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
Students with disabilities requesting accomodation and services at Drexel University need to present a current accomodation letter (AVL) to faculty before accomodations can be made.This cannot be done retroactively. AVL's are issued by the Office of Disability Services (ODS). For additional information, contact ODS at www.drexel.edu/ods 3201 Arch St., Suite 210, 215-895-1401 (V), or 215-895-2299 (TTY).
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).
Note that answers to odd-numbered problems are in the back of the book. You get zero credit for just copying those numbers. Use of solutions to these problems from 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 8):
Chapter 17, problems 23, 37, 46, 48, 50
Problem Set 2 (Due in class Friday, April 15):
Chapter 18, problems 14 (also graph the potential V and electron current i for all at points A-F around the circuit), 16 (Present a table with headings "experiment, effect on current, parameter." You must explain your answers!), 34, 35, 50, 54
Problem Set 3 (Due in class Friday, April 22):
Chapter 19, Question 15 and Problems 44, 53, 54, 66, 68, 80
Problem Set 4 (Due in class Friday, April 29):
Chapter 20, problems 29, 30, 41, 43, 44, 59, 62
Problem Set 5 (Due in class Friday, May 13):
Problem Set 5 (PDF)
Problem Set 6 (Due in class Friday, May 20):
Problem Set 6 (PDF)
Problem Set 7 (Due in class Friday, May 27):
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 solutions(PDF)
Programming assignment 1 (Due in recitation Wednesday, April 13)
Programming assignment 2 (Due in recitation Wednesday, April 27)
Programming assignment 3 (Due in recitation Wednesday, May 11)
Programming assignment 4 (Due in recitation Wednesday, May 25)
The final exam date will be on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00-8:00pm in PISB 108. 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 28, 30, April 1||ch. 17|
|2||April 4, 6, 8||ch. 18||HW1 due|
|3||April 11, 13, 15||ch. 19||HW2 due, Program 1 due|
|4||April 18, 20, 22||ch. 20||HW3 due|
|5||April 25, 27, 29||review chs. 17-20||HW4 due, Program 2 due|
|6||May 2, 4, 6||ch. 21||Midterm in recitation 5/4|
|7||May 9, 11, 13||ch. 22||HW5 due, Program 3 due|
|8||May 16, 18, 20||ch. 23||HW6 due|
|9||May 23, 25, 27||ch. S3||HW7 due, Program 4 due|
|10||(no class May 30) June 1, 3||review chs. 21-23, S3||HW8 due|
|11||June 6||Final Exam, June 9|
Last update: May 13, 2016