Last updated: Thu Nov 6 05:22:17 pm 2014 (EST) by Michael Syphers

Prof. Michael Syphers

Office: NSCL 1151

Phone: (517) 908-7608

Email: syphers at msu.edu

Guest Instructor:

Prof. Kendall Mahn

Office: BPS 3234

Phone: (517) 884-5504

Email: mahn at msu.edu

Teaching Assistants:

Madison Fitzgerald

Gregorio "Greg" Ponti

Sean Wainwright

Dewen Zhong

Liangjia Zhang

The course utilizes LON-CAPA. Log on at

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PHY 183 or PHY 183B

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PHY 193H or LBS 271.

Please be aware of evacuation and shelter-in-place guidelines for the room, available through MSU Police:

Prof. Mahn: Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., in 1248 BPS, or at other times by appointment.

Starting TUE 9/2/2014

One or more PHY232 Teaching Assistant will be available during the hours below:

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MON: 3pm - 9pm

TUE: 1pm - 9pm; Syphers available 7:30 - 8:30 pm

WED: 2pm - 9pm

THU: Mahn available 5:00 - 6:00 pm

FRI: -- n/a --

** A more detailed schedule will be made available at the entrance to Room BPS 1248.

09/25, Exam #1, during class hour in 1410 BPS

10/23, Exam #2, during class hour in 1410 BPS

11/13, Exam #3, during class hour in 1410 BPS

Reviews of the midterm exam material will be held during the previous Tuesday classes.

A review for the Final Exam will be held during class time on Thursday December 4, 2014.

Final Exam: Thursday, December 11, 2014; 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. in Anthony Hall (ANH) Room 1281.

Please read and abide by the MSU Academic Integrity Policy:

The FAQ under the Ombudsperson page is also helpful:

Students with disabilities will be provided equal opportunity. Please see

For those with disabilities, please see:

Clicker questions: 6%.

Homework: 16%.

Three midterm exams: 3 x 16% = 48%.

Final exam: 32%.

The weights for all classes add up to 102%.

Clicker questions: Correct answer: 1 point. Incorrect answer: 0 points. Not present: 0 points.

Final clicker score determined by: score = minimum of [ 1, (1.5 times No. Q's correct)/(Total No. Q's) ]

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Homework: All homework questions are worth the same; every homework question is worth 1 point.

Class homework score is given by (total HW points correct) / (total HW points available)

Midterm exams: Maximum score on each midterm is 50 points. The midterm exams will have correction exams as a homework. Thirty percent (30%) of the positive difference between the correction exam and the in-class exam will be added to your in-class exam score as bonus points toward that exam. The correction set is not available to students who do not take the midterm exam.

One double-sided, US letter-sized (8.5"x11") help sheet is allowed for each midterm exam (you may write on both sides).

Each midterm exam will have an overall score of "in-class score + bonus points" (out of 50).

Final Exam: Maximum score on the final: 100 points. The final exam will NOT have a correction set.

Four double-sided, US letter-sized (8.5"x11") help sheets are allowed on the final exam: three from the midterms and one from the last block of the class.

Note: Failure to take the final exam will result in failure of the course.

Grading scale:

4.0 >= 92%,

3.5 >= 84%,

3.0 >= 76%,

2.5 >= 68%,

2.0 >= 60%,

1.5 >= 52%,

1.0 >= 44%,

0.0 < 44%.

Preliminary lecture notes for the week will be posted Monday mornings on LON-CAPA. Copies of the material actually presented in class will be re-posted following each class.

The following is a table (subject to updates) of the topics to be covered throughout the course, reviews, exams, and homework assignments:

To register your iClicker for class participation points, visit

The homepage for the Physics and Astronomy Department is:

The homepage for the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory is:

Please note additional resources, such as math review and tools, are available in LON-CAPA.

If you took PHY 231 in Spring 2014 and purchased the complete book/set you do NOT need to purchase this. Text is recommended.

You will also need an i>Clicker for class participation/quizzes during lectures.

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