This Page will grow during the course of the semester. I plan to post homework solutions, the hour test questions and solutions after the tests are given and other related materials as they become available.
Edgar A. Bering, III
This course will cover chapters 17 through 32 and 34 through 38 in Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition by Fishbane, Gasiorowicz, and Thornton, Pearson Prentice Hall publishers. We will cover on average 1.5 chapters per week. Hour Exams will be given on Fridays, 5:30 to 7:00 pm in a room TBA. There will be three hour exams: one at the end of chapter 22 on Feb. 25, one at the end of chapter 29 on Apr. 01, and one at the end of the course on Apr. 29. The final will be comprehensive and will be given on Friday, May 6, 11-2. Each exam will focus on testing your problem solving skills.
Homework is assigned below and will be collected each Monday as listed below. At least two of the problems from each chapter will be graded on a scale of 0 to 10. Solutions will be posted below on the course home page. A penalty of 20% of the maximum possible score will be assessed for homework turned in late. Under normal circumstances, students will not be permitted more than 2 late homework papers. Late homework must be turned in directly to me, not buried in a subsequent submission stack. Late homework will not be accepted after the solutions are posted or the next assignment is due, whichever comes first. The homework that is due the day before any hour test will not be accepted late under any circumstances. The homework assignments are listed below:
The list of required homework problems should NOT be
taken to represent the entirety of the problem solving that you should be doing in
studying this material. The size of the homework assignments is determined by the grading
budget not by pedagogical considerations. Ideally, you should do every
exercise at the back of each chapter. Practically, this may not be possible for many of
you. As a minimum target, you should try to do at least 24 exercises in addition to the
required homework each week. The exact choice is up to you. For those who may some
guidance in this choice, a list of recommendations is posted
Provided that a grader is assigned, the formula used to compute your numeric grade is the following:
Note that each quiz is equally weighted, that the quizzes constitute 45 percent of your final grade, that the final is 35 percent, and that you can gain 20 points by doing all of the homework correctly. That's usually more than the difference between a C and an A.
A copy of the instruction memo that I give to the grader is posted here.
Each link will show both solutions and the grade distribution
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