Information for the Student

Time & Place: 12:00-12:50, MWF in SH 123

Instructors: Jorge Ballester, Ph.D., Chris Pettit, Ph.D.

Office Hours:Pettit: MTWRF 11:00-12:00, in SH 26, or at other times by appointment. Ballester: MWF 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and MW 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, in SH 27, or at other times by appointment. Our schedules will be posted outside of our offices.


Contact:You can contact us outside of class in many ways.  Our office phone numbers are (620) 341-5929 (Pettit) and (620) 341-5971 (Ballester).  You can leave messages in our mailboxes in the Physical Sciences office (SH 133, 341-5330) or you can write to us via electronic mail at cpettit@emporia.edu and jballest@emporia.edu.  We also have web pages at www.emporia.edu/~pettitch/index.htm and www.emporia.edu/physics/ballestj/index.htm , respectively.

Objectives:This is a one-semester freshman course that prepares students to study engineering or physics.  At the end of the course you should have a realistic view of careers in engineering and physics, and the academic preparation required for those careers.  During the semester you might decide that you do not want to study engineering or physics.  You might decide to study something else in the physical, mathematical or biological sciences, or something else at ESU.  We will help you make that transition.

Textbook: Introduction to Engineering/Orientation to Physics PS 100/PH 100. This textbook is only available at the University Bookstore, and is available in hardcopy form or electronic form.

Supplies: You should have access to one USB drive (or other storage option), a scientific calculator, a ruler, a pen and a pencil.  A math reference book such as Schaum’s Mathematical Handbook is recommended. You should have access to your emporia.edu e-mail account, Buzz-In and Canvas.

Attendance:Attendance in class is mandatory.  Any student with more than three absences will have their final grade in the course lowered by one letter grade.  Any student who is absent is expected to make up missed work regardless of the reason.  If you know you will be absent, tell us as soon as possible.

Homework:The purpose of homework is to give you an opportunity to gain a personal understanding of the course material as opposed being a passive observer.  Your success as a student will be highly dependent on the effort you put into your homework!  Homework will consist of writing assignments as well as the solution of mathematically oriented problems.  Try to solve problems before asking for help.  Discuss the homework with other students, but don’t copy their work (See the Academic Honesty statement below.)  The homework will be collected on a regular basis, graded and returned.

In engineering and physics, communicating clearly is just as important as being correct.  Therefore, your homework grade will be based on your presentation as well as on the correctness of your work.  Writing assignments should be neatly handwritten or prepared with a word-processor (required in some cases).  Mathematically based problem solutions should be neat and include: meaningful diagrams, a statement of the problem, general formulas, logical progression from beginning to end, attention to the accuracy and number of significant figures in the calculations, and a clear statement of the final answer (including units).

Late Homework: Homework is due on the posted due date.  If you need to turn something in late and have a legitimate reason for doing so, you must follow this procedure: get permission from us, turn the assignment in within one week from getting permission, and attach a written explanation to the assignment.

Design Project: All students will participate in an extended design project that might involve a field trip.  More details will be distributed at a later time.

Academic Standards:This course is an important part of your education.  We are going to assume that you are in this class because you are interested in the subject!

Grades: Your grade will be determined by the following items:

Homework - 60%
Design Project (multiple items) - 30%
Class participation - 10%

The minimum score for each grade might be lowered at the end of the semester. Attendance and class participation can be important factors in resolving borderline grade situations.

Academic dishonesty, a basis for disciplinary action, includes but is not limited to activities such as cheating and plagiarism (presenting as one's own the intellectual or creative accomplishments of another without giving credit to the source or sources).

Details of the ESU policy regarding academic dishonesty can be found at www.emporia.edu/acadaff/dishonesty.htm

Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.

Grading Scale:
A 92% - 100%
A- 89% - 91%
B+ 87% - 88%
B 82% - 86%
B- 79% - 81%
C+ 77% - 78%
C 70% - 76%
D 60% - 69%
F 0% - 59%
Grades will be available for viewing on Canvas.