Phys104 - How Things Work
of Maryland, College Park
Room 4115 (Physics
Bldg.), 301-405-6020, jacobson_at_umd.edu
Office hours: After
class, or by appointment.
Class meetings: TuTh 2:00-3:15pm, Room PHY 1410
How Things Work, 3rd Edition, by Louis A. Bloomfield
John Wiley and Sons, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-471-46886-8
Textbook companion website: http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?action=index&itemId=047146886X&bcsId=2880
Some options for purchasing the book.
: Homework assignments, class notes, supplements, and
solutions will all be posted at the course web site, http://www.physics.umd.edu/grt/taj/104a/
encourage students to make use
of e-mail for quick correspondence with me regarding lecture material,
homework problems, or whatever. I will also use e-mail to communicate
with the class at large. I can often be reached at night or on weekends
by email. Students are responsible
for making sure I have their
email address and checking their email daily. Important messages will
be sent to the class by email.
- Usually assigned weekly.
- Please make sure you
name and the homework and course numbers, and staple the pages
- Late homework accepted only
circumstances: if you know it will be impossible to turn in an
assignment on time
must discuss this with me in advance
of the due date. Medical reasons accepted only with
a doctor's note.
- Homework must be turned in to Dr. Jacobson (not to our grader).
- You are encouraged to discuss the homework with
others, but do not just copy. You
should understand your answers, and verbal answers or calculations
should be your own formulation of the solutions.
- It is strictly forbidden to make
any use of solutions from previous classes.
- See Academic
Honesty section below for consequences of violation.
Exams: Two mide-terms and
a final exam (Thursday Dec. 18, 10:30am-12:30pm). If you know
ahead of time that you will miss an exam you must notify me before the exam. For
emergencies, I will accomodate those with valid, doumented excuses and
who have given me timely notification.
course grade will be based on the homework and exams. The lowest
two homework scores will be dropped. The exam grades will be uniformly
upwards" if I deem necessary. The relative weights will be
adjusted at the end of the semester to maximize the total for each
student, with the homework in the range 30 +/- 5%, the two mid-terms in
the range 20 +/- 10% and the final 30 +/- 10%. The
letter grades corresponding to numerical scores will be
determined after reviewing the class performance as a whole.
Tips for doing well :
- Freely ask questions in class.
- Read the textbook.
- Do all of the homework problems. This is mostly where you learn,
and there is a strong correlation between homework and exam grades.
- You are allowed and
encouraged to discuss the homework with anyone you
wish but, to optimize learning, make a serious attempt to solve the
by yourself first.
- Seek help immediately if you don't understand the material.
honesty: The University of Maryland, College Park has a
nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by
the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic
integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate
students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these
standards for this course. It is very important for you to be
aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and
plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic
Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit http://www.shc.umd.edu.
The University has adopted an Honor Pledge, which is a statement
undergraduate and graduate students are asked to write by hand and sign
on examinations, papers, or other academic assignments not specifically
exempted by the
instructor. The Pledge reads: "I pledge on my honor that I have not
or received any unauthorized assistance on this
In this course it is assumed that all students have entered the
agreeing to the honor principle which would apply in general to all
activities, so usually no specific statement is required. As for this
in particular, note that although you are encouraged to discuss
with others, the work you turn in should be your own formulation and
reflect your own understanding. This is perhaps a fine line to judge in
some cases. Please ask Dr. Jacobson if you have any questions. Also, it
is strictly forbidden to make any use of solutions from previous