PHY 105                                                  Fall 2010

Instructor: Dr. Bruce Craver
Office: SC 101D  
Office Hours:  Mon. 10-11:50; Wed.10-11, 3-4; Thu. 3-4:30; Fri. 11-12
Phone: x92219 (229-2219 from off campus)
E-mail: Bruce.Craver@notes.udayton.edu
Homepage: http://www.udayton.edu/~physics/bac/bac.htm

"Science is a procedure for testing and rejecting hypotheses, not a compendium of certain knowledge." from Adam's Navel by S.J. Gould

"Science is built up from facts, as a house is with stones.  But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house."
Jules Henri Poincare

"Mystery isn't something gradually evaporating; it grows along with knowledge."  Flannery O'Connor

TEXT: Energy, Environment and Climate, Richard Wolfson.

GRADING: Grades are determined by the student's performance on the basis of the following components.

Exams 1 - 3

= 3*(100) = 300 points

Exam 4 Comprehensive over exams 1,2,3

= 150 points

Quizzes/ Exercises

= 100 points

Questions/Problems for each chapter

= 50 points

Project

= 50 points

 

Grades are assigned on the basis of student percentage score of the total possible points.   There are no extra credit assignments. The following table shows the cut-offs used in the course for the various grades.
   

    A

    A-

   B+

     B

     B-

     C+

     C

    C-

     D

      F

  93%

    90

   87

     83

     80

     77

    73

    70

    60

 < 60 

 

Exams are during normal class period in the usual classroom.  Anyone missing an exam will be given a grade of zero.  Students missing an exam must see me as soon as possibleStudents  must come to my office to see me about an excused absence.  Students with an excused absence will be allowed to take a MAKE-UP EXAM to be given near the end of the semester.  In general quizzes will be unannounced.  There will be no make-up for quizzes but the lowest quiz score will be dropped.


 

FINAL EXAM: Thursday 16 Dec 10:10-12:00, SC128     EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THE FINAL AT THE SCHEDULED TIME SO PLAN ACCORDINGLY. DO NOT SCHEDULE TRAVEL DURING THIS TIME.
 

USEFUL LINKS:
 

The Nature of Science:

  National Academy of Sciences: Science and Creationism

  Science and Pseudoscience   - link to a book,  Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction, Where Real Science Ends ... and Pseudoscience Begins which is made available by National Academy Press to be read on-line or downloaded as a pdf file that can be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader.  The book is very readable and is illustrated by cartoonist Sidney Harris.  The first chapter has a simple discussion of the scientific method in plain language.


Global Climate Change Links - For any source it is a good idea to read about the authors and how they are supported.

 
   
Union of Concerned Scientists Good source of information on global climate change and energy-related issues

   Real Climate A blog run by scientists. See  Attribution of 20th Century climate change to CO2  for a comparison of the media discussion and the scientists’ discussion of the causes of climate change.

Articles in popular publications -

          http://msnbci.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_33/b3896001_mz001.htm

          National Geographic Global Warming Fast Facts


Energy Data Links The following have a wide range of data available in a variety of formats.

   EIA - International Energy Data and Analysis 

   BP Statistical Review of Energy

   Global Climate Change

   

COMMENTS: In physics, as in all natural sciences, there is a cumulative effect in that new topics are constantly building on previously introduced concepts.  It is the very nature of scientific theories.  Consequently, it is important to not fall behind in your studies.  Throughout the semester you will receive assignments from the chapters which you should work on regularly.  Quiz questions will be based on these as well as topics discussed in class.  If you should have difficulty with any material please see me for help.  My office hours are listed above, but you are welcome to drop in at other times or call to arrange a time.  It is very important to get help as soon as problems arise, so do not postpone seeing me. 

Occasionally I may reach you by email.  I will communicate with you only through the email address listed in the University Address Book.  You may change your email address by going to http://address.udayton.edu and following the instructions.  This ensures mail sent to your notes address will be forwarded to whatever address you introduce at this web site.  Your Lotus notes address in the form ***@notes.udayton.edu can be accessed from anywhere once you are on the web, but you will need to learn how to do that.  If you do not make this change at the above site and employ another email address you are still responsible for checking assignments or announcements which are mailed to you at the address listed in the University Address Book.

During exams you may need a simple calculator. All cell phones and ear phones must be put away during exams.

   Phy 105 Tentative Schedule

 

SUGGESTED QUESTIONS FOR STUDY:

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