Option - You
will need to do the 25 Masteering Physics problems.
Tests will be constructed from web notes, lectures,
text readings Mastering Physics problems and chapter
problems. The 10 'Quick' questions/problems will be
either MC or quick solution but in either case you
must show some work (25 minutes). The 2 - Diagramming-Reasoning-Solution
problems will require more extensive work (DRS Technique)
(25 minutes). You
must produce a diagram, demonstrate
Tests are the same for both options. There is no Progressive
grading applied with this option.
Physics Problems is online
homework with a kick. Many of the problems assigned
will help you understand the physics concepts. There
are three types of problems, skill building,
self teaching and end of chapter problems.
You are encouraged to work together on these assignments.
Everyone should do well here. Remember these questions
may show up on the tests. I have assigned problems
for practice (not graded) so that you can practice
the concept and get the answer.
Option - Learning occurs in many ways. The
various components of this Option allow students to
take advantage of other more authentic assessment
avenues. Tests are worth more as we go forward because
these physics concepts are inter-related. So, the
later the test the more it is worth. Using Progressive
grading, If a student does better on a later
test then that later score demonstrates that students'
knowledge more accurately. So therefore, I will add
back points based upon a better grade on the Final
Test. So, I will add back half the difference between
the percentage on your Final Test with the Total percentage
of all your tests. This only applies to students
who follow the Group Option. The
Tests are the same for both options.
Homework is assigned because the second
part of each test requires that you demonstrate your
knowledge of solving problems using the DRS technique.
You must produce a diagram,
the problem. I will accept only one complete assignment
(10 problems) from each group. Each group member will
receive the same grade on each assignment. Each group
member is required to help with the homework assignment.
The homework assignments are quite similar to the
tests. Working with others will sharpen your skills.
You will be able to discover how other people go about
solving problems. This is the most important part
of this Option! You will need to be flexible
in meeting with each other. Important:
I will require that each member keep their own work
and will on occasion randomly audit
individual homework. The work that you keep for yourself
should be as neat and complete as the work turned
in to me. If you do not provide me with an assignment,
I will deduct those points from your individual grade.
So, keep all your homework assignments! Working in
a group is the responsibility of every member. The
Group should hold all members responsible for the
work. And, the Group should expel any member for failing
to keep up with the work. All expelled group members
will be put into the Individual Option.
Audio Recording - Why do
physicists think physics is the fundamental science?
Why is physics required in my major? How will problem
solving relate to my future profession? How does the
Big Bang Theory relate to late 20th century existential
post-modernist thought? Huh. . .? The first audio
recording is more or less a biography (5-10 minutes)
and is done individually and it is worth 16 points.
The second audio is a group thing (20-30 minutes)
and it is worth 20 points. These will be broadcast
on the net for your classmates to evaluate.
Video Experiment- You will record a 20-25
minute demonstration of some physical principle. This
experiment is wide-open and suggests that students
are to use their creativity as well as their logical
academic skills.This will be broadcast on the web
(MySpace or YouTube or my website) and your fellow
students will get a chance to watch you demonstrate
your physics prowess. There's extra credit here!
RealTime Discussion - The group will set
two appointments with me to sit down for 25-30 minutes
for a full discussion about any physical concept that
I choose and one that you choose. Members will demonstrate
their knowledge about framing a problem and setting
it up for a solution. I will grade you based upon
your individual articulation, group crosstalk, boardwork,
and creative and logical skills. You should be quite
comfortable with each other's weaknesses as well as
each other's strengths. This is the best part. I get
to meet students and record the session for the web.
You may be surprised at how creative and intelligent
your classmates can be! I will have a rubric which
i will use for your grade. The first seesion with
me will be worth 22 points. The second session will
be worth 50 points. All members of the group will
get the same grade.