Phys 2111: Solving Physics Problems I
Spring 2012 Syllabus

Instructor: Prof. Hiller
Assistant: Dr. Chabysheva

Office: 353 Marshall W. Alworth Hall (MWAH)
Hours: 11:15-45 am MWF and by appointment.
Phone: 218-726-7594
Home page:

Text: D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, 9th ed.

Prerequisites: Completion of Calc I (Math 1296 or 1290) with a C- or better and simultaneous registration in Phys 2011.

Objectives: This course will help develop problem solving skills useful for the General Physics sequence (Phys 2011 & 2012) and provide additional practice in applying these skills.

Course outline: We will follow the content of Phys 2011 as closely as possible.

Homework: One or more problems will be assigned each week. Written solutions are due by the start of the next class. Late work will not be accepted. Although you may discuss the nature of the homework problem with others, the work that you submit must be your own. Very little learning takes place if you do not work the problems yourself.

Exams: There will be no exams. :)

Grades: The course grade (S or N) will be determined from scores on homework problems and from class participation. Problems will be graded on a 10-point basis, and a score of 6 or higher will be satisfactory. Grades will be posted on an electronic gradebook. Your e-mail ID and password will give you access to your entries.

Class participation: During the class period you will be expected to participate by working problems on paper or at the board, usually as part of a team, and to explain your solution to the instructor or members of the class. Obviously, regular attendance is a critical first step toward meaningful participation. However, if you are ill, you may submit an attempt at written solutions of the day's problems in place of participation.

A note on disabilities: Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the semester. Adaptation of methods, materials, or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation. To learn about the services that UMD provides to students with disabilities, contact Disability Resources, 258 Kirby Student Center, extension 6130.

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