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Physics Syllabus

Course Title: UHS Physics / DMACC General Physics 160
Instructor: Mr. Hermon
Course Website: EngineeringU.com
Course No: 14845, 24845
Course Length:1 year
Credit: 2 UHS / 5 hours of DMACC credit are available as the DMACC competencies for PHY 160 will be taught and assessed 2nd semester.
Course Begins: Fall
Prerequisites: B or better in Honors Algebra II and Trigonometry; Pre-Calc or Calculus recommended.

Course Synopsis: Physics is a two semester course that is taught by experimentation in the lab and reinforced by discussion among the students with the aid of the instructor. This class is for the serious science student who is thinking about a career in engineering. The course will be very challenging, requiring students to demonstrate a great deal of responsibility and determination to be successful. All physics students are required to take the Drake Physics Exam in February and compete in the ISU Roller Coaster Competition in the Spring. We will attempt to cover the following lessons during this course: Foundations, 1D Motion, Forces, 2D Motion, Energy and Momentum, Wave Mechanics, Sound, Electromagnetic Radiation, Mirror Optics, Lens Optics, Diffraction & Polarization, Fluids and Thermodynamics.

Mission:  "ut omnes discant quod erat demonstrandum"

Class Goal:  Blue or Green LEDs on all JEDI Trials.

Individual Goal:  JEDI COUNCIL: Master every Jedi Trial!

JEDI Trials: JEDI Trials will be 10 question multiple choice quizzes on which you cannot use notes. JEDI Trials are allowed to be retaken but your most recent score will always replace your old one even if it's worse. This process will ensure mastery learning. Students must meet with the teacher to discuss retaking a JEDI Trial. You can only gain access to the Jedi Trial by completing 25% of the corresponding E-Lab.

E-Labs: E-Labs are online problem sets for each topic. You can logout and then log back in to finish where you left off. E-Labs are also the best way to study for Jedi Trials. E-Labs MUST be submitted (with at least 25% completed), to be allowed to take the corresponding JEDI Trial. Once it's checked off you can always re-open the E-Lab to practice problems. If you do 100% of the E-Lab problems, you can score an additional 0.50 if you Master (9.0 or greater) the corresponding Jedi Trial.

Physics Notebooks: Physics notebooks will be evaluated at the end of the year. They will be graded based on answered check mark problems and inquiry reports.

Inquiries: Inquiries are lab experiments performed in class. All data, tables, graphs, problems and questions concerning the inquiry should be pasted or recorded into your notebook on the appropriate page.

Engineering Projects: There are engineering projects due each quarter as seen below. During the 4th quarter usually in April, a roller coaster project will be presented in the annual Tau Beta Pi/Iowa State University Roller Coaster Competition. You can read more about these projects on this website.

1st quarter: Mousetrap Car (teams of 2)
2nd quarter: Catapult Car (teams of 2)
3rd quarter: Rube Goldberg (teams up to 6)
4th quarter: Roller Coaster (teams up to 4)

G-Force Programs: In this class we rely heavily on Google Sheets to demonstrate our knowledge in physics. For each JEDI Trial there is a corresponding G-Force challenge program that can extend your learning. The online Physics G-Force tutorial can be found here and will guide you through the projects. For every G-Force challenge you complete, you can score an additional 0.50 if you Master the corresponding Jedi Trial.

QED Exams: We will take the QED Exam 5 times throughout the year. We will take it on the second day to set a baseline score and then at the end of every quarter. The QED Exam contains questions from every JEDI Trial during the entire year. This is not for a grade. Students will record their score in their notebooks and strive for their personal record as well as class records throughout the year. These exams are Certainty Based Marking (CBM) exams which means students will also answer a follow up question about how certain they are about their previous answer. Click here to read more about CBM. Points on each question will be awarded according to the table below. These should help with retention and mastery of knowledge. QED is short for Quod Erat Demonstrandum which is Latin for  "that which was to be proven!"

Incorrect Correct
Not Very Certain 0 pts. 1 pt.
Fairly Certain -2 pts. 2 pts.
Extremely Certain -6 pts. 3 pts.

Semester Assessments: The 2nd and 4th quarter QED Exams will act as your semester exams. Your QED score will be divided by 100 and then added to your grade only IF you are ABOVE the average. The only way these tests can hurt you is if you receive a negative score. A negative score will drop your grade 10%.

Needs: You need to always come to class with the following: a great attitude and a smile on your face, pen, dry-erase marker, scientific calculator and your Physics notebook.

Grading Scale:

A9.0Jedi Master
B8.0Jedi Knight

*** If you master a JEDI Trial (9.0+), you can extend your learning up by 0.50 by doing 100% of the corresponding E-Lab problems and another 0.50 by accomplishing the corresponding G-Force program.

The Latin translation of our mission statement, "ut omnes discant quod erat demonstrandum" is "that all may learn that which was to be proven".