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. TA Austen Groener has his own very useful website up for this course. Click on his name above for the link.
Recitations will be on Wednesday 2:00-3:50 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. Also see homework rules below.
The computer assignments will be given in recitation, will count as one-third of your total homework grade, and are due at recitation on the Wednesday in weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9 (see schedule below)
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.
The final exam will be during exam week, on Wednesday, June 13 at 8:00-10:00 a.m. in PISB 104. The final will include material from the entire course, with more weight given to the second half (roughly 30% first half, 70% second half).
|1||April 2, 4, 6||ch. 18|
|2||April 9, 11, 13||ch. 19||HW1 due|
|3||April 16, 18, 20||ch. 20||HW2 due, Program 1 due|
|4||April 23, 25, 27||ch. 21||HW3 due|
|5||April 30, May 2, 4||review chs. 18-21||HW4 due, Program 2 due|
|6||May 7, 9, 11||ch. 22||Midterm in recitation 5/9|
|7||May 14, 16, 18||ch. 23||HW5 due, Program 3 due|
|8||May 21, 23, 25||ch. 24||HW6 due|
|9||May 30, June 1 (no class 5/28)||ch. 25||HW7 due, Program 4 due|
|10||June 4, 6, 8||review chs. 22-25||HW8 due|
|11||No Class||Final Exam, TBA|
Last update: June 1, 2012