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Last updated: Thu Sep 10 06:14:25 am 2015 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 234B Fall 2015

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Teaching Assistant: Brandon Edward Russell

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Instructor Information

Dr. Tibor Nagy
Office: 1253 BPS, Phone: (517) 884-5508,
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu,
Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/.
Office hour: Thursday noon-1:00 PM, BPS 1248.

Teaching Assistant: Brandon E Russel (russe386@msu.edu).
Help room (BPS 1248) schedule: Thursday, 1:00-5:00 PM.

Course Description

PHY 234B: on-line calculus-based physics course. (PHY 232(C) plus PHY 234B equals PHY 184(B).) Topics include: electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves and special relativity.

Prerequisites

(PHY 232 or PHY 232B) and MTH 133.

Helproom Hours

Teaching Assistant: Brandon E Russel (russe386@msu.edu).
Help room (BPS 1248) schedule: Thursday, 1:00-5:00 PM.

Exam Information

Exam #1: October 06, Tuesday, 5:20-6:20 PM, BPS 1415.
Exam #2: November 03, Tuesday, 5:20-6:20 PM, BPS 1415.
Exam #3: December 01, Tuesday, 5:20-6:20 PM, BPS 1415.
Final Exam: This class does NOT have a final exam.

Maximum score on each midterm exam: 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 corrections as a homework: 30% of the positive difference between the correction and the exam will be added to your exam score as bonus. The corrections are optional. The corrections can only raise your scores, they CANNOT lower your score.

For the exams you will need a scientific calculator with fresh batteries, sharp pencils and an eraser. Graphing calculators are allowed, but not required.

Deadlines

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 no later than the end of the first week of class. Requests received after this date may not be honored.

Grading Information

Percent weights: Homework: 25%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 25% = 75%. NO Final Exam.
Homework: Every homework question is worth 1 point. Midterm exams: Maximum score on each midterm: 50 points.

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 | HW is due | Reading assignment
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01 | Sep 06 Su | Syllabus, HW 0
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02 | Sep 10 Th | HW 1: Ch 21: Electrostatics
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03 | Sep 17 Th | HW 2: Ch 22: Electric Fields
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04 | Sep 24 Th | HW 3: Ch 23: Electric Potential, Ch 24: Capacitors
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05 | Oct 01 Th | HW 4: Ch 25: Current and Resistance, 26: DC Circuits
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06 | Oct 06 Tu | Exam #1: HW 1-4, Ch 21-26. 5:20-6:20 PM, BPS 1415.
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07 | Oct 15 Th | HW 5: Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
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08 | Oct 22 Th | HW 6: Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
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09 | Oct 30 Th | HW 7: Ch 30: EM Oscillations and Currents
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10 | Nov 03 Tu | Exam #2: HW 5-7, Ch 27-30. 5:20-6:20 PM, BPS 1415.
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11 | Nov 12 Th | HW 8: Ch 31: Electromagnetic waves
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12 | Nov 19 Th | HW 9: Ch 32-34: Geom. Optics, Lenses, Wave Optics
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13 | Nov 29 Su | HW 10: Ch 35: Relativity
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14 | Dec 01 Tu | Exam #3: HW 8-10, Ch 31-35. 5:20-6:20 PM, BPS 1415.
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15 | Dec 08 Tu | Correction #3.
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16 | Finals wk | NO final exam in this class.
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Textbook

Wolfgang Bauer, Gary D. Westfall: University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 2, McGraw-Hill. (Either the 2nd or the 1st edition will be fine. 2nd edition: ISBN 10: 0-0774-0960-4 ISBN 13: 978-0077409609, 1st edition: ISBN 10: 0-0773-5479-6 ISBN 13: 978-0077354794.)

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