Kent Morrison
Adjunct Professor
Office: PAIS 3314

Physics 152

University of New Mexico

Spring 2017 Physics

Meeting Place: Regener Room 114

Meeting Time: TR 5:30 – 6:45

Home Page:, classes, class homepages (Spring 2017), P152 General Physics Morrison

Mastering Physics:

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.

Student ID: This is your nine digit UNM Banner ID.


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, 3:30-5:15 PM in room 109 of Regener Hall. Every TUEDAY, 7:00-7:50 PM I will be teaching PHYC 158, the problems session for this course, in Regener ROOM 114 and you are welcome to drop by to ask questions even if you are not registered for PHYC 158. 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 158. 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 152, so I highly recommend taking it.
  • The Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS, see
  • 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).

  1. 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.
  2. 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 MPI hahh 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 MPMORRISONSPRING2017
  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, P158.002 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 152 L) is very relevant to the course and is recommended but is not required since students who take P158.002 generally do better on tests and understand the material better. There are no tests or homework in P158.002, 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.


This 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 5:30 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, Jan 17

Reading: class syllabus & Chap 17. Register in Mastering Physics (MP) and Learning Catalytics (LC)

Chap 17 Pre-lecture homework, due Feb 2 at 11:59 pm Chap 17 homework, due Feb 2 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Jan 19

Reading: Chap 17


Tue, Jan 24

Reading: Chap 18

Chap 18 Pre-lecture homework, due Feb 2 at 11:59 pm Chap 18 homework, due Feb 2 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Jan 26

Reading: Chap 18


Tue, Jan 31

Reading: Chap 19

Chap 19 Pre-lecture homework, due Feb 2 at 5:30 pm Chap 19 homework, due Feb 7 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Feb 2

Reading: Chap 19


Tue, Feb 7

TEST 1 covering material from Chap 17-19

NO P158 (Problems session) CLASS TODAY

Thur, Feb 9

Reading: Chap 20

Chap 20 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur Feb 9 at 5:30 pm: Chap 20 homework, due Feb16 at 11:59 pm

Tue, Feb 14

Reading: Chap 20


Thur, Feb 16

Reading: Chap 21

Chap 21 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur Feb 16 at 5:30 pm: Chap 21 homework, due Feb23 at 11:59 pm

Tue, Feb 21

Reading: Chap 21


Thur, Feb 23

Reading: Chap 22

Chap 22 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur Feb 23 at 5:30 pm: Chap 22 homework, due Mar 2 at 11:59 pm

Tue, Feb 28

Reading: Chap 22


Thur, Mar 2

Reading: Chap 23

Chap 23 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur Mar 2 at 5:30 pm: Chap 23 homework, due Mar 9 at 11:59 pm

Tue, Mar 7

Reading: Chap 23


Thur, Mar 9

TEST 2 covering material from Chap 20-23

Mar 13-17

Spring Break

Spring Break

Tue, Mar 21

Reading: Chap 24

Chap 24 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Mar 21 at 5:30 pm: Chap 24 homework, due Mar 28 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Mar 23

Reading: Chap 24


Tue, Mar 28

Reading: Chap 25

Chap 25 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Mar 28 at 5:30 pm: Chap 25 homework, due Apr 4 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Mar 30

Reading: Chap 25


Tue, Apr 4

Reading: Chap 26

Chap 26 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Apr 4 at 5:30 pm: Chap 26 homework, due Apr 11 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Apr 6

Reading: Chap 26


Tue, Apr 11

Reading: Chap 27

Chap 27 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Apr 11 at 5:30 pm: Chap 27 homework, due Apr 18 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Apr 13

Reading: Chap 27


Tue, Apr 18

TEST 3 covering material from Chap 24-27

NO P158 (Problems session) CLASS TODAY

Thur, Apr 20

Reading: Chap 28

Chap 28 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur, Apr 20 at 5:30 pm: Chap 28 homework, due Apr 27 at 11:59 pm

Tue, Apr 25

Reading: Chap 28



Thur, Apr 27

Reading: Chap 29

Chap 29 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur, Apr 27 at 5:30 pm: Chap 28 homework, due May 4 at 11:59 pm

Tue, May 2

Reading: Chap 29 & 30


Thur, May 4

Reading: Chap 30 and Review for Final Exam

Chap 30 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur, May 4 at 5:00 pm: There is NO Chap 14 homework

Thur, May 11

Final Exam 5:30-7:30pm

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