Spring Semester 2008
Lecture: M 7:00-8:50 PM and W 7:00-7:50 PM in PHY 1410
Instructor: Prof. James Drake (sections 0401-0402)
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Class Web site:
The syllabus, homework assignments and solutions to the homework and exams will be posted on the class web site (www.glue.umd.edu/~drake/classes/physics270/).
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Prerequisites: PHYS 260, PHYS 261 and MATH 241
Textbook: Randall D. Knight, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 1st Edition
This course will cover portions of chapters 22-23 and 32-40: Magnetism, AC Circuits, Electromagnetic Waves, Geometric Optics, Wave Optics, Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics
PHYS271, the laboratory component of this course, is required. You must complete and pass PHYS271 (do all the labs) in order to pass PHYS 270. If you believe that you have completed the lab in a previous semester, go to Student Services (PHY 1120) during the second week of this semester to have your grade verified. The lab is run separately and is organized by Prof. Boyd this semester. All question specific to the lab should be addressed to your lab TA or Prof. Boyd. Please click here for more information regarding the lab.
CORE Lab Science Requirement:
PHYS270 and PHYS271 must be taken in the same semester to count for CORE Lab Science. PHYS270 taken alone will NOT count as a non-lab science for CORE.
Doing the homework is an essential part of learning physics. For
this reason, homework is a significant portion of your grade. If you
need help with a particular homework problem, you may consult with your
fellow students, the TA or me. The best way to do physics problems is
to work out a formula for the answer, and only plug in the numbers at
the end. If you carry numbers throughout a long problem, you will
lose track of what you are doing, make algebra errors and waste time.
On the Mastering Physics
problems you will be allowed six opportunities to enter the correct
answer on a given question and the homework system will tell you
instantly when you are wrong. I
strongly suggest that you try the Mastering
Physics problems before
your weekly discussion section. Bring questions about the
assignment to your
There will be three midterm exams and a final. Exams will be closed book but I will provide a page with various formulae so don't feel that you have to memorize formulae. If you have a good reason why you cannot attend an exam, please talk to me before the exam so we can arrange for an alternate date. The final exam will be the same for all three of the Physics 270 instructors.
Points will be awarded as follows:
|Homework (drop 3 lowest scores)||100
In addition, to ensure that one bad day will not control your
grade I eliminate your lowest score above (either the homework, a
midterm score or half of the final). Note that 75% of your 270 score
will be added to 25%
of the laboratory portion of the course (Physics 271) to make up your
final combined score. You must complete and pass PHYS271 (do all
the labs) in order to pass PHYS 270. A letter grade will be
assigned to you according to your combined 270/271 score. You
will receive the same grade for 270 and 271. There are no
predetermined score values for the grades "A", "B", etc. If
everyone in the class masters the material, there will be a large
number of very high grades.
Where To Go When You Need Help
1) Professor Drake - I am the best resource for this class. Don't hesitate to come by or e-mail for an appointment if you have questions or are having difficulty with any of the material in this class.
2)Slawsky Clinic (1208 Physics) - offers free tutoring in Physics 270 and other subjects. Physics 270 times are MTWThF 11-12 and 1-2.
3) TA Office Hours - if you can't make these, phone or e-mail the TA and ask to make an appointment.