Department of
Physics
Spring 2010 Prof. Carter Hall Physics 272/272H
Title: PHYS 272/272H Introductory Physics: Fields: Second semester of a calculus based general
physics course. Universal gravitation, electric and magnetic fields and
potentials, simple circuits, Maxwell's equations in integral form. Continues
the application of mathematics to conceptual models, now with more abstract
components.
Instructor:
Prof. Carter Hall, Room
2220B, Phone: 56103, email: crhall@umd.edu.
Office Hours:
By appointment. Also feel free to drop by my office. If I'm there, I'll be
happy to talk to you.
Schedule:
Three meetings weekly: T,H....... 12:30 pm
1:45 pm (PHYS 1201)
F...........12:00pm
 12:50 pm (PHYS 1201)
Required
Texts:
Physics
for Scientists and Engineers (4th Edition) by Douglas C.
Giancoli, ISBN 9780132275590.
Additional Resources: You will need a
WebAssign account (www.webassign.com) to turn in your homework. WebAssign
charges a $15.45 fee for their service.
Website:
http://www.physics.umd.edu/courses/Phys272/HallSpring2010/index.html
Homework:
The homework assignment will be posted on
the course website each Thursday. It is the student's responsibility to
check the website for the assignment each week. Homework will be collected at the beginning of
class each Tuesday (except for exam weeks.)
The homework assignment will consist of
two parts:
1)
Webassign: The first part of the
homework assignment will be graded using WebAssign (www.webassign.com), a
webbased homework utility. Each student will need to purchase an account from
WebAssign for $15.45. The WebAssign homework will be due each Tuesday
morning at 5 AM, except for the first assignment, which is due Thursday,
January 28th (second day of class).
2)
Handwritten: Additional homework
problems will be posted on the course website each week, and students will turn
in handwritten solutions to these problem. The instructor will randomly choose
several of these problems for grading. The
handwritten problems will be graded on a scale from zero to three: three points
if completely correct, two points if mostly correct, one point if mostly
incorrect, zero points for entirely incorrect or no answer.
The homework grade will be divided 50/50
between the WebAssign portion and the handwritten portion. No makeup
homework will be accepted, but the lowest two homework grades will be dropped
when your final grade is calculated.
WebAssign
Instructions:
Detailed instructions for using Webassign
are posted on the course website: http://www.physics.umd.edu/courses/Phys272/HallSpring2010/
If you have used Webassign before, you can
reuse your existing username and password. Otherwise, you will need to create
an account.
To enroll in
Phys272, you will need this class key: umd 2160 4773
The charge for using Webassign is $15.45.
You can pay this charge online with a credit card, or by purchasing an access
code at the University Bookstore. There
is a grace period of two weeks, during which you can use Webassign without
paying. After the grace period, your access to Webassign will be blocked until
you pay the charge.
The first Webassign homework assignment is
due on the second day of class, Thursday, January 28th.
Prelecture
reading assignment and reading quizzes:
You are expected to do the reading
assignment from the textbook before each class. The assignment for each class is listed in the
class schedule and on the course website.
To encourage you to do the reading, we will
have occasional pop quizzes at the beginning of class. The quizzes should
be easy if you have done the reading assignment. They will be collected ten
minutes after class begins. The quiz will be available for pickup five minutes
before class starts. No makeup quizzes will be offered, but your lowest two quiz
grades will be dropped.
Lecture:
Class time will be spent on a mixture of
lecture material, lecture demonstrations, and multiplechoice conceptual
questions which students will discuss with each other and the instructor. Note
that we do not have enough time to cover all of material during class.
Nevertheless, students will be responsible for all of the material in the
reading, whether it is discussed in class or not.
Exams:
We will have three inclass exam plus a final exam. The final exam will take place on Tuesday May 18, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in PHYS 1201.
Honors
Section:
Honors students will be required to
complete the 272 homework plus additional 272H homework problems. There may
also be additional exam questions for students enrolled in 272H.
Honors students will also complete an
honors project, to be approved by the instructor. Honors students will meet
with the each other and the instructor once a month to discuss the status of
their projects. The first meeting will take place the first week of the semester.
Each student will prepare a presentation based on their project to be given to
the other honors students at the end of the semester.
Grading:
Phys272:
Three
inclass exams 

40%

Final
Exam 

25% 
Reading
Quizzes 

10% 
Homework 

25% 
Phys272H
Three
inclass exams 

30%

Final
Exam 

20% 
Reading
Quizzes 

10% 
Homework 

20% 
Honors
project 

20% 