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Physics 101 - General Physics I – Spring Session 2003 - 2004 (Term 032)

Course Schedule, Coordination and Grading Policy


1) Course Description (Undergraduate bulletin 1997-98)

The topics covered include particle kinematics and dynamics; conservation of energy and linear momentum; rotational kinematics; rigid body dynamics; conservation of angular momentum; simple harmonic motion; the static and dynamics of fluids.


2)        Co-requisite (Math 101)

3)         Textbook: "Fundamentals of Physics", by Halliday, Resnick and Walker, Sixth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2001).

4)          Method:   The course material will be presented in: lectures (3 hrs/week), lab work (3 hrs/week) and problem-solving techniques will be shown in recitations (1 hr/week). Attendance in lectures, recitations and Lab’s is compulsory.

5)        Grading Policy

(A)       Course grade: The course grade will be evaluated as follows:

  %age *1000-P Syst. Grades  
Class-work 10% 100 A+ ³ 800 530 £ C < 600
Laboratory 20% 200 770 £ A < 800 470 £ D+ < 530
First major exam 20% 200 730 £ B+ < 770 410 £ D < 470
Second major exam 20% 200 670 £ B < 730 F < 410
Final exam 30% 300 600 £ C+ < 670  
Total 100% 1000    


*Based on the 1000-point system for the whole course, the class work grade will be assigned 100 points, Lab work 200 points, etc.


(B)          Class-work (with average score 60/100) shall comprise of:

A minimum of 5 quizzes (no quizzes in the last week of the classes).

Note that: The problems assigned from the textbook (shown in the Lecture Schedule) or other means  may be collected by some instructors. Solutions to the assigned problems will be posted on the Physics 101 notice board after completion of the corresponding chapter.


             (C)          Laboratory work (with average score 140/200)

             The lab work score will be based on lab final and any/or a combination of the lab reports, lab quizzes, lab exams (written and/or practical) ... etc. as chosen by the lab instructor.  

******To the student who is repeating the course: You do not have to repeat the lab provided you had a score of ³ 12 out of 20. Please make a request to carry your lab score by filling a form with the secretary within two weeks from the start of classes, after which no request will be entertained.


(D)       Major and final examinations

             The major exams and the final exam will be of multiple-choice type. The exams are scheduled as follows:


             First major exam               Saturday, 20 March 2004              (Chapters 1 - 6)

             Second Major Exam          Monday, 26 April 2004                  (Chapters 7 - 12)

             Final Exam                           Saturday, 29 May 2004                (Chapters 1 - 16)


6)        Policy on make-up exams

a)            If you miss a major or final exam, you should go and see the Coordinator with your official excuse within three days after the exam.

b)            Only official excuses are accepted. Personal excuses are not allowed.

c)            If you attend the exam, you cannot have a make-up exam.

d)                If you miss the exam without a valid excuse, you get a ZERO score for that exam.

e)                The make-up will be given once, and no make-up for the make-up or the final exam.


7)      Attendance: Attendance will be enforced and evaluated according to current university regulations. A DN grade will be given to any student exceeding 12 absences (LLF + Rec.) without official excuses and/or three absences in laboratory experiments. Any student in possession of an excuse for officially authorized absence must present this excuse to his instructor no later than one week following his resumption of class attendance. Only those students who have 5 absences, or less, in the whole semester shall be promoted to higher grade if they reach the borderline ( ≤  10 points out of 1000 ) between two letter grades (for example F (400) to D (410) or B (720) to B+ (730) etc.)