Preparatory Physics: PH100-8P Course Information

This is a one-semester introduction into how to solve physics problems.

Day and Time: Wed, 7:00PM-9:30PM
Room: CH 435
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: Mon. 1:45PM-2:45PM, Wed. 3:30PM-4:30PM
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Textbook: Beginning Physics I
Alvin Halpern
McGraw-Hill, 1995
ISBN: 00700256535

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Test and Final Exam
Three tests and one comprehensive final exam will be given. No textbook nor notebook is allowed in the tests and exam. One letter-size hand-written information sheet is allowed. You can write down mathematical formulae, laws and priciples of physics, physical formulae, physical contants, and other concepts related to physics and mathematics on the information sheet. However, you are not allowed to write solutions of any problem including homework problems, example problems in textbook. A calculator may be used during exam. A make-up test may be given if unforeseen problems should happen. However, no more than one test can be made up. You must notify the instructor within a day or two of the exam day with a written reason for the make-up.

Homework are electronically processed via an internet website:
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In order to solve homework problems, you need internet access and a web browser. Students who do not have internet access can use computers in CH394 (This room is also called Del Square.) Homework due is strictly enforced by computer. You are strongly advised to start homework as soon as it is assigned.

Course grade is determined based on three tests (15 pts. each), final exam (30 pts.), and Homework (25 pts.)

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