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University of Alabama in Huntsville Department of Physics Spring 2010 PH 113: General Physics w/ Calculus III General Information Lecture Recitation 1 Recitation 2 Time: MWF 3:00 – 3:55 PM M 4:15 – 5:15 PM R 6:00 – 7:00 PM Venue: MSC 113 MSC 102 MSC 102 Instructor: Lior Burko Steven Youkey Steven Youkey Phone: (256) 824-2934 Email: burko at uah dot edu Office: OB 210 Office hours: MW 1:00 – 2:00 PM Grader : Steven Youkey. Course’s website : Homework assignments and their solutions, in addition to lecture notes and handouts will be posted online at It is your responsibility to check it frequently enough to know of all assignments and deadlines. Lecture podcasts will be posted on Angel. Success Center : Help is available at the Success Center . Opening hours: M – F, 9AM – 4PM. Please check for locations! Use the Success Center for homework help, or for any question you have regarding material in either the textbook or the lecture. Computers are available in the Physics Computer Lab , OB 249, and in other computer labs on campus. Prerequisites : MA 201; C or better in PH 112. Any student with prerequisite problems should see the instructor immediately. Course objectives : At the conclusion of the course, students will have a general introduction to wave phenomena (mechanical, electromagnetic, and matter waves), special relativity, and selected topics in modern physics, be able to make connections between the seemingly disparate wave phenomena, and take more advanced and specialized courses on modern physics or its applications. Textbook : Fundamentals of Physics , 8 th edition, Halliday, Resnick, and Walker (Wiley, 2008). You are required to read the textbook. Effective reading is an active one ! Lectures will not follow the textbook. Therefore, just reading the text but not attending the lectures will not be enough.
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Some comments on this course : This course covers a large number of topics – all being related to wave physics – which are interconnected. It is therefore imperative that you work diligently and consistently throughout the semester, or else you will quickly fall behind. This is not a “plug-and-chug” course. To see the connections between disparate phenomena we need to understand the physics involved in some depth. Merely substituting figures in formulas will be of little usefulness. Therefore, I will not assign “plug-and-chug” homework (or exam!) problems. I still suggest you solve a few problems of that type from the textbook, possibly before doing the assigned problems, in order to have some proficiency with basic skills. The homework problems will normally be a little more challenging. Since the textbook is unfortunately written primarily for “plug-and-chug” style courses, you will find it is far from being satisfactory. For this reason, lecture will not follow the textbook. If you are only familiar with “plug-and-
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