Physics 1230 (P151) Fall 2022 - Dr. L. Kent Morrison

General Physics I (algebra-based), section 002

PHYS 1230 (P151)
University of New Mexico
Fall 2022 Physics

Instructor: Dr. L Kent Morrison

Course Number: PHYC 1230
Section Number: 002
Call Number: 63943

Meeting Place: Regener Hall 103
Meeting Time: TR 5:00 – 6:15

Office Hours in Regener Hall 109: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 – 4:45

  1. Home Page:, classes, class homepages (Fall 2022), PHYS 1230 General Physics Morrison
  2. Mastering Physics:
  3. Mastering Physics Student Access Code : This is a six-"word" printed code supplied beneath the pull-tab inside your Mastering Physics Student Access Kit.  It is valid for registering one student. If the tab in this kit has been pulled back, the code may no longer be valid.  If you buy a secondhand textbook, any code supplied with it is not valid, but you can purchase a Student Access Code online using a credit card or you can go to the bookstore and buy a mastering physics package.
  4. Student ID: This is your nine digit UNM Banner ID
  5. Course ID: morrison82e-4  

Text and other material.    The textbook used for this class is the fourth edition of College Physics: A Strategic Approach by Knight, Jones, and Field, Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2019. The third edition of the textbook will be fine for reading assignments, but you must get a fourth-edition Mastering Physics access code.  Various text supplements are available and may be helpful but are not required. You will need a simple calculator with trig functions that you should bring to class regularly. You will need it for in-class exercises, tests and homework. You will also need to bring to class a smart phone, laptop computer or tablet if you have one.  If you do not have one, I will provide you with a workaround.

Office hours and tutoring help.   My office hours will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:45 PM in room 114 of Regener Hall. If none of these times work for you then please make an appointment.  I will not have time to communicate effectively via email so come to my office hours or make an appointment if you have questions! Other resources are:

The Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS, see, and Private tutors

Homework.  Mastering Physics (MP) is the on-line homework system and it is required.  MP comes free with new texts purchased in the bookstore.   Once you have an access code for MP, you can register for MP in Learn using these instructions:     . All homework assignments are graded (The first HW is called “Introduction to MasteringPhysics” on how to use MP).  The MP assignments are listed in the Class Schedule (see link below). 

(a) The pre-lecture assignments are generally due at 5:00 pm before class.  If you complete your pre-lecture assignment late, you will get no credit for it.

(b) The regular homework assignments are generally due at 11:59 pm the day after the material is covered in class.  The regular homework assignments can be turned in late, but you will be penalized 10% for each day it is late.  

You should begin the pre-lecture MP assignments before coming to class.  Your new book comes with an MP package (no extra cost to you).  Whether your MP package came with the text or whether you bought access from the bookstore or online, everyone must register on line and complete the “Intro to MP” assignment and start becoming familiar with MP.  I will delayed the due date for the assignments for Chapters 1, 2 & 3, so you will enough time to register in MP  You can register simply by following the instructions available online at

Important notes for registering:

(1) The UNM Zip code is 87131.
(2)  Our Course ID is morrison82e-4
(3) Your Student ID will be your nine digit Banner ID

Learning Catalytics.

We'll be using Learning Catalytics for activities or assignments in our course. From the Mastering Course Home, choose "Learning Catalytics" (top right)

IF YOU PURCHASED MASTERING WITH ETEXT OR A NEW BOOK PACKAGE, you can access Learning Catalytics right away.

IF YOU PURCHASED MASTERING WITHOUT ETEXT, you'll be prompted to buy Learning Catalytics access.

IMPORTANT: When asked if you have a Pearson account during the purchase process, select "Yes" and enter your Mastering username and password. Do NOT create a new Learning Catalytics account!

JOIN A SESSION: When a Learning Catalytics session becomes available, choose "Join Session" (top right) from your Mastering Course Home page.

Learning Catalytics uses your networked device (either a smart phone, tablet or laptop) that you must bring to every class.  To register in Learning Catalytics go to Getting Started on Learning Catalytics Student .  If you do not have such a device, let me know and I will provide a workaround.

Attendance Policy

Regular and punctual attendance is required. UNM Pathfinder policies apply, which in part means instructor drops based on non-attendance are possible. This policy applies regardless of the grading option you have chosen.

Dropping the class.  If you drop the course then please let me know.  Sometimes this information does not get to me and this can lead to grade difficulties at the end of the semester

Accommodation Statement

Accessibility Services (Mesa Vista Hall 2021, 505-277-3506) provides academic support to students who have disabilities. If you think you need alternative accessible formats for undertaking and completing coursework, you should contact this service right away to assure your needs are met in a timely manner. If you need local assistance in contacting Accessibility Services, see the Bachelor and Graduate Programs office.

Course Grade: This link contains information about how your course grade will be assigned and can also be found in Learn under Course Materials.  The overall grade in MP is NOT your true grade since I drop one test and weigh the various components of your grade differently.  You can always check with me for a grade check.

CLASS SCHEDULE, READING & HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS   This is the place where the tentative schedule containing the dates when topics are covered in class, reading assignments, homework assignments, and tests will be posted.  I will update this regularly, but the due dates for the online homework are also posted on Mastering Physics (MP). 

All homework assignments will be done online using Mastering Physics (MP).  The MP pre-lecture homeworks are generally to be finished before class by 5:00 PM and no credit is given for late submissions.  The MP chapter homeworks are generally due at 11:59 pm of the day they are due.  In Mastering Physics, always answer numerical questions with 3 significant figures unless the problem specifically requests that you do otherwise.  CAUTION:  Do not wait until the last minute to work and submit your Mastering Physics homework.  You can submit your regular homework answers up to 10 days late, but you will be penalized 10% for each day they are late.  There is no credit for late submission of the Pre-lecture homework.  If you have a reason for missing an assignment, let me know and I will give you an extension on the due date.

Class Day, date

Reading Assignment/Topics discussed that day

Homework Assignment  in Mastering Physics (MP) and Due Date

Tue, Aug 23

Reading: class syllabus & Chap 1.

Register in Mastering Physics (MP) and Learning Catalytics (LC) 

“Intro to MP”, Due Tue, Sep 6 at 5:00 pm

Chap 1 Pre-lecture homework, due Sep 6 at 5:00 pm

Chap 1 homework, due Sep 6 at 5:00 pm  

Thur, Aug 25

Reading: Chap 1 & 2

Chap 2 Pre-lecture homework, due Sep 6 at 5:00 pm

Chap 2 homework, due Sep 6 at 5:00 pm

Tue, Aug 30

Reading: Chap 2


Thur, Sep 1

Reading: Chap 3

Chap 3 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Sep 6 at 5:00 pm

Chap 3 homework, due Tue, Sep 6 at 5:00 pm                       

Tue, Sep 6

Reading: Chap 3


Thur, Sep 8

Test 1 covering material from Chapters 1-3

NO PHYS 1231 (Problems session) CLASS TODAY

Tue, Sep 13

Reading: Chap 4

Chap 4 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue Sep 13 at 5:00 pm:

Chap 4 homework, due Mon, Sep 19 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Sep 15

Reading: Chap 4


Tue, Sep 20

Reading: Chap 5

Chap 5 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue Sep 20 at 5:00 pm:

Chap 5 homework, due Mon, Sep 26 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Sep 22

Reading: Chap 5


Tue, Sep 27

Reading: Chap 6

Chap 6 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Sep 27 at 5:00 pm:

Chap 6 homework, due Mon, Oct 3 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Sep 29

Reading: Chap 6


Tue, Oct 4

Reading: Chap 7

Chap 7 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Oct 4 at 5:00 pm:

Chap 7 homework, due Mon, Oct 10 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Oct 6

Reading: Chap 7


Tue,  Oct 11

Test 2 covering material from Chapters 4-7


Thur, Oct 13

Fall Break


Tues, Oct 18

Reading: Chap 8

Chap 8 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Oct 18 at 5:00 pm:

Chap 8 homework, due Mon, Oct 24 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Oct 20

Reading: Chap 8


Tue, Oct 25

Reading: Chap 9

Chap 9 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Oct 25 at 5:00 pm: 

Chap 9 homework, due Mon, Oct 31 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Oct 27

Reading: Chap 9


Tue, Nov 1

Reading: Chap 10

Chap 10 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Nov 1 at 5:00 pm:

Chap 10 homework, due Mon, Nov 7 at 11:59 pm

Tue, Nov 8

Reading: Chap 11, sections 11.1-11.3 only

Chap 11 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Nov 8 at 5:00 pm: 

Chap 11 homework, due Thur,  Nov 10 at 5:00 pm

Thur, Nov 10

Test 3 covering material from Chapters 8-11.3

NO PHYS 1231 (Problems session) CLASS TODAY

Tue, Nov 15

Reading: Chap 12

Chap 12 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Nov 15 at 5:00 pm:

Chap 12  homework, due Mon, Nov 21 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Nov 17

Reading: Chap 12


Tue, Nov 22

Reading: Chap 13

Chap 13 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Nov 22 at 5:00 pm:         Chap 13 homework, due Wed Nov 30 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Nov 24

Thanksgiving Break


Tue, Nov 29

Reading: Chap 13


Thur, Dec 1

Reading: Chap 14                                                                  

Chap 14 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur, Dec 1 at 5:00 pm: 

Chap 14 homework, due Wed, Dec 7 at 11:59 pm

Tue, Dec 6

Reading: Chap 14                                                                  


Thur, Dec 8

Reading: Chap 15,sections 15.1-15.7 only

Chap 15 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Dec 8 at 5:00 pm:

Chap 15 homework, due Wed, Dec 14  at 11:59 pm                        

Tue, Dec 13

Reading: Chap 15,sections 15.1-15.7 only  and Chap 16,sections 16.1 – 16.4 only

Chap 16 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur, Dec 15 at 5:00 pm

Thur, Dec 15

Reading: Chap 16, sections 16.1-16.4 only


Final Exam, 5:30-7:30, comprehensive over all material covered in class