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Last updated: Mon Sep 21 04:42:22 pm 2009 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 232/232C Fall 2009

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy, Richard Hallstein
Instructor (Section 009): Kirsten Tollefson, Carl Schmidt, Stuart Tessmer

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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: Wednesday, 11:00 AM - noon, BPS 1248.

Teaching assistants:
Bai Nie (niebai@msu.edu, Tu 9-10 AM, 3-9 PM, We 9 AM-6 PM),
Ding Wang (wangdin1@msu.edu, Tu 3-6 PM, We 1-4 PM),
Andrew Parpart (parparta@msu.edu, Tu 12:00-4:30 PM, We 3:00-4:30 PM).

Course Description

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

Prerequisites

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

Class Hours

Tuesday and Thursday, 6:10-7:30 PM, BPS 1410.

Helproom Hours

Room: BPS 1248.
Bai Nie (niebai@msu.edu, Tu 9-10 AM, 3-9 PM, We 9 AM-6 PM),
Ding Wang (wangdin1@msu.edu, Tu 3-6 PM, We 1-4 PM),
Andrew Parpart (parparta@msu.edu, Tu 12:00-4:30 PM, We 3:00-4:30 PM).

Project Information

For the Honor Option students can work in the help room for 2 hours each week helping their classmates with their homework. A 3.5 final grade or higher must also be achieved in the class.

Exam Information

Exam #1: Sep 29, Tu, 6:10-7:30 PM, ANH 1281.
Exam #2: Oct 27, Tu, 6:10-7:30 PM, ANH 1281.
Exam #3: Nov 24, Tu, 6:10-7:30 PM, ANH 1281.
Final Exam: Dec. 16, We, 8:00-10:00 PM room: TBA.

Grading Information

Percent weights for PHY 232 (lecture section: 001):
Clicker questions: 6%.
Homework: 16%.
Three midterm exams: 3 x 16% = 48%.
Final exam: 32%.

Percent weights for PHY 232C (online sections: 730, 731):
Homework: 17%.
Three midterm exams: 3 x 17% = 51%.
Final exam: 34%.
(The online students don't have clicker questions.)

The weights for both classes add up to 102%.

Clicker questions: Correct answer: 3 points. Incorrect answer: 1 point. Not present: zero point.
Homework: Every homework question is worth 1 point.
Midterm exams: Maximum score on each midterm: 50 points. 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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Tuesd --- Thurs | Week, Chapter, Topic
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XX/XX --- 09/03 | 1 Ch 20 Electric Force and Fields
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09/08 --- 09/10 | 2 Ch 20 Electric Force, Ch 21 Electric Pot.
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09/15 --- 09/17 | 3 Ch 21 Electric Potential, Ch 22 Curr. & Res.
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09/22 --- 09/24 | 4 Ch 22 Current and Resistance, Midterm Review
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09/29 - Tuesday | Exam #1 6:10-7:30 PM, ANH 1281.
10/01 --------- | 5 Ch 23 Circuits
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10/06 --- 10/08 | 6 Ch 23 Circuits, Ch 24 Magn. Fields and Forces
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10/13 --- 10/15 | 7 Ch 24 Magnetic Fields and Forces
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10/20 --- 10/22 | 8 Ch 25 EM Induction and Waves, Midterm Review
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10/27 - Tuesday | Exam #2 6:10-7:30 PM, ANH 1281.
10/29 --------- | 9 Ch 26 AC Circuits
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11/03 --- 11/05 | 10 Ch 26 AC Circuits, Ch 18 Ray Optics
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11/10 --- 11/12 | 11 Ch 18 Ray Optics, Ch 17 Wave Optics
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11/17 --- 11/19 | 12 19 Optical Instruments, Midterm Review
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11/24 - Tuesday | Exam #3 6:10-7:30 PM, ANH 1281.
11/26 -Thursday | 13 Thanksgiving (University Closed)
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12/01 --- 12/03 | 14 Ch 27 Relativity, Ch 28 Quantum Physics
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12/08 --- 12/10 | 15 Ch 29 Atoms & Molec. Ch 30 Nuclear Physics
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12/16 Wednesday | Final Exam 8:00-10:00 PM, room: TBA.
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Textbook

Knight, Jones, Field: College Physics (A Strategic Approach), Volume 2.
In the lectures we will use the iClicker.
The online students don't need to buy the clicker.