PHY 4: University Physics       Class Log

Class Schedule: T Th 11am-1:50pm Professor: Steve Liebling
Classroom: Pell Hall 209 Office:  Pell Hall 210
Text: Young and Freedman's University Physics 11th Edition Office Hours: Tue Thurs 2-3pm
Web: Phone: 299-3439

Course Objective: Students will learn the principles and applications of electromagnetism through classroom lectures, problem solving sessions, and laboratory work.  Student knowledge will be evaluated through the use of quizzes and tests. Ultimately, this class should improve your: Grading Policy:
Labwork 20%
Quizzes 20%
Classroom Participation 3%
Test 1  
Test 2 19% Each for 2 Tests
Test 3  
Final Exam 19%
Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit or extra credit papers, Do the homework, labs, and take the quizzes and tests.

Homework: Homework assignments will be presented in class and will generally consist of problems from the required text. The homeworks will not be graded. Instead, quizzes will cover the material and problem solving skills. Even though the homework will not be graded, the homework problems must be done in order to gain mastery of the material and skills necessary for both the quizzes and tests.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be roughly 15 minutes long given in class and will cover the current material. I will drop your two lowest quiz grades to allow for bad weeks and/or absences.

Tests: The class will have three tests as indicated on the syllabus. Each test will cover the material presented since the previous test (to be precise, much of what we will learn applies throughout all the chapters, however, the questions will be geared towards specifically covering material presented between the tests). The tests will be given during classtime. I will drop the lowest test grade, so that each of your two best test scores counts 19% towards your final grade.

Final: The final will be held during the time dictated by the Registrar during Exam Week.

Cheating: You are encouraged to work on homework problems with others. However, you must work alone on quizzes and tests. On quizzes and exams you may use only a calculator and writing utensils; I will give you an equation sheet.

Other Resources: Tutors, library books, office hours, supplemental texts, and consult the web page: How to Study Physics.

Syllabus: Below is the anticipated schedule of what we'll cover. The dates of the tests are fixed; on principle I do not change them so that students can plan for them. Near the end of the semester, I generally have flexibility in what we cover. If you have a preference for what we might cover, please feel free to provide feedback.

Week 1 Jan. 18 Electric Charge & Electric Field   Course Overview; Ch. 21
Jan. 20   Ch. 21
Week 2 Jan. 25 Gauss's Law   Ch. 22
Jan. 27 Electric Potential   Ch. 23
Week 3 Feb. 1   Ch. 23
Feb. 3 Capacitance & Dialectrics   Ch. 24
Week 4 Feb. 8   Review and Test 1
Feb. 10 Current, Resistance, and Electromotive Force   Ch. 25
Week 5 Feb. 15   Ch. 25
Feb. 17 Direct Current Circuits   Ch. 26
Week 6 Feb. 22   Monday Classes Meet
Feb. 24 Magnetic Field and Magnetic Forces   Ch. 27 
Week 7 Mar. 1   Ch. 27 
Mar. 3   Review and Test 2
Week 8 Mar. 8 Sources of Magnetic Field   Ch. 28
Mar. 10   Ch. 28  
Week 9 Mar. 15 Electromagnetic Induction   Ch. 29
Mar. 17   Ch. 29
Week 10 Mar. 22   SPRING BREAK
Week 11 Mar. 29 Inductance   Ch. 30
Mar. 31   Ch. 30
Week 12 April 5   Review and Test 3
April 7 Alternating Current   Ch. 31  
Week 13 April 12 Electromagnetic Waves   Ch. 32
April 14   Ch. 31/32
Week 14 April 19 The Nature and Propagation of Light   Ch. 33
April 21 Geometric Optics   Ch. 34
Week 15 April 26   Ch. 33/4 and Review
April 28-May 4 EXAM Period  

Last updated January 18, 2005.
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