

Physics 270, formerly Physics 263, is the third of a threesemester introductory physics sequence designed primarily for engineering students. The major topics included in the course are magnetism & magnetic fields, alternating circuits, electromagnetic waves & optics, special relativity and an introduction to modern physics & quantum mechanics. The course consists of three parts  Lecture, Recitation and Lab. The course web page, http://www.physics.umd.edy/courses/Phys263/wth/fall03,
contains additional information along with links that you will need during
the semester. Important announcements regarding exams, changes to the
schedule or other items will be issued via messages on WebAssign. Please
make a habit of checking for messages frequently. You
are responsible for all messages issued through WebAssign.
General InformationLecture:
Lecture and the text are
your primary source of information for the course. The lecture will
consist of derivations, worked examples along with demonstrations designed
to enhance what you have read in the text. To extract the most from
lecture, you should read the material in the text before it is discussed
in class. A quiz is scheduled for the last ten to fifteen minutes of
each lecture period on Mondays of the weeks were there is no exam. The
quiz will be based on the homework due the previous week.
Recitation:
The recitation sections will
be used to review the major points from lecture each week. Homework
from the previous week along with the quiz will also be discussed in
the recitation period. You will have a chance to hone your problem solving
techniques during the recitation period. You will garner bonus points
by attending your recitation regularly; your TA will take attendance.
Homework:
Homework will be done via
WebAssign.
For information on how to get connected click here.
Problem sets will generally be due by 6:00PM each Friday. Late
homework will not be accepted! For most homework
assignments, you have thirty tries to get the problems correct.
Note, each time you submit your answers, even if you have not attempted
some of the problems, it is considered a try. You should do all
problems before submitting your results. WebAssign will tell you
if your answers are correct. Although I encourage you to work
with your classmates on your homework assignments to enhance your learning
potential and experience, the numbers for the
problems will be changed randomly for each student you so each of you
will need to calculate your own results.
Quizzes:
A quiz will be given in lecture
on Mondays approximately every week there is no exam scheduled. The
solution will be discussed and your quizzes returned during recitation.
The quizzes will be based on the previous weeks homework assignment
and closed book!
Exams:
There will be two midterm
exams given on lecture days and one final exam. You
must take the final to pass the course! The dates of
the exams are listed in the schedule.
All exams will be closed book. You will be allowed one 8.5 x
11 sheet of paper (front and back) for notes.
A single makeup exam covering
the entire semester will be given the last day of class. This exam is
open to all students and can be used to replace your lowest midterm
score. If you miss an exam, this test can be used in its place. There
will be no other makeup exams so if you miss more than one your will
receive zero points for the additional missed exams.
Calculators:
You can use a standard scientific
calculator to all exams. Your calculator should provide arithmetic,
trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic functions, and arbitrary roots
and powers.
Grade Budget:
Bonus Points
There are various ways to earn bonus points. Those who attend discussion sections regularly will receive the benefit of the doubt in borderline cases. Generally, there will be a bonus question on exams. Finally, there could be one or more pop quizzes in lecture. Letter Grades
Again, you must take the final and pass the lab to pass the course! 

Maintained by Wendell
T. Hill, III.
