Physics 262 Syllabus
Spring 2003

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262 Home Page


Dr. Markus Luty
Office: PHYS 4119
Phone: 301-405-6018

Office hours: After class in my office, or by appointment. I read e-mail frequently (even on weekends), and strongly encourage students to contact me in this way. Please include "PHYS262" in the subject line of your e-mail.

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers, vol. 1 and 2 (Fifth Edition) by R. Serway and R. Beichner (Saunders College Publishing).

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TA's and Recitation

The TA's for this course are:

Chad Mitchell
Office: 4223
Phone: (301) 405-6192

Yue-Kin Tsang
Office: PHYS 4223
Phone: (301) 405-6192

Recitation Schedule

Section Day Time Room TA
201 Tu 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM PHYS 1219 Chad Mitchell
203 Tu 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM PHYS 1219 Chad Mitchell
204 W 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM PHYS 4208 Chad Mitchell
205 W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM PHYS 0405 Yue-Kin Tsang

The recitation sections are provided for you to get help with concepts and problem-solving in a smaller group environment. There are no quizzes in recitation sections, and attendance is not required. However, doing well in this course is very dependent on the homework, and I strongly encourage students to attend the recitation sections.

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Homework problems will be assigned approximately once per week.
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Reading Assignments and Quizzes

To help us cover the large amount of material in this course, there will be a daily reading assignment. It is important to do the reading assignment every day. This will help you to understand the lecture, since you will not be seeing the material for the first time. To encourage you to keep up on the reading assignments, there will be 5-minute "pop" quizzes on the reading assignment at the beginning of class. These will consist of one or two short answer questions that are designed to check whether you have done the reading, rather than testing detailed understanding of the material.

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On each midterm or final exam, you are required to write by hand and sign the University Honor Pledge: "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination."

Midterm Exams:

Final Exam:

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The lab course (262A) is taught by Prof. Jawahery ( This course has its own web site.
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Academic Dishonesty

Any form of cheating or academic dishonesty is taken extremely seriously. Offences committed in this class will be prosecuted to the full extent determined by university policy.

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Grades will be assigned as follows:

Homework: 20%
Best 2 of 3 midterms 30%
Final exam + quizzes 30%
Lab 20%

The quizzes are worth up to 20 percentage points that go toward your final exam score. For example, if a student gets 50% on the quizzes, she gets 0.5 x 20 = 10 percentage points toward her final exam. Her final exam is then worth 100 - 10 = 90 points. If she gets 80% on the final exam, her final exam + quiz core is 10 + (80% of 90) = 84. It takes some getting used to, but this way the quizzes always increase your final exam score. (Note that if you get 0 on the quizes, you can still get 100 percentage points on the final exam.)

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Tips for Doing Well

Exam study tips can be found in the Exams page.

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Getting Help

There are several sources of help with class material:
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Course Calendar

Important dates to note: The following schedule is subject to change:

Week Dates Course Material
Jan 29, 31 Chapter 13
Feb 3, 5, 7 Chapters 13 (cont), 15
Feb 10, 12, 14 Chapters 16, 17
Feb 17, 19, 21 Chapters 17 (cont), 18
Feb 24, 26 Chapter 19
Feb 28 Exam 1 (Chapters 13, 15-18)
Mar 3, 5, 7 Chapter 20
Mar 10, 12, 14 Chapter 21
Mar 17, 19, 21 Chapter 22
Mar 24-28 Spring break
Mar 31, Apr 2 Chapter 23
Apr 4 Exam 2 (Chapters 19-22)
Apr 7, 9, 11 Chapters 23 (cont), 24
Apr 14, 16, 18 Chapter 25
Apr 21, 23, 25 Chapter 26
Apr 28, 30 Chapter 27
May 2 Exam 3 (Chapters 23-26)
May 5, 7, 9 Chapter 28
May 12, 14 Chapter 28 (cont)
May 22 Final exam 8:00 AM

Revised 3/13/03