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Last updated: Thu Apr 12 02:38:30 pm 2012 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 232C Spring 2012

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Teaching Assistant: Jamie Fox

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Instructor Information

Dr. Tibor F. Nagy
Office: 1253 BPS
Phone: (517) 884-5508
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu
Office hours: Monday, 11:00 AM - noon, BPS 1253.

Teaching Assistant: Jamie Fox (foxjamie@msu.edu).

Course Description

Electricity and magnetism; geometric and wave optics; special relativity; quantum mechanics; atomic and nuclear physics.

Prerequisites

PHY 231 or PHY 231C or PHY 183 or PHY 183B or PHY 193H or LBS 271.

Class Hours

This is an online class, we don't have lectures.

Helproom Hours

BPS 1253, Monday, 11 AM to noon, Tibor Nagy.
BPS 1248, Monday, 11:45 AM - 2:45 PM, Jamie Fox.

Exam Information

Exam #1: Feb 07, Tuesday, 6:00-7:00 PM, BPS 1415.
Exam #2: Feb 28, Tuesday, 6:00-7:00 PM, BPS 1415.
Exam #3: Mar 27, Tuesday, 6:00-7:00 PM, BPS 1415.
Final Exam: May 02, Wednesday, 8:00-10:00 PM, BPS 1410.

Grading Information

Percent weights for PHY 232C:
Homework: 17%.
Three midterm exams: 3 x 17% = 51%.
Final exam: 32%.

Homework: Every homework question is worth 1 point.

Midterm exams: Maximum score on each midterm: 50 points. A one-sided, hand-written, 8.5 by 11 inch US letter sized help sheet is allowed on each midterm plus the help sheet(s) from the previous midterm(s). The midterm exams will have correction exams as a homework. 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.

Final Exam: Maximum score on the final: 100 points. The final exam will not have correction. Four single sides of US letter sized help seets are allowed on the final exam: three from the midterms and one from the last block of the class.

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%.

This grading scale might be lowered, but it will not be raised.

Readings


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Mo --------- Fr | Week, Chapter, Topic
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01/09 --- 01/13 | 1 Ch 20 Electric Fields and Forces
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01/16: MLK Day, no classes
01/17 --- 01/20 | 2 Ch 21 Electric Potential
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01/23 --- 01/27 | 3 Ch 22 Current and Resistance
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01/30 --- 02/03 | 4 Ch 23 Circuits
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02/07 - Tuesday | Exam #1, 6:00-7:00 PM, BPS 1415.
02/06 --- 02/10 | 5 Ch 24 Magnetic Fields and Forces
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02/13 --- 02/17 | 6 Ch 25 Electromagnetic Induction and EM waves
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02/20 --- 02/24 | 7 Ch 26 AC Electricity
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02/28 - Tuesday | Exam #2, 6:00-7:00 PM, BPS 1415.
02/27 --- 03/02 | 8 Ch 17 Wave Optics
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03/05 --- 03/09 | Spring Break
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03/12 --- 03/16 | 9 Ch 18 Ray Optics
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03/19 --- 03/23 | 10 Ch 19 Optical Instruments
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03/27 - Tuesday | Exam #3, 6:00-7:00 PM, BPS 1415.
03/26 --- 03/30 | 11 Ch 27 Relativity
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04/02 --- 04/06 | 12 Ch 27 Relativity
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04/09 --- 04/13 | 13 Ch 28 Quantum Physics
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04/16 --- 04/20 | 14 Ch 29 Atoms and Molecules
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04/23 --- 04/27 | 15 Ch 30 Nuclear Physics
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05/02 Wednesday | Final Exam: 8:00 - 10:00 PM, BPS 1410.
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Textbook

Knight, Jones, Field: College Physics (A Strategic Approach), Volume 2, (either the 2nd or the 1st edition). This is an online class, we don't use clickers, don't buy the i>Clicker for this class.