In Conceptual Physics students are introduced to sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and the mechanics of solids and fluids. Students will work in teams conducting numerous hands-on investigations to learn Physics concepts and they will be introduced to the Engineering design process to apply these concepts. The course will be team taught by Dr.Kozel and Dr. Rudnicki.
Our policy for textbook homework is designed to promote a particular kind of learning experience in which you take provided information and make decisions about which facts help you answer which questions. For this reason it is important that you work independently, and do your very best to find and choose the information you need.
When answering questions from out text, Conceptual Physics, the following guidelines apply:
1. Every answer must be attempted, and must be answered independently.
2. Most of the questions refer back to specific material in the text, and in fact the section from which the question originates is the heading for that question. Your answer should reflect that you checked the appropriate section before answering, and used appropriate information.
3. Any question that involves a mathematical relationship, such as proportions or other formulas or equations, should be answered in terms of that equation, using the appropriate symbols.
4. Questions that ask you to solve for an unknown should follow the GUESS method:
G: What is the given?
U: What is the unkown?
E: What equation(s) will you need?
S: Solve for the unknown, which is isolated on the left side of equation
S: Substitute given values into the equation(s) and calculate.
5. If you are uncertain about the way you answered a question, note the page you were referencing in your book, and briefly describe as best you can what is causing you confusion.
Following these guidelines will help you develop the skills you will need throughout the rest of your student career to get the most value out of your homework efforts.
These guidelines will also be used by Dr. Rudnicki and Dr. Kozel when grading/scoring your homework.