University of Maryland
Department of
Physics
Fall 2012 Prof. Carter Hall Physics 273/273H
Title: PHYS 273/273H Introductory Physics: Waves. Oscillations and
AC circuits using complex variables, Fourier series and integrals, waves on strings,
sound; electromagnetic waves from Maxwell's equations in differential form;
physical optics.
Prerequisites:
PHYS272
(Introductory Physics: Fields), and MATH241 (Calculus III – Multivariable
Calculus).
Instructor:
Prof. Carter Hall, Room
4211B, Phone: 56103, email: crhall@umd.edu.
Office Hours: Tuesday, and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 11:00
am, and by appointment.
You are also welcome to come to my office without an appointment, however I may
not be available.
Schedule:
Four meetings weekly: M,T,W,H.......
9:00 am  10:00 am (PHYS 1204)
Required
Texts: The Physics of
Vibrations and Waves, H.J. Pain, 6^{th} Edition (2005), ISBN 13:
9780470012963.
Website:
http://www.physics.umd.edu/courses/Phys273/HallFall2012/
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 Thursday, except for exam weeks, for a total of 12 homework assignments.
The homework 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. No makeup
homework will be accepted, but the lowest two homework grades will be dropped
when your final grade is calculated. Homework
will not be accepted electronically. If you use a computer but you have
trouble printing your results, you may copy them by hand.
Lecture:
Class time will be spent on a mixture of lecture material and lecture
demonstrations.
Exams: We will have two inclass exam plus a final exam. The final exam will take place on Monday December 17, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am in PHYS 1204.
Honors
Section: Honors students
will 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. Each student will prepare a presentation based
on their project to be given to the other honors students at the end of the
semester. There may also be additional
homework questions and exam questions for students enrolled in 273H.
Grading:
Phys273:
Two
inclass exams 

40%

Final
Exam 

30% 
Homework 

30% 
Phys273H
Two
inclass exams 

30%

Final
Exam 

25% 
Homework 

25% 
Honors
project 

20% 