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Last updated: Fri May 21 12:36:48 pm 2010 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 184B/234B Summer 2010

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Instructor: S Mahanti

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Instructor Information

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

Course Description

PHY 184B: on-line calculus-based physics course, for students majoring in engineering or physical sciences. Topics include: electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves and special relativity.
PHY 234B: on-line calculus-based physics course. (PHY 232B plus PHY 234B equals PHY 184B.) Topics include: electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves and special relativity.

Prerequisites

For PHY 183B: (PHY 181B or PHY 183 or PHY 193A or PHY 183B or PHY 193H or LBS 164) and MTH 133.
For PHY 234B: (PHY 232 or PHY 232B) and MTH 133.

Helproom Hours

Strosacker Learning Center, room 1248 BPS.

Tuesday: 1:00-4:00 PM: Michael Kilgroe
Wednesday: 1:00-4:00 PM: Xu Lu
Wednesday: 6:00-9:00 PM: Michael Kilgroe
Thursday: 9:00 AM-noon: Xu Lu
Thursday: 1:00-4:00 PM: Michael Kilgroe, Xu Lu
Thursday: 6:00-9:00 PM: Michael Kilgroe, Xu Lu

Exam Information

PHY 184B/234B: Exam #1: Jun 16, Wednesday, 5-6 PM, Room 1410 BPS,
PHY 184B/234B: Exam #2: Jul 07, Wednesday, 5-6 PM, Room 1410 BPS,
PHY 184B/234B: Exam #3: Aug 04, Wednesday, 5-6 PM, Room 1410 BPS,
PHY 184B ONLY: Final Exam: August 18, Wednesday, 5-7 PM, Room 1410 BPS.
(PHY 234B doesn't have final exam.)

On the midterm exams a one-sided 8.5 by 11 handwritten help sheet is allowed, on the final exam the three help sheets from the midterm exams are allowed.

Bring a calculator with fresh batteries, two sharp #2 (HB) pencils and an eraser to each exam.

Grading Information

Percent weights:

For PHY 184B: Homework: 17%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 17% = 51%, Final Exam: 32%.

For PHY 234B: Homework: 25%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 25% = 75%. (PHY234B doesn't have Final Exam.)

Grade table for both classes:
4.0 >= 92%
3.5 >= 84%
3.0 >= 76%
2.5 >= 68%
2.0 >= 60%
1.5 >= 52%
1.0 >= 44%
0.0 < 44%.

Readings


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Wk | HW is due | Reading assignment
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01 | May 23 Su | Syllabus, Homework set #0
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02 | May 27 Th | Chapter 26: Electric Charges and Forces
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03 | Jun 03 Th | Chapter 27: The Electric Field
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04 | Jun 10 Th | Chapter 28: Gauss's Law
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05 | Jun 16 We | Exam #1 (Chapters 26-28), 5:00-6:00 PM, 1410 BPS
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06 | Jun 24 Th | Chapter 29,30: Elec. Potential, Potential and Field
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07 | Jul 01 Th | Chapter 31,32: Current and Res., Fund. of Circuits
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08 | Jul 07 We | Exam #2 (Chapters 29-32), 5:00-6:00 PM, 1410 BPS
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09 | Jul 15 Th | Chapter 33: The Magnetic Field
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10 | Jul 22 Th | Chapter 34: Electromagnetic Induction
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11 | Jul 29 Th | Chapter 35: EM Fields and Waves
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12 | Aug 04 We | Exam #3 (Chapters 33-35), 5:00-6:00 PM, 1410 BPS
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13 | Aug 12 Th | Chapter 36: AC Circuits
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14 | Aug 17 Tu | Chapter 37: Relativity
14 | Aug 18 We | Final Exam (Chapters 26-37), 5:00-7:00 PM, 1410 BPS
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Textbook

Randall D. Knight, Physics for scientists and engineers, Pearson Addison-Wesley, Volume 4. Either the 2nd edition from 2007 (ISBN 0321516745, Yellow-ish cover, steel ball and spring) or the 1st edition from 2004 (ISBN 0805390154, Red-Blue cover, steel ball on incline) will be fine.

We will use only the textbook. The student workbook is not required, but it can be very useful.

Don't open the Mastering Physics access kit CD. We will use LON-CAPA, MSU's own free and flexible course management system instead.