Physics 130

Fall 2013

  • Instructor: Dr. Allain
  • Office: Pursley 115
  • Office Hours: Tu, Th 8-12, 2-3
  • Phone: 985-549-2894
  • email:

Course Description

In the past, this course has taken on many different forms. Basically, it is a course for physics majors before they take their introductory physics course (PHYS 221).

Course Goals

What do I want you to get out of this course? Here are some suggestions:

  • Build a community of physics learners.
  • Become familiar with some tools that you will need in physics.
  • Understand the different areas of research in physics.
  • Explore the beginning parts of introductory physics.
  • Practice explaining physics to others.
  • See examples of how awesome physics can be (and is).
  • Have a basic understanding of science and modeling.

What will we do?

Different things. Sometimes, I will give you some activities to work on in class and in groups. Sometimes, we will have a presentation from guest lectures. Other times I will give short lectures on things that I think are either cool, or useful. Perhaps some students in this class might even give a presentation.


50% of your grade in this course will be based on 4 items. What is an “item”? It is something you choose that shows you did something. Here are examples of items:

  • A blog post describing something cool or related to physics.
  • A video or in person demonstration of something related to physics.
  • An explanation of some physics concept or area of physics.
  • A report of a class visitation that you did.
  • A computer model that you built to explore something.

In order to submit an “item”, you must first get at least two students to give you feedback on this. You must submit two items before the last day to withdraw from the course. After you submit an item, you can always fix it and resubmit it.

The grades on your items will be based on what you, me, and any student reviewers agree on.

The other 50% of your grade will be based on summaries of in class activities.  After each meeting, you will write a 1/2 – 1 page summary of what we did and turn it in the next class.

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.


7 Responses to Syllabus-130

  1. robin says:

    Dr. Allain is it ok if I do two blogs on two different topics ?

  2. ethanmartin says:

    Dr.Allain is this were you want me to post my two assignments?

  3. Keyanna Buckner says:

    Cavendish’s torsion-bar experiment

    The experiment was performed in 1797–98 by the English scientist Henry Cavendish. He followed a method prescribed and used apparatus built by his countryman, the geologist John Michell, who had died in 1793. The apparatus employed was a torsion balance, essentially a stretched wire supporting spherical weights. Attraction between pairs of weights caused the wire to twist slightly, which thus allowed the first calculation of the value of the gravitational constant G. The experiment was popularly known as weighing the Earth because determination of G permitted calculation of the Earth’s mass.

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