INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD
Dr. Richard A. Lindgren, Research Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, University of Virginia
Professor Lindgren is very experienced in teaching online courses and has taught
over a thousand students the past 10 years.
For information about the Instructor, click here
Office Phone: 434-982-2691
LECTURER & DEMONSTRATOR ON VIDEO:
Dr. Louis A. Bloomfield, Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, University of Virginia
and lecturer on the video is Professor Louis Bloomfield, who has originated and
developed the courses How Things Work I and II at UVa.
This course is a practical introduction to physics and science
everyday life. The course considers objects from our daily environment
(baseballs, frisbees, roller coasters, vacuum cleaners, rockets, clocks
and much more!) and focuses on their principles of operation,
histories, and relationships to one another. This course emphasizes
motion, mechanics, liquids, heat, gases, and sound. To view a sample
lecture, click on the radio button Sample Lecture Video.
The lecture is in MP4 format and can be viewed
using the software Quicktime on your computer. When you get your UVa
email and password, you may download any lecture from the UVa COLLAB course website.
This course is organized around COLLAB, the UVa version of Sakai,
which is a learning management system used by over 350 educational organizations.
You will obtain access to the complete organization of this course on COLLABafter
you are registered for the course. COLLAB access is password protected. All the
lecture videos, PowerPoint slides, and simulations are accessed through COLLAB.
There are 39 lecture videos (each approximately 40-50 minutes long) and PowerPoint slides
for each lecture. After you have activated your email address, you must
obtain your username and password to use features of COLLAB at UVa.
Click on the button called Log-in-Instructions to learn how
to log onto COLLAB. Your UVa email address must be activated
before you an log onto COLLAB. We will use COLLAB as the central point for all information
after you have registered. When you access COLLAB, click on Discussion Board and post a comment to let me know you made it.
SYLLABUS CLICK HERE
AND EXAMS ON WEBASSIGN
All homework and exams are submitted through an online learning
delivery system called WebAssign. Homework will be due every two weeks on Monday nights at 11:59 PM.
You may get help from myself or other students in the class by using the Discussion Board on COLLAB.
Each asssignment will have its own thread for discussion. Homework will have 70% conceptual questions
and 30% numerical questions. See sample homework questions.
After I get confirmation from the
School of Continuing and Professional Studies that you have registered,
I will set up a user name and password on WebAssign for you. I will
notify you by your personal email and you will be able to log on to
WebAssign. Click on the button on the left called Log-in-Instructions
to learn how to log onto WebAssign. You then
must learn how to submit homework by taking the "Practice Test : Intro
WebAssign for Physics Students" on Webassign that teaches you how to
system. Also click on the Guide on WebAssign to learn how to use it.
UVa EMAIL ADDRESS FOR COMMUNICATION
You must activate your UVa email since all correspondence will be
through your UVa email address. Click on the button on the left called
Log-in-Instructions to learn how to activate your UVa email
DOWNLOADING CLASS LECTURE VIDEOS AND LECTURE SLIDES FROM COLLAB
After you log on to COLLAB, click on radio Button "Resources".
Each virtual class meeting is called a Session. You can see the schedule of the Sessions on the Syllabus.
Click on Lecture Video to view the video of the lecture. The videos are in mp4 format and can be viewed with RealPlayer.
Click on the Computer Requirements button for more information. Click on Resources and then click on Lecture Videos, Lecture Slides, etc to view them.
The Lecture Slides are in PDF format and you will need the
software program Acrobat Reader or similar program to read them. You can download Acrobat Reader for free by
clicking the image below.
text is How Things Work:
the Physics of Everyday Life, 3rd edition, by Dr.
Bloomfield. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN
0-471-46886-X, 576 pages, full-color, paperback. There is also a new edition
available, ed. 4 as well as the older editions 1 and 2. Since all the material for
this course will be available online, it doesn't really matter which edition you buy. The
older used editions are available for a lower price. You are welcome to buy the book online at Amazon.com whose
site is listed here.
You may also get it from the UVa book store. The phone number is