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College of Science, Engineerin and Technology

NSU - Norfolk State University
PHY 153 : Syllabus

Credit: (Lecture and Lab) 4 Hours

Course Description: PHY 153 is an algebra/trigonometry based physics course dealing with the topics of Thermodynamics, Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, Sound and Optics. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental principles, concepts and their applications.

Lab Description: General Physics Lab is the laboratory course to accompany the PHY 153 lecture. Laboratory experiments are coordinated with topics in Phys-153 lectures. The student is given an opportunity to investigate the laws and principles of physics and make conclusions based on observations, experiments, and analysis.

Prerequisites: PHY 152 and MTH 153
Co-requisites: A basic knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, geometry and a good calculator.

Course Materials:
A. Required Text:
    Lecture: Essentials of College Physics by Raymond A Serway and Christ
    Vuille, Thomson, First Edition, 2006
    Lab: Real Time Physics Module 3 by David R. Sokoloff, Roanld K. Thornton     and Priscilla W. Laws
B. Reference Texts:
    1. Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt, Addison Wesley, Eight Edition, 1998.
    2. College Physics by Jerry D Wilson and Anthony Buffa, Prentice Hall Publishing,
    Fifth Edition, 2000.
    3. Essentials of College Physics by Raymond A. Serway and Christ Vuille,
    Thomson, First Edition, 2006.

Evaluation/Assessment Method
1. Daily quizzes: Will begin five minutes after the start of class. Students who arrive late will not be able to take the quiz.
2. Reading quizzes: Reading quizzes taken on Blackboard, are due prior to class before each new chapter.
3. Homework: Will be completed and submitted via WebAssign following the completion of the discussion of the chapter. (The student is required to purchase a WebAssign access code).
4. Hourly Exams: Four hourly exams will be given. All examinations will be closed book--no notes, note sheets, booklets,etc. An equation sheet will be provided for you. (The student is required to purchase a Blue Book for each exam.).
5. Comprehensive Final Exam: The final examination is comprehensive.

Each Total
  Daily Quiz 12 pts
  Reading Quiz 8 pts 200 pts
  Homework 20 pts 200 pts
  Hourly Exam 100 pts 400 pts
  Final Exam 200 pts
1. Complete at least twelve different sets of laboratory experiments/activities.
2. Participate in all laboratory assignments.
3. Complete laboratory quizzes.
4. Attend all laboratory class meetings.

Grading Standards/Evaluation Criteria:
1. Final grades will be determined by quizzes, homework, participation, hourly lecture exams, and a final lecture examination.
2. Only students whose names appear on the official roster (Provided by the Registrar's Office) will receive a grade in the course.
3. There will be no make-up for missed hourly lecture exams without a written excuse absence from official source. The official excuse needs to be presented within 48 hours of the exam.
4. No late assignments will be accepted.
5. There will absolutely no make-up quizzes.
6. Absence and tardiness will affect the student's grade through the missed quizzes.

+ -
A 1000 - 901 900 - 861
B 860 - 831 830 - 811 810 - 781
C 780 - 751 750 - 721 720 - 691
D 690 - 661 660 - 600
F <599

  Labs 30%
  Homework 20%
  Quiz 10%
  Participation 40%

+ -
A 100 - 94 93 - 90
B 89 - 87 86 - 84 83 - 80
C 79 - 77 76 - 74 73 - 70
D 69 - 67 66 - 64 63 - 60
F <60
(The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students as time permits.)

Academic Integrity Standards:
1. Attendance Policy: The University expects students to attend ALL classes. While unnecessary absences are discouraged, the University recognizes that, on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for being absent. Thus, a student will be permitted one "unexcused" absence per semester hour credit. Once a student exceeds the number of allowed unexcused absences, the instructor will require an official University excuse. Not more than 20% of class meetings (excused or unexcused) may be missed by a student during a given semester. A student whose absences exceed 20% of scheduled class meetings for the semester will receive a grade of "F" for the course.
2. Tardiness: Continual tardiness will effect your grade.
3. Class Participation: Is encouraged and expected.
4. Honesty, honor code and violations of integrity such as cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an "F" in the course.
5. Cell Phones: All cell phones will be turned off during lecture and exams.
6. NSU email policy: The student's NSU email will be the official form of electronic communication.

Blackboard Instructions:
To login: Enter your first and middle initials and last name
Username: f.m.last
Password: student id number

To login: Enter your first and middle initials and last name
Username: f.m.last
Institution: nsu
Password: physics

American with Disabilities: In accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability please contact Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS). Location: 2nd Floor/Lyman B Brooks Library, Room 240, Contact Person: Marian E Shepherd, Disability Services Coordinator, Telephone: 757-823-2014.

University Assessment Statement: As part of NSU's committment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include test, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activity is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of the results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student's grades.

Academic Support Services: STARS tutoring services.

  Chapter   Topic
  EXAM 1
  15   Electric Charge, Forces, and Fields
  17   Electric Current and Resistance
  18   Basic Electrical Circuits
  19   Magnetism
  20   Induction
  EXAM 2
  13   Vibrations and Waves
  14   Sound
  EXAM 3
  24   Physical Optics
  22   Reflection and Refraction
  23   Mirrors and Lenses
  EXAM 4


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