Dinesh Loomba
Email: dloomba@unm.edu
Office: PAIS 3246
Phone: 505-277-2616

General Physics I PHYC 160 | Section 002 - Spring 15 - Dr. Loomba

Course Information

Lectures are on Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 7:45 pm, Regener Hall 103

Students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to sign up for the Problems Class, PHYC 167 (CRN 16285) -- held on Thursday from 4:30 to 5:20 in Regener 103

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The laboratory (Physics 160 L) is very relevant to the course and is recommended but is also not required.

This course is for physics/astrophysics, engineering, or science majors.

Office hours and tutoring help

In addition to PHYC 167 problems class, there are many additional problems/discussion/help sessions available. For now we will have the following sessions, which are shared with the morning Section 1. But these will change so check this site periodically.

Instructors: Adrian Orozco (aorozc01@unm.edu), Matt Koppa (mkoppa@unm.e du), Mohamadreza Fazel (fazel@unm.edu), and Jaks a Osinski (jaksa@unm.edu). All sessions are h eld in Regener 111.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  • 2-4 pm
  • 1-3 pm
  • 1-3 pm
  • 11:15-1:15 pm
  • 1-3 pm
  • 1-3 pm

Problems class
PHYC 167 (Instructor: Roy):

  • M: 1200-1250 (in Regener 114)
  • W: 1200-1250 (in Regener 114)

AND (Instructor: Loomba)

  • Th: 1630-1720 (in Regener 114)
Instructor Office Hours: By appointment


  • COURSE GRADE. This link contains information about how your course grade will be assigned.
  • CLASS SCHEDULE, READING & HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS. This link contains a tentative schedule of material covered in the course. It also lists your reading assignments and homework assignments and the dates they are due.
  • HOMEWORK and iCLICKER GUIDE. This link gives you a description of the types of homework that will be assigned. It also gives you a description of how your iCLICKER will be used and graded.

Class rules

Do not cheat. Any form of cheating behavior will be dealt with severely -- I will drop you from the class. I use the words cheating behavior because if you are looking in the direction of your neighbor's paper I can't read your mind and determine whether you are cheating. But I can tell what you are looking at. And there are many other examples. Use common sense about this. Do not wear a baseball hat or any thing that covers your eyes during a test. All cell phones must be turned off and placed out of sight. If I even see a cell phone during a test the owner will receive a zero. I will not tolerate this or other cheating behavior, period.

Do not disrupt your classmate's learning in any way.

Turn off electronic devices and put them away.

Student ID

Your Student ID is your banner ID. Use the Student ID on tests, etc. Due to privacy concerns, DO NOT write your social security number on anything you hand in.

Dropping the class

If you drop the course, 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. If you do not drop the class and stop attending, I will not know it and you will receive a WF at the end of the course! So it is critical that you file the appropriate paperwork and let me know when you drop the course.

Text and other material

Mandatory Texts: University Physics by Young & Freedman, 13th ed.

Mastering Physics is required for completing the HW

Various text supplements are available and may be helpful but are not required. However, purchase and use of a clicker and Mastering Physics (MP) is required. MP comes free with new texts purchased in the bookstore. But if you bought a used text or obtained your text elsewhere you will have to purchase MP.

You will need a simple calculator with trig functions that you should bring to class regularly. You will need it for tests and homeworks.

Mastering Physics (MP) is the homework grading system. Your new book came with a MP package. 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 access online, go to masteringphysics.com, 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 first MP assignment and start becoming familiar with MP before class on Wednesday.

You can register simply by following the instructions available online at masteringphysics.com.

Important notes for registering:

  • The UNM zip code is: 87131
  • Our Course ID is: MPLOOMBA008
  • Student ID:You must use your banner ID
  • 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 probably not valid. In either case, 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. If you need help then click on the ? icon. There are more detailed Mastering Physics registration instructions at physics.unm.edu/Courses/StudentHelp.