Physics 152

University of New Mexico

Summer 2019 Physics

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Mastering Physics:

Instructor: Dr. L Kent Morrison

Course Number PHYC 152
Section Number: 001
Call Number: 11776

Meeting Place: Regener Room 114
Meeting Time: MTWR 16:00 - 17:15

Office hours in Regener Hall 109
MTWR 2:30-3:45 – 5:15 PM

(1) Home Page:, classes, class homepages (Summer, 2019), P152 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

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, 2015. The third 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 MTWR 2:30-3:45 in room 109 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:

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 4:00 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 17 & 18, 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 MPMORRISONSUMMER2019
(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.

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 weight 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 3:30 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

Mon, Jun 3

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

Chap 17 Pre-lecture homework, due Jun 7 at 11:59 pm                                                   Chap 17 homework, due Jun 7 at 11:59 pm                                                  

Tues, Jun 4

Reading: Chap 17


Wed, Jun 5

Reading: Chap 18

Chap 18 Pre-lecture homework, due Jun 8 at 11:59 pm                                                   Chap 18 homework, due  Jun 8 at 11:59 pm                                                  

Thur, Jun 6

Reading: Chap 18


Mon, Jun 10

Reading: Chap 19

Chap 19 Pre-lecture homework, due Jun 10 at 3:30 pm                                                   Chap 19 homework, due Jun 12 at 3:30 pm                                                  

Tues, Jun 11

Reading: Chap 19


Wed, Jun 12

TEST 1 covering material from Chap 17-19


Thur, Jun 13

Reading: Chap 20

Chap 20 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur Jun 13 at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 20 homework, due Jun 18 at 11:59 pm                                                                          

Mon, Jun 17

Reading: Chap 20


Tues, Jun 18

Reading: Chap 21

Chap 21 Pre-lecture homework, due Tues, Jun18  at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 21 homework, due Jun 20 at 11:59 pm                                                                          

Wed, Jun 19

Reading: Chap 21


Thur, Jun 20

Reading: Chap 22

Chap 22 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur, Jun 20  at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 22 homework, due Jun 22 at 11:59 pm                                                                          

Mon, Jun 24

Reading: Chap 22


Tues, Jun 25

Reading: Chap 23

Chap 23 Pre-lecture homework, due Tues, Jun 25  at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 23 homework, due Jun 27 at 3:30 pm                                                                          

Wed, Jun 26

Reading: Chap 23


Thur, Jun 27

TEST 2 covering material from Chap 20-23


 Mon, Jul 1

Reading: Chap 24

Chap 24 Pre-lecture homework, due Mon, Jul 1 at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 24 homework, due Jul 3 at 11:59 pm

Tue,  Jul 2

Reading: Chap 24


Wed, Jul 3

Reading: Chap 25

Chap 25 Pre-lecture homework, due Wed, Jul 3 at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 25 homework, due Jul 9 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Jul 4



Mon, Jul 8

Reading: Chap 25


Tue,  Jul 9

Reading: Chap 26

Chap 26 Pre-lecture homework, due Tue, Jul 9 at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 26 homework, due Jul 11 at 11:59 pm

Wed, Jul 10

Reading: Chap 26


Thur, Jul 11

Reading: Chap 27

Chap 27 Pre-lecture homework, due Thur, Jul 11 at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 27 homework, due Jul 16 at 3:30 pm

Mon, Jul 15

Reading: Chap 27


Tue,  Jul 16

TEST 3 covering material from Chap 24-27


Wed, Jul 17

Reading: Chap 28                                                                    

Chap 28 Pre-lecture homework, due Wed, Jul 17 at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 28 homework, due Jul 20 at 11:59 pm

Thur, Jul 18

Reading: Chap 28                                                              


Mon, Jul 22

Reading: Chap 29

Chap 29 Pre-lecture homework, due Mon, Jul 22 at 3:30 pm:                         Chap 29 homework, due Jul 24 at 11:59 pm

Tue, Jul 23

Reading: Chap 29 & 30

Chap 30 Pre-lecture homework, due Wed, Jul 24 at 3:30 pm:                        

Wed, Jul 24

Reading: Chap 30 and Review for Final Exam

There is NO Chap 30 homework

Thur, Jul 25

Final Exam 4:30-6:00pm





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