Physics 111: "How things Work" ,

Summer School 2004 (6/13-7/24)

Dr. Ben Szapiro (, x1858)

Woods Labs 227, MTWRF 2-3:15

Office Hours: Check office door (WL225) for posted schedule

The text for this course is How Things Work, by Louis Bloomfield, 2nd Ed..

Grading Policy:
Your final letter grade will be determined from the following grading scale,


 98 -100 A+  88 - 89 B+  78-79 C+  68-69 D+
 92 - 97 A  82 - 87 B  72-77 C  62-67 D
 90 - 91 A-  80 - 81 B-  70-71 C-  60-61 D-

1) Writing component (40% of your grade)

Your coursework involves 3 written papers, due in their final version on June 28, July 12 and July 19.

Should you not receive a passing grade on a particular draft you may correct or complete the work and resubmit for re-grading. A maximum of 2 rewrites for paper will be accepted, so you should carefully plan the submission of drafts.

Papers must be submitted as MS Word documents printed and also attached to an e-mail. Rules about format, content, maximum and minimum word count, etc., for each of the 3 papers will be announced in class. The professor will reject, without corrections, any draft that does not abide by the rules, or has not been corrected using MS Word' spelling checker, or shows evidence of not having been checked by the student before submission. If a student is specifically advised to seek help from the Writing Center tutors he/she will have to show proof of having done so. In some cases, a student might be asked to review/criticize a classmate's draft.

2) Quizzes (20% )

Quiz dates will be announced in class, and scored as following: after receiving the initial score a student will be allowed to rework it on his own; the corrected version must be submitted within a week for grading. 30% of tthe difference of the scores will be added to the first score to produce the final quiz score. For example, if you get ( in a scale of maximum 100) 50 initially, and your rework gets you a 90, then your quiz score will be 50+0.3*(90-50)= 50 + 12 = 62.

3) Class participation (20%)

Involves: active contributions in class, coming prepared to class, having read the pertinent material in advance, participating in classs and online discussion forums, not cutting class, attending out of class activities, etc.

4) Final Project (20%)

In lieu of the final exam, each student will work on a project to be presented as a Power Point presentation to the class in the last week of classes on a topic of his/her interest agreed with the professor. The top 3 projects (as voted by the class) get an additional 1/4 letter credit in the final course grade.