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Modern Physics Laboratory
Room: ART 366
Term 2

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OpenStax University Physics vol. 2


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Feb. 2:
Reading Assignment 
Read and study Sections 7.1 to 7.5 (inclusive) of OSUPv2.

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Jan. 23 - PL login: Here's a GIF showing how to access the online pre-labs and labs.
Jan. 23:
Reading Assignment 
Read and study chapter 6 of OSUPv2.
Jan. 23:
Quiz #1 
The first quiz will be during class on Monday, January 30. The quiz will be in PrairieLearn. It will be 10 to 12 multiple choice questions. You will have 40 minutes to complete the quiz.

It will cover material from:

Chapter 5 of OSUPv2.
Sections 5.1 to 5.6 inclusive

The Quiz will also cover the simple pendulum. See The Period and Frequency of a Mass on a Spring section from 15.1 and The Simple Pendulum section from 15.4 of volume 1 of the OSUP textbook.

Here is the formula sheet that you may use during the quiz. If you think there is an equation that you need to know that is not on the formula sheet, then you need to memorize it.

You can use any calculator that cannot go online or communicate wirelessly with other devices. Graphing calculators are fine.

The quiz must be completed independently. Anyone caught communicating with another person, in any form, during the quiz will receive an automatic zero and the case will be referred to the Dean's office.

Quiz #1 and its solutions from the W2019 offering of PHYS 121 are available at the bottom of this page.

The quiz will be conducted online using the PrairieLearn platform. You do NOT need to come ART 366 for the quiz on January 30. Find a place to complete the quiz online. You must compelte the quiz indepedently. If you wish, you can come to ART 366 to write the quiz, but you must bring a device (laptop or tablet) that you can use to complete the online quiz using the PrairieLearn platform.

The quiz will become available on PairieLearn at 16:00 on January 30. To have the full allotted time for the quiz, you must begin the quiz within 20 minutes of the 16:00 start time.

During the quiz, if you wish, you will be able to go back to previous questions to check and/or change your answers.

Jan. 18 - PL login: Here's a GIF showing how to login to the PrairieLearn online homework system.
Jan. 13 - Millikan: Here is a link to the YouTube video shown in class demonstrating the Millikan oil-drop experiment.
Jan. 13 - Survey: Reminder that the start-of-term survey is live. All PHYS 121 students are required to complete an online survey. The survey takes only about 10 minutes to complete. Log in to the PHYS 121 Canvas page to find a link to the survey. Complete the survey by Monday, Jan. 16 at 23:59 to receive a credit of 0.5 marks towards your final grade.
Hands-on project: In PHYS 121, there is an opportunity to earn up to 3 bonus marks towards your final grade by completing an indepednet hands-on project related to the course material. Although we will not supply you with lab space or equipment, you may consider taking advantage of the UBCO Makerspace.

To be eligible for the bonus marks, you must:
- email me a short description of your idea no later than 23:59 on Feb. 3.
- provide me with a YouTube link to a video in which you demonstrate your apparatus and explain the relevant physics. This YouTube link will be shared with the class through the PHYS 121 Canvas shell. The YouTube link needs to be sent to me no later than 23:59 on Tuesday, April 11.

The number of bonus marks received will depend on the quality of both the hands-on project demonstrated and the explanation of the physics. You may complete the optional hands-on project individually or as a team of two. If working with a partner, each member of the team must make substantial contributions to the project.

HW1: The first PrairieLearn homework assignment is now available!

The due date is Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 23:59.

Log in to the PHYS 121 Canvas page for a link to the PHYS 121 PrairieLearn page.

Survey: All PHYS 121 students are required to complete an online survey. The survey takes only about 10 minutes to complete.

After the start of term-2, log in to the PHYS 121 Canvas page to find a link to the survey.

Please complete the survey by Monday, Jan. 16 at 23:59.

You will received a credit of 0.5 marks towards your final grade after completing the survey.

Calculus: Here are some calculus review exercises (with answers). You should be able to do the differentiation exercises. You'll acquire to skills to do the integration exercises as you progress through MATH 101.
Studying Strategy: Review your notes to get a basic grasp of the concepts covered. Read and understand all steps of the worked Example problems in the textbook. Then close your book and solve the problems on your own. If you get stuck, go back to the book to get unstuck. Repeat this process until you can confidently solve the problems without referring to the solutions in the book.

This process is time consuming, but it'll definitely expose which concepts you are conformatable with and those that you need to review.

Review the PrairieLearn homework problems. Especially the ones that you initially got wrong. The goal is not only to get the right answer, but also to understand each step that leads you to the correct answer.

Try the practice problems in the OpenStax University Physics volume 2 book. Do as many as you possibly can. You learn physics by doing physics, not by watching someone else do it! The answers to the odd-numbered problems are given at the back of the book.

Finally, try the past midterms and final exams posted at the bottom of this page.

Midterm: The will be one midterm in PHYS 121. It will be written during regular class time and in the usual class room. The midterm is scheduled for:

Midterm - Mon. Feb. 27

There will not be a make-up midterm.
Quizzes: The will be two quizzes in PHYS 121. They will be during regular class time and in the usual class room. The quizzes are scheduled for:

Quiz #1 - Mon. Jan. 30
Quiz #2 - Mon. Mar. 20

There will not be make-up quizzes.
Reading, Labs, & HW: Read chapter 5 of OSUPv2

Labs will start the week of Jan. 23.
--Links to the free PHYS 121 lab manual will be provided in the PHYS 121 Laboratory Canvas page.
--Once labs start, you must complete Pre-lab assignments before the lab begins.
--If you have previously completed the PHYS 121 lab and received at least 60%, you may register for the XM1 lab section and retain your earlier laboratory grade. To do so, complete the PHYSICS XMT LAB EXEMPTION form at https://cmps.ok.ubc.ca/forms/ before Jan. 18.
Tutorials will start the week of Jan. 23.
--All students must registered in a tutrorial section.
--If you have completed grade 12 Physics, you can get exempted from the PHYS 121 tutorials by self-registering in the XM2 tutorial section.

To do: 0. Read PHYS 121 syllabus
1. Get free online OpenStax textbook (OSUPv2)
2. Login to the free PHYS 121 PrairieLearn page
      --Get a direct link in the PHYS 121 Canvas page
3. Join the free PHYS 121 Piazza page.
      --Get the access code from the PHYS 121 Canvas page
4. Complete HW1 (introduction to PrairieLearn)
5. Read sections 5.1 & 5.2 of OSUPv2
Course Syllabus (.pdf): PHYS 121 Syllabus

Lecture Materials


Feb. 06: - Pdf of notes.
Feb. 03: - Pdf of notes.
Feb. 01: - Pdf of notes.
Jan. 27: - Pdf of notes.
Jan. 25: - Pdf of notes.
Jan. 23: - Pdf of notes.
Jan. 20: - Pdf of notes.
Jan. 18: - Pdf of notes.
Jan. 16: - Pdf of notes.
Jan. 13: - Pdf of notes.
Jan. 11: - Pdf of notes.
Jan. 09: - Pdf of notes.

Tutorials


Tutorial #2: group problems
group problem solns
quiz
quiz solns
Tutorial #1: group problems
group problem solns
quiz
quiz solns

Practice Problems & Solutions


Past Assignment Problems/Quiz #1 Past Midterm Problems Past Quiz #2 Past Final Exams
Past assignment problems 1
Past assignment problems 2
Past assignment problems 3
W2019 Quiz #1
W2019 Quiz #1 Solns
Practice midterm 1
Practice midterm 2
Practice midterm 3
Practice midterm 4
2013 Midterm
2013 Midterm Solns
W2019 Midterm
W2019 Midterm Solns
W2019 Quiz #2
W2019 Quiz #2 Solns
2013 Practice Final
2013 Practice Final Solns
2013 Final
2013 Final Solns

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last modified: February 6, 2023

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