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Welcome to Phys 2C. Fluids, Waves, Optics, and Thermodynamics. Prof: Ken Intriligator http://keni.ucsd.edu/f13 and on TED Monday, September 30, 2013
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The team: Ken Intriligator (“Ken”, or “coach”). (My research: quantum field theory and string theory. Everything, electrons, photons, quarks etc, are ripples of quantum fields, which fill all spacetime. Feel free to ask me (or the TAs) about it!) TAs: Prarit and David, top grad students. Classmates. Buddies. (Not on exams!) You! Goal: exercise your brain. Learn. Monday, September 30, 2013
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Assistant coaches David Prarit Monday, September 30, 2013
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Grades assigned by a computer See syllabus for its mathematical formula. Monday, September 30, 2013
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FAQ: Clickers? No. Online homework? No. Class attendance checked? No. Calculators on exams? No. Bring “cheat sheets” to exams? Yes. 3x5 cards for quizzes, and full page for final. Monday, September 30, 2013
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Young and Freedman “University Physics”. Best book for Phys 2 series, IMHO. Widely regarded as the most advanced 2 series option. It’s chock full of non-trivial exercises. Some profs fear it’s too hard for the students. Is it? I think not! You’re UCSD - the smart ones! :-) You can actually use any book you like. Many options. Completely up to you. But I strongly recommend using our textbook. Monday, September 30, 2013
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Class schedule Mondays: projector lectures, like this one. Will overview the week’s chapter. Tues night (late, ugh!), and Weds: chalkboard lectures, focus on problem solving. Wednesday night: discussion sess with TA. Thursday night: prob. solv. sess with TA Friday lectures: quiz, next 8 weeks. Drop 2. Monday, September 30, 2013
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Schedule / advice Sunday: read through all the recommended exercises for upcoming week. Appetizer for your brain. Mull a bit before you calculate! Monday: skim book chapter before lecture. Tues - Thurs: solve the exercises. Do it yourself, or it’s not really exercise! Friday: review, make eqn. sheet, take quiz. Saturday: take a break (if you want to)! Monday, September 30, 2013
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Why no calculators? The math will be trivial. E.g. Focus on conceptual points, and human thinking skills. (Vs. Robot-think, avoid it!) Everyone spends enough time on their devices, it’s important to not be overly dependent on them. Will help your future employability if you can solve problems that computer’s can’t. Like captcha!
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