This is a one-semester course, with a laboratory, designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who need first semester physics as a prerequisite to apply for admission to health professions’ programs. These may include graduate programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, dental medicine, nursing, physical therapy and physician assistant.
In lecture courses, students should be able to:
In lab courses, students should be able to:
The objectives of this course are designed to facilitate your construction of conceptual models to describe physical ideas that are the foundation of sciences that you may encounter in your professional studies.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
On the course start date, students will have access to orientation. This must be completed to be able to gain access to the first module in the course. Students must complete the first module to gain access to the next one. We recommend that students spend about 15 hours per week to complete a course in 16 weeks. When trying to complete the course in less than 16 weeks, we typically see students do this successfully within 12-14 weeks. Instructors will be timely in grading and feedback, but it will not be instant.
Physics I is divided up into 16 weeks that follow the first 12 chapters of the textbook. Each week contains a reading assignment, video lectures, homework assignment, and lecture quiz. Each week will also contain a laboratory assignment, lab report, and each unit one or more discussion boards.
TED-Ed Lecture Videos
All lecture videos feature optional quiz questions that students can use to check their understanding. The questions do not count towards final grades. To access this optional content, please register for a free TED-Ed account here.
This course also provides many practice problems with solutions for you to use to enhance your ability to solve physics problems. These problems are from your supplementary text, Schaum’s Outline, and have full solutions. To get the most out of these practice problems, watch the “About Deliberate Practice” video tutorial in the Unit 1, Week 1 section of your course before attempting these problems.
Successful comprehension of physics concepts requires practice, diligence, and motivation. You should spend several hours per section on homework and independent of laboratory time. Assignments can be found through Brightspace. They consist of homework with solutions to check your work once the homework has been reviewed by your instructor, and lecture quizzes. Homework must be handwritten. Please upload pictures or scanned copies of your homework for grading.
A significant amount of time is dedicated to at-home hands-on laboratory experiments. We will make use of the IOLab Wireless Lab System along with accompanying laboratory instructions to collect data, analyze data on your home computer, and share results and interpretation with the instructor and other students. Labs will focus on discovering relationships between variables involved in our fundamental models of physics. Laboratory instructions and experiment submission forms are provided for each lab and are organized by course week/topic.
Your lab assignment sheets will ask for a photo of your setup. Always include a photo of the experimental setup, NOT just one of the iOLab device sitting on a table in front of your laptop, or of the materials used. Also include a picture showing some action, such as yourself measuring something, of the device sliding down a ramp, etc.
Discussion questions cover interesting current events or materials that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. There are a total of six required discussion questions throughout the quarter that will count towards your discussion grade for the unit. Each question will require you to conduct at-home lab work, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, and/or view a short video. Then you will write a response following the guidelines in the assignment.
To earn full credit: you will need to post a response, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute to an ongoing discussion. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.
Discussion Question Guidelines
Practice Proctored Exam
There is a highly recommended Practice Proctored Exam available to all students. The first attempt is free. This exam does not cover course material and is not included in your overall course grade. It prepares test takers for what the testing environment will be like, what forms of identification are needed, and provides a chance to test your external webcam with a live proctor. This is a great way to become familiar with and prepare for your exam!
Mid-Term and Final Exams
You must purchase the Official UNE External Webcam to take your proctored examinations. Remember to order your webcam at least three weeks prior to scheduling your first proctored exam.
For all exams, you must review the Proctored Examinations information and requirements in the Policies section of this syllabus.
There will be a 2.5 hour proctored midterm exam and a 3.5 hour proctored cumulative final exam. Exams begin and end promptly with scheduled times. Be prepared to stay in the exam room for the entire time. The exams are administered online via web proctoring – you will be required to follow all the proctor’s requests. These exams are closed for review. You will not be able to review these exams at any time. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.
You may use:
Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:
|Grade||Points Grade||Point Average (GPA)|
|A||94 – 100%||4.00|
|A-||90 – 93%||3.75|
|B+||87 – 89%||3.50|
|B||84 – 86%||3.00|
|B-||80 – 83%||2.75|
|C+||77 – 79%||2.50|
|C||74 – 76%||2.00|
|C-||70 – 73%||1.75|
|D||64 – 69%||1.00|
|F||00 – 63%||0.00|
The weekly lecture quizzes are graded immediately. After submission, the weekly homework will be reviewed by your instructor and upon being reviewed, will allow you access to the solution manual for that week to check your work. The mid term exam should be taken after you have completed all the assessments through week 7. The final lecture exam should not be taken until all the other assignments are completed. Exams taken online with ProctorU will be graded immediately. While you will see your proctored exam scores, you will not have access to your exams once you have submitted it for a grade. You may contact your instructor regarding specific feedback, however no exams will be released to the students.
This course is designed to be completed in a 16-week period, just like an on-campus course. One week in this online course is equivalent to 3-50 minute lectures in a traditional classroom setting. The general rule of studying for science courses is to spend 3 hours studying for every one hour that you are in class. Therefore, the suggested study time for each module is 9 hours above and beyond the time it takes to listen to the lecture. Please refer to the schedule below for the suggested schedule of lectures and the accompanying laboratory exercises. Students may complete the course in less than 16 weeks.
|Week||Title||Textbook Chapter||Laboratory Assignment|
|1||Introduction, The Scientific Method and Modelling||1||Familiarizing ourselves with IOLab Unit
Working with linear models
|2||The Constant Velocity Free Particle||2||Exploring Constant Velocity|
|3||The Constant Acceleration Free Particle||2||Exploring Constant Acceleration|
|4||Tools: Vectors and Trigonometry
|3||Motion in Everyday Life
Discussion Board: Applications of Kinematics in Everyday Life
|5||Free-Particle Interactions: Weight and Friction||4, 5||Exploring Static, Kinetic, and Rolling Friction|
|6||The Constant Force Particle I||4||Exploring Forces and Newton’s Laws|
|7||The Constant Force Particle II||4||Exploring Forces at the Workplace and Home
Readings and Discussion Board: Practical Applications of Newton’s Laws
|8||Exam I: 120 minutes||1-5||No Lab|
|9||The Restoring Force Particle and Energy||4||Exploring Springs, Scales, and Hooke’s Law|
|10||Work, Energy, and Energy Resources||7||Exploring Work, Energy, and Power
Discussion Board: Energy and the Environment
|11||The Impulsive Force Particle: Linear Momentum and Collisions||8||Exploring Impulse-Momentum of Car Crashes|
|12||The Center Seeking Particle: Uniform Circular Motion and Gravitation||6||Exploring Centripetal Force and Uniform Circular Motion.|
|13||Torque and Rotational Motion||9, 10||Exploring the Motion of Rotating Objects|
|14||Fluid Statics||11||Online Simulator, Demonstrations, and Home Mini-Experiments|
|15||Fluid Dynamics and Its Biological and Medical Applications||12||Readings and Discussion Board: Application of Fluid Dynamics to the Sciences|
|16||Final Exam: 180 minutes||1-12||No Lab|
Any student who would like to request, or ask any questions regarding, academic adjustments or accommodations must contact the Student Access Center at (207) 221-4438 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Student Access Center staff will evaluate the student's documentation and determine eligibility of accommodation(s) through the Student Access Center registration procedure.
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Your student service advisor monitors course progression and provides assistance or guidance when needed. They can assist questions regarding ordering course materials, University policies, billing, navigating the course in Brightspace, and more.
The Student Lounge Discussion Board is a designated support forum in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Feel free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but be mindful of UNE’s Academic Integrity Policy.
Your instructor will monitor this forum. However, if you are seeking specific and timely answers to questions about course content or your personal grades, please contact your instructor via course messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate and proceed through the course, please contact your Student Service Advisor through the Student Portal.
The University of New England has contracted with ProctorU to provide students with the most convenient online exam proctoring system. This system provides a simple, no cost to the student, secure, online proctor for exams and allows the student to take all the exams at home and on their own schedule.
Upon enrollment into the course, each student will register with ProctorU and establish a login name and password. This will give the student access to all of ProctorU’s services. When ready, students will schedule each of their proctored exams with ProctorU. Exams must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid fees. Prior to taking their exams, students must be sure that they have downloaded the ProctorU Chrome or Firefox extension and are using the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. They must also be sure their testing site’s connection meets the minimum requirements by using ProctorU’s “Test It Out” utility.
Upon the exam day and hour, students will log in to ProctorU and click on “exams”. After following the procedures outlined at ProctorU’s web site, the student will log in to Brightspace and locate their correct exam. The proctor will then allow student access to that exam.
Students must use ProctorU and must follow all proctoring requirements for their exams to be credited.
Proctored exams are not available for review at any time. You will not be able to see the questions, nor the answers you’ve given, after completing the exams. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.
Discussion board assignments cover interesting current events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each assignment may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video prior to writing a response following the specific guidelines in the assignment.
To earn full credit: you will need to post a response to the discussion topic, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute meaningfully to an ongoing discussion. You will need to post your initial response before you will see any posts from your classmates. Please keep in mind that only this initial response is included in your assignment grade, so make sure you have followed all of the guidelines and written a complete response prior to submitting the post. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.
Please see Brightspace for a full description, along with specific guidelines, for each assignment. Discussion board assignments should be completed, along with all other assignments in the course, in the order that they appear. Due to the course design, you may be unable to take a proctored exam if you do not complete all assignments that appear prior to that exam.
Please also refer to the Grading Policy/Grade Breakdown section of the syllabus to learn the percentage of your grade that each discussion board assignment is worth.
Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Programs: Technical Requirements
A schedule of lectures and assignments is included in this syllabus. This is, however a self-paced course and you can complete the course in less time.
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Students are expected to attempt and complete all graded assignments and proctored exams by the end date of the course. View the incomplete grade policy..
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Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:
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