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Last updated: Thu Dec 5 05:31:19 pm 2013 (EST) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 232C Fall 2013

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Teaching Assistant: Noah William Green, Anton G Ryabtsev, Tibor F Nagy 9, Alaina Brooke Ross

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Instructor Information

Dr. Tibor F. Nagy
Office: 1253 BPS.
Phone: (517) 884-5508.
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu.

Teaching Assistants: Anton Ryabtsev (ryabtsev@msu.edu), Noah Green (greennoa@msu.edu), Alaina Ross (rossalai@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

Helproom: BPS 1248.
Monday: Anton:11AM-2PM; Noah:3-6PM; Noah:8-9PM.
Tuesday: Anton:10AM-noon; Alaina:3-5PM.
Wednesday: Anton:10AM-noon; Noah:3-5PM.
Thursday: Alaina:10AM-4PM.
Friday: Anton:9AM-noon; Noah:3-5PM.

Exam Information

Exam #1: Sep 24, Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 PM, BPS 1415.
Exam #2: Oct 15, Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 PM, BPS 1415.
Exam #3: Nov 05, Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 PM, BPS 1415.
Exam #4: Nov 26, Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 PM, BPS 1415.
Final Exam: Dec 10, Tuesday, 8:00-10:00 PM, location: BPS 1410.

Grading Information

Percent weights for PHY 232C:
Homework: 15%.
Four midterm exams: 4 x 15% = 60%.
Final exam: 25%.

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. Five single sides of US letter sized help sheets are allowed on the final exam: four from the midterms and one from the last block of the class.

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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Mo --------- Fr | Week, Chapter, Topic
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08/26 --- 08/30 | 1 Warm-up, homework set 00
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09/02 --- 09/06 | 2 Ch 15 Electric Charges, Forces and Fields
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09/09 --- 09/13 | 3 Ch 16 Electric Energy, Potential, and Capac.
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09/16 --- 09/20 | 4 Ch 17 Electric Current, Resistance, Circuits
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09/24 - Tuesday | Week 5: Exam #1, 5:30-6:30 PM, BPS 1415.
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09/30 --- 10/04 | 6 Ch 18 Magnetic Fields and Forces
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10/07 --- 10/11 | 7 Ch 19 Electromagnetic Induction and AC
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10/15 - Tuesday | Week 8: Exam #2: 5:30-6:30 PM, BPS 1415.
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10/21 --- 10/25 | 9 Ch 20.1-2 Electromagnetic Waves
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10/28 --- 11/01 | 10 Ch 20.3-6 Special Relativity
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11/05 - Tuesday | Week 11: Exam #3: 5:30-6:30 PM, BPS 1415.
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11/11 --- 11/15 | 12 Ch 21 Geometrical Optics
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11/18 --- 11/22 | 13 Ch 22 Wave Optics
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11/26 - Tuesday | Week 14: Exam #4: 5:30-6:30 PM, BPS 1415.
11/25 --- 11/29 | 14 Ch 23 Modern Physics
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12/02 --- 12/06 | 15 Ch 24-25 Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics
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12/10 - Tuesday | Final Exam: 8:00-10:00 PM, location: BPS 1410.
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Textbook

Andrew Rex, Richard Wolfson: Essential College Physics, Volume 2, 1st edition, 2010. ISBN-10: 0-321-61117-9, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-61117-8.