There will be no make-up tests. If you miss the first test for an excusable reason (usually
medical) that grade will be added to second term test mark. So if you miss the second term
test, that grade will be added to the exam mark. Students who miss both term tests need to
speak with me about their final exam.
There will be no weekly reading quizzes in PHYA11. You are still expected
to keep up
with your readings.
PRACTICAL QUIZZES AND MASTERING PHYSICS:
There is no graded homework for this course. Instead, about every other week a list of
suggested problems from the textbook will be given. I will try to assign the same problems
on Mastering Physics. (Note that you are not required to purchase Mastering Physics;
however it is a useful learning tool that can give you a lot of feedback as you work on the
problems.) These problems are meant to help you master the physical concepts of the course
and problem-solving techniques. You are strongly advised to work on the problems
seriously and independently, since that is the only way to learn. During several practical
sessions there will be a quiz. This quiz will be based on the suggested problems. These
quizzes should be easy if you do all of the suggested problems.
Please note that these questions will be basic problems that you should master before the
tests and exam. Questions on the tests and exam will likely be more diﬃcult than these quiz
questions. Think of them as the first few rungs on a ladder, with the exam being the top of
There will be eleven (11) weeks of Practicals. Two of those weeks will be Lab based and
will require you to produce a formal lab report. The first Lab’s formal report will be worth
6% of your final grade. The final Lab’s formal report will be worth 7% of your final grade.
Please make sure you submit original work! If you are caught plagiarizing, you will be sent
to the Dean’s oﬃce.
All Practical work, including the labs, will be done in groups. Lab reports will be submitted
one per group. STYLE is important! If you submit a Frankenpaper (three sections written in
three very diﬀerent ways and then crudely stitched together) your grade will suﬀer. So make
sure you get together early and have it well written! I recommend nominating one person to
be the editor and have them do a little less writing and a lot more editting so that the final
report looks good.
The non-Lab Practicals will include problem-solving in groups. One member of your team
will be required to record your work. Each week, two of the activities you do will be graded.
During the lab Practicals, the notes you take will count as activities and will be similarly
graded with similar weights to the other Practical sessions. Thus every week’s Practical will
generate grades. These marks will sum up to your 11% grade for Practical work.
Finally, since the Practicals are team-based, it is important that you show up every week. To
encourage this, a penalty to your Practical Group Work will be applied. So you stand to lose
up to 11% of your final grade for absences from Practicals. This penalty will be the
SQUARE of the number of absences, as a percent. If you miss 4 Practicals, your grade will
suﬀer by 16%. This is in addition to not getting credit for the group work which you were