Phys272_Syllabus_Fall2011

Phys272_Syllabus_Fall2011 - Physics 272 Electric and...

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1 Physics 272 Electric and Magnetic Interactions Fall 2011 Course Website: http://www.physics.purdue.edu/academic_programs/courses/phys272/ Physics 272 is the second course of a two-semester sequence of calculus-based physics courses for engineering and science students. It deals with electric and magnetic interactions, which are central to our understanding of the structure of matter, of chemical and biological phenomena and of most modern technology. The course, therefore, emphasizes the atomic structure of matter and includes material on circuits, electromagnetic waves and optics. It builds on the fundamental principles of physics learned in the prerequisite course Physics 172. Just as in that earlier course, you will find that this course uses a relatively small number of fundamental physical principles to explain a wide variety of physical phenomena. A key concept introduced in this course is that of a vector field. It is therefore important that you are familiar with vectors. The concept of a field is a very powerful one within physics. The electric and magnetic fields that you will encounter in this course serve as a “gateway” to the more general topic of field theory (a subject that will be left to a more advanced course!). This is a 4-credit hour course. The rule of thumb at this University is that you should spend twice as many hours (on average) studying for this course outside of class as you do in class. That is, eight hours a week spent reading, doing homework, recitation and laboratory assignments and studying for the quizzes and exams would be a typical investment of time for most students in this course. Instructors and TAs : Lecture 1: Professor Mike Manfra (Course Organizer) Office: Room 84, Physics Building Phone: 494-3016 Email: mmanfra@purdue.edu Lecture 2: Professor Yong P. Chen Office: Room 74, Physics Building Phone: 494-0947 Email: yongchen@purdue.edu (Note: The professors do not have standing office hours but are willing to meet with you at a mutually agreed upon time. You may get faster help though by contacting your TA or using the help center (HC) first. If you do want to meet with either professor, send an email request (with subject line “PHYS 272”) in which you suggest several meeting times. Questions regarding course policies should be directed to Prof. Manfra) Laboratory: Jonathan Nistor (coordinator), Office: PHYS 263, Email: jnistor@purdue.edu David Blasing: dblasing@purdue.edu John Doyle: jdoyle@purdue.edu Mark Palenik: mcpaleni@purdue.edu
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2 Graduate Teaching Assistants: Jonathan Nistor: jnistor@purdue.edu Michael Fink: mkfink@purdue.edu Mark Palenik: mcpaleni@purdue.edu Zachary Wolff: zwolff@purdue.edu Help Center Staff: David Blasing: dblasing@purdue.edu Michael Fink: mkfink@purdue.edu Mark Palenik: mcpaleni@purdue.edu Zachary Wolff: zwolff@purdue.edu WebAssign, CHIP and Help Center Coordinator: V.K. Saxena (Office: PHYS 176; Phone: 4-9575; Email: saxena@purdue.edu ) Recitation and Laboratory Sessions
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