Kent Morrison
Adjunct Professor
Office: PAIS 3314

Physics 1230 (P151) Fall 2019 - Dr. L. Kent Morrison

General Physics I (algebra-based), section 002

PHYS 1230 (P151)
University of New Mexico
Fall 2019 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

  • Home, classes, class homepages (Fall 2019), PHYC 1230 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
  • 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 109 of Regener Hall. Every Thursday, 6:30-7:20 PM I will be teaching PHYS 1231 (P157), the problems session for this course, in Regener 114 and you are welcome to drop by to ask questions even if you are not registered for PHYS 1231.  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:

Problem review sessions, PHYS 1231 (P157).  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 PHYS 1230 (P151), so I highly recommend taking it.

Teaching Assistant, problem/review sessions are all in Regener room 111:   TBD

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: 

mastering physics

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 generlly 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.

Problem Session, PHYS 1231.  The 1 credit hour problem session is very helpful for understanding the material and getting a better grade.  It is not required, but it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. The students who take PHYS 1231 generally do better on tests and understand the material better.  There are no tests or homework in PHYS 1231, to get credit you must attend at least 75% of the classes and participate in the group work done in class.  The laboratory (PHYS 1230 L) is very relevant to the course and is recommended but is not required.

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 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.


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 20 Reading: class syllabus & Chap 1.            
Register in Mastering Physics (MP) and Learning Catalytics (LC)                                       
“Intro to MP”, Due Thur, Sep 5 at 5:00 pm                                                  
Chap 1 Pre-lecture homework, due Sep 5 at 5:00 pm                                                 
Chap 1 homework, due Sep 5 at 5:00 pm                                                  
Thur, Aug 22 Reading: Chap 1 & 2 Chap 2 Pre-lecture homework, due Sep 5 at 5:00 pm                                                   
Chap 2 homework, due Sep 5 at 5:00 pm                                                  
Tue, Aug 27 Reading: Chap 2 same
Thur, Aug 29 Reading: Chap 3 Chap 3 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur Sep 5 at 5:00 pm                        
Chap 3 homework, due Thur Sep 5 at 5:00 pm                       
Tue, Sep 3 Reading: Chap 3 same
Thur, Sep 5 Test 1 covering material from Chapters 1-3 NO PHYS 1231 (Problems session) CLASS TODAY
Tue, Sep 10 Reading: Chap 4 Chap 4 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue Sep 10 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 4 homework, due Mon, Sep 16 at 11:59 pm                                                                          
Thur, Sep 12 Reading: Chap 4 same
Tue, Sep 17 Reading: Chap 5 Chap 5 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue Sep 17  at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 5 homework, due Mon, Sep 23 at 11:59 pm                                                                          
Thur, Sep 19 Reading: Chap 5 same
Tue, Sep 24 Reading: Chap 6 Chap 6 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Sep 24 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 6 homework, due Mon, Sep 30 at 11:59 pm                                                                          
Thur, Sep 26 Reading: Chap 6 same
Tue, Oct 1 Reading: Chap 7 Chap 7 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Oct 1 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 7 homework, due Mon, Oct 7 at 11:59 pm                                                                          
Thur, Oct 3 Reading: Chap 7 same
Tue,  Oct 8 Test 2 covering material from Chapters 4-7  
Thur, Oct 10 Fall Break  
Tues, Oct 15 Reading: Chap 8 Chap 8 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Oct 15 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 8 homework, due Mon, Oct 21 at 11:59 pm
Thur, Oct 17 Reading: Chap 8 same
Tue, Oct 22 Reading: Chap 9 Chap 9 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Oct 22 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 9 homework, due Mon, Oct 28 at 11:59 pm
Thur, Oct 24 Reading: Chap 9 same
Tue, Oct 29 Reading: Chap 10 Chap 10 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Oct 29 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 10 homework, due Mon, Nov 4 at 11:59 pm
Thur, Oct 31 Reading: Chap 10 same
Tue, Nov 5 Reading: Chap 11, sections 11.1-11.3 only Chap 11 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Nov 5 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 11 homework, due Thur, Nov 7 at 5:00 pm
Thur, Nov 7 Test 3 covering material from Chapters 8-11.3 NO PHYS 1231 (Problems session) CLASS TODAY
Tue, Nov 12 Reading: Chap 12 Chap 12 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Nov 12 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 12  homework, due Mon, Nov 18 at 11:59 pm
Thur, Nov 14 Reading: Chap 12 and Chap 13 Chap 13 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur, Nov 14 at 5:00 pm:         
Chap 13 homework, due Wed Nov 20 at 11:59 pm
Tue, Nov 19 Reading: Chap 13 and Chap 14 Chap 14 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Nov 19 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 14 homework, due Mon, Nov 25 at 11:59 pm
Thur, Nov 21 Reading: Chap 14                                                                       same
Tue, Nov 26 Reading: Chap 15,sections 15.1-15.7 only Chap 15 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Nov 26 at 5:00 pm:                        
Chap 15 homework, due Wed, Dec 4  at 11:59 pm
Thur, Nov 28 Thanksgiving Holiday NO PHYS 1231 (Problems session) CLASS TODAY
Tue, Dec 3 Reading: Chap 15,sections 15.1-15.7 only same
Thur, Dec 5 Reading: Chap 16, sections 16.1-16.4 only Chap 16 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur, Dec 5 at 5:00 pm:                        
Tues, Dec 10 Final Exam, 5:30-7:30, comprehensive over all material covered in class