• Instructor: Dr. Rhett Allain
  • Office Hours: M-F 7:30-9:30, Tu,Th,Fr 9:30-11:00
  • Office: Pursley 115
  • Phone: 549-2894
  • email:

Course Description

This is a three credit-hour, calculus -based physics course. The content covered in this course includes momentum, forces, energy, and waves. The course will start with fundamental principles of physics and explore their meaning. We will look at macro-micro connections and the atomic nature of matter.

Required Materials

Text: Matter and Interactions – Chabay and Sherwood.


Your grade in this course will be determined by an evaluation on the introductory physics standards (listed on another page) as well as a comprehensive final exam.  The standards will make up 65% of the total course grade and the final exam will be 30% of the total grade.  There will also be reading quizzes on moodle worth 5%.  Grades will be assigned in the following manner:

  • A = 90 – 100%
  • B = 80 – 89%
  • C = 70 – 79%
  • D = 60 – 69%
  • F = 0 – 59%


Really, don’t think of these as tests.  Instead, think of them as evaluations of the standards.  The current plan is that I will use 30 – 40 minutes during each Monday class to assess your understanding of a particular standard.  This will be like a 1-2 question test.  The standards assessment schedule will be posted later.

If you miss a standard, you will have to make it up in a different manner (to be described later).


All homework will be posted here.  I strongly encourage you to do the homework and to not fall behind.  You do have to pay for access to WebAssign, but most students find it useful.  You can log in and use it for free for the first two weeks.


The purpose of class time is to talk about physics and not for me to go over everything that is in the textbook.  I will post reading quizzes on Moodle along with due dates.  The quiz questions will be straightforward just to make sure that you have read the material.


Attendance will be taken daily but does not count for any part of your course grade.

Required notices:

If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203, Student Union. No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of Disability Services.

It is the University policy that the classroom is not a place for children, and that students are not to bring their family members for day care or baby sitting.

It is the University policy that free discussion, inquiry, and expression are encouraged in class. However, classroom behavior that interferes with either (a) the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable. Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as “crossing the civility line.” In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular telephone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required. Classroom behavior which is deemed inappropriate and cannot be resolved by the student and the faculty member may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for administrative or disciplinary review as per the Code of Student Conduct which may be found at

It is the University policy on e-mail communication that instructors may use only official Southeastern e-mail addresses when initiating or responding to electronic correspondence with students.

Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Behavior that violates these standards is not acceptable. Examples are the use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, improper acknowledgment of sources in essays and the use of a single essay or paper in more than one course without permission are considered very serious offenses and shall be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in the current General Catalogue.

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