About Online Homework

In the Physics portion of ChemPhys, there are three types of homework assignments which demand the use of the Internet. These include Reading Sheets, Internet Problems, and Minds On Physics Internet Modules. Here is a brief description of these assignments.

Reading Sheets:

Reading Sheets are found in your packet. The questions are based on the identified section of reading. You will use the WebAssign web site to complete all reading sheets. You are responsible for answering all Forced-Choice questions and Think and Explain questions online. Answers to other questions (for example, Diagramming questions) should be brought to class. The answers must be submitted by 8:00 am the day of class. The answers will be reviewed and used to guide the class discussion. Give honest answers and be thorough in your explanations.

The Reading Sheets may be one of the least liked of all online activities. They're a little bit like good medicine - it's not necessarily enjoyable but it will do your physics health a wealth of good. The Reading Sheet questions are designed to force you to think about a topic before it is discussed in class. Since questions are designed to force thinking, they are often difficult. At times, you will accuse them of being vague or confusing. Think your way through such questions, making multiple references to the book to ponder the meaning of what it is saying. Answer thoroughly and elaborate on your answers.

As you enter class, you will have done a wealth of thinking about some of the details of the topic. This primes your brain for learning. You are welcome (and even encouraged) to discuss questions with classmates; but the activity will only benefit you (and the class) if you do your own reading, thinking, and writing. You will have only one chance to submit your answers online at the WebAssign web site. You will not receive immediate feedback concerning the correctness of the answers. Answers and explanations will have to wait until class.

The grading of Reading Sheet answers is somewhat automated. Feedback is provided only after the submission deadline. Grades are assigned based on the number of correct answers and the quality of your written responses. Since the topic has not been discussed, grades on Reading Sheets are generously assigned, providing a reward for doing the reading and completing the assignment.

Occasionally, there are problems associated with your Internet connection or access from home which hinders your ability to submit answers by the 8 am deadline. If the submission process does not seem to be working, then waste no more time. Instead, see me before school in Room 368 (Science Office). We will spend about 3-5 minutes entering the data on one of our school's computers. Submission of answers must be done before 8 am. After 8 am, the answers to Reading Sheets have already been discussed and submissions are no longer credited towards your score. Paper copies of answers are never collected after the 8 am deadline.

Reading sheets are completed at the WebAssign web site.

Internet Problems

There are several internet problem sets scheduled for the current ChemPhys units. The problem sets amount to textbook problems whose answers can be (and must be) inputted online and checked for accuracy. The only difference between the internet problems and the textbook problems is that the numbers have been randomly generated. The table below lists the tentative due dates; problems are due before the beginning of class on the indicated day. It is important that you do the problems as scheduled. The answer key is provided once the assignment due date has arrived. Once you look at an answer, you will for obvious reasons no longer be allowed to solve problems for credit. This means that if you miss a class, you will have a significant quantity of makeup work outside of class. 

Each problem set covers two or more class days - the equivalent of at least 4 school days. There is an initial deadline for approximately half the set and a final deadline for the entire set. Students who fail to meet a final deadline (for technical reasons) may be granted a grace period if the initial deadlines were met; such students MUST present a hard-copy of their answers. Students who have difficulty accessing the internet pages should approach the teacher outside of class to schedule alternative arrangements for the completion of their problem sets. Access problems on a given day does not excuse you from meeting deadlines from previous days.

Work ahead whenever you wish. Seek the help of classmates, the teacher, and the web pages. As is always advisable in ChemPhys, take charge of your learning. Study the problems in advance to know what is being asked and use class to hone in on the appropriate principles and equations relevant to each problem type in the set. Bring the set with you to class. As examples are discussed in class, relate the examples to similar problems in your set. Make those connections during class and jot a note on your problem set.

Internet Problem Sets are completed at the WebAssign web site.

Minds On Physics Internet Modules:

The ChemPhys course is conceptually-based. Great emphasis is given to the concepts or big ideas of physics. The mathematics simply emerges from those concepts as another expression of the big ideas. Many of the concepts are difficult, intricate and deep. A casual and simplistic understanding of the concepts is not the goal of the course. We will seek a solid grasp of the meaning of the physics concepts. The Minds On Physics program has been developed with that goal in mind. The program consists of a variety of questions which target conceptual understandings. These questions are delivered in random order over the internet and answers are instantly graded. Like the Internet Problems, they are forgiving of student misses, allowing multiple opportunities for correction. And like the Internet Problems, they only reward you for mastery of the subject; simply trying the questions does not earn you credit.

The Minds On Physics Internet Modules are completed at the Minds On Physics page.

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