Physics Class

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Updated: 17 February 2006

I will use announcements posted via LON-CAPA as my main way of communicating important information about homework assignments and related schedule changes during the semester. You should check the system daily for new homework assignments and "critical messages" describing any changes in the schedule.

I keep this link for nostalgia reasons (see below) but there are some important general announcements and suggestions summarized here.


Welcome to a new semester. As noted above, all important announcements for PHY2048 and PHY2049 will be made in class and via LON-CAPA, not here. However, there are some older announcements and comments below that you might find interesting and helpful. Otherwise, this page is mainly kept here for nostalgic reasons.

By the way, the gif "announcements" file used to link to this page had its 10th birthday on October 2nd. It was created in 1995 for the web material related to the MAD3401 course, "Introduction to Numerical Analysis", I was teaching at FSU that semester. (That is the reason for the choice of colors. The font came from a text grab off of a Unix Xwindow, and it was editted with "xv".) The World Wide Web was barely 3 years old at that time. SCRI at FSU had one of only 10 web servers in the entire world in September of 1992, and browsers were common enough in the world of computer science majors by 1995 that I could assume they would be able to access material on my home page.

Comment for new students:
All new students (along with returning ones) should review my advising notes on physics.

A reminder to returning students and a heads-up to new ones:
My courses (like all true college-level courses) hit the ground running on the first day based on the assumption that you remember what you learned in the courses required before you can take mine. It is very important that you attend the first day and every other class day after that. Some of you may need to review your skills from the prerequisite courses, particularly those related to solving word problems applying algebra and trig. Physics 2049 students are reminded that I expect them to remember how to work with vectors, basic kinematics from PHY2048, basic geometry from high school or trig class, and all of the main results from Calc I no matter when you took it.

Withdrawal Policy for Science Labs:
The Dean of the TCC Division of Science and Math announced a clarification of the policy on withdrawls as it affects students taking a class that has a co-requisite laboratory course. I have put together a page that (to the best of my knowledge) summarizes this policy clarification and its impact on students who wish to withdraw from lecture while staying in lab. Please follow this link to read my summary of this policy, which takes effect immediately.

Advising Information for Engineering Majors:
The latest version of my handout is available here as a PDF file. This information is fairly generic and is only intended as an initial heads-up for students in algebra, trig, and pre-calc who are planning to transfer with an AA to engineering school. Contact me if you have any questions or corrections.

Standard comment on grade information:
Grades are usually posted on Eaglenet the day after we must turn them in. We turn them in on or before the first working day after the end of finals. I do not discuss grades until after I have turned them in. If you want to know what you got on the final exam and your total score and/or grade via e-mail, send your request from your TCC e-mail account. Any other e-mail discussion can only take place if you include your name and social security number and if the address matches what I got from you on your info sheet. You can also contact me to make an appointment to see your exam.

Selected notes from Spring 2005:

As announced via CAPA to my current PHY2048 class, I have put up a page on the web that gives the complete set of answers from my Fall 2004 class to the question What advice would you give to a student currently taking trig concerning the skills and knowlegdge they need to take with them after they pass the class? It contains some extremely useful advice to students currently taking physics or calculus, including calc 2.

Selected notes from Spring 2004:

PowerPoint presentations used in class will be maintained on the "R" drive accessible from your TCC computer account. Some of these will also be linked from the appropriate unit page.

Selected notes from Fall 2003:

Computer Science students might be interested in a link my brother sent me about hacking Big Mouth Billy Bass in Linux. There is information about converting your talking Bass into a peripheral for your Linux system along with examples (mpeg files) of the result in action. There is also information about how to make it into a Linux-based embedded system (i.e. standalone computer) with everything inside the existing packaging.

Selected notes from Spring 2003:

The site I wanted to go to in PHY2048 was, clicking on the picture to view the new "Top Thrill Dragster" coaster.

The 2003 West Point Bridge Design Contest has begun.
Visit the contest web site, and also check out my pages on bridge trusses.

Selected notes from Fall 2002:

I have had a draft version of some pages on bridge trusses available on the web for a few weeks. You might want to check them out. You might also consider mentoring a group of high school or middle school kids who want to compete next year. If you are interested, the TCC publicity machine can help you find some if you don't have ties to a local school that might do this. (Raa had a team compete last year.)

I have created a new page of links that collects a number of web links that appear in various places within the various unit pages. It includes a link to the West Point Bridge Design Contest site I have talked about in both classes.