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Last updated: Fri Jan 11 10:06:37 am 2008 (EST) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 232 Spring 2008

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Felicia Berryman, Tibor Nagy
Instructor (Section 002): Jon Pumplin

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Instructor Information

Sections 001 and 003: Dr. Tibor F. Nagy
Office: 1253 BPS
Phone: (517) 355-9200 x 2515
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu
Office hours: Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 PM, BPS 1248.

Section 002: Dr. Jon Pumplin
Office: 3240 BPS
Phone: (517) 355-9200 x 2126
Email: pumplin@pa.msu.edu
Office hours: Tuesday, 4:00-5:00 PM, BPS 1248.

Teaching assistants:
Pampa Devi (devipamp@msu.edu, Tu: 9AM-6PM, We: 6PM-9PM.)
Zsolt Rak (rakzsolt@msu.edu, Tu: 6PM-9PM, We: 9AM-6PM.)
Daniel Bruder (bruderda@msu.edu, Tu: 3-6PM, We: 3-6PM.)

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 181B or PHY 183 or PHY 183B or LBS 271 or PHY 193H or PHY 231C.

Class Hours

Room BPS 1410.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Section 003: 12:40-1:30 PM,
Section 001: 1:50-2:40 PM,
Section 002: 3:00-3:50 PM.

Helproom Hours

BPS 1248.
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Wednesday 9:00 AM - 9:00 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 3.0 final grade or higher must also be achieved in the class.

Exam Information

Exam #1: Feb 01, Fr, BPS 1410, lecture hour.
Exam #2: Mar 14, Fr, BPS 1410, lecture hour.
Exam #3: Apr 11, Fr, BPS 1410, lecture hour.
Final Exam: May 1st, Thursday, 8:00-10:00 PM. Location: TBA.

Grading Information

Percent weights and scores:
Clicker questions: 8%. Correct answer: 3 points. Incorrect answer: 1 point. Not present: zero point.
Homework: 16%. Every homework question is worth 1 point. Some of the problems have multiple parts.
Midterm exams: 16% each, 3 x 16% = 48% all three. 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: 32%. Maximum score on the final: 100 points. The final exam will not have correction.
The percent weights add up to 104%.

Grading scale:
4.0 >= 91%,
3.5 >= 83%,
3.0 >= 75%,
2.5 >= 67%,
2.0 >= 59%,
1.5 >= 51%,
1.0 >= 43%,
0.0 < 43%.

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

Readings


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From ------- To | Week, Chapter, Topic
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01/07 --- 01/11 | 1 Ch 15 Electric Force and Electric Field
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01/14 --- 01/18 | 2 Ch 16 Electric Energy, Capacitance
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01/21 -- Monday | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes)
01/23 --- 01/25 | 3 Ch 17 Current, Resistance
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01/28 --- 01/30 | 4 Ch 18 DC Circuits
02/01 -- Friday | Exam #1 (1410 BPS)
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02/04 --- 02/08 | 5 Ch 18-19 DC Circuits, Magnetism
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02/11 --- 02/15 | 6 Ch 20 Induction and Inductance
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02/18 --- 02/22 | 7 Ch 21 AC Circuits and EM waves
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02/25 --- 02/29 | 8 Ch 22 Properties of light
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03/03 --- 03/07 | Spring break (no classes)
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03/10 --- 03/12 | 9 Ch 23, 25 Geometric Optics, Instruments
03/14 -- Friday | Exam #2 (1410 BPS)
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03/17 --- 03/21 | 10 Ch 24, 25 Wave Optics, Instruments
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03/24 --- 03/28 | 11 Ch 26 Relativity
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03/31 --- 04/04 | 12 Ch 27 Quantum Mechanics
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04/07 --- 04/09 | 13 Ch 28 Atomic Physics
04/11 -- Friday | Exam #3 (1410 BPS)
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04/16 --- 04/18 | 14 Ch 29 Nuclear Physics
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04/21 --- 04/25 | 15 Ch 30 Particle Physics, Review
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05/01 -Thursday | Final: 8:00-10:00 PM. Location: TBA
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Textbook

Serway, Faughn: College Physics, Vol. 2, MSU paperback edition (equivalent to the 7th edition) with H-ITT clicker. (The official hardcover 8th, 7th, 6th or 5th editions are also fine.)