Spring 2017, Physics 160 Section 2

Last Updated: 1/11/2017 1:55:00 PM


Ø  In this section of Physics 160, you are required to also enroll in my section of Physics 167.  This semester we will be using these extra hours to work problems in group work.  In addition to being mandatory, these will help you to succeed in class.

Ø  Please make it a habit to arrive at class on time.  Turn off cell phones. Also, to save my voice, please sit as close to the front as space allows.

Ø  There are many resources out there to help you get the most out of this class. There are my office hours and those of class TA. If you find that you need more help, there is CAPS and finally you can hire a personal tutor (although the tutors at CAPS are good and FREE). You should also consider joining one of the Interest Groups for freshman Biologist and Engineers.

Ø  In-class responses on CPS will count as a part of your grade.  You can consider these as instant mini-quizzes.  As I discuss things in class, I will ask simple questions designed to help you see if you correctly understand what I am saying.  An incorrect response gets 1 points, a correct response 2 points and no response zero points.


Click on link to see a description of the course, text requirements, contact information, and the course outline.

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

Ø  Mathematically describe motion in 1, 2, and 3 dimensions.

Ø  Conceptually explain the motion of any physical object and why it behaves that way.

Ø  Interpret, in words, what a mathematical formula can tell you about a system’s behavior.

Ø  Determine how much, and what types, of information need to be known about a physical system in order to predict its behavior.

Ø  Predict the motion of a physical system given its initial conditions and any external inputs (forces, energy, etc.).

Ø  Select an appropriate method (force, energy, momentum) to solve a problem in a given physical system.

Ø  Familiarize yourself with SI units and be able to think in terms of meters and kilograms.

Ø  Know when a physical quantity is of a reasonable order of magnitude given real-life constraints.

Ø  Recognize applications of mechanics in our everyday lives, be it in nature or technology.

Ø Discuss the extent to which physical systems differ from our ideal models.

MasteringPhysics Homework

To Login to Mastering Physics:

1) Go to

3) If you already have an account, login with your account name and password.

If you are using Mastering Physics for the first time, you must register by:

1) Click on New User.

2) Enter your username:  Use your UNM email address.  For instance mine is

3) Enter a password.

4) Enter the access code that either came with your book (if it’s new and bundled), or that you purchased separately at the bookstore.

5) Enter the school zip code: 87131.

6) Enter the country: United States.

7) Click “Next”

8) Select University of New Mexico as your school.

9) When prompted, you will need to enter the Couse ID:  MPFIELDS38390. 


Click on link to see midterm exams and solutions (posted after, of course).

Grading Policy

CPS = 10%;     Mastering Physics = 20%;            Exams (highest 3 out of 4) = 40%,     Final = 30%

You will need the iClickers for the CPS part of your grade.  You must register your iClicker to get credit for your in-class responses.  Homework assignments will not be accepted after they are due. No exceptions to this policy. I will drop the lowest written homework.  Exams will not be curved, but I will drop the lowest exam score.

Absolutely no make-up exams will be allowed.

Letter grades are assigned as follows:

A+ (>97.99%), A (>92.99%), A- (>89.99%), B+ (>87.99%), B (>82.99%), B- (>79.99%), C+ (>77.99%), C (>72.99%), C- (>69.99%), D (>59.99%), F (≤59.99%)

I make no promises about curving grades. If you feel that you are struggling, I encourage you to attend the problem sessions, go to CAPS and attend the SI classes. 

For those who below a 50% on the first test, I encourage you to drop the course and take Physics 110 to try to prepare yourself for taking Physics 160 again.

Academic Integrity

I have a zero tolerance policy for academic misconduct. According to the Regent’s Policy Manual of UNM, Section 4.8, “Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; hindering the academic work of other students; misrepresenting academic or professional qualifications within or without the University; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other University records. Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in academic and professional matters. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or who otherwise fails to meet the expected standards. Any student judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty in course work may receive a reduced or failing grade for the work in question and/or for the course.”

For this course, please note that academic dishonesty also includes searching for (“googling”) and submitting the answers to MasteringPhysics questions for credit without working through the questions yourself.

Important Dates      

Deadline to add course without form/fees                                       F, 1/27

Deadline to drop course without a “W” on transcript                     F, 2/3

Deadline to drop course without dean approval                              F, 4/14

Instructor deadline to sign form to change grade mode                  F, 4/21

Deadline to drop course with dean approval                                   F, 5/5

Title IX

In an effort to meet obligations under Title IX, UNM faculty, Teaching Assistants, and Graduate Assistants are considered “responsible employees” by the Department of Education (see pg 15 - This designation requires that any report of gender discrimination which includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence made to a faculty member, TA, or GA must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at the Office of Equal Opportunity ( For more information on the campus policy regarding sexual misconduct, see:



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