About This Course

Course Number: GEN286
Instructor: Kenan Caymaz
Course Title: Physics with Lab
Office Phone: 847.619.3450 vm 4589
Department: General Education
E-Mail: kcaymaz@aii.edu
Meeting Days and Times: T 8:00 – 10:50
Th 9:00 – 10:50
Length: 11 weeks
Room Number: 414
Credits: 4
Quarter: Spring2017
Section(s): A
Office hours and location: T/TH 1:00 – 2:00 PM at ACE


All course work at The Illinois Institute of Art is measured in quarter credit hours. One quarter credit hour is awarded for each 10 classroom contact hours of lecture, 20 classroom contact hours of laboratory instruction, or 30 contact hours of internship. One classroom contact hour is defined as 50 minutes in a 60-minute period. The student is assumed to devote appropriate time to preparation and study outside the classroom.

Enrolled in 12-16 credit hours or more in an academic quarter.
Enrolled in 8 credit hours in an academic quarter.
Less than half-time:
Enrolled in 4 credit hours in an academic quarter.
Full-load degree programs:
Full-time course load schedule for a particular program averages 16 credits.
Academic Year:
Three eleven-week quarters in which the student is enrolled.

A quarter credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

  1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for 10 -12 weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practical, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.


This course provides students with the opportunity to build on their previous science experience to explore more advanced topics.


GEN102, and one course from GEN260-GEN286


Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Know and explain the current issues in the field;
Discuss a topic in depth;
Research and evaluate several viewpoints;
Argue for effective solutions; and
Demonstrate and apply professional practices.


Recommended: None

If this is a Digital Textbook:
q Your required textbook for this course is delivered via electronic format. You do not need to purchase a hardcopy textbook. You will be able to access your Digital Textbook via eCompanion (http://myaicampus.com) beginning no later than the first day of class. Once you have accessed your Digital Textbook via eCompanion, you can then also choose to download the Digital Textbook to a personal computer or mobile device using the Digital Bookshelf software (http://vitalsource.com/downloads). Please refer to the Ai Digital Bookshelf Student User Guide, available in eCompanion or from our Campus Librarian, for specific instructions.

q To start using your Digital Textbook, enter the eCompanion site for this class. Click on the “Digital Textbook” link on the left-side navigation bar. Then, click on the link for the book.

q For support using the Digital Bookshelf, contact Campus Support at 1-866-642-2771 or campus_support@aii.edu. This support group is available Monday thru Saturday, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM EST.


Grading Scale (College Credit classes)

93-100% A 77-79.9% C+
90-92.9% A- 73-76.9% C
87-89.9% B+ 70-72.9% C-
83-86.9% B 67-69.9% D+
80-82.9% B- 63-66.9% D
Below 63.0% F

The Zero Effect:

It is critical to complete and turn in all assignments. Turning in something is better than doing or submitting nothing. Just one zero may result in failing the entire class.


Category Percentage
Weekly Tests 80%
Math Quizzes 10%
Creative Project 10%
Extra Credit +20% or more
Participation replaces the lowest test grade

Library Assignment

For most courses you will be required to complete a Library Resource Assignment. We will visit the library as a class or have a library representative show use the library resources available to you during class. The library assignment will be evaluated as part of your overall course grade.

Field Trips / Guest Speakers

During this course you may attend at least one field trip and/or one guest speaking event. There will be an assignment associated with each field trip and speaker. These assignments will be evaluated as part of your overall course grade. If you cannot attend the field trip or guest speaking event, you must work with your instructor to complete an alternate assignment.

Portfolio Requirements

The development of a portfolio is a continuing process that begins early in the student’s program and is required to be completed during the final quarter of study. During each class, students will work on a project that may be a required portfolio piece. During the final quarter, the student submits the portfolio to the faculty and the appropriate Program Chair/Coordinator for critique. Any portfolio pieces deemed unsatisfactory must be replaced with acceptable work or the student will be ineligible for graduation. Therefore, it is advisable that you keep a copy of your work for this course as well as any notes, grades and critiques associated with it.

Tentative Weekly Schedule

This schedule is tentative and may change.
Essential review needed for understanding will be provided as part of the course. The following are the general topics that will be covered:

  1. Mechanics
  2. Fluid Mechanics
  3. Electromagnetic Theory
  4. Einstein’s Relativity

The actual dates and times for assignments, tests, and quizzes during the quarter will be announced by your instructor in class. The amount of total material and the determination of the final grade will not deviate from the description in the Syllabus.


Participation/Attendance grade replaces your lowest test grade. However, accumulated 8 hours of lack of participation/attendance will result in a participation failure and your participation grade will not replace your lowest test grade.Participation grade includes accumulated time marked as “tardy” from class, lack of attention, sleeping, chattering, texting, reading or working on non-lecture related material as well as any classes missed during the add/drop period. Each infraction will be recorded in 15-minute time increments.

Participation Policy (for Physics only):

10 hours absenteeism in participation may result in attendance failure. This includes accumulated time marked as “tardy” from class, lack of attention, sleeping, chattering, texting, reading or working on non-lecture related material as well as any classes missed during the add/drop period. Each infraction will be recorded in 15-minute time increments.


Student Accounts
Lab and MyAiCampus logins – Contact the Service Bureau on the 2nd floor. Note: Changes to email, address, or phone numbers need to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible.

eCompanion Information

Each class at ILIA – Schaumburg has a companion online resource, eCompanion. Access to eCompanion is through your student portal. Click on the “go to my classes” icon under your class schedule. For help with eCompanion, please contact your instructor, the EDMC eCompanion help desk at 866-642-2711, or the Campus Librarian.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring is available for major and general education classes in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) which is located on the 4th floor in the library. The schedule of drop-in tutoring times is posted and copies of the schedule are available in ACE. Also available is the list of the tutors and instructors, and the subject areas in which they can offer help. In addition, ACE has PCs and MACs for student use. For more information, please visit ACE or contact George Bessett at 847-585-4530 in Room 207.

Students with Disabilities

The Art Institute provides accommodations to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended. The Disability Services team assists qualified students with disabilities in acquiring reasonable and appropriate accommodations and in supporting equal access to services, programs and activities at The Art Institute. For more information, please contact the Director of Student Services, Rob Peterson, 847-598-6845 rpeterson@aii.edu.

Student Assistance Program

Talk One-2-One offers free, confidential 24/7 support for any problem that could be challenging your health, well-being, or academic focus. No issue is too big or too small. It provides “In-Person” counseling as well as referral support for a variety of student concerns. Call at 1-888-617-3362 for any problem, anytime, anywhere. For more information, go to myaicampus.com and look for the Talk One-2-One assistance button on the front page, or contact the Director of Student Services, Rob Peterson, 847-598-6845 rpeterson@aii.edu.

Emergency Notification Service

The College uses My Campus Alert, an emergency notification system. My Campus Alert can notify you through phone, text, and/or email. To update your current email and cell phone numbers to be sure you always receive emergency notification, please go to the ILIS Student Portal (http://MyAiCampus.com) to the upper right corner link “My Campus Alert” on the home page. For help with My Campus Alert, please contact the Student Affairs Office.

Career Services

Career Services isolated in Room 210, and assists students with various facets of job and career development including resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews, job search, on-campus employment, and networking assistance as well as serving as a resource for part-time job employment. For more information contactAnne Campion 847-585-4537, acampion@aii.edu or Rob Peterson, 847-598-6845 rpeterson@aii.edu.

Equipment Policies

The school provides students and faculty with various pieces of equipment for use in completing school projects/assignments. This equipment cage is located on the 2nd floor in Room 215. Equipment can only be lent out with the approval of your instructor. YOU ARE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY BREAKAGE/LOSS OF EQUIPMENT THAT YOU TAKE OUT. Equipment is lent out for a specific and limited time. Late returned equipment will be subject to an overdue fine. By failing to return the equipment as scheduled, you will be depriving other students from a fair opportunity to use it. We appreciate your cooperation in returning equipment when it is due.

Lab Policies

The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg has a wireless network available to all students and faculty. The use of this network requires the personal computer to have various security software installed before it can connect to the school’s network. This software is necessary to protect, as best we can, the school network from viruses and other detrimental software which could potentially impact all users of the school’s network.

The security software required for the personal computer is available free of charge from a web site. When a personal computer is attempting to connect to the school’s network, the personal computer will be checked for the relevant software. If the software is not found, the student will be automatically directed to the website where it can be downloaded.
Personal computers may not be connected by wire to the school’s network.
Additionally, no food or drink is permitted in the school’s labs and classrooms. Students may leave their drinks on the table near the door or on the floor outside of the room.
With your cooperation, we can provide a clean, educationally sound, environment for all members of the school community.

Spray Products
Spray products, such as spray mount, are not permitted on campus. Students caught using these products will be subject to disciplinary action.


To view the full policy, please see the Academic Affairs tab on the student portal or the Catalog.

14 Day Consecutive Absent

If a student is absent for all their classes for 14 consecutive calendar days without notifying the school of the reason that they are absent, the school will assume that the student has dropped out of school and will suspend him/her from all their classes. The suspension lasts for the remainder of that quarter. If a student who has been attendance suspended for a quarter wishes to reenter the school anytime within the next year, the student works through the Re-Entry Advisor to construct an appeal and if granted to be readmitted. This is a drop from all classes.

Withdrawal from a Course

If a student is absent for 5 days (at any time) in a class that meets 2 times per week, on the 6th absence (27% absence), the student is withdrawn from the class. If a student is absent for 2 days (at any time) in a class that meets 1 time per week, upon the 3rd absence (27% absence) the student is withdrawn from the class. If the student is withdrawn from a class within the 1st 9 weeks of that quarter, the student will receive a W grade. If a student is withdrawn after week 9, the student will receive a WF grade.

Appeal Process

Should the student be withdrawn from a class because of absences, the student may appeal that withdrawal. To do so, the student must fill out the Attendance Appeal Request form which is available from the Instructor of the class in which the withdrawal has occurred, your Program Chair or Coordinator, the Registrar, or through the student portal. The Attendance Appeal Request must be submitted to the Instructor prior to the next class session. The instructor determines if the student can successfully pass the course it is his/her decision to grant or deny the appeal.


Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and will result in appropriate disciplinary action. The school reserves the right to suspend or terminate any student who copies other people’s work and submits them as their own. Please make sure you are familiar with the proper ways to cite and use small portions of other people’s work to support your own work. You are expected to produce and submit original work, whether is written work or artwork.Please note: If you wish to do new research/projects for more than one class at a time, you must have the permission of both instructors.