Cuesta College :: Physics 205A :: Fall 2017
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Monday 
"First thing's first, I'm the realest,
Drop this and let the whole world feel it,
And I'm still in the murda bizness,
I could hold you down, like I'm givin' lessons in physics."
     --Iggy Azalea, "Fancy," The New Classic, Virgin EMI/Island Records (2014).

Enrolled students: find a seat
First-day adds: check in with instructor, and sign the waitlist

"Maryland Physics Expectations Survey" 
     Complete, turn in MPEX questionnaire
     Pick up syllabus/course policy (one per student)

Instructor background (*.blog)[00:10]

Appendix A: Powers of Ten and Scientific Notation
Appendix B: Significant Figures (*.blog)
     (Significant figures = Quiz 1, afterwards enforced in lab only)     
     Significant figures flowchart (*.blog)
     Ex: linear mass density of paper clip (*.blog)
     Ex: subtracting mass measurements (*.blog)
     Ex: subtracting distance measurements (*.blog)

Quiz 1 worksheet questions (*.pdf)

In-class work due at end of class (credit for completion) (*.png), (*.png)


Laboratory 
Tuesday 
Check Twitter announcements: #CuestaPhys205A
     (This is the official #hashtag for this course, announcements here will tell you when answers to the reading assignments, exam questions, or other timely material is posted online.)

Read Physics, 10/e: Appendices A, B; Chs. 1.2, 1.3
Review online presentation (*.blog)
Advice from last year's Physics 205A students (*.blog)
Watch "How the Flipped Classroom Works" (*.html), (*.mov), (transcript)
Watch "What Is the Flipped Class?" (*.html), (*.mov), (transcript)
     (Significant figures in calculations is only covered incompletely in the textbook; go through the presentation in-depth for more information and worked-out examples.  Also watch videos on how a class is "flipped," and read advice from former students on how to succeed in this course.)

Physics quiz question: least number of significant figures (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: greatest number of significant figures (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: least, greatest number of significant figures (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: Around the World in 80 Days average speed (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: marathon distance (*.blog)
     (These are all examples that were actual quiz questions in previous semesters, all posted with full solutions.  Work through them at your own pace.)

Due 12:00 AM before start of next lecture
     Reading assignment 1 (*.html), 4 points
          (Answer questions on reading comprehension and provide feedback on what you understand or don't understand; classwide results will determine specifically which topics should emphasized in the next class, and at what level.)
          
     Homework report 1 (*.html), 2 points
          (Self-report on which problems you found difficult/easy.  This is an "honor system" method to help you keep up with the material, so you don't fall behind.)


Wednesday 
"We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers." 
     --Carl Sagan, Cosmos, Random House (1985), p. 193.

Quiz 1 worksheet questions (*.pdf)

Chs. 1.2, 1.3: Units, The Role of Units in Problem Solving
     (Système International d'unités: memorize key 109 to 10−9 prefixes) 
     (Time definitions: memorize 1 min = 60 s, 1 h = 60 min, 1 d = 24 h)
     Ex: discrepancy between acre areas (*.blog)
     Ex: average mass of M&M's® 
     
     Ex: specific acoustic impedance (*.blog)
     Ex: sorptivity (*.blog)
     Ex: Newton's form of Kepler's third law (*.blog)

In-class work due at end of class (credit for completion) (*.png), (*.png)


Thursday 
Check Twitter announcements: #CuestaPhys205A
Review previous reading assignment responses (*.blog)
     
Read Physics, 10/e: Chs. 2.1, 2.2
Preview online presentation (*.blog)
     (Be able to distinguish differences between "average/instantaneous" and "velocity/speed" definitions conceptually in words, and by using equations.)
     
Physics quiz question: unit conversion, decimal place addition/subtraction rule (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: maximum fuel dispensing rate (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: cubic centimeter equivalent of a gallon (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: dynamic fluid viscosity (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: vis viva equation (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: first radiation constant (*.blog)
Physics quiz question: maximum shear stress (*.blog)

Due 12:00 AM before start of next lecture
     Reading assignment 2 (*.html)
     Homework report 2 (*.html)