Monday & Wednesday 10:00-10:50 AM, Sections 1-4
Monday & Wednesday 11:00-11:50 PM, Sections 5-9
Room 101 Lewis Hall
Section 1: Tuesday 1:00-2:50 PM, Room 212 Lewis Hall
Section 2: Tuesday 3:00-4:50 PM, Room 212 Lewis Hall
Section 3: Tuesday 5:00-6:50 PM, Room 212 Lewis Hall
Section 4: Wednesday 1:00-2:50 PM, Room 212 Lewis Hall
Section 5: Wednesday 3:00-4:50 PM, Room 212 Lewis Hall
Section 6: Wednesday 5:00-6:50 PM, Room 212 Lewis Hall
Section 7: Thursday 1:00-2:50 PM, Room 212 Lewis Hall
Section 8: Thursday 3:00-4:50 PM, Room 212 Lewis Hall
Section 9: Thursday 5:00-6:50 PM, Room 212 Lewis Hall
Prof. Breese Quinn
Office: Room 222 Lewis Hall, 915-1398
e-mail: quinn@phy.olemiss.edu 
OFFICE HOURS:  Tuesday 1:00-2:00 PM, Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM, or by appointment
TEXT: Conceptual Physics, 12th Edition, by Paul Hewitt
Phys 108 Laboratory Manual,
Available at UM Printing & Creative Services, Sam-Gerard Hall
COURSE WEBSITE: http://www.phy.olemiss.edu/~quinn/PHYS108/PHYS108.htm




The goals of this course are to 1) provide an interesting, enjoyable and accurate introduction 
to the concepts of physics and 2) hopefully instill a lasting awareness and wonder about our 
physical world.  I believe if these two goals are met, then your ability to understand and deal 
with almost everything you encounter in life will be enhanced (Skeptical?  Think about it and 
ask me!).
Physics is the most basic science – it is the foundation of all other sciences.  Therefore, it 
should be part of the general education for both science and nonscience students.  Physics 
is essential for understanding the world around you as well as your relationship to it.  
Unfortunately, the mathematics and problem-solving skills required to “do” physics often 
deter average nonscience students from an encounter with the subject.  In this course I 
attempt to avoid this obstacle by presenting the ideas of physics conceptually with equations 
used as guides to thinking about the relationships in nature rather than as recipes for 
algebraic computations.  We won’t be trying to become proficient problem-solving physicists 
in this course; we will try to gain a perspective on nature from which we can think critically 
about the world in which we live.
  • Please arrive on time for the entire lecture or else not at all.
  • Read the textbook chapter which I will cover in lecture before coming to that lecture (see the Lecture Schedule in your handout or on the website). 
  • Study Aids will be provided - suggested Exercises from the text – posted on the course website.  These are presented to give you an idea of what I stress on the Tests.  I do not collect these; however, solutions to odd-numbered exercises are available in the Practicing Physics workbook, and if you wish I shall look over your other work and discuss it with you during office hours or Review Sessions.
  • Lecture attendance is not strictly required, but it is strongly recommended!  I do give daily quizzes in class which will count as extra credit.  Also, anything covered in lecture may appear on a test, whether or not it can be found in the text or Study Aids. However, students may be dropped from the course if they do not attend the first two weeks of class, or even if they miss the first class. Attendance is verified by sign-in on the first day, and daily quizzes thereafter.
  • Students are expected to adhere to the Standards of Honesty as described in Policy Code ACA.AR.600.001 and written in the M Book. If you violate the Standards of Honesty, you will be reported and subject to the appropriate sanction which may include actions ranging from grade reduction to expulsion from the University.
  • All materials distributed electronically and in hard copy in this class are protected under intellectual copyright. Any attempt to upload these documents onto the Internet (or to distribute them by some other means) or to profit from the distribution (by Internet or other means) of these documents constitutes theft and will be in violation of intellectual property law and the UM Academic Conduct Code unless expressly permitted for by the instructor. Accessing such materials for your own use is also in violation of the UM Academic Conduct Code. Additionally, the distribution of your own class notes via the Internet or other means, or access of such materials, encourages absence from class and is highly discouraged.
There will be four Tests given during the semester.  Extra credit will be added to each Test 
score depending on the scores earned on the quizzes which covered the same material as 
the Test.  The Tests are multiple-choice with 33 questions.  Each Test is scored with 100 
points denoting all answers are correct.  With extra credit a maximum score of 115 is 
possible.  Please take note of the rules for test taking in the class: Test Rules.

There will be a comprehensive Final Exam with 50 multiple-choice questions.  
Students have the option of earning extra credit on the Final Exam by completing a short 
essay.  Details on the extra credit quizzes and essay can be found on the Extra Credit page.

FINAL EXAM: Room 101 Lewis Hall
     Sections 1-4: Friday, May 10, 8:00 AM     
     Sections 5-9: Monday, May 6, 12:00 PM
Review sessions before the Tests will be held in Bishop 209 at the following times:
     Review for Test 1: Monday, Feb 11, 7:00-9:00 PM
     Review for Test 2: Monday, Mar 4, 7:00-9:00 PM
     Review for Test 3: Thursday, Apr 4, 7:00-9:00 PM
     Review for Test 4: Monday, Apr 29, 7:00-9:00 PM

Review session before the Final Exam will be held in Lewis 101 at the following time:
     Review for Final: Friday, May 3, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Please see the Laboratory page for details, but note, lab attendance is mandatory and
A(90 or above), B(80-89), C(70-79), D(60-69) and F(59 or below).  
The lowest score out of the four midterm Tests will be dropped.
The final grade will be calculated as:
                                              Grading for Sections 1-7,9
                                              Laboratory             30%
                                              Test 1                    15%
                                              Test 2                    15%
                                              Test 3                    15%
                                              Final Exam             25%

Grading for the Honors Section 8 will be slightly different, including a series of short 
essays.  The breakdown is given below, with details to be discussed later

                                              Grading for Section 8
                                              Laboratory             24%
                                              Test 1                    12%
                                              Test 2                    12%
                                              Test 3                    12%
                                              Essays                   20%
                                              Final Exam             20%

Good Luck & Enjoy Yourself!



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