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    01 Course Intro, Administrative, Etc After Class 01 Course Intro, Administrative, Etc After Class Presentation Transcript

    • Introduction to Physics Physics 102, Section 001 Instructor: Prof. Steve Koch TA: Mr. Zhang Jiang Essential web page for course: http://vista.unm.edu
    • Let’s register iClickers
    • My background
      • U. Michigan B.S. Physics
      • Cornell Ph.D., Physics / Biophsysics
      • Experimental biophysics research
      • Do a google search for koch lab tweezers
    • Make sure you write down this information!!!
      • Main website for class: vista.unm.edu
        • The website will have most updated syllabus, along with contact information and other course materials.
      • Instructor contact: [email_address]
          • email is the best way to contact me.
      • Also we have a facebook page:
          • UNM Physics 102 with Koch (I am not sure what we’ll do with this page, WebCT is the official and essential website !)
    • Phys. 102 is general physics with minimal mathematics
      • Targeted to
        • non-science students in all colleges
        • students planning to major in the sciences who want a general introduction to the concepts of physics.
      • Style
        • primarily descriptive
        • practical demos and a minimum of elementary mathematics
        • no previous physics preparation is assumed
      • Possible Topics
        • matter, energy, waves, sound, light, atomic and nuclear physics, mechanics, electromagnetism and relativity, thermodynamics
    • The goal is to learn physics concepts
      • NOT a course in applied mathematics!
      • NOT a course in physics trivia and factoids!
      • YES a course in understanding physics concepts
        • How does the moon control the tides?
        • Why does sunlight turn red during sunsets?
        • How does a nuclear reactor work?
        • What forces does a protein encounter inside a cell?
    • Success in learning the physics concepts will enrich your life!
      • Heightened enjoyment of natural wonders
        • Rainbows, ocean waves, sunsets, blue skies…
      • Improved ability to understand technology
        • Cell phones, ipods, nuclear power, energy shortages
      • Deeper understanding of future science material
        • Biology, psychology, chemistry, medicine, physics
        • Even non-science subjects like law, politics, …
      • Example: guess what this video is… mitose en contraste Nomarski, http://www-esbs.u-strasbg.fr/notesdecours/2eme-annee/BioCell_De_Mey_2003/main.htm
      Also search for “ mitosis” on youtube
    • There is another P102 section and also a 102 Lab
      • Other section taught by Prof. Saul, possibly quite different. (MW 4 pm)
      • 102 Lab sections share students between two lecture sections and different from our lecture material.
    • What is Physics? … Let’s brainstorm (this is an activity we’ll do in most lectures) Behavior of matter; How bodies interact; how stuff works; the law of motion; understanding chemistry; natural and unnatural force (manmade);
    • What is Physics?
        • Physics is about the nature of basic things such as motion, forces, energy, matter, heat, sound, light, and the structure of atoms.
        • Our Textbook
        • Wikipedia 8/2006
        • Physics attempts to describe the natural world by the application of the scientific method.
        • Richard Feynman…
        • Wikipedia January 2008
        • Physics is the science of matter and its motion , as well as space and time — the science that deals with concepts such as force , energy , mass , and charge . Physics is an experimental science , and it is the objective of physicists to understand how the natural world works.
      Behavior of matter; How bodies interact; how stuff works; the law of motion; understanding chemistry; natural and unnatural force (manmade);
    • Experiments are crucial to science
        • “ The principle of science, the definition, almost, is the following: The test of all knowledge is experiment. ”
        • Richard Feynman
        • “ But also needed is imagination …to guess at the wonderful, simple, but very strange patterns beneath [the experiments], and then to experiment to check again whether we have made the right guess.”
        • “ Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts”
      See wikiquote and Feynman.com This is one of the reasons we will do interactive lecture demos
    • Let’s get an introduction to iClickers and group work by “learning about learning” Group work, let’s teach each other!!! Form groups of about 5 people Pick a leader to: write down FULL names + physical clue (e.g. hair style) write down answers Wikipedia User:Ripounet Rule: if a card shows an even number on one face, then its opposite face shows a primary color (red, blue, or green) Which cards must you turn over to see if this is true?
      • 8 & Brown
      • 3 & Brown
      • 8 & Red
      • All of them
      • Red & Brown
    • Let’s get an introduction to iClickers and group work by “learning about learning” Wikipedia User:Ripounet Rule: If you are drinking alcohol then you must be over 21 The cards have age on one side and beverage on the other? Which cards must you turn over to catch people breaking the rule?
      • 17 & Beer
      • 22 & Beer
      • 17 & Coke
      • All of them
      • Coke & Beer
      22 17 Beer Coke
    • Let’s get an introduction to iClickers and group work by “learning about learning” Rule: If you are drinking alcohol then you must be over 21 The cards have age on one side and beverage on the other? Which cards must you turn over to catch people breaking the rule?
      • 17 & Beer
      • 22 & Beer
      • 17 & Coke
      • All of them
      • Coke & Beer
      22 17 Beer Coke Wikipedia User:Ripounet
      • 8 & Brown
      • 3 & Brown
      • 8 & Red
      • All of them
      • Red & Brown
      Rule: if a card shows an even number on one face, then its opposite face shows a primary color (red, blue, or green) Which cards must you turn over to see if this is true?
    • OK: Back to some administrative details
    • Course grade will reflect how well you understand the concepts
      • “ Exam pressure” is very high
        • Four exams determine almost all of course grade
        • No opportunity for “extra credit”
      • The final course grade will be as follows:
        • 90% Exams
        • 10% Clicker questions, participation only: credit from correct or incorrect answers
    • Exams will challenge understanding of concepts
      • Content
        • Multiple choice
        • No surprises if you do all of the work (attend class, quizzes, homework)
        • Challenge understanding of concept
        • Span range of difficulty
      • Exam Dates To be determined
        • One in Feb., March, April, and May (during final exam time)
    • Homework and quizzes will reinforce and assess learning of concepts…but are not graded
      • Homework Assignments
        • Posted and “collected” on WebCT
        • Textbook reading, problems and exercises
      • Quizzes
        • Online quizzes with due dates
        • Multiple choice questions similar to exam questions
    • First homework assignment due before Thursday’s class
      • Read syllabus on WebCT Vista
        • http://vista.unm.edu
      • Purchase Textbook
        • Conceptual Physics, 10th edition, Paul Hewitt, at bookstore
      • Purchase iClicker
      • Reading
        • Reading assignment will be posted on WebCT,
        • Due Thursday
        • Check WebCT tomorrow (Wednesday)!!!
    • Technical Support and Teaching Assistant
      • Ms. Cathy Webster can help with technical support
      • see: http://panda.unm.edu/Courses/StudentHelp/index.html
    • Office Hours
      • My office hours are on demand
      • Please send me an email to set up an appointment!!!