Zangwill modern electrodynamics a graduate physics

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written and because it has excellent coverage of practical topics. • Zangwill, Modern Electrodynamics A graduate physics test that is extremely well written and contains a number of useful applications. Prerequisites and Co-requisites: PHY 133, MAT 215, MAT 224, ECE 204, ECE 220. Schedule: The planned course schedule is available as a separate document. The schedule may be adjusted as needed. Changes to the published schedule will be posted on Blackboard and announced in class. What you can expect from me: After a four year term as department chair, I am ex- cited to be back in the classroom. I will be experimenting with some methods and tools to make class sessions more active, so don’t expect that all class time will be devoted to lecture. As with all experiments, some will not give optimal results, espe- cially at first. I will be using a variety of tools to assess these experiments and will be adjusting accordingly. I expect you to think, which is hard. You will only understand the concepts in this, or any, course once you have struggled with them yourself. I see my role as making your struggle as productive of learning as possible. I support all students, whatever their challenges. I am familiar with veterans’ issues and commit- ted to supporting students with disabilities. If you have challenges in these or other areas that may impact your performance in this class, I want to work with you to help you succeed. Please come and talk to me, since only you can best communicate your situation to me. What you can give the class: Your active participation in the various in-class activities is an important part of the learning environment, not just for you, but for everyone. By participating in the various electronic polls, group discussions, in-class problem- solving exercises and other activities, you will make class time more effective for all of us. Check for Blackboard announcements the day before each class meeting, as there may be preparatory work. Coming to class prepared will improve the class for everyone. Workload: Successful students typically spend two hours outside of class for every hour in class. Although your best use of this time may be slightly different, a typical average is one to two hours per week reading the book and four to five hours working 302-syllabus-sp18.tex Spring 2018
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P. R. Nelson 4 out homework problems. Many homework problems are not simple plug-and-chug examples. They require careful thought because they are designed so that you confront new ideas. Homework: There will be six homework assignments, which will be posted on Blackboard. The due dates are given in the course schedule. Papers are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Both the answer and the solution method must be legible in order to receive credit. Late homework will not be accepted. These problems address a variety of goals: practicing basic mathematical methods, applying a particular concept, and using electromagnetics to describe various practical applications and effects. Some will be used as the basis for class discussion. Problems range in difficulty from straightforward calculation to exploration of concepts and applications. Some problems are intended to require particularly careful thought be- cause “productive struggle” has been shown to be an important component of building understanding. Those problems that you don’t solve immediately are frequently the most effective learning experiences.
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