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PHYS 251

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Introductory Physics II (Algebra Based)

Instructor: Dr. Daniel Costantino
Title: Lecturer in Physics
Office Phone: (814) 865-9018
Office Address: 123 Osmond
Office Hours: T: 1PM - 3PM; R 11AM - 1PM
E-mail: djc321@psu.edu
Times: See your course schedule for times & locations
Course Credits: 4


Required Text

The text for this course is College Physics: A Strategic Approach (Volume 2), by Knight, Jones, and Field. This course will cover selected topics in Chapters 17 – 30.
You will also need to bring a copy of the relevant lab activity to complete and turn in by the end of the lab meeting. The individual lab activities are available under the 'labs' link on the course website and come bundled with the custom version of the textbook sold in the bookstore. The recitation activities will include problems found in the Student Workbook.
You will be doing numerical homework assignments that will be administered through WebAssign. Access to WebAssign is automatically enabled for all students enrolled in the course when classes begin, but does require registration within the first two weeks of classes. Registration is obtained by either purchasing a WebAssign card at the University bookstore or making a payment online (https://www.webassign.net/psu/login.html) .
Note: You can buy a complete package at the Penn State University Bookstore that will include all the necessary materials needed for this course.


Course Description

Algebra-based introduction to classical electricity and magnetism, optics, and areas of modern physics, including such topics as, electric charge and fields, electrical potential and energy, electric currents and resistance, direct current (DC) circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction and applications to devices, electromagnetic waves, light and geometrical optics, wave nature of light, basic optical instruments, basics of quantum mechanics.
You must be registered for both PHYS 251L and PHYS 251R to earn a
grade in this course.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of PHYS 212, students should be able to demonstrate a mastery of:
1. Geometrical Optics
2. Wave Optics
3. Electric charges, fields, forces, potential, and potential energy
4. Resistance, current and DC circuits
5. Magnetic fields and forces
6. Electromagnetic induction
7. The photon model of light
For a more detailed list of course objectives, please see the Exams folder.


Tentative Schedule

See the Lessons Tab for the schedule of readings, lecture topics, recitations and laboratories.
Exam Dates: MT1 (July 1 or 2), MT2 (July 23), Final Exam (August 14; time TBD by Registrar)


Course Requirements

You must be registered for BOTH the lecture (251L) and the recitation/laboratory (251R)
We will be using an online computer system (https://www.webassign.net/psu/student.html) for the homework. This system allows you to submit your homework at any time of the day and night. Your grade on each assignment will be available immediately and, in most cases, you will have multiple tries to arrive at the correct answer. The entire process can be done from any computer with a connection to the Internet and a web browser. Because answers to the problems are available immediately after the due date, no late assignments can be accepted. The due date and time for each assignment appears on WebAssign. Answers to the problems are available immediately after the due date
Students are encouraged to work together and collaborate on assignments. Work submitted for individual assessment must be the work of the individual student. Please refer to the "Academic Integrity" section.
Report any problems related to submitting your homework through the contact us link or by contacting the lecturer.
Report any problems related to the physics content of your homework to your TA or the lecturer.


Course Prerequisites

Prerequisite: PHYS 250


Grading Policy

Your grade in the course will be based on your performance in the labs and recitations, on the homework assignments, and on the exams with the following weights:

Lecture

Participation

RecitationLaboratories

Midterm

1

Midterm

2

Final
15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 25%



Final letter grades for the course will be based on an absolute scale. The course score will be calculated to the nearest integer. No curving of any kind will be employed unless the combined average exam score (computed as the combined average of all midterm and final exams taken to date) is less than 70%. In such cases, the grades on the most recent exam will be adjusted by additively raising the exam scores to allow the combined exam average to meet the target minimum of 70%.
The break points for the various grade levels are:

Lowest PercentageLetter GradeHighest Percentage
93%< A <100%
90%< A- <93%
87%< B+ <90%
83%< B <87%
80%< B- <83%
77%< C+ <80%
70%< C <77%
60%< D <70%
0%< F <60%



You can access your scores for completed assignments on the course web page via the Grades tab in ANGEL. You are responsible for verifying all of your scores (with the exception of the final lab and final exam score) and reporting any discrepancies before the last lecture for the course.
Attendance Policy
Labs
The laboratory components of this course are structured around collaborative learning. You must be present in laboratory to do these assignments. If you are absent from a laboratory section with a valid excuse, as described under "Valid Excuse Policy", fill out and submit an excuse form and submit it to your TA or in 123 Osmond Lab. You will NOT be required to make up the missed activity. Your score for the missed activity will be recorded as a zero until an excuse form is provided. If you are absent without a valid excuse, a score of zero will be recorded for that assignment.
Recitations
The recitation sessions are also structured around collaborative learning. Attendance is mandatory for recitation activities. If you are absent from a recitation section with a valid excuse, as described under "Valid Excuse Policy", fill out and submit an excuse form and submit it to your TA or in 123 Osmond Lab. You will NOT be required to make up the missed activity. Your score for the missed activity will be recorded as a zero until an excuse form is provided. If you are absent without a valid excuse, a score of zero will be recorded for that assignment.
Homework
No extensions for WebAssign homeworks will be granted. You must complete the homeworks as scheduled, or provide a valid university excuse to the course administrator. Homeworks are rarely excused unless it is clear that the reason for the excuse prevented the student from doing the homework assignment for an extended period of time (not just on the due date).
Examinations
All students should plan to take their exams at the scheduled times. Students can request makeup exams only by submitting a valid written excuse to the course administrator. In the case of sudden or unexpected events that will cause them to miss an exam, students are required to notify the course administrator prior to the exam or as soon as is reasonably possible.
Exam Policy
There will be two midterm exams (W or R 7/1 or 7/2 and R 7/23) and a cumulative final exam (time to be set by the Registrar on 8/14). Exams will be closed book. Relevant physical constants and formulae will be provided. Cellular phones, smart phones, any other communication devices, tablet computers, and organizers, and additional paper are not allowed. Room is provided for scratch work in the exam booklet.
The exams will be based on the assigned reading in the textbook, the material covered in lecture, the recitations, the laboratories, and the homework assignments. Please see the Course Content Objectives and the Exams folder in Angel for more information about the content assessed on the exams in this course.


Academic Integrity

As described in The Penn State Principles, academic integrity is the basic guiding principle for all academic activity at Penn State University, allowing the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner. We expect that each student will practice integrity in regard to all academic assignments and will not tolerate or engage in acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception. To protect the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and the worth of work completed by others, we will record and report to the office of Judicial Affairs all instances of academic dishonesty.
The University and Departmental policy regarding academic integrity can be found on the course web page with links to the faculty senate policy: http://www.psu.edu/ufs/policies/47-00.html#49-20.


Disability Policy

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY). For further information
regarding ODS, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/.
In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/guidelines/documentation-guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.


Miscellaneous


Excuse and Makeup policy
Laboratory and Recitation
The laboratory and recitation components of this course are structured around collaborative learning. You must be present in laboratory or recitation to do these assignments. If you are absent from a laboratory or recitation section with a valid excuse, as described under "Valid Excuse Policy", fill out the excuse form in Angel (in the Laboratories or Recitations folder) within one week of the absence. You will NOT be required to make up the missed activity. Your score for the missed activity will be recorded as a zero until an excuse form is filled and recorded. If you are absent without a valid excuse, a score of zero will be recorded for that assignment. If a student is more than ten minutes late to a lab, they cannot receive any credit for that period’s so be on time!
Homework
You must complete the homework assignments as scheduled. The assignments are available early so no excuses are accepted. Even technical glitches are not valid excuses.
Examinations
All students should plan to take their exams at the scheduled times. Students can request conflict exams only by filling the conflict exam signup form in the Exams folder. In the case of sudden or unexpected events that will cause them to miss an exam, students are required to
notify the course administrator prior to the exam or as soon as is reasonably possible.


Valid Excuse Policy

Up to three (3) valid excuses will be accepted for a student throughout the entire course. More than three absences will interfere excessively with student learning. In extreme circumstances in which a student requires four or more absences to be excused, he or she must contact the course administrator directly to discuss the situation as soon as possible. Requests to be excused from a missed evaluative event due to reasons that are based on false claims is cheating and will be treated as described in the Academic Integrity Policy 49-20 http://science.psu.edu/current-students/Integrity/Policy.html. * The student must provide all requested information on the Excuse Form and electronically sign the form. Incorrect or missing information will result in the request for an excused absence to be denied. * Family emergencies include a death in the immediate family, death of a close friend, sudden hospitalization of a close family member, and events of similar gravity. Students should inform their appropriate teaching assistants about the family emergency as soon as possible. * To obtain an excuse for university-approved curricular and extra-curricular activities, a student needs to obtain a letter (or a class absence form) from the unit or department sponsoring the activity. The letter must indicate the anticipated absence dates, and it must be submitted to the excuse submission dropbox along with the first excuse request before the first absence. * In the case of religious holidays, students should submit the excuse request before the date of the absence. Since University regulations require course instructors to make conflict exams available to students, missing a laboratory or recitation due to an examination in another course is not considered a valid excuse. You have one week from the absence to submit an excuse; otherwise it will be denied, barring extenuating circumstance (e.g., no access to the Internet due to reason for absence, such as an extended hospitalization).