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
for making sure I have their correct email address
and checking their email daily. Important messages will sometimes be
sent to the class by email.
of the homework if for you to engage with the material.
This is how you will master it,
and it will help you discover what you don't yet fully understand. Discussing physics helps
You are encouraged to discuss the homework with fellow students,
with our grader/tutor, or with Dr. Jacobson
(feel free to ask Dr. J questions about the homework by email).
However, what you turn in should be your own answers.
Beware: if you just copy answers, you won't
be well prepared for the exams!
+ Must be turned in at the beginning of class on the due date
(not to the grader).
+ Please make sure you include your name and the homework and
course numbers, and staple the pages together.
+ Late homework accepted only
under dire circumstances: if you know it will be impossible to
turn in an assignment
on time you must discuss this with me in advance of
the due date. Medical reasons accepted only with a doctor's note.
and a final exam (Thursday, Dec 16, 1:30pm-3:30pm).
The final will just be a third "mid-term".
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
Grading: The course grade will
be based on the homework and exams. The lowest two homework scores will
The exam grades will be uniformly shifted upwards if I deem necessary
for a "curve". The relative weights are adjusted to
maximize your total score as follows: either 25% for hw and 15,25,35%
for your exams (in order of increasing exam score),
15% for hw and 15,35,35% for exams.
numerical scores will be determined after reviewing
the class performance as a whole, consistent with the grade definitions
indicating mastery of thematerial:
A: excellent, B: good, C: adequate, D: marginal. The exams are
"curved" so that the letters generally fall close to the standard
ranges:A: 100-90%, B:
89-80%, C: 79-70%, D: 69-60%, but often the ranges are stretched a
little on the lower end.
doing well :
both in and out of class.
Read the textbook before and after class.
Do all of the homework problems. This is mostly where you learn,
and there is a strong correlation between homework and exam grades.
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
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 given or
received any unauthorized assistance on this
assignment/examination." In this course it is assumed that all students
have entered the University agreeing to the
honor principle which would apply in general to all campus activities,
so usually no specific statement is required.