Kent Morrison
Adjunct Professor
Office: P&A 1115
Phone: 505 277-0433

Physics 151.02 Fall 2016 - Dr. L. Kent Morrison

General Physics I (algebra-based), section 002

Call Number 50583
Cr 03
TR 5:00 - 6:15 pm
Regener Hall 103
Instructor is Dr. L. Kent Morrison, 277-0433,, office in room 1115 of the Physics and Astronomy (P&A) Building at the northeast corner of Lomas and Yale.

Text and other material.    The textbook used for this class is the third edition of College Physics: A Strategic Approach by Knight, Jones, and Field, Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2015. The second edition of the textbook will be fine for reading assignments, but you must get a third-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, 3:00-4:50 PM in room 109 of Regener Hall. Every Thursday, 6:30-7:20 PM I will be teaching PHYC 157, the problems session for this course, in Regener 103 and you are welcome to drop by to ask questions even if you are not registered for PHYC 157.  If none of these times work for you then please make an appointment.  With a class this size 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:

  • Problem review sessions, PHYC 157.  This credit/no-credit 1 hour course is very valuable.  Those who take this course tend to do better on the tests and homework in PHYC 151, so I highly recommend taking it.
  • Teaching Assistants, problem/review sessions are all in Regener room 111:   TBD
  • The The Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)
  • 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 at Getting Started Student Registration   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 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 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).  If you have a used book you need to buy the Mastering Physics package from the bookstore or you can go on line with a credit card and buy it.  To buy MP access online, go to  then click on the title of your textbook. Then click Buy Now and follow instructions.   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, 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 MPMORRISONFALL2016
  3. Your Student ID will be your nine digit Banner ID

Learning Catalytics. We will be using Learning Catalytics instead of IClickers for in class exercises.  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.  If you do not get a new book, you will need to purchase an access code for Learning Catalytics from (which is $12 a term or $20 a year).  The LC access code comes free with a new book.
Problem Session, P157.002.  The 1 credit hour problem session is very helpful for understanding the material and getting a better grade, however it is not required. The laboratory (Physics 151 L) is very relevant to the course and is recommended but is not required since students who take P157.002 generally do better on tests and understand the material better.  There are no tests or homework in P157.002, to get credit you must attend at least 75% of the classes and participate in the group work done in class. 

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, 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.  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 link contains a tentative schedule of material covered in the course. This may change during the semester.  It also lists your reading assignments and homework assignments and the dates they are due.

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