An introduction to physics. Topics include detailed studies of electricity and magnetism, optics, special relativity, and introductory quantum physics.
I strongly encourage regular attendance. Exams will be based on lectures and in-class discussions. Regular attendance, while not mandatory, is vital to student success.
Mid-term Exams (5): 60% (lowest score dropped)
Final Exam: 30%
This course can be taken only with the traditional grading option.
The five mid-term exams will be held in CHCB 131 on Fridays from 8:00 - 8:50 AM (the same time as classes Monday-Thursday). The dates are February 1, February 22, March 8, April 5, and April 19. You will be provided with a universal notecard for each exam and will probably want to bring a calculator (not a smartphone!). Programmable calculator lids must be stored in your bag/pack. Exams are closed book. Make-up exams will be given only in extreme situations and must be arranged in advance.
Weekly homework assignments are essential to the development of problem-solving skills through applying the physics you are learning. The assignments will typically take 2-5 hours to complete (the expectation is that a four-credit class takes twelve hours per week of student time, including lectures). No late homework will be accepted. For each student, the two homework assignments with the lowest grades will be dropped and will not contribute to the student's course grade.
The final exam, which comprehensively covers the entire course, will be held in the usual classroom from 10:10 - 12:10 on Monday, April 29.
It is departmental policy for this course that phones and laptops be put away during lecture.
Add/Drop can be performed online until January 31. Add/Drop can be performed with the instructor's and advisor's signatures until March 15. But don't take my word for it: refer to http://www.umt.edu/registrar/students/dropadd.php for full details.
All students must practise academic honesty. Academic misconduct is subject to an academic penalty by the course instructor and/or a disciplinary sanction by the University. All students need to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code. The Code is available for review online at http://www.umt.edu/student-affairs/documents/Student%20Conduct%20Code%20PDF-%20FINAL%208-27-13.pdf
Students with disabilities may request reasonable modifications by contacting me. The University of Montana assures equal access to instruction for students with disabilities in collaboration with instructors and Disability Services for Students, which is located in Lommasson Center 154. The University does not permit fundamental alterations of academic standards or retroactive modifications.
|Week 1||Syllabus, Course Intro|
|1/10||(hardly a week)|
|Week 2||Ch. 16||Electric charge, Coulomb's law,|
|1/14 - 1/17||electric fields and field lines|
|Week 3||Ch. 17||Electric potential and electric|
|1/22 - 1/24||potential energy; capacitance||no class Monday|
|Week 4||Ch. 18||Electric current and resistance;|
|1/28 - 1/31||Ohm's law and electric power||2/1: First exam|
|Week 5||Ch. 18, Ch. 19||Alternating current; resistors;|
|2/4 - 2/7||Kirchhoff's laws; capacitors|
|Week 6||Ch. 19, Ch. 20||RC circuits; magnets, magnetic|
|2/11 - 2/14||fields, Ampere's law|
|Week 7||Ch. 20||Magnetic force on electric current and||no class Monday|
|2/19 - 2/21||moving electric charges||2/22: Second exam|
|Week 8||Ch. 21||Electromagnetic induction and|
|2/25 - 2/28||Faraday's law; transformers|
|Week 9||Ch. 22, Ch. 23||Electromagnetic waves;|
|3/4 - 3/7||geometrical optics (reflection, refraction)||3/8 Third exam|
|Week 10||Ch. 23||Lenses, more lenses, and mirrors|
|3/11 - 3/14|
|Week 11||Ch. 24||Waves optics, interference,|
|3/18 - 3/21||diffraction|
|Week 12||Ch. 26||Einstein's special relativity|
|4/1 - 4/4||4/5 Fourth exam|
|Week 13||Ch. 27||Early quantum theory|
|4/8 - 4/11|
|Week 14||Ch. 27||Photons and matter; atomic models|
|4/15 - 4/18||4/19: Fifth exam|
|Week 15||Ch. 28, review||Introduction to quantum mechanics|
|4/22 - 4/25|
PHSX 207 is included in the bookstore's Inclusive Access Program. This program grants you access to your required course materials by the first day of class at the discounted rate the bookstore has negotiated on your behalf. Your student account has already been charged this discounted rate. If for any reason you decide to purchase your materials elsewhere you can opt-out of this program by the add/drop deadline and will receive a refund to your student account.
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Copyright © 1997, 1998, 1999, Ross Moore, Mathematics Department, Macquarie University, Sydney.
Paul Janzen 2019-01-10