PHYSICS 208                                                                          Winter, 2003

Instructor: Dr. Bruce A. Craver
Office: S101D                   Office Hours:  M 3-4:15, Tu 10:30-11:50, Wed 3-4:15
Phone: x92219 (229-2219 from off-campus phone)
email: Bruce.Craver@notes.udayton.edu

TEXT: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Ext. , 4th Ed. - Paul Tipler
Physics 208 is the third semester in the introductory physics sequence for scientists and engineers.  It covers three main areas of physics: thermodynamics, waves and modern physics.  The major topics are:


Throughout, an attempt will be made to develop the new concepts, and to then illustrate them by solving sample problems. Where possible use is also made of actual demonstrations and computer software to carry out simulations and to provide graphical representation of subjects. Generally, to scientists and engineers true understanding of this material is reflected in the ability to solve problems. The objective is to be able to apply these definitions and laws to analyze new situations, and to be able to make predictions.   This requires not only sound mathematical skills but also a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts.  Development of these skills requires a sustained effort.   The following is a list of suggestions on how to study physics that I think can help improve understanding and performance.

1.  Read the material before it is discussed in class.  This introduces you to the definitions and terms used, some of which are words you use in everyday life, but which have specialized, and sometimes different, meanings in physics.
2.  As you read (and reread) the text write out the details of the examples in the text.  The examples are your first illustrations of how to use the principles presented in the reading.  Do not do this with the goal of memorizing the example, but rather understanding which principles or laws are employed, and how each step follows from the preceding ones.  If there are points you do not understand note them, and ask your instructor about them.
3.  Work on the homework problems on a regular basis, before they are discussed in class.  Here you have the chance to apply your understanding in tackling a new problem.  This is the ultimate goal, but it requires practice.  Although there is no single prescription for solving all problems there are some aids.
 (i)  For most problems it is beneficial to draw a diagram representing the problem and the information given.
 (ii) In general, the solution will involve relating variables through several relations.  I find it helpful to first write out each of  these equations, regardless of how simple it may be, and then to combine them to solve for the quantitiy desired.  It is  better to work in more short steps rather than a few larger ones.
 (iii) In addition, I find that it is often advantageous to solve a problem algebraically, and to put in numbers only at the end.   Numbers quickly lose their meaning when many appear in a calculation, whereas algebraic variables are more easily  identified, especially in conjunction with a good diagram.  This makes it easier to check your work. Finally, an algebraic  solution is a solution for all choices of numerical values of the variables.  It is not necessary to redo the entire problem if  values of some of the quantities are changed.  Furthermore, an algebraic solution can easily be rearranged to solve for  different quantities.

GRADING: Grades will be determined on the basis of the number of points earned out of a maximum of 650 points distributed as follows: 4 100­point exams to be given during regular class periods, a 150­point comprehensive final, and 100 points for  unannounced quizzes/homework.  The university grading system now includes A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D an F.  The following table lists the cut-offs for the various grades.
 
 

    A     A-    B+      B      B-      C+      C     C-      D       F
  93%     90    87      83      80      77     73     70     60  < 60 

In some cases I may announce modified cut-offs, but they would never be higher than the scale above.  Anyone sending an email to me received no later than 5 PM Tuesday, 07 Jan.,  giving the correct date for exam 3 will have one per cent added to their semester class average.

MAKE-UP: Make-up exams for excused absences will be taken at the end of the term at a time to be announced.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

Tue.,   14 Jan .  - Last day for late registration, to change grading options and schedule.
Mon.,  27 Jan.  - Last day to withdraw without record.
Wed.,  26 Mar - Last day to withdraw with record of W.
Tue.,    29 Apr.- 12:00-1:50, S116 FINAL EXAM. EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THE FINAL AT THE SCHEDULED TIME SO PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

PROBLEM ASSIGNMENTS:
Chp. 17 - 3, 9, 10, 14, 23, 27, 31, 33, 35, 45, 62, 74
Chp. 18 - 9, 20, 21, 22, 27, 31, 40, 62, 63, 67
Chp. 19 - 3, 11, 19, 26, 34, 40, 44, 45, 49, 53, 61, 65(omit part (b)), 73, 77, 100
Chp. 20 -
Chp. 33 - 12, 13, 16, 18, 22, 23, 37, 43, 64, 80
Chp. 34 - 7, 12, 13, 19, 23, 29, 35, 39, 40, 51, 52, 53, 107, 114
Chp. 35 - 2, 4, 13, 15, 23, 24, 25, 31, 35, 43, 53, 56, 58, 59, 62
Chp. 36 -
Chp. 37 - 18, 19, 23, 25, 38, 45, 50, 55
Chp. 38 -
Chp. 39 -
Chp. 40 -

 Answers to even numbered problems

PHYSICS 208 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE - WINTER 2003  CHAPTERS TO BE DISCUSSED

This schedule is subject to change so watch for announcements made in class or by email.
 
Week of
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Jan 06-10 06            33 07 08           33 09 10            33
Jan 13-17 13            34 14
Last day reg, change schedule or grade opt
15           34 16 17           34
Jan 20-24 20  HOLIDAY 21 22           35 23           35
Monday class schedule
24           35
  Last day to change
    first term grades
Jan 27 - 31 27
 Last day W  w/o record
28 29  T1(33-35) 30 31           18
Feb 03-07 03           18 04  05           18 06 07           19
Feb 10-14 10           19 11 12           19 13 14           20
Feb 17-21 17          20 18 19          20 20  21
Feb 24-28 24  T2(18-20) 25 26          17 27 28          17
Mar 03-07 03          17
     Mid-term grades due
04 05          36 06 07          36
Mar 10-14 10          36 11  12          37 13  14          37
Mar 17-21 17 HOLIDAY 18 HOLIDAY 19 HOLIDAY 20 HOLIDAY 21 HOLIDAY
Mar 24-28 24          37 25  26
  Last day W w/record
27  28  T3(36-37)
Mar 31- Apr 04 31          38 01 02          38 03 04          38
Apr 07-11 07          39 08 09          39 10 10          39
Apr 14-18 14  15 16  T4(38-39) 17 18  HOLIDAY
Apr 21-25 21 HOLIDAY 22 23 24  25
     Last day of class
Apr 28 - May 02 28 29  FINAL
     (12-1:50)
30
 Senior Grades Due
01 02

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