Textbook and Reading Assignments
Course Rules of Conduct
Welcome to the home page of Contemporary Physics III. This is your resource page for information about the course, including homework assignments, exams, and solutions. This web page is also the syllabus for the course. To save paper, I will not usually print and distribute copies of documents in class. You may read them on the web or your computer and print out if you need.
Recitations will be on Wednesday 2:00-3:50 p.m. or 4:00-5:50 p.m. in the physics computer lab, Disque 704.
See the course schedule below for the reading assignments. You should do the reading before class so that you are prepared to ask questions about material that you did not understand.
Electronic distractions: Silence your cell phone or leave it home. Only phone calls (to me) from the Nobel Prize committee will be tolerated. Laptop computers may be used only for taking notes. Web surfing, texting, reading/sending email is prohibited during class. I will ask you to leave the class if you violate this rule.
Food, no. Coffee, yes. Maybe small snacks are also OK, but nothing that will tempt me to steal it (triathletes are always hungry!).
Plagiarism: Use your own very large brain (you're a physicist!) and
don't even think about cheating. The usual University rules apply. By
stepping into the classroom, you agree to abide by Drexel's policy on
You may discuss the homework with your classmates, but you and you alone are responsible for the work that you turn in. Please write up your own solutions to the problems and computer assignments. Breaches of this policy will result in homework scores being divided by the number of ``participants.'' Second offenses may result in failure (of the class).
Use of solutions to these problems from previous years or any other source without reference constitutes plagiarism. You must attribute (by giving the correct reference) any significant help that you receive from outside sources.
Problem Set 1 (Due in class Friday, April 10):
Chapter 18, problems 41, 59, 60, 64, 68
Problem Set 2 (Due in class Friday, April 17):
Chapter 19, 19.X.59 (Present a table with headings "experiment, effect on current, parameter." You must explain your answers!), Problems 19.P.42, 44, 70, 71 (also graph the potential V and electron current i for all at points A-F around the circuit), and 75
Problem Set 3 (Due in class Friday, April 24):
Chapter 20, problems 57, 59, 69, 70, 83, 84, 87
Problem Set 4 (Due in class Friday, May 1):
Chapter 21, 21.X.35, 21.P.38, 21.P.49, 21.P.51, 21.X.52, 21.P.72, 21.X.78
Problem Set 5 (Due in class Friday, May 15):
Problem Set 5 (PDF)
Problem Set 6 (Due in class Friday, May 22):
Problem Set 6 (PDF)
Problem Set 7 (Due in class Friday, May 29):
Problem Set 7 (PDF)
Problem Set 2 solutions(PDF)
Problem Set 3 solutions(PDF)
Problem Set 4 solutions(PDF)
Problem Set 5 solutions(PDF)
Problem Set 6 revised solutions(PDF)
Programming assignment 1 (Due in recitation Wednesday, April 15)
Programming assignment 2 (Due in recitation Wednesday, April 29)
Programming assignment 3 (Due in recitation Wednesday, May 13)
Programming assignment 4 (Due in recitation Wednesday, May 27)
The final will be held on Friday, June 12 3:30-5:30pm in PISB 104. It will include material from the entire course, with more weight given to the second half (roughly 30% first half, 70% second half). An equation sheet will be provided.
Midterm exam solutions(PDF)
|1||March 30, April 1, 3||ch. 18|
|2||April 6, 8, 10||ch. 19||HW1 due|
|3||April 13, 15, 17||ch. 20||HW2 due, Program 1 due|
|4||April 20, 22, 24||ch. 21||HW3 due|
|5||April 27, 29, May 1||review chs. 18-21||HW4 due, Program 2 due|
|6||May 4, 6, 8||ch. 22||Midterm in recitation 5/6|
|7||May 11, 13, 15||ch. 23||HW5 due, Program 3 due|
|8||May 18, 20, 22||ch. 24||HW6 due|
|9||May 27, 29 (no class 5/25)||ch. 25||HW7 due, Program 4 due|
|10||June 1, 3, 5||review chs. 22-25||HW8 due|
|11||June 8||Final Exam, TBA|