PHYS 191: Summer 2018

  • Instructor: Dr. Rhett Allain
  • Office: Pursley Hall 115
  • Office Hours: M-Th 7:30-8:45
  • Phone: 985-549-2894
  • email:
Course Description
This course covers the topics of force, motion, momentum, and energy using algebra and trig-based math (no calculus needed).
Course Material
Officially, I guess we will use the textbook College Physics by Giambattista.
Course Structure
In this course, I will not use the ‘lecture’ time to go over the basic material.  Instead, you should read the material before class.  I will also post short video examples that should help you understand the material.
Class time will be used for other activities that should help you understand the concepts.  Some of these may include:
  • Multiple-choice conceptual questions
  • Practice problems
  • Question and answer sessions (where you ask the questions)
  • Demonstrations
What is a grade?  A grade is a reflection of your understanding of the material.  It is not a measure of how many times you have come to class.  With this in mind, your grade will be based on your performance on multiple standards.  If you want to be re-evaluated on a particular standard, you can schedule that at an appropriate time.
At the end of the semester, your grade will be determined as following:
  • 60% weighted on standards
  • 40% weighted on the final exam
The standards will be listed separately.  Currently, my plan is to have a test every Monday and Wednesday on a particular set of standards.
Why should you come to class?  Who knows?  That is your responsibility to decide if it is important for you to come to class.  Attendance is not one of the standards I will assess.  I do, however, take attendance as it is required by the University.
Right now, my plan is to post all suggested homework on this site.  This homework will not be graded.
A note from the future.
If it is the end of the semester and you are not happy with your grade, you are going to ask for bonus points.  I will ask if you read the syllabus and if you read this note.  Here is your answer (read it now, not at the end of the semester).
  • Did you read the book?
  • Did you watch all the videos I posted?
  • Did you work with other students to try and understand the material?
  • Did you redo your low scoring assessments?
  • Did you procrastinate?  Don’t procrastinate or you will have to build a time machine to go back to the beginning of the semester and change the past (which is the future right now).  Time travel gets crazy.
Tentative Schedule
  • Week 1 Motion in 1D
  • Week 2 Forces and Vectors
  • Week 3 Momentum Principle
  • Week 4 Special Topics in the Momentum Principle
  • Week 5 Work-Energy Principle
  • Week 6 Special Topics in the Work-Energy Principle
  • Week 7 Angular Momentum Principle
  • Week 8 Rotational Motion

Disaster Recovery Plan

In the event of a disaster in which we miss class, I will post videos here on this site as well as on moodle.

Stuff I Have to Include:

Required notices:If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203, Student Union. No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of Disability Services.It is the University policy that the classroom is not a place for children, and that students are not to bring their family members for day care or baby sitting.

It is the University policy that free discussion, inquiry, and expression are encouraged in class. However, classroom behavior that interferes with either (a) the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable. Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as “crossing the civility line.” In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular telephone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required. Classroom behavior which is deemed inappropriate and cannot be resolved by the student and the faculty member may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for administrative or disciplinary review as per the Code of Student Conduct which may be found at

It is the University policy on e-mail communication that instructors may use only official Southeastern e-mail addresses when initiating or responding to electronic correspondence with students.

Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Behavior that violates these standards is not acceptable. Examples are the use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, improper acknowledgment of sources in essays and the use of a single essay or paper in more than one course without permission are considered very serious offenses and shall be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in the current General Catalogue.


4 Responses to Syllabus-191

  1. Alexis Midence says:


  2. travis zito says:

    i tried to g et on webassign to do some practice problmes and i have no idea how to use it so…idk what to do from here hopefully we can talk about this tomorow in class…

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