the homework problems which will be
assigned for that lecture. A number of Multiple Choice questions
will be asked during each lecture. These may cover the reading assignment,
or may check your comprehension of some topic that I have just covered
in lecture. You are expected to record your response to these questions
using the iClicker Response System. You must correctly register your
iClicker account in order for your responses to be graded.
A guide to iClicker, including instructions
for correctly registering, can be found at the course web site.
YOU MUST USE ONLY THE iClicker ACCOUNT THAT YOU REGISTER AND NO OTHER. Use
of another student's account is a case of academic dishonesty, just
exactly like cheating on a test. Any and all students involved in any
such incidents will automatically receive an E for the course, and may
be referred to the Dean for further sanctions.
Full list of iClicker Policies
Full list of Test and Final Exam Policies
sections occur weekly as scheduled, beginning with the
MON 9:05 recitation on MON Aug 30. The last recitation
meeting will be the THU 1:30 recitation on THU Dec 2. This
schedule results in 12 recitation meetings for every student.
The purpose of the recitation section is to give the student an
opportunity in a small class environment to learn essential concepts
and problem-solving strategies. Some recitation periods will open
with a short quiz. In addition, all written homework
must be turned in either in person, or else through Canvas, to your
Full list of Quiz Policies
Full list of Homework Policies
LABORATORY Sessions occur weekly as scheduled beginning MON Aug 30.
The lab final is scheduled for Nov 29 - Nov 30.
The purpose of the lab session is to introduce the student to basic
principles of scientific investigation.
Full list of Lab Policies
An EMAIL account is available for every student enrolled at ASU.
Instructions for obtaining an email account can be obtained at the ASU
Computer Commons. Important class information will be disseminated
through ASU email. The student will be responsible for receiving it. If
you currently have a working ASU email account, then you need do nothing.
If you have not recently used your ASU email account, then you should
double-check to make sure that your email is properly being
redirected to your favorite email address.
B. Final Grades.
The final course grades will be determined with the following weights:
Online Homework: 10%
Written Homework: 5%
Tests (best 2 of 3): 20%
Final Examination: 20%
The plus-minus grade system will be used. The scale for final letter
grades will ultimately be determined by the overall class performance;
however, any student with an overall class average of 90% can expect to
receive no less than A minus. You should save all graded materials in
the case of an appeal or a misrecorded grade. For a detailed
explanation of the grading process see HOW TO FIGURE YOUR FINAL GRADE. (usually
posted later in the semester).
Withdrawal policies are established by the University (see the
ASU Calendar and the ASU Student Information site).
The deadline for course withdrawal is Nov 3. Other deadlines
are also given in the Calendar or the Undergraduate Catalog.
Additional, University-required information on commericial note-taking,
accommodations, classroom behavior, Title IX, and withdrawal details can be
found in the Online Appendix.
Lecture and Reading Schedule