8B - 1__11 Intro _ E

8B - 1__11 Intro _ E - Administrative Dr Melvin Pomerantz...

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Administrative Dr. Melvin Pomerantz Office: 258 Le Conte [email protected] . edu Office hours: W, F 1:10 - 2:30, after class, and by appointment. See me about exam conflicts. Head GSI: Erin Sohr, [email protected] Put 8B-1 in the subject line.
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Grades How course is graded (approx.): A/B/C or below 25/40/35% MCAT and GRE more important. Exams emphasize concepts, not math dexterity. Do homework on-line. http://masteringphysics.com . Course ID = Physic8B1Sp11 Go to discussions/labs (required first 2 weeks) and office hours. MT1 25%, MT2 18, Final 37, HW 10, D/L 10. Check your understanding by doing problems and talking to people who know. Or, explain to someone who doesn’t know and see if you make sense. The work you submit should be yours. Cheating, attaching your name to work that is not yours, is punished.
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What is science? A method of thinking that puts observation as primary decider of truth. The best ideas are often a bit subtle, but they reveal greater truth and a better way to think about things. You can apply this to all parts of your life - think about the assumptions we make and try to distinguish conventional thinking from a deeper understanding. Physics, in particular, strives for quantitative answers.
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Is Science Necessary?
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What we know we do NOT know Why is the electric charge always the same ? Why it is of that magnitude? Why are there only 2 types of charge? Why is the universe electrically neutral?
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