PHY 4: University Physics

Spring 2008

Class Schedule: T Th 11am-1:50pm Professor: Steve Liebling
Classroom: Pell Hall 203 Office:  Pell Hall 210
Text: Young and Freedman's University Physics 12th Edition Office Hours: M W 1-2pm
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 18%
Quizzes 18%
Classroom Participation 10%
Test 1 18%  
Test 2 18%
Final Exam 18%
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 lowest quiz grade.

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.

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 a copy of this equation sheet. You are not allowed to bring your own sheet. I encourage you to work together on labs. Some of our labs will require a group writeup with each lab group's name on the writeup. Others are individual writeups for which the sentences must be uniquely your own. The rule is: if it's just your name on what you turn in, it better be your work alone.

Other Resources: Tutors, library books, office hours, and supplemental texts.

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. 22 Electric Charge & Electric Field   Course Overview; Ch. 21
Jan. 24   Ch. 21
Week 2 Jan. 29 Gauss's Law   Ch. 22
Jan. 31 Electric Potential   Ch. 23
Week 3 Feb. 5   Ch. 23
Feb. 7 Capacitance & Dialectrics   Ch. 24
Week 4 Feb. 12   Review and Test 1
Feb. 14 Current, Resistance, and Electromotive Force   Ch. 25
Week 5 Feb. 19 NO class--Meet your Monday Classes   NO class--Meet your Monday Classes
Feb. 21 Direct Current Circuits   Ch. 26
Week 6 Feb. 26   Chs. 25 & 26 
Feb. 28 Magnetic Field and Magnetic Forces   Ch. 27 
Week 7 Mar. 4   Ch. 27 
Mar. 6 Sources of Magnetic Field   Ch. 28  
Week 8 Mar. 11   Ch. 28
Mar. 13   Review and Test 2
Week 9 Mar. 18 S P R I N G     B R E A K S P R I N G     B R E A K
Mar. 20 S P R I N G     B R E A K S P R I N G     B R E A K
Week 10 Mar. 25 Electromagnetic Induction   Ch. 29  
Mar. 27 Inductance   Ch. 30  
Week 11 April 1 AC   Ch. 31
April 3 Electromagnetic Waves   Ch. 32
Week 12 April 8    
April 10 The Nature and Propagation of Light   Ch. 33
Week 13 April 15 Geometric Optics   Ch. 34
April 17 Relativity   Ch. 37  
Week 14 April 22 Photons, Electrons, and Atoms   Ch. 38  
April 24 The Wave Nature of Particles   Ch. 39  
Week 15 April 29   Review
April 30-May 6 EXAM Period  

Last updated January 21, 2008.
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