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What You Should Already Know

Prerequisites

Before taking this course, you should have completed the first semester of physics. You should understand and know how to use the following concepts prior to taking this course:

  1. Kinematics (the study of motion: position, velocity, and acceleration)
  2. Newton’s Laws of Motion (forces, force = mass x acceleration)
  3. Conservation of energy (initial energy = final energy; kinetic energy, potential energy, gravitational energy)
  4. Universal gravitation
  5. Scientific notation, and how to use scientific notation on your calculator
  6. You should have successfully completed a first year algebra course before taking this course.

I am sure that you will do very well in this half of physics. There is much to learn that can be applied to your everyday life.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the interaction of electric charges.
  2. Describe how electrical power is generated and transported to your homes.
  3. Distinguish between different types of waves and provide examples of each.
  4. Describe the different parts that make up the electromagnetic spectrum and give unique characteristics of each.
  5. Explain where nuclear energy comes from and how it is used productively.

Course Materials

Physics 43 involves the use of at home laboratory exercises. As such, there are certain materials that will be required to complete these labs. A scientific calculator (one that can do scientific notation) is required.

Lab Materials

There is no separate textbook for this course. Each unit contains discussion material that will teach you the important concepts of physics. The first page of each unit contains a brief introduction to that unit, an advance outline of the subtopics found within the unit, a list of objectives, and important equations/vocabulary that will be found within the unit. You should refer back to this page often as you review the material contained within the unit.

Please note: Any first person references (I, me, my, etc.) in the course content refer to the author of the course, not your instructor.

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Assignments

Physics 43 contains eight units. Each unit will teach you about a different aspect of physics. Each unit, except for unit 5, also contains a laboratory exercise that you should complete. You may be asked to write down observations, thoughts, and impressions as a part of the lab. You may also need to answer certain questions throughout the lab. These lab notes will not be submitted. They are for your personal benefit.

There will be questions on the unit quizzes and on the final exam that ensure you have understood the lab exercises. Each unit gives you Self Check questions to help you prepare for the unit quizzes. There is a unit quiz assignment for each of the eight units. After you have completed and submitted the eight quizzes, you may request to take the final exam.

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Exams

Some students who tend to do well on the unit quiz assignments find that they do not do as well on the final exam. This is often a result of doing the quizzes quickly, looking back through the unit to search for the answers. I recommend that you study each unit carefully, and treat the quizzes like a test. Try to complete them without looking back at the unit first. Pay close attention to those questions that you need to look up. Those may be some concepts you will want to review before taking the final exam. Then go back and look up those answers that you need to. This practice will help prepare you for the final exam, in which you will not be allowed to look back at the units.

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Grading

Physics 43 contains eight units. Each of these units is weighted the same, for grading purposes. There are twenty questions for each unit quiz.

Your final course grade will be calculated in the following manner: the eight units will count for 48 percent of your course grade (that’s 6 percent of your course grade per unit), and the other 52 percent of your course grade comes from the final exam.

Grading Scale

A 100-93 C 76-73
A- 92-90 C- 72-70
B+ 89-87 D+ 69-67
B 86-83 D 66-63
B- 82-80 D- 62-60
C+ 79-77 E (fail) 59 or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.

Assignments

8 computer-graded assignments; may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Exams

1 proctored, computer-graded exam; may retake once for a fee; must pass in order to pass the course.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.