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Last updated: Wed Apr 16 04:31:20 pm 2014 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 184 Spring 2014

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Reinhard Schwienhorst, Tibor Nagy
Instructor: Joey Huston
Teaching Assistant: Ian Howard Warn, Tibor F Nagy 9, Alexander Daniel Kreger, Justin G Lietz, Stephanie June Hamilton, Thomas Allen Quinn, Joseph Wade Nutter, Drew Alan Murray

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Instructor Information

Section 001: Tibor Nagy
Office: BPS 1253, Phone: (517) 884-5508
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu
Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/

Section 002: Reinhard Schwienhorst
Office: BPS 3241, Phone: (517) 884-5566
Email: schwier@msu.edu, Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~schwier/courses/2014SpringPhy184/
Office hours: Before/after class and by appointment.

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 001: Mo, Tu, We, Th from 8:00 to 8:50 AM in room BPS 1410.
Section 002: Mo, Tu, We, Th from 9:10 to 10:00 AM in room BPS 1410.

Helproom Hours

Physics Learning Center, room BPS 1248.

Teaching Assistants and help room schedule:
Monday: 10am to noon and 1pm to 9pm
Tuesday: noon to 6pm
Wednesday: noon to 2pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm
Friday: noon to 2pm

A list of tutors suitable for this course will be available from the undergraduate secretary in 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 stuff happens that is beyond your 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 assignment 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. You must answer all of the correction set questions correctly to receive the bonus. As such, the correction exam homework assignment can only add points to your exam score.

Final Exam: Time: April 30, Wednesday, 8-10 PM; location: WH B115 for section 1, BPS 1410 for section 2.
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. You must complete the entire correction set in order to receive credit for it.

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: 22%,
Weekly Exams: 5*10% = 50%,
Final Exam: 22%,
Clicker Questions: 5%,
Pre- and post-tests: 1% + 1% = 2%.

Clicker questions: clicker questions will be given in class. No make-ups are available for clicker questions.

The guaranteed scale below is based on your total percentage. To calculate this total weighted percentage, sum up the following numbers:
a) Compute your homework percentage and multiply it by 0.22.
b) Compute your percentage for each exam, including the corrections, and multiply each percentage by 0.10. Drop the lowest exam.
c) Compute your final exam percentage and multiply it by 0.22. There is no correction for the final exam.
d) Multiply your clicker percentage by 0.05.

Grading scale:
4.0 >= 94%
3.5 >= 86%
3.0 >= 78%
2.5 >= 70%
2.0 >= 62%
1.5 >= 54%
1.0 >= 40%
0.0 < 40%.

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

Readings

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Wk |     Dates   | Topic
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01 | Jan 06 - 13 | Syllabus, Homework set #0
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02 | Jan 14 - 20 | HW 01: Ch 21: Electrostatics (no class on Jan 20)
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03 | Jan 21 - 27 | HW 02: Ch 22: Electric Fields and Gauss's Law
   | Jan 28      | Exam 1, covers HW 01-02 and Ch 21-22
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04 | Jan 29 Feb 3| HW 03: Ch 23: Electric Potential
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05 | Feb 04 - 10 | HW 04: Ch 24: Capacitors
   | Feb 11      | Exam 2, covers HW 03-04 and Ch 23-24
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06 | Feb 12 - 17 | HW 05: Ch 25: Current and Resistance
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07 | Feb 18 - 24 | HW 06: Ch 26: DC Circuits
   | Feb 25      | Exam 3, covers HW 05-06 and Ch 25-26
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08 | Feb 26 - 27 | HW 07: Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
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   | Mar 3 - 7   | no HW due, Spring Break
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09 | Mar 11 - 17 | HW 08: Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
   | Mar 18      | Exam 4: covers HW 07-08 and Ch 27-28-29
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10 | Mar 19 - 24 | HW 09: Ch 30: EM Oscillations and Currents
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11 | Mar 25 - 31 | HW 10: Ch 31: EM Waves
   | Apr 01      | Exam 5: covers HW 09-10, Ch 30-31
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12 | Apr 02 - 07 | HW 11: Ch 32: Geom. Optics, Ch 33: Optical Instr.
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13 | Apr 08 - 14 | HW 12: Ch 34: Wave Optics
   | Apr 15      | Exam 6: covers HW 11-12 and Ch 32-33-34
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14 | Apr 16 - 21 | HW 13 (last HW): Ch 35: Special Relativity
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15 | Apr 22 - 24 | Tue-Th: Review; no exam
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16 | Finals week | Final Exam: Apr 30, Wed, 8-10 PM, sec 001: WH B115, sec 002: BPS 1410.
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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.