Phys7b_intro_zettl - University of California at Berkeley Department of Physics Physics 7B Course Information Spring 2008 Lecture 2 Professor Zettl

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Unformatted text preview: University of California at Berkeley, Department of Physics Physics 7B, Course Information, Spring 2008 Lecture 2 - Professor Zettl Section 2: Prof. Alex Zettl Office: 341 Birge e-mail: [email protected] Section 2 Info: Section 2 T 2:00 - 3:30 1 LeConte Section 2 Instructor Office Hours: 341 Birge Monday, 10:00 - 11:00 Tuesday, 11:00 - 12:00 First two weeks: You must attend the discussion and laboratory (DL) sections during the first two weeks of the DL sections to remain enrolled in the class. Enrollment changes should first be attempted via TeleBears. Further information regarding enrollment will be posted on the course website. Please try to attend the DL section that you are enrolled in. If you cannot, then e-mail the GSI of the section you will be attending to see if there is enough room. For the first two weeks, no more than 24 students will be allowed in each section due to space constraints. After the first two weeks, enrollment per section will be capped at 22 students. At the end of the second week, if you have not attended any discussion or lab sections and have not e-mailed the head GSI, you will be automatically dropped from the course. Please Note: Even in weeks where there is no lab, such as these first two weeks, your lab sections WILL meet and will act as if they were discussion sections. Drop Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2008. (Early Drop Deadline course!) You may not drop the class after this date! Head Graduate Student Instructor: Austin Hedeman, [email protected] 7B Course Center: 107 LeConte, for GSI office hours and working with other students. Course Information will be posted outside the Course Center and on the website. Course WWW URL: The website contains course information, worksheet answers, homework assignments and solutions, extra problems, and important notices. Prerequisites: Math 1A/B, Physics 7A are prerequisites. It is recommended that you take Math 53 concurrently. Administrative Issues: Any and all administrative issues should be addressed directly to the Head GSI, Austin Hedeman, at [email protected] He is handling all administrative aspects of the course. Texts: D. C. Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Volume 2 (custom edition for the University of California, Berkeley), 4th edition. We will cover chapters 17 through 30, including most sections marked "Optional." You will be expected to read those sections of the book relevant to a given lecture before class. This is a required text. 7B Workbook, which will be packaged with Giancoli at the student bookstore. These will be used in section and are required. The workbook and Giancoli, along with Mastering Physics, are being sold as one unit. If you are unsure if you are staying in the class and want to wait to purchase this package, please see the website. All materials, including worksheets and the homework problems, will be online for the first two weeks. Elby, Portable TA: Problem Solving Guide, Volume 2. This extremely popular resource contains practice problems about electromagnetism with completely worked out solutions. It is meant to be worked, not read. These practice problems are for your own benefit; we will not collect your work on them. We suggest working through at least some of the problems in Elby before attempting each week's homework assignment. This is a recommended text. 1/22/08 Homework: Working on homework problems is central to your learning the course material. You will have a weekly problem set of approximately 10 problems of varying difficulty. The solutions to these problems will go up on the website one week after the assignment is posted. The problems are to be done through the online Physics homework system Mastering Physics. Occasionally, we will assign a homework problem that is not available on Mastering Physics. You should still do these, even though they are not to be turned in or graded! One problem on each Midterm examination will be taken directly from these homework sets (though the numbers appearing in the problems might be different). You should work through and understand each problem. All homework problems will be taken directly from Giancoli or Elby. You should attempt each homework problem for yourself, but we encourage you to work with peers when you get stuck, and the GSIs will be available during office hours to help you out. Mastering Physics: Information on how to log in and use Mastering Physics for homework will be put up on the Website by the afternoon of Saturday the 26th of February. The first homework assignment, which is online now, will not be done using Mastering Physics and will not be collected or graded. You are still responsible for the material, however! Discussion/Laboratory Sections: Learning physics means doing physics--discussing physics concepts, working in the laboratory, and working (many) physics problems. Your Discussion/Laboratory Sections ("DLs") are designed to help you learn the course material by working with it in as many ways as possible. Even through you have a discussion section and a laboratory section each week, we will only have 5 labs throughout the semester. In the other weeks, we will still meet in the lab room, but that section will be treated as a regular discussion section. The Discussion Section room is 226 LeConte and the Lab room is 245 LeConte. In most of your DL sessions you will be working in groups, with help from your GSI, on materials that we have developed to: help improve your conceptual understanding of the course material; see how the material relates to everyday life; and build strong problem solving skills for each topic. The goal is for you to learn how to do physics, and the sections will thus not be based on your GSI lecturing or solving sample problems on the board while you just watch. You will not be graded on your performance in solving worksheet problems; they are, rather, for your practice. There will, however, be quizzes throughout the semester that will count toward your course grade. Even if you feel you have a complete mastery of the material and do not need section, you should make an effort to come, since most of section work is group work, and your presence will actually help the other students in the section. In some weeks, as shown on the Course Syllabus, you will complete laboratory exercises that are also designed to help you explore the main course concepts. Your work for the labs will be completed on handouts that you will be given either at the start of the lab session, or in the session before. You will usually hand in your work before you leave the lab. Because our labs are closely integrated with the rest of the course, they must be completed when scheduled. If for a valid reason (e.g., illness) you must miss your DL section's lab time, alert your GSI and try to complete the lab with another DL section during that same week. We will also leave one set-up in the room for an additional week, so if necessary one time during the semester with approval from your GSI, you may make up a lab in a different DL section the following week. An uncompleted lab will count as a "zero" in computing your course grade! Quizzes: Every other week there will be quizzes handed out at the end of your DL sections. Each quiz will be a problem from the homework of the previous weeks, which you will get back graded and commented. The first quiz will be given in the second discussion section of Week 2. You should also attempt the Challenge Problems that appear in your workbook, even though they are NOT graded and some go beyond the scope of the course. Solutions to these will be posted a few days after the relevant worksheet has been covered. There are seven scheduled labs throughout the semester, but the lowest quiz score will be dropped and only the remaining six will count towards your `Quiz Grade'. If you wind up missing a quiz, just let us know and we will give you a makeup during office hours! Exams and Grades: There will be two midterm examinations and a final exam. One problem on each exam will be taken directly from the homework assignments, and many of the other problems will be of similar form and difficulty as the homework problems. Dates and times are listed on the following page. For each midterm you will be allowed an equation sheet, whose size will be announced in the weeks leading up to the exams. Grades will be determined from a weighting of all the elements of the course approximately as follows: 1/22/08 First midterm exam Second midterm exam Final exam Labs Homework and Quizzes 20% 20% 35% 10% 15% A grade of "Incomplete" will only be given under dire circumstances beyond a student's control, and only when work already completed is of at least C quality. DL Section Assignments and Switching Sections: When you signed up for this class, you signed up for a Lecture and a DL Section. This class is very full and the popular section times filled up very quickly. As a result, many of you had to sign up for a section that was inconvenient for you or one in which you cannot attend due to a scheduling conflict. If this has happened to you, the first thing you must do is try to officially switch sections online through TeleBears. If that doesn't work for you, you should e-mail the GSI leading the section in which you would like to attend. Keep in mind that all of our sections are already maxed out, so the chance that there will be a seat available for you in the new section is small, and if there are no seats, we will have to turn you away. Please include in your e-mail a reason for wanting to switch. Please note that `I do not want to go to wake up for an 8:00 section' will rank incredibly low on the section-switching priority list. Also note that you may only switch into a section for the lecturer you are being taught by. That is, if you are in Lecture 1, you may only switch into the Lecture 1 sections. An exception to the TeleBears section-switching rule is that, if you can find another student in another section who you want to switch places with, and you both e-mail me with the relevant information [Name, SID, Sections] I will do that for you, and cut out the administrative middlemen! No matter what, be sure to show up to DL Sections during the first two weeks! If we cannot find you on the sign-in sheets, you will be dropped from the class at the end of the second week. On Friday, February 1st, there will be a section swap meet, to be held in 107 Birge (the time will be posted on the website). The purpose of this is to try to find students in other sections who want to switch section assignments with you. The head GSI will be there and have an up-to-date copy of the class list and will be able to make the changes right then and there. Office Hours: Each GSI will hold office hours every week. The office hours room is in room 107 LeConte Any student may show up to any GSI's office hours. Use this resource to help you with your homework, and to work through material you are having difficulty with. Your GSI will schedule their office hours during the first week of section, and the full schedule will be posted on the website at the end of the first week. In addition to this, if you have administrative problems or are worried about your performance, you are also free to e-mail the Head GSI, Austin Hedeman ([email protected]) and set up an appointment any time throughout the semester. Content: Physics 7B will cover Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Magnetism, Electrodynamics, and Circuits. This is a lot of material and we will move fast. Please try to keep up with the material and let us know if we move too fast! If you are in trouble (behind in homework, doing worse in the course than you would like, etc.) for whatever reason, please let us know. We'll try to help! Additional help is available through the Student Learning Center (Golden Bear Center), the Honors Society, the Society of Physics Students, and the Physics Scholars Program. Inquire in the Physics Department Undergraduate Student Services Office (368 LeConte Hall) for further information. There is quite a lot of material in this course, and not a lot of time to learn it. There are many resources available to help you. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of them. 1/22/08 ...
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