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Course Title: PHYS 100, Conceptual Physics
Credits: 3
Time/Location: MWF 4:50-5:50 p.m.,MCK 127


Professor: Michael F. Weber
Office: MCK 140C
Telephone: 808.675.3810
Office Hours: MWF 10:00-11:00 a.m.



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    ÿ SBN 0321661133), 5th ed., by Art Hobson ÿPearson)

2.Y Optional: Access to ± this includes online activities, self-study quizzes, math tutorials,
etc. A free student access code is included with every new text; otherwise you must purchase it online.


Physics 100 is a General Education course in which physics concepts, rather than mathematical manipulations, are
stressed. Topics to be covered include motion, gravity, energy, electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic
radiation, global warming, special and general relativity, cosmology, quantum physics, and nuclear physics. The
course will also prepare students have not completed high school physics or the equivalent for Physics 121.

The following four themes will be emphasized throughout the course:

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  Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a process for proposing, testing, and
refining ideas. The notion that knowledge comes from experience and is subject to testing by observation and
rational thought is science's most basic value ± and likely its most important benefit.

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AModernA ÿpost-1900) physics reveals a universe vastly different
from the Newtonian universe of indestructible particles in precise and predictable motion. Our culture still lives
in the Newtonian age, while science has moved far beyond it. So it is important, especially for nonscientists, to
cover modern and contemporary physics in depth.

3.Y _ Fromthe fall of a pebble, to nuclear processes, to the evolution of the universe, the principles of
energy provide a unified view of natural processes. Furthermore, many science-related societal issues are
connected with uses and misuses of energy.

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The power of science demands great responsibility from each of us. Science is
too important to be left to scientists; everyone must help pull us through the challenges of the scientific age.

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The course will increase each student¶s capacity to:
1.Y c    Students will seek to learn truth through a variety of discovery processes, search for knowledge,
and be able to synthesize and analyze information.
2.Y       Students will be able to demonstrate throughout the curriculum the abilities to read
and listen with understanding.
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  Students will think innovatively, and apply appropriate strategies for resolution of life's
  Students will recognize the interdependence of global forces and local contexts,
learning to act with an understanding of the social and environmental issues that shape the world.

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On the course website you will find this document, PowerPoint lecture slides, homework answers, etc.


Lectures for this course are intended to ensure that you have a proper understanding of the most difficult material
we cover. "  
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n an effort to make the lectures more productive, we will make regular use of conceptual questions intended to
make you think about and have a chance to discuss with your neighbors the material being presented.


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There are   kinds of assignments for this course: 1) textbook readings, 2) textbook chapter assignments, and
3) video worksheets/lab reports.

Textbook reading assignments are necessary to prepare you for class.   


, No one expects to be able to discuss Hamlet in a Literature course without
having read it, and you should treat your astronomy textbook the same way.

Textbook conceptual exercises will be assigned for each chapter covered in the textbook, for a total of ten
assignments. The exercises are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Five exercises per assignment
ÿidentity unknown to the students) will be graded for correctness. Answers will be available on the course website,
under Assignments, on or after the due dates. f you completely understand the textbook conceptual exercises,
you will do very well on the exams. "
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Video worksheets/lab reports will be assigned whenever a video is shown or a lab is performed. The due dates will
be announced in class. You will be graded primarily for making a serious effort to complete the worksheets/lab
reports, rather than doing them perfectly. Answers will be available on the course website, under Assignments, on
or after the due dates. "

The grading for the textbook conceptual exercises ÿgraded on correctness) is:

2 points correct answer


1 point incorrect answer and explanation/work but moderate demonstrated understanding
0 points 1) incorrect answer and explanation/work with little or no demonstrated understanding
2) correct answer but incorrect explanation/work with little or no demonstrated understanding
3) not attempted

The grading for the video worksheets/lab reports ÿgraded on effort) is:

2 points nearly all questions completed

1 point only ~50-75% of the questions completed
0 points less than ~50% of the questions completed


There will be three multiple choice, closed book exams throughout the semester. 6  5
      , Each exam will be comprehensive; i.e., each exam
will cover material from the beginning of the semester. n addition, there will be a comprehensive final


You are expected to check your e-mail regularly in order to receive course communications in a timely manner.

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Please feel free to ask questions in class. Generally, if you are confused about something, you¶re not alone. f you
would like individual help, please see me during office hours. ¶m here to help you.YY

The points are assigned as follows: The grade assignments are as follows:
Textbook exercises, video 25 points
A • 90
worksheets, lab reports B • 80
Exams: 45 points total C • 70
Exam 1: 10 points D • 60
Exam 2: 15 points F < 60
Exam 3: 20 points PLUS • 7.5
Final Exam 30 points M NUS ” 2.5
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strongly encourage you to work together in study groups. t is often true that students learn more effectively
from one another than they do from their professors, and if you don't take advantage of this, you're making your
life more difficult than it needs to be. &  
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Contrary to popular belief, helping someone else will not hurt your grade. There is no required curve for this
course; it is possible for everyone in the class to do well.


t is expected that students will adhere to the Honor Code with the ³dignity of a representative of BYU-Hawai¶i and
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.´ Breaches of the Honor Code will be brought to your attention and
then if they are not changed they will be referred to the Honor Code office. On honesty the standard is simple:
don¶t cheat and don¶t use others¶ ideas or words without proper documentation. What academic dishonesty
involves is clarified at On modesty of dress see


BYUH is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere, which reasonably accommodates qualified
person with disabilities. f you have any disability that may impair your ability to complete this course
successfully, please contact the Special Need Counselor Leilani Auna at 808-675-3999 or 808-675-3518.
(easonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities.
f you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you
may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Human
(esource Services at 808-780-8875.

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Title  of the education amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an educational
program or activity that receives federal funds, including federal loans and grants. Title  also covers student-to-
student sexual harassment. f you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please
contact the Human (esource Service at 808-780-8875 ÿ24 hours).




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Wed., 15 Sept. ntroduction Syllabus Ch. 3: 1-38 even
How Things Move Ch. 3 Due: Mon., 27 Sept.
Fri., 17 Sept. How Things Move Ch. 3
Mon., 20 Sept. How Things Move Ch. 3
Wed., 22 Sept. How Things Move Ch. 3
Fri., 24 Sept. How Things Move Ch. 3
Mon., 27 Sept. Why Things Move Ch. 4 Ch. 4: 1-62 even
Wed, 29 Sept. Why Things Move Ch. 4 Due: Mon., 4 Oct.
Fri., 1 Oct. Why Things Move Ch. 4 
Mon., 4 Oct. Gravity Ch. 5 Ch. 5: 1-40 even
Wed., 6 Oct. Gravity Ch. 5 Due: Mon., 11 Oct.
Fri., 8 Oct. Gravity Ch. 5
Mon., 11 Oct. Energy Ch. 6 Ch. 6: 1-49 even
4:0#6, !;4'7,0<3* Due: Mon., 18 Oct.
Wed., 13 Oct. Energy Ch. 6
Fri., 15 Oct. Energy Ch. 6
Mon., 18 Oct. Light & Electromagnetism Ch. 8 Ch. 8: 1-39 even
Wed., 20 Oct. Light & Electromagnetism Ch. 8 Due: Wed., 27 Oct.
Fri., 22 Oct. Light & Electromagnetism Ch. 8
Mon., 25 Oct. Light & Electromagnetism Ch. 8
Wed., 27 Oct. EM (adiation Ch. 9 Ch. 9: 1-48 even
Fri., 29 Oct. EM (adiation Ch. 9 Due: Fri., 5 Nov.
Mon., 1 Nov. EM (adiation Ch. 9
Wed., 3 Nov. EM (adiation Ch. 9
Fri., 5 Nov. Special (elativity Ch. 10 Ch. 10: 1-51 even
Mon., 8 Nov. Special (elativity Ch. 10 Due: Fri., 19 Nov.
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Wed., 10 Nov. Special (elativity Ch. 10
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Mon., 15 Nov. Special (elativity Ch. 10
Wed., 17 Nov. Special (elativity Ch. 10
Fri., 19 Nov. General (elativity Ch. 11 Ch. 11: 1-45 even
Mon., 22 Nov. General (elativity Ch. 11 Due: Wed., 1 Dec.
Wed., 24 Nov. General (elativity Ch. 11
Fri., 26 Nov. 674:A ?: 7#"48
Mon., 29 Nov. General (elativity Ch. 11
Wed., 1 Dec. Quantum Physics Ch. 12 Ch. 12: 1-35 even
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Fri., 3 Dec. Quantum Physics Ch. 12
Mon., 6 Dec. Quantum Physics Ch. 12
Nuclear Physics Ch. 14
Wed., 8 Dec. Nuclear Physics Ch. 14 Ch. 14: 1-44 even
Fri., 10 Dec. Nuclear Physics Ch. 14  +6 ,.1 ,  +
Mon., 13 Dec Nuclear Physics Ch. 14  'A1*
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