This algebra-based online course is a four credit-hour course that includes a hands-on physics laboratory. The overall goal of this online course is to provide the student, interested in the health professions, with a continuing introduction to physics that emphasizes additional concepts than those covered in PHYS 1010 that are the foundation of science and which the students may encounter in their professional studies. These topics include thermodynamics, waves and sound, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, light and optics, and atomic and nuclear phenomena. Course pre-req: one semester of college algebra. PHYS 1010 or equivalent physics course is highly recommended.
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:
Physics II is divided up into 16 weeks that follow the second half of the textbook. Each week contains a reading assignment, video lectures, homework assignment, and lecture quiz, except weeks that have an exam or project. Non-exam/project weeks also contain a laboratory assignment and lab report. Each of the three units includes a discussion board.
TED-Ed Lecture Videos
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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 Blackboard. They consist of homework with solutions to check your work once the homework has been reviewed by your instructor, and lecture quizzes.
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. Other lab experiments will make use of the materials in the Hands-On Lab Kit. Labs will focus on discovering relationships between physical variables and identifying applications of the relevant physics principles. Laboratory instructions and experiment submission forms are provided for each lab and are organized by course week/topic.
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
Exams and Projects
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.
Each unit concludes with a final assessment. In the first unit, that assessment is a hands-on project and a written report. The second unit culminates in a proctored exam. For the final unit, you will create a presentation and complete a short proctored exam. The exams are closed for review. You will not be able to review these exams at any time. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.
The two proctored 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.
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Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:
|Unit 1 Project||16%|
|Unit 2 Exam||16%|
|Unit 3 Exam||6%|
|Unit 3 Project||10%|
|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|
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||Lab Assignment|
|1||Introduction, Thermodynamics I||13||I/O Lab Setup and Calibration|
|2||Thermodynamics II||14, 15||Heat Transfer and Temperature Mapping with I/O Lab|
|3||Waves and Sound||16||Waves and Sound Frequency with
|4||Sound II||17||Sound Intensity Level and Mapping|
|5||Unit 1 Project: Thermodynamics and Sound||13–17||None|
|7||Voltage and Capacitance||19||I/O Lab Circuits I|
|8||Current and Resistance||20||I/O Lab Circuits II|
|9||DC Circuits||21||I/O Lab Circuits III|
|10||Magnetism||22||Magnetic Field with I/O Lab|
|11||Unit 2 Exam||18–22||None|
|12||E/M Waves, Light||24||Light Intensity with I/O Lab|
|13||Geometrical and Wave Optics||25||Lenses and Mirrors|
|15||Nuclear Physics||31, 32||Simulation-based|
|16||Unit 3 Project and Exam||24, 25, 30–32||None|
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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 Blackboard 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 Blackboard 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 Graduate Programs: https://online.une.edu/online-learning/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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