Phone: (619) 644-7312.
Lectures Mondays/Wednesdays 11:00-12:15pm in 34-106.
Laboratory Thursdays (section 3434) or Fridays (section 2000) 11:00am-1:50pm in 34-130.
Course webpage: http://www.grossmont.edu/people/philip-blanco/phyc130/Office hours: Mon 2:00-4:30pm, or by appointment. Note: To avoid time conflicts with other students in other classes, please let me know in person or via email when you intend to arrive. Other meeting times can also be arranged in advance. Also see below for other ways to get help.
Exam 3 equation sheet.
Wedneday May 9 class CANCELLED - no need to show up. Do some MasteringPhysics instead. Thursday/Friday lab section will consist of workbook + lecture + video on energy.
2018 Apr 20: Wednesday quiz: Buoyancy and Newton's 3rd law. Lab - momentum demonstrations and video.
2018 Apr 14: Reminder - centripetal acceleration lab reports due at start of lecture on Monday! No quiz this week.
2018 Apr 7: Exam 2 equation sheet.
2018 Mar 30: Wednesday quiz: Free body diagrams. Lab: Circular motion.
2018 Mar 17: Wednesday quiz Newton's 2nd law in 2D.
2018 Feb 23: Gravity lab reports due at start of exam on Thurs/Fri. As promised, here is the EquationSheet for our first exam. Bring a Datalink 26760, pencil, pen, scientific calculator.
2018 Feb 15: Lab cancelled today - work on MasteringPhysics and lab reports due next Wednesday at start of lecture.
Wednesday quiz: Vector addition/subtraction.
Lab reports for the force vectors experiment are due at the start of lecture on Wed Feb 21. Please read the information on lab report formats at the link below.
Feb 3: Remaining Measurement/Trigonometry labs to be handed in at start of Monday's lecture. Wednesday Quiz: Significant figures, unit conversions, density, motion graphs. Thursday/Friday lab: Force Vectors (see the link below), requires report.
Jan 31: Quiz 1 on Wednesday Jan 31 will be on Trigonometry, Algebra, Precalculus: Right triangles, radians, simultaneous equations, limits of functions.
Used copies of the 4th edition Student Workbook can be found affordably online. You only need volume 1 for this class, and it's OK if the workbook has writing in it. See Course Materials below for ISBN information.
If you are rusty on trigonometry and vectors, a good resource is the book Get Ready for Physics by Edward Adelson, designed to accompany our text book. Used copies are available online for under $10.
Note: Mid-term exam dates (always on a Thursday, replacing a lab period) may "slip" by 1 week depending on our pace; you will be informed of any changes in advance. If there is no mid-term exam on a given date, there will still be a quiz and a lab, so please don't miss Thursdays!
Conflicts? Please let the instructor know as soon as possible. However, please note that no make-ups are offered for any reason for mid-term exams, quizzes, or labs (see below). Instead, the lowest scoring assignment in each category is dropped from the grade calculation.
Prerequisite: A "C" or "CR" or higher, or concurrent enrollment in Math 180 or equivalent.
Physics 130 will cover material contained in chapters 1-21 in this book; Physics 131 will use chapters 22-42. New copies of the book come from the publisher with access to MasteringPhysics.com and the Student Workbook included. Or, you can also buy E-book access with MasteringPhysics for about $120 (MasteringPhysics access alone costs about $75.)
NOTE, however, you may also need to buy the Student Workbook, available at the bookstore for about $90 (!!!), but used copies can be found online for MUCH cheaper! Search for ISBN-10: 0134083164 or ISBN-13: 978-0134083162. Student workbooks will be used on Thursdays, starting in week 3.
The MasteringPhysics Course ID to use for this class is BLANCOSP18. See the Quick Link above for instructions on how to register.
Grades near the upper and lower bounds of these ranges will be modified by "+ and "-", as described in the Grossmont College Catalog (note that there is no C-, D+, or D- grade).
Actual grade boundaries may change slightly, and depend on the difficulty of exams and homework assignments - NOT on class performance (i.e. there is no "curve" or set quota for each grade). This means that:
Notification of assignments will be on the course web page. You may be asked to show your "journal" of written work in answering online problems. Homework may also be assigned using the Student Workbook accompanying the textbook - you will be asked to complete sections and tear them out to be handed in.
Learning physics means doing physics - discussing concepts, working in the laboratory, and solving lots of physics problems! To analyze the homework problems, you may work together in study groups, and you may ask us for help. However, you must complete the assigned homework on your own, and not copy information from another student or another source.
Each laboratory report is graded out of 20 points. For late write-ups, 2 points may be deducted for each day late, up to 10 points overall.
For tests (quizzes and mid-terms), programmable calculators are not permitted, and cellphones and other electronic devices must be off. Electronic dictionaries are not permitted, but with prior approval you may use a published foreign language to English dictionary. The instructor may use video recording equipment to monitor exams, and software designed to detect plagiarism on homework assignments or multiple-choice tests.
Quizzes, Mid-terms, Laboratory Reports, Homeworks, and the Final exam will be designed to test understanding, not memory, so cheating by plagiarism or smuggling outside material will not help you. Academic dishonesty is a serious action and will not be tolerated, since it compromises the integrity of scholarship and the value of hard-earned grades for all students at Grossmont. It includes, but is not limited to, copying another's work, allowing someone to copy your work, talking during an exam or quiz, giving information to another student during an exam or quiz, using notes on an exam or quiz, or having another person take a test for you.
Grossmont's policy will be strictly enforced. Cheating and plagiarism (using as one's own ideas writings, materials, or images of someone else without acknowledgement or permission) can result in any one of a variety of sanctions. Such penalties may range from an adjusted grade on the particular exam, paper, project, or assignment (all of which may lead to a failing grade in the course) to, under certain conditions, suspension or expulsion from a class, program or the college. For further clarification and information on these issues, please consult with your instructor or contact the office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
All students should be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct, which will be strictly enforced. The Code of Conduct may be found in the course catalog. In addition, please observe these guidelines out of consideration for your fellow students and your instructor, so that we may all enjoy a pleasant and productive learning environment.
After 3 consecutive absences (usually judged by missed labs and/or quizzes), Grossmont's policy allows the instructor to drop a student from class, but do not assume this will happen automatically if you simply fail to show up!
If you have a good reason to leave early, please notify the instructor at the start of lecture, then find a seat where you can leave without disturbing others unnecessarily.
This includes chatting, chewing, gesturing, passing notes, sleeping, reading non-classroom material, use of headphones, cellphones or portable electronics. (Either silence your cellphone, or place it where you can cancel the ring-tone within 2 seconds).
Note that no recordings of audio, images, or video are permitted in the classroom or lab. This is to preserve the privacy rights of your fellow students, and the integrity and academic freedom of the learning environment. Use of such devices will be treated as disruptive even if done in a clandestine manner.
Possible sanctions for disruptive behavior include: ejection from the lecture, a 2-lecture suspension, and disciplinary action by the college.
Also, Grossmont offers some great resources to help you do well:
Philip Blanco, Physics 130, Grossmont College