Department of
Physics
Spring 2011 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
4211B, Phone: 56103, email: crhall@umd.edu.
Office Hours:
I will not hold scheduled office hours, but you are free to drop by my office
at any time. To make sure that I'll be there when you come by, you can schedule
an appointment with me, either in person or via email.
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 $22.95 fee for their
service.
Website:
http://www.physics.umd.edu/courses/Phys272/HallSpring2011/
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 $22.95. The
WebAssign homework will be due each Tuesday at 12:30
PM, except for the first assignment, which is due Thursday, January 27th (the 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/HallSpring2011/
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 9123 9288
The charge for using Webassign
is $22.95. 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 27th.
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.
Prelecture
reading assignment:
Unfortunately, we do not have time to
cover all the material in class, so we will have daily reading assignments from
the textbook. 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. You are
expected to be familiar with all the material in the reading assignment,
whether we have discussed it in class or not, and you will be assigned homework
questions and exam question based on this material.
Exams:
We will have three inclass exam plus a final exam. The final exam will take place on Tuesday May 17, 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 

30% 
Homework 

30% 
Phys272H
Three
inclass exams 

30%

Final
Exam 

25% 
Homework 

25% 
Honors
project 

20% 