|General Information||Grading Policy|
|Exams & Quizzes||Lecture Highlights|
Professor: Mark Bowick
Office: 317 Physics Building
Office Hour: Tuesday, 1-2pm, or any time by appointment.
Please bring your notes and textbook to any office hour discussion. I enjoy talking to students and am eager to get feedback from them on the course. Please drop by during my office hour, see me before or after the lecture, or send me email to make an appointment.
Administrative Help: If you need handouts or other information, try the Undergraduate Office, Room 111 of the Physics Building during regular office hours. All assignments and most handouts can also be downloaded from the course web page. The undergraduate secretary can help you with registering, dropping or withdrawing, missing grades, etc..
Anonimous Feedback: if you would like to send me feedback
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A few other recommended texts are listed below. I will refer to them from time to time during the semester. They will be on reserve in the Physics Library.
One problem set will be assigned every week, usually on Tuesdays. It will be due by 5pm of the following Tuesday. Late homework¬† will not be accepted. You can hand in the homework to me at the end of class or put it in my mailbox in the main Physics Department office before 5pm.
There will be two midterm examinations and one final examination in this course.
The midterm exams are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 5, and Thursday, November 9, during class time. If you have a problem with these dates, please let me know within the first week of classes.
The final exam is scheduled for Friday December 15, 2:45-4:45pm. This exam will cover the material of the entire course.
Like the quizzes, the exams are based on the homework
and the material covered in the lectures. The best way to prepare for
exams is to do all the homework carefully and to attend lectures in an
active way, interrupting the lecturer with questions often. When studying
the material and working on the homework you should also continually ask
yourself questions like Why?... and What if?....
∑ homework: 25%
∑ midterm examinations: 20% each
∑ final exam: 25%
Note that your grade will not based on any curve. It is possible for every student in the class to get an `A'.
Honesty: You will be required
to sign a pledge not to give or receive unauthorized assistance on the
quizzes or exams. You are, however, encouraged to get all the help you
can from friends, instructors, relatives or strangers on the homework.
Technically speaking, the clinic is not part of PHY361
per se. It is designed to provide help for all of our physics courses. You
may go to any TA in the clinic at any time.† Consult the clinic
schedule (also posted outside the clinic) for your favorite TA. You are
encouraged to visit the clinic if you have trouble with the homework or
have any questions. In the past, some students have used the clinic as
a free tutoring service, spending many hours there. This is an excellent
idea! The performance of those students improved dramatically during the
course of the semester, on the exams as well as on homework.