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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 3315 SyllabusEdgar A. Bering, III PHYS 3315, Sec. 08557, MWF 12:00 noon 1:00 pm, SR1 136This course will cover at least chapters 1 through 10 in Modern Physics, 2nd edition, by Kenneth Krane, John Wiley & Sons publishers. If we have time, we will cover selected topics from the remaining chapters of the book. There will be three hour exams: one at the end of chapter 4 on Oct. 06, one at the end of chapter 8 on Nov. 03 and one at the end of the course on Dec. 01. The final will be held 11:002:00 on Monday, Dec 13, 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 Monday. Because of Labor Day, the first HW will be due on Friday, Sept. 3.
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.
Grading PolicyA copy of the instruction memo that I give to the grader is posted here. Homework SolutionsHour TestsEach link will show both solutions and the grade distribution Fall, 1999
Endgame
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