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Class Website

There will be a class website at web address http://www.freewebs.com/haleyphysics.  Use this resource to download handouts and other useful materials.  

Message Boards

Another useful resource is the class message boards at web address http://haleyphysics.proboards46.com.  The message boards are designed to give students additional interaction with the instructor and other students.  Students are encouraged to ask questions, answer questions, help other students, discuss homework problems, and discuss other physics topics.

You must navigate to the message boards, which can be accessed from the website, and set up an account.  Set your username as your first and last name all one word followed by the number 6.  Example, John Smith will have username johnsmith6.  See the instructor if you have problems setting up an account.

Online Homework

Homework will be assigned and graded online at www.webassign.net.  You will need an access code (supplied by your book or purchased online) and the following information to register.

COURSE ID: lavc 4009 9064

Institution Code: LAVC

Be sure to input the correct ID to enroll in this class.  To enroll, navigate to the class website www.freewebs.com/haleyphysics and download the powerpoint presentation titled “How to Enroll in Webassign”.  Follow the instructions.  You will have a grace period so that you can begin your assignments before you purchase your access code.


Physics is a difficult subject and therefore requires considerable time outside of class.  To ensure proper understanding of the subject, you must overcome obstacles.  These include understanding mathematics, learning and applying problem solving methods and techniques, learning difficult concepts, and time management.

Understanding mathematics

Mathematics is the language of physics.  To be successful in this course, you must have a good understanding of mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.  Be sure to review these topics.  It is not enough to simply have credit for these courses, but you will be expected to know how to use these tools to solve problems.  If you have trouble, contact the instructor during office hours, by email, or through the class message boards.

Learning and Applying Problem Solving Methods and Techniques

This course will test your knowledge of physics by evaluating your ability to solve problems.  It is important to practice, practice, practice, to develop good problem solving skills. This includes doing homework in a timely fashion, working out examples and problems done in class, and attempting other problems.  If you have trouble, be sure to ask questions during office hours, by email, or through the class message boards.

Learning Difficult Concepts

In addition to developing problem solving skills, students must develop a strong conceptual understanding.  A good conceptual understanding of the basic physical principles will help the student solve problems that are slightly different than assigned problems and relate ideas learned in class to the outside world.

Time Management

This may be one of the most important skills to develop early in a student’s college career. For an average lecture, an average student should allocate something like 3 hours outside of class for each hour spent inside class.  This would equate to about 9 hours per week outside of class time studying for this lecture alone.  This course is generally more difficult than an average course and will likely require more like 4 – 5 hours outside of class for each hour spent inside class.  Thus, for this lecture alone, you should try to plan on spending 12 – 15 hours per week outside of class time studying for this class.  Be sure to spread out your time as well. It is much better to allocate a few hours each night and bulk on the weekends instead of spending all of your study time on the weekends.  We will move fast this semester and may cover a chapter per week, and each chapter builds on the previous chapter.  DO NOT FALL BEHIND as this will be the beginnings of failure.

If you overcome these obstacles, you will ensure your success in this course.  This course is a building block for other advanced courses.  Having a strong understanding of the material presented in this course will make it easier to achieve success in future courses.

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