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Unformatted text preview: Advanced General Physics 323/324 SPRING 2011
COURSE OUTLINE A sign-up sheet should be completed in detail at the first meeting of the course. It will remain in a folder along with your completed quizzes and will be used to record your progress in the course. A math quiz should also be completed at the first meeting. It will test your math background in order to determine if it is adequate for the course. It will be checked by one of the instructors before you begin working on your first quiz. You can start your regular quizzes concurrently with the math quiz. You should keep the results of your math quiz in your folder to help you with future quizzes. Quizzes: In order to complete a unit you must pass three quizzes consisting of questions on the material covered in that unit. The quizzes will be closed book but you can bring up to two pages of hand-written (no xerox copies or computer printout) formulas and figures. In fact, you will have to show at least one page of carefully thought formulas, with some examples, in order to take a quiz on a given topic. If you fail a quiz you should review the material and take the quiz again (the questions will in general be different) when you feel you are prepared. If you do not finish a quiz by the end of the class period, you will be given a different quiz the next time. Class Times: The course meets four periods a week: T4Th4 (1:40 - 3:00PM) and T7Th7 (6:40 - 8:00 PM) in the ARC 333, on the Busch Campus. You are welcome to come to any meeting times. The first day of class will be Tuesday January 18. the last day of class will be Thursday Aptil 28 To get an A in the course you must complete 10 quizzes by a week before the last day of this class i.e. on or before Thursday April 21 and pass an oral exam on or before Thursday April 28. Topics Covered : There are five basic topics covered in this course: classical mechanics and relativity (units CM1-4, W1, R1,R2), thermodynamics (T1-5), electromagnetism (E1-5, AC), and modern physics (QM1-5, NP, EP,SS). Most of these units can be taken only after other prerequisite units have been completed : for example NP, EP, and SS can be taken only after QM5, which in turn requires QM4, etc. Links to more information on the units can be found below. In 323 you must have completed quizzes in at least 2 topics as defined above, and in 323+324 four topics. In general you have to go up the ladder, one rung at a time, for a given topic, e.g. take E2 before E3. Exceptions can be made in consultation with the instructors. GRADES 0-4 units: F 5-6 units: D 7 units: C 8 units: C+ 9 units: B 10 units: B+ To get an A in the course you must complete 10 quizzes by a week before the last day of class, i.e. on or before Thursday, Dec 2, and pass an oral exam on or before Thursday Dec 9. UNITS Classical Mechanics and Relativity Including the Harmonic Oscillator, Work and Energy, Angular Momentum, Central Force Motion, Non-inertial Systems, Special Relativity and Relativistic Energy and Momentum. Thermodynamics Including the First Law of Thermodynamics, The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Thermodynamic Potentials, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Thermodynamics. Electricity and Magnetism Including Electrostatics, Dielectrics and Currents, Magnetostatics, Electromagnetic Induction, Maxwell's Equations, and Alternating Current Circuits. Modern Physics Including Quantum Mechanics, the Wave Nature of Matter, the Schroedinger Equation, Angular Momentum and the Hydrogen Atom, Nuclear Physics, Elementary Particles, and Solid State Physics. Announcements: Special announcements will be posted on the web. Information for Students with Disabilities Textbooks: E.M Purcell,Electricity and Magnetism (Berkeley Physics Course, Vol 2, 2nd Ed. R. Eisberg and R. Resnick, Quantum Mechaics of Atoms, Nuclei and Particles (2nd Ed.) F. W. Sears and G.L. Salinger,Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory and Statistical Thermodynamics (3rd Ed.) D Kleppner and R. Kolenkow, An Introduction to Mechanics It is your responsibility to either purchase or ensure the availability of the textbooks you need for the units you will work on. Any additional material needed will be furnished by the instructors. Many other books and references which you might find helpful can be found in the Physics Library or LSM. Physics Web Links
Math and Science Learning Center (MSLC) External resources: PhysicsWeb from Physics World Magazine U Oregon Virt Lab College Physics Hypertextbook from Raymond Walters College Physics for Beginners Web Physics Bad Physics (common misconceptions ...) Nobel Laureates in Physics The American Physical Society communicates the excitement of physics to everyone (changes weekly), with links to more physics sites. Back to the Physics 323/324 Home Page. ...
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