Please see Last Spring’s Class PHYS14111, MTWR 12:10 PM, 53201
Pete Schwartz, Cal Poly Physics, Pete’s Webpage, directory of my other classes, my Research
Email: pschwart@calpoly.edu, 7561220, My office is at 180608, the new science building, room 608
Office hours: M (4:10), T(10:10), W(1:10), R(none), F(9:10 and 11:10)
My Resume, Teaching Statement, and the rest of my 2016 public application for promotion.
The Syllabus explains the class policies including how your final grade is determined.
Teaching “flipped”, “parallel”, with an openonline text. Please see video explaining our unique way of learning physics here (for credit if you are a student), or here if you are not a student. I’ve been doing this for several years, you can see how my student evaluations initially went down and then back up again when I started to better market and explain why this method is good. In May of 2017, I published about our learning method in The Physics Teacher. You can see that A recent publication also lends support to several aspects of our learning method:
 Active learning better engages the brain;
 asking questions (like in our videos) is an effective way to learn;
 learning concepts in parallel allows us to revisit concepts over a longer period of time.
I wrote a Textbook to follow our curriculum. It has about 1/10 the amount of text as a normal textbook. It’s short, so I expect students to read each section as we go through the material.
Group project: see the first project description, the Second Project Description, and the Second Project Website where you can post your project,
Problem Sets: PS#1, PS#1 Solutions, PS#2, PS#2_Solution_10, PS#2_Solution_4, PS#2_Solution_3, PS#3, PS#3_Solutions, PS#4, PS#4_Solutions, PS#5, PS#5_Solutions, PS#6, PS#6 solutions, and PS#7, PS#7_Solutions, Tricycle Problem, PS#8, PS#8 Solutions, PS#9, PS#9_Solutions, PS#10, PS#10 Solutions, PS#11, PS#11 Solutions
Exams: Big Exam 1 solutions, BE#2 Solutions, BE#3 (see problem #5 on PS#4), MT#1, MT#1_With_Comments, MT#1_Solutions from several students, several pages from each problem. Big Exam #5 Solutions, MT#2, MT#2_with_comments, MT#2_Solutions, BE#6_Solutions
Response to Friday Feedback: After 2 weeks, end of week 9, End of Quarter Evals
To see the week’s assignments, please click on the number of the week at left on the table below. Cal Poly’s Calendar
Week  Topics 
Wk 1 914 
Only 1 Day: Our Learning Model and Introductions 
Wk 2 918 
4 lenses and Onedimensional motion 
Wk 3 925 
Project on Tuesday! 
Wk 4 102 

Wk 5 105 
Pete is in Denver at Solar Conference Midterm #1 on Monday, Tuesday, Switch Working Groups 
Wk 6 1016 

Wk 7 1023 

Wk 8 1030 
MT #2 on Tuesday! 
Wk 9 116 
2nd project proposal due Tuesday! 
Wk 10 1113 
2nd project due Midnight, Saturday, Nov. 18 
no school  Thanksgiving 
Wk 11 1127 

Exam week  Cal Poly exam Schedules Tuesday, December 5, 1:10 PM – 4:00 PM The final exam will be in 180262. 
As I try to improve the class, I am keeping Notes to Self