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Last updated: Mon May 4 10:32:49 am 2015 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 184 Spring 2015 (002+003)

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Alexandra Gade, William Lynch, Tibor Nagy, Kirsten Tollefson
Teaching Assistant: Mark Alden Wittekind, Cale Hyzer, Matthew Gilbert Sutter, Jacob Michael Calcutt, Andrew James Flegler, Jesse Ouellette, Benjamin Thomas Loseth, Drew Alan Murray

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Instructor Information

Sections 002 and 003: Tibor Nagy
Office: BPS 1253, Phone: (517) 884-5508
Office hour: Mo 1-2 PM.
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu
Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/

Physics TA-s: Jacob Calcutt (calcuttj@msu.edu), Drew Murray (murraydr@msu.edu), Mark Wittekind (wittekin@msu.edu). CORE TA-s: Andrew Flegler (flegler1@msu.edu), Cale Hyzer (hyzercal@msu.edu), Jesse Ouellette (ouelle33@msu.edu), Matthew Sutter (sutterm1@msu.edu).

Course Description

PHY 184: calculus-based physics course, for students majoring in engineering or physical sciences. Topics include: electrostatics, direct circuits, magnetostatics, induction, alternating circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, special relativity.

Prerequisites

(PHY 183 or PHY 193A or PHY 183B or PHY 193H or LBS 164) and MTH 133.

Class Hours

Section 002: Mo, Tu, We, Th from 9:10 to 10:00 AM in room BPS 1410.
Section 003: Mo, Tu, We, Th from 10:20 to 11:10 AM in room BPS 1410.

Helproom Hours

Physics Learning Center, room BPS 1248:
Jacob Calcutt (calcuttj@msu.edu): Th 4-6 PM, Mo 1-5 PM;
Drew Murray (murraydr@msu.edu): Fr 1-3 PM, Mo 4-8 PM;
Mark Wittekind (wittekin@msu.edu): Th 5-8 PM, Fr 5-8 PM.

CORE TA-s, Wonders Hall, room G24:
Andrew Flegler (flegler1@msu.edu): Th 6-10 PM, Su 6-10 PM;
Cale Hyzer (hyzercal@msu.edu): Th 6-10 PM, Mo 6-10 PM;
Jesse Ouellette (ouelle33@msu.edu): Su 6-10 PM;
Matthew Sutter (sutterm1@msu.edu): Th 6-10 PM, Mo 6-10 PM.

A list of tutors will be available in the undergraduate office, BPS 1312.

Exam Information

There will be six midterm exams (every other week) and one final exam. The bi-weekly exams will be given in class on Tuesdays and will cover the material presented in the previous two weeks. There will be no make-ups for missing one of the exams. We realize sometimes unexpected events happen that are beyond our control. With this in mind we will drop your lowest exam score when calculating your final grade. All exams are closed book. You are allowed to use a single 8-inch by 5-inch card (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of the note card. Each bi-weekly exam will have a correction exam assigned as a homework in LON-CAPA. If you get all of the points on the correction exam, then you will get back 30% of the points you missed in the in-class exam. The correction exam can only add points to your exam score. The correction exam is optional.

Final Exam: 05/04, Monday, 8-10 PM; location: Wells Hall B115. The final exam is closed book. However, you are permitted to use TWO 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheets of paper (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of these sheets. The final exam cannot be dropped, and there is no correction for the final exam. Bring a calculator with fresh batteries, two sharp #2 (HB) pencils, an eraser and your picture ID to each exam.

Deadlines

There are thirteen homework sets. The homework sets are always due on Monday evening at 10 PM.

There will be six midterm exams, bi-weekly on Tuesdays during the lecture hours. Each of the associated correction exams will be due on Thursday evenings at 10 PM.

Students with Disabilities: MSU is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Requests for accommodations by persons with disabilities may be made by contacting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities at 517-884-RCPD or on the web at rcpd.msu.edu. Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined, you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (VISA) form. Please present this form to your instructor at the start of the term or no later than the end of the second week of class. Requests received after this date may not be honored.

Grading Information

Percent weights: Homework: 20%, Exams: 5*10% = 50%, Final Exam: 25%, Clicker Questions: 5%, Pre- and post-tests: 2% + 2% = 4%. Total: 104%.

Homework: Every homework question is worth 1 point. Clicker questions: clicker questions will be given in class. Correct answer: 3 points. Incorrect answer: 1 point. Not present: zero point. There are no makeups for the clicker questions.

Grading scale:
4.0 >= 94%
3.5 >= 86%
3.0 >= 78%
2.5 >= 70%
2.0 >= 62%
1.5 >= 54%
1.0 >= 46%
0.0 < 46%.

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

Readings


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Wk | -- Dates -- | Topic, Chapter
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01 | Jan 12 - 16 | Syllabus, Pre-Test, Math Review, Homework set #0
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02 | Jan 19 Mon. | Martin Luther King day: no classes
02 | Jan 20 - 23 | Ch 21: Electrostatics
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03 | Jan 26 - 30 | Ch 22: Electric Fields and Gauss's Law
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04 | Feb 02 Mon. | NO CLASS!
04 | Feb 04 Wed. | Exam 1, covers HW 01-02 and Ch 21-22
04 | Feb 02 - 06 | Ch 23: Electric Potential
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05 | Feb 09 - 13 | Ch 24: Capacitors
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06 | Feb 17 Tue. | Exam 2, covers HW 03-04 and Ch 23-24
06 | Feb 16 - 20 | Ch 25: Current and Resistance
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07 | Feb 23 - 27 | Ch 26: DC Circuits
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08 | Mar 03 Tue. | Exam 3, covers HW 05-06 and Ch 25-26
08 | Mar 02 - 06 | Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
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-- | Mar 09 - 13 | !!! Spring Break !!!
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09 | Mar 16 - 20 | Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
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10 | Mar 24 Tue. | Exam 4: covers HW 07-08 and Ch 27-28-29
10 | Mar 23 - 27 | Ch 30: EM Oscillations and Currents
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11 | Mar 30 - 03 | HW 10: Ch 31: EM Waves
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12 | Apr 07 Tue. | Exam 5: covers HW 09-10, Ch 30-31
12 | Apr 06 - 10 | Ch 32: Geom. Optics, Ch 33: Optical Instr.
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13 | Apr 13 - 17 | HW 12: Ch 34: Wave Optics
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14 | Apr 21 Tue. | Exam 6: covers HW 11-12 and Ch 32-33-34
14 | Apr 20 - 24 | Ch 35: Special Relativity
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15 | Apr 27 - 01 | Post-test and Review
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16 | Finals week | FX: May 04, Mon, 8-10 PM, 002+003: Wells Hall B115
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Textbook

Wolfgang Bauer, Gary D. Westfall: University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 2, McGraw-Hill, 1st or 2nd edition. (1st edition: ISBN 978-0-07-336796-5, 2nd edition: ISBN 978-0-07-740960-9)

We will use LON-CAPA, MSU's own free and flexible web-based course management system.

We will use iClicker in this class.