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1 Welcome to Physics 2210: Mechanics Anthony Pantziris
Your required course material: smartPhysics by Gary Gladding, Mats Selen, and Tim Stelzer (W.H. Freeman & Company) + printed book* * Strongly recommended Mention that other standard textbooks are optional; see course website.

2 Course Websites Main course website:
Schedule, links, syllabus, solutions, exam reviews, old exams, etc. All info that is not in this presentation is at this site!! SmartPhysics website: Prelectures, Checkpoints Course calendar WebAssign website: Gradebook Homework Assignments (from: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, by Serway and Jewett, 6th edition) Announcements.

3 Contact Information Instructor: Prof. Anthony Pantziris: , , INSCC 218 Course Coordinator: Mary Ann Woolf: , JFB 205 Marshall and WebAssign: Adam Payne: Discussion TAs: Paul Bergeron: Chris Ahn: Vikrant Kamble: Jonathan Miller:

4 Assignments, Exams and Grades
Prelectures and Checkpoints SmartPhysics: Due at 11:00 a.m. (see smartPhysics calendar). 10% Get credit for completion, not for correctness You must watch the whole prelecture (about 20 minutes) to get credit! Homework WebAssign: Due at 12:01 pm. on Wednesdays and Fridays (graded automatically). The lowest five Homework scores are dropped. 15% Get credit for correctness Exams 4 midterms, 75 minutes each (see calendar). The lowest score midterm is dropped. 50% Final exam: Tuesday, December 16, 3:30 pm. – 5:30 pm. 25%

5 Textbook: Strongly Recommended
ISBN: Publisher: W.H. Freeman Mechanics Also recommended: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, by Serway and Jewett. Any edition is fine.

6 Course Prerequisites One semester of college-level calculus (Math 1210 or equivalent) A thorough knowledge of algebra and trigonometry

7 Overview of smartPhysics
Online PreLectures (animated lessons, completed before lecture) Online CheckPoints (quizzes to check knowledge, completed before lecture) Textbook (reference, optional problems)

8 How we’ll use smartPhysics
You will VIEW video PreLectures before class: CONFRONT the concepts and principles PreLectures are animated, narrated tutorials of key concepts. There are embedded questions within the PreLectures; you get credit for viewing the PreLecture and answering the questions. I am not scoring the embedded questions for correctness, but rather, for completion. You must follow the sequence of the slides—they are meant to build upon each other. If you want to read the script of the tutorial, you can do this in one of two ways: a) read the related unit in the textbook or b) click the notebook paper icon on the PreLecture and you’ll pull up the script. You can also view the PreLecture with closed captioning (by clicking on the CC button on the bottom of the screen).

9 How we’ll use smartPhysics
Next, you’ll complete a CheckPoint quiz before class: CHECK your understanding of the PreLecture CheckPoints are assessments that are designed to help you—and me—determine your understanding of the PreLecture material as a whole. You must submit the complete CheckPoint to get credit but you aren’t penalized for multiple attempts or wrong answers. That said, I will be referring to the CheckPoints (and some of your comments) in lecture so it is important that you answer the questions to the best of your abilities.

10 How we’ll use smartPhysics
COME to class! The lecture will be more INTERACTIVE because of the work you’ve done before class We’ll review concepts you found confusing in the PreLectures and Checkpoints. I will also address a number of your narrative comments (from the CheckPoints).

11 Lectures Interactive Lectures (using computer projector)
Address questions and difficulties expressed by students from the prelectures and checkpoints Work out examples Use checkpoint questions plus others to survey class (“vote” with color-coded cards)

12 How you can do well in this course
You should spend at least 3 hours on prelectures and homework for every lecture! Make a good effort on the online activities. The last CheckPoint question is optional and is called “Lecture Thoughts.” I will study these before class and will adjust the lecture to your needs. Participate in lecture. You will learn more (and have more fun) from an active setting in which you participate with the instructor and your peers to probe your understanding of the fundamental principles. 3. DO THE HOMEWORK THE RIGHT WAY!!! To truly understand physics you must practice solving problems. Work on the homework on your own as far as possible, without help from the text, notes, or solutions. Then, study the textbook, and if you need it, ask for a hint that will get you a little further and continue this way until you complete it.

13 Tomorrow: Diagnostic Exam
The purpose of the diagnostic exam, taken at your discussion section, is to identify students who would benefit from extra instruction before enrolling in PHYS2210. This extra instruction takes the form of a 3-credit hour class, PHYS1500. Score Recommendation 8 – 13 PHYS1500 not recommended 6 or 7 PHYS1500 optional 0 – 5 PHYS1500 recommended

14 So how do you get started?
Create a smartPhysics account Go to Enter your personal information and address Join my course using the course access key (UU_M_FALL14) You can get access and get credit for your work You can get 30 days of free access to my course Purchase access Activate a printed activation code purchased through the bookstore, or Purchase access online

15 Create a smartPhysics account
Go to Locate and select “Get access to smartPhysics > Students” Enter your address (your institutional address) and choose a password. Complete the Captcha Image Click “Register”

16 Create a smartPhysics account
6. Setup your profile (name, address, institution) 7. Re-enter your password then click “save”. 8. Choose the “Enrollments” tab and enter the access key of this course: UU_M_FALL14

17 The COURSE ACCESS KEY for this course is:
UU_M_FALL14 (No spaces)

18 Enroll in this course 9. Enter your Unique identifier:
The UNIQUE IDENTIFIER you should use for this course is your student UNID: uxxxxxxx (Your UID: “u” followed by 7 digits)

19 Access smartPhysics Congratulations! You are now enrolled in your course! You will be given 30 days in which to access smartPhysics before having to purchase access or redeem an access code. This will provide you with a grace period should you opt to drop the course. After the 30 days (or before, if you’d like), you must either buy access online with a credit card OR redeem an activation code (housed in a printed booklet purchased at the campus bookstore).

20 Purchase Access (Online)
From the “Purchase Access” link Complete the billing information and click “Continue.” **This is the address in which your credit card bill is sent each month. This is often different than your school address, so please check before entering that information.

21 Purchase Access (Online)
2. Complete the second portion of the online form (credit card information) and click “Purchase Access.” **Depending on your state of residence, you may be subjected to a tax for your online purchase. The system will determine your tax rate based on your billing address.

22 Purchase Access (Online)
3. You’ll be taken to a confirmation page with your purchase details. Click “Go to Course” to return to your course.

23 Redeem Access (Activation Code)
Your activation code is located inside the booklet. Scratch off your code (from your access card booklet) and enter it into the fields on the screen (Option 1 in image below) Click “Submit Code” after you’ve entered the code. Once finished, you can return to your course. **Activation codes are valid for one use only and cannot be shared. They do allow you to switch courses or request a refund. Check the FAQs ( > Help > Student FAQs) for more information.

24 Need live help? The smartPhysics technical support team is ready and able to help you and is available 7 days a week by phone and .

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