PHYS 101

Energy and Waves

University of British Columbia

Fluids, harmonic oscillator, travelling waves, standing waves, sound, and interference of light waves, including diffraction. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List:,215,410,414

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Jared Stang

PHYS 101 Syllabus for Jared Stang — Winter 2019

UBC Physics 101 2018-2019, Winter Term 2
Important Course information
S201 (T/Th 08:00-09:30): Dr. Jared Stang
S202 (M/W/F 11:00-12:00): Dr. Jared Stang
S203 (T/Th 09:30-11:00): Dr. Marina Litinskaya
Lecture location: LIFE 2201
Course coordinator: Dr. Jared Stang (
Lab coordinator: Dr. Evert Koster (
Course Materials (required):
1. Textbook: “Physics for Scientists & Engineers: An
Interactive Approach” Second Edition by Hawkes,
Iqbal, Mansour, Milner-Bolotin and Williams; includes
online access to Mobius see notes below.
2. iClicker
3. “Physics 101 Lab Manual + Report Book which
includes the Laboratory Manual with Experiment
Report Book (ISBN 281000031917B). You do not need to
purchase the yellow Physics Laboratory Notebook.
To pass Phys 101, you must meet all three of the
following requirements:
1. Obtain a course grade above 50%
2. Attend all labs and obtain an overall lab mark above
3. Obtain a grade above 50% for the weighted sum of the
solo components of the midterm and the final exam
(“theory mark”). The theory mark is calculated as (0.1
MT + 0.5 Final) / 0.6.
Students that do not meet requirement 2 above will be
assigned a maximum course grade of 45%. Students that
do not meet requirement 3 will be assigned their theory
mark as their course grade, to a maximum of 45%.
Midterm Exam:
Evening midterm, in week of February 25 March 1.
Locations: To be announced.
Final exam:
Will be scheduled during the April exam period, and will
cover all material of the course (with roughly equal weight).
Location of Course Content and Communication:
Important course announcements, grades, lecture notes,
worksheet solutions, a link to Piazza, and all other relevant
material related to Phys 101 will be posted on the Canvas site:
Piazza will be used for obtaining peer and instructor help
regarding course material. Instructors can be contacted
directly to discuss private/personal matters, but will not
respond to emails about course content, homework, etc.
Important Notes:
1. Missed labs: You must arrange with the lab coordinator
a make-up lab. A missed lab must be made up within one
week. All labs must be completed to obtain credit for the
2. Lab exempt students must still attend tutorials.
3. iClicker marks: You may miss up to 10% of the questions
without penalty, to account for dead batteries, illness,
etc. Extra considerations given only in case of prolonged
illness (doctor’s note required). iClicker points will
mostly be graded for participation; the lecturer reserves
the right to have some pre-announced questions count
for correctness.
4. Pre-reading: Due Mondays at 10:00. Available 4 days
before deadline, Thursdays 06:00. Your lowest reading
assignment score (including a score of zero) will be
dropped when calculating your overall reading
assignment average. No extensions will be granted.
5. Homework: Due Fridays at 17:00. Available 13 days
before deadline, Saturdays at 06:00. No extensions will
be granted. A set of “bonus” homework assignments will
be available, for extra practice and to make up for any
lost homework marks; these can be completed at any
point until the day of the final exam. In case you get over
100% for the homework, the “extra” points will
contribute to your overall grade up to (at most) halfway
between your grade and 100% total grade.
6. Section changes. To request a section change (for
lectures, labs, or tutorials) use the Section Change
Request Form at
Breakdown of Marks:
In-class iClicker
Pre-class reading quizzes
Online homework
Midterm (8.5% for solo component & 1.5%
for group component)
Final exam (42.5% for solo component &
7.5% for group component)
What you need to do in the next week
1) Buy your textbook:
We will be using the UBC Custom Edition Physics for
Scientists & Engineers: An Interactive Approach, Second
Edition by Hawkes, Iqbal, Mansour, Milner-Bolotin, and
Two options to choose from:
Digital (eBook) textbook + Mobius access code online:
o If you do not buy the textbook package (e.g.,
if you purchase a used textbook) you still
must purchase a Mobius access code (ISBN
o Mobius access codes are available in the UBC
Bookstore and online at NelsonBrain:
o Price at UBC Bookstore and online: $99.95
Physical textbook (ISBN 9780176881801) available at
the bookstore
o Includes access to the Mobius online
homework and student solutions manual.
o Price at UBC Bookstore: $139.95
2) Register for Mobius:
Use the link under the “Link to Mobius (online
homework)” module in Phys 101 on Canvas.
You will have a grace period of 14 days where you can
use Mobius without an access code.
Full registration instructions can be found on Canvas
in the same module.
3) Complete your first pre-class reading assignment on
Your first reading assignment is due Monday, January 7th.
Each reading assignment points you to specific sections of
the textbook and asks you to answer a series of multiple
choice questions based on those sections.
4) Complete your first online homework assignment on
Your first homework is due Friday, January 18th.
It’s also recommended to complete the Getting Started
with Mobius (not for marks) to familiarize yourself with
the way of entering information.
5) Register your iClicker:
Register the serial number of your iClicker on Canvas
through the sidebar iClicker link (if not done so already).
6) Attend your first lab and understand your lab/tutorial
schedule (posted on Canvas):
Labs start the week of January 7th.
Your assigned lab section has the format L2x or Lx2 (where
x = C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, or M). Lab exempt students will be
contacted separately with their assigned tutorial section.
Labs run for three hours; tutorials run for two hours. Note:
Tutorials for sections L2E and LE2 run 09:00-11:00 (rather
than starting 08:00). All other tutorials begin at the same time
as the corresponding lab.
In week 2 only: (January 7th-11th)
Everyone has a lab in week 2.
Lab sections L2x meet in LIFE 2108 and sections Lx2
meet in West Mall Swing Space 109.
In subsequent weeks:
All labs are in LIFE 2108, tutorials are in West Mall
Swing Space 109. Labs and tutorials are on alternate
weeks; check the lab and tutorial schedule on
7) Log into Piazza:
Piazza is the place for online access to peers, instructors,
and TAs. Log in through the link on the sidebar in the
Canvas course site. Enter your email address and set a
password orif you already have a Piazza account
enter the email address and password for your account.
About our learning community:
Physics 101 is a learning community that is welcoming of
diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. This
means that we strive for inclusivity in our classroom, our
virtual spaces, our practices, and our interactions. Mutual
respect, civility, and the ability to listen and observe others
carefully are crucial; active, thoughtful, and respectful
participation in all aspects of the course will make our time
together as productive and engaging as possible.
If you have a particular need to facilitate your learning in this
course, please contact UBC’s Centre for Accessibility (in
Brock Hall, 1874 East Mall, Room 1203; 1-604-822-5844) as
soon as possible to arrange accommodations.
Research study information:
As part of the ongoing efforts of the Department of Physics
and Astronomy to improve the quality of instruction in our
courses, your Physics 101 instructors and other researchers
in the department will be trying to learn more about the
effectiveness of (1) two-stage collaborative group exams
and (2) asking you to explain your reasoning to a multiple-
choice test question as a strategy to help you think carefully
about the answer that you have chosen. We hope that this
research will help us improve future question design and
inform future group formation practices.
We will be studying the learning that takes place in the
group portion of the two-stage collaborative group exams
used in the midterms and the final exam for the course.
One component of this analysis will involve examining
how various factors contribute to the learning which takes
place during two-stage exams. The factors we plan to look
at consist of group size, performance of group members in
different aspects of the course (homework, laboratory
work, exams, conceptual diagnostics), survey results and
demographic information which we will request from the
UBC Student Information System (specifically program,
program specializations, year level and gender).
In order to measure if asking students to explain their
reasoning on a multiple-choice test question improves the
rate at which they answer that question correctly by
helping them think more carefully about their answer,
slightly different versions of the solo exams will be created
for each section. The only difference between these
versions will be for which one of the multiple-choice
questions we are asking you to explain your reasoning.
If for any reason, you wish for your anonymized data to
not be included in our analyses, you can opt out by
contacting Joss Ives (, an Instructor in the
department of Physics and Astronomy, any time before the
final exam date. Please note that opting out does not
exempt you from taking part in the exams or course
activities, but removes your data from being included in
the analysis. Please provide him with your full name, UBC
student number, the name of your Physics 101 instructor
and a subject line of I wish to opt out of the Physics 101
study.” After all final course grades have been submitted,
the relevant portions of the course gradebooks and results
from diagnostics or surveys will be sent to Dr. Ives to be
anonymized. Due to this process, you can rest assured that
choosing to opt out will have no effect on your grade in the
course. In particular, your instructor will not know who
has opted out. As part of the course, some bonus marks
may be offered in the course for completing surveys or
diagnostics. These marks will be made available to you
whether you have opted out of the analysis or chosen to have
your anonymous data included. We do hope that you will
choose to participate so that other students and educators
can benefit from our findings as we engage in a process of
ongoing instructional improvement. If you have any
questions regarding the study or are interested in learning
about our findings, please contact Dr. Ives or one of your
Physics 101 instructors.
If you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as
a research participant and/or your experiences while
participating in this study, contact the Research Participant
Complaint Line in the UBC Office of Research Ethics at 604-
822-8598 or if long distance e-mail or call toll
free 1-877-822-8598.

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