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IntroductionThis 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. In particular, watch this space for special announcements regarding schedule changes, etc Physics 3309 SyllabusEdgar A. Bering, III PHYS 3309, Sec. 10263, TuTh 16:00  17:30 pm, SR1 606This course will cover chapters 1 through 12 in Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, 5th edition, by Marion and Thornton, Saunders College Publishing . There will be three hour exams: one at the end of chapter 2 on Feb. 14, one at the end of chapter 7 on Mar. 21 and one at the end of the course on April 25. The final will be held 17:0020:00 on Thursday, May 09, and will be comprehensive. No calculators or notes will be permitted during any examination; paper will be provided, so you only need to bring with you to each exam a pencil and an eraser. Each exam will focus on testing your problem solving skills. Required homework will be assigned once each week and will be collected
almost every Tuesday. Each problem will be graded on a scale of 0 to 10. Solutions will be posted below on the
course home page. A penalty of 15 points 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:
Recommended Additional Problems and ExercisesThe 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
here.
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. Homework solutions, exam solutions and curves will only be distributed via posting to the course Web site. I have not yet decided how much to weight the essay questions Grading PolicyA copy of the instruction memo that I give to the grader is posted here. Student Handbook BoilerplateAt this point in a fully compliant official syllabus, I am nominally required to include a lengthy swath of material cut and pasted from The Student Handbook. These items include the Academic Honesty, Diversity/Equal Opportunity, and other similar policies, including a message about the availability of counselling. I am not going to include any of this because all of it is available in The Student Handbook, a document you should own and read covertocover. I will make two comments along this line. First, I support and intend to enforce the Academic Honesty Policy. In particular, you may collaborate on the recommended supplemental problems, but you may not collaborate at all on the required homework. That must be solely your work. Second, please ask for help as soon as you think you might need it. I am not only referring to help on this course. There is support available to reduce the impact of any stressors that are standing in the way of your academic success. ASK. Homework SolutionsThese will be posted after they have been handed in Hour TestsEach link will show both solutions and the grade distribution Fall, 2000Fall, 2001Fall, 2002Spring, 2018Spring, 2019
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