Sample Calendar for PH203 Online
Note: This is a sample calendar from 2011. There have been several changes including the textbook, due days, etc. Use this calendar to get a rought idea of what to expect once you enroll.
Resources
Reading from the textbook is listed by chapter and section. Conceptual questions should be attempted after reading the text. Traditional lectures are videos from a slightly more advanced course at MIT. Interactive lectures are shorter videos that include multiple choice questions to check your understanding. Tutorials are written for a less advanced course and can help build conceptual understanding.

Tasks
Discussion posts on eLearn are due Tuesday and responses to other posts are due Thursday. MasteringPhysics homework is due Wednesday at 11:55 pm. Textbook homework  problems (listed by chapter.problem) are due Thursday at 11:55 pm (note that data are individually randomized) on the MasteringPhysics website. Labs and proctored midterms must be submitted to the eLearn web site by Sunday at 11:55 pm. See the syllabus for more details.
Week 1: Introduction to PH203 Online
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks

Decide if you have the necessary mental, physical, and temporal resources to succeed in this course.

Syllabus

 

 

Orientation to Online Learning (complete by Tuesday if you haven't taken an online class before)

Math Assessment (complete on your own by Tuesday and compare to Math Assessment Solutions if your math skills might be rusty)

Self-Assessment and Orientation to PH203 (complete by Tuesday if you did not take PH202 online with me)

Get to know the instructor and other students.    

Discussion (begin by Tuesday)

Identify purposes of the various websites used in this course.

Using eLearn: Navigation, Discussion, E-mail, Assessments

MasteringPhysics registration instructions

  Register for MasteringPhysics by Wednesday
Refine (not learn) math skills necessary for success. Textbook: Preface, Chapter 1 (all), 3-1 to 3-4

Traditional Lectures: Lecture 1, Lecture 3 (first 20 minutes)

Tutorial: Vectors (Lesson 1)

Solving Simultaneous Equations

MasteringPhysics Homework (extension to Wednesday this week; optional for returning students):
Introduction to MasteringPhysics, Error Propagation, Math Review

Obtain necessary materials and appointments. Syllabus

Proctored Exam Rules
Used Lab Kits and Textbooks Purchase lab kits and textbook (see syllabus and complete by Wednesday)

Set appointments for all exams (see dates below) with an approved proctor and send me an e-mail with details (times and dates of appointments; name, job title, institution, and e-mail address of proctor). The midterms are 2 hours and the final is 3 hours. Complete this by Wednesday.
Avoid getting dropped from the class.     You must complete all of the above tasks by Wednesday, April 4 at 11:55 pm, or you risk a "no-show drop".
Learn and practice the required lab report format. General Lab Instructions

Sample Lab
Excel 2003 Graphs Data Collection, Analysis, and Representation Lab (due Sunday; you may resubmit your report from PH201 or PH202)
Week 2: DC Circuits I
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks

Solve DC circuit problems using Ohm's law, resistance of wires, power of circuit elements, and the series and parallel rules for resistors

Demonstrate proper use of resistors, batteries, voltmeters, and ammeters.

Perform and communicate a scientifically defensible test of Ohm's law and the series and parallel rules for resistors.

Walker: Chapter 21

Traditional Lectures: Lecture 1, Lecture 2

Interactive Lectures: Current, Resistance and Power; DC Circuits with Batteries and Resistors; Capacitors in Circuits

Animations: PhET Ohm's Law, PhET Battery-Resistor Circuit, PhET Resistance in a Wire, PhET DC Circuit Construction Kit

Discussion

MasteringPhysics Homework: Electric Current and DC Circuits I

Textbook Homework: 21.15, 21.29, 21.39, 21.40, 21.44

Labs: Introduction to Electronics, Ohm's Law

Week 3: April 16-22, DC Circuits II
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks

Solve DC circuit problems using  RC circuit formulas and the series and parallel rules for capacitors

Perform and communicate a scientifically defensible test of the temperature dependence of resistivity

Perform and communicate a scientifically defensible test of the formulas for RC circuits

See week 2

See week 2

Discussion

MasteringPhysics Homework: Electric Current and DC Circuits II

Textbook Homework: 21.54, 21.61, 21.66, 21.85, 21.86

Labs: The Temperature Dependence of Resistivity, RC Circuits

Week 4: Magnetism
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks

Solve problems using  magnetic field, magnetic force, and magnetic torque for moving particles and current-carrying straight wires, loops, and solenoids.

Walker: Chapter 22

Proctored Exam Rules

Traditional Lectures: Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3

Interactive Lectures: Forces on Moving Charges; Forces on Current Carrying Wires; Fields of Long, Current Carrying Wires

Animations: PhET Magnet and Compass, PhET Magnets and Electromagnets

Songs: Magnet, Oersted

Discussion

MasteringPhysics Homework: Magnetism

Textbook Homework: 22.8, 22.20, 22.28, 22.35, 22.39, 22.51, 22.55, 22.71

Midterm #1 (chapter 21)

Week 5: Magnetic Flux and Induction
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks

Solve problems regarding the magnitude of induced emf and the direction of induced current.

Calculate inductance of a solenoid.

Solve problems with inductors in DC circuits.

Perform and communicate a scientifically defensible test of the properties of generators.

Walker: Chapter 23

Traditional Lectures: Lecture 1, Lecture 2

Interactive Lectures: Electromagnetic Induction

Animations: PhET Faraday's Electromagnetic Lab

Song: Faraday

Discussion

MasteringPhysics Homework: Magnetic Flux and Induction

Textbook Homework: 23.6, 23.16, 23.25, 23.30, 23.38, 23.43, 23.46, 23.54, 23.61

Lab: Generators

Week 6: AC Circuits
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks

Solve problems of AC circuits with resistors, capacitors, or inductors

Perform and communicate a scientifically defensible test of an AC RC circuit

Walker: Chapter 24

Animations: PhET Circuit Construction Kit

Songs: Rainbow, ELove, Sky Blue, Solar Energy, Star Colors, UV and IR

Discussion

MasteringPhysics Homework: AC Circuits

Textbook Homework: 24.13, 24.20, 24.31, 24.44, 24.50

Lab: AC Circuits
Week 7: Electromagnetic Waves
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks
Solve problems for electromagnetic waves including relating directions of electric field, magnetic field, and propagation; Doppler effect; spectrum; energy; intensity; momentum; pressure; and polarization Walker: Chapter 25

Proctored Exam Rules

Lecture 1 (skip first 15 minutes), Lecture 2

Animations: PhET Radio Waves and Electromagnetic Fields, PhET Color Vision and Filters

Songs: Rainbow, ELove, Sky Blue, Solar Energy, Star Colors, UV and IR

Discussion

MasteringPhysics Homework: Electromagnetic Waves

Textbook Homework: 25.6, 25.14, 25.21, 25.36, 25.48, 25.54, 25.69

Midterm #2  (Chapters 22, 23, and 24)

Week 8: Geometric Optics
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks

Use geometric optics to solve problems of lenses and mirrors

Perform and communicate scientifically defensible tests of the index of refraction and the lens equation

Walker: Chapter 26

Traditional Lecture: Lecture

Interactive Lectures: Dispersion of Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Reflection and Refraction, Dispersion, Mirrors, Lenses

Animations: PhET Geometric Optics

Song: Snell

Discussion

MasteringPhysics Homework: Geometric Optics

Textbook Homework: 26.12, 26.26, 26.46, 26.47, 26.68, 26.91

Labs: Index of Refraction, Laser Diffraction

Week 9: Physical Optics
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks

Solve problems of interference and diffraction for light

Use diffraction of light to identify elements

Walker: Chapter 28

Traditional Lecture: Lecture

Interactive Lecture: Interference and Diffraction

Animations: PhET Wave Interference

Discussion

MasteringPhysics Homework: Physical Optics

Textbook Homework: 28.7, 28.17, 28.33, 28.44

Lab: Diffraction

Week 10: Relativity
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks
Solve problems of special relativity including time dilation and length contraction

Walker: Chapter 29

Twin Paradox
Ladder Paradox

Ehrenfest Paradox

MasteringPhysics Homework: Relativity

No lab or textbook homework

Finals' Week
Outcomes Required Resources Optional Resources Tasks
 

Proctored Exam Rules

  Comprehensive Final Exam due Monday, June 11 at 11:55 pm
 
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