PHYSICS 31A INFORMATION

Ken Cheney

Feburary 19, 2011

 

 

PHONE:                     Office                  585-713    

                                   Message                   -7135

                                   Department                -7140

E-MAIL:                     kbcheneyp10@yahoo.com,                                                               WEB SITE:     paccd.cc.ca.us/physics/teachers/cheney/kp.htm

                                   

 

OFFICE HOURS:        In E-310, posted at the door to my office.

                     Or, any other time when I am available, or during any lab

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:     Mechanics, heat, elasticity, waves

 

PREREQUISITES:      Math 5A, 1 semester of calculus

 

TEXT BOOKS:

 

               LECTURE:

 Serway & Jewett “Principles of Physics, A Calculus Based Text” , Volume 1, Physics 31A: Pasadena City College

Available at the "Book Mart" North-West across Colorado Blvd.      

 

               LAB:

PHYSICS 31A LABS”,  Cheney   Available at the "Book Mart" North West across Colorado Blvd.

 

COMPUTER ACCOUNT:   On your registration paperwork.

                                             Ask at the stockroom for Excel tutorial.

 

SCHEDULE:      About one chapter a week, faster in summer (2-3 chapters a week!) 

 


 

PRINCIPLE PAPER AND EXAMS:

 

               LECTURE:   

Test about every three weeks (every Monday and the last meeting in summer); home work; final; Very short quizzes at the start of class each meeting on the lecture and lab topics of the last meeting.

 

 

               LAB:   Lab report due every week or as assigned; some practicals.

 

GRADING METHODS:

 

               LECTURE:   Exams.  75% of total points

                          Home work counts about 1/10 th of each exam.

               FINAL:  Short if doing ok; comprehensive if needed for make up.

               LAB:  Lab reports, Practicals.               25% of total points

               EXTRA CREDIT;  Attend and report on lectures, suggestions for lecture or lab

 

ATTENDANCE:           Students are expected to attend every session of class.

                 It is especially important to attend the first session or make

                 prior arrangement with the instructor. Otherwise a student's

                 enrollment in the class may be canceled.

                       A student may be dropped by the instructor when the

                 total number of absences, regardless of cause, is equal to the

                 number of hours the class is scheduled to meet in a two week

                 period.

                       Students have the responsibility of officially

                 withdrawing from college or dropping from class when they stop

                 attending. Otherwise, "F" grades may be awarded.

MISSING CLASSES:

               LECTURE:  Make up on final

               LAB:  See instructor

 

TURNING IN LABS:      If more than three labs are overdue the student will be dropped.