Phys104 - How Things
University of Maryland, College Park
Professor: Ted Jacobson
Room 4115 (Physics Bldg.), 301-405-6020, jacobson_at_umd.edu
Office hours: After class, or by appointment.
Class meetings: TuTh 12:30-1:45pm, Room PHY 0405
Tutoring session: TBA
Grader: Adnan Choudhary, adnanchoudhary1_at_gmail.com
: Homework assignments, class notes,
supplements, and solutions will all be posted
at the course web site,
Piazza course web forum
: Please use piazza for questions on course material.
and Piazza to communicate with the class. I can often be reached
at night or on weekends by email.
Students are responsible for making sure I have their correct
email address and checking their email daily. Important
will sometimes be sent to the class by email.
submit questions about the homework to Piazza and I will usually
very quickly, often even at surprising times. Also your classmates
may answer your questions or discuss the problems.
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 in our Piazza forum,
with fellow students,
with our grader/tutor, or with Dr. Jacobson.
However, what you turn in should be your own answers. Beware: if you just copy answers,
be well prepared for the exams!
+ Must be turned in at the beginning of class on the due
(not to the grader).
+ Please make sure
you include your name and the
course numbers, and staple the pages together.
+ Late homework accepted
under dire circumstances: if you know it will be
turn in an assignment
on time you must discuss this with me in
the due date. Medical reasons accepted only with a doctor's note.
a final exam (Thursday, May 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, documented excuses and who have given
Religious Observances: Students are responsible for
notifying the instructor of any intended absences for religious
within the first two weeks of the semester.
Grading: The course grade
be based on the homework and exams. The lowest two homework scores
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), or
15% for hw and 15,35,35% for exams.
scores will be determined after reviewing the class performance
as a whole, consistent with the grade definitions
mastery of the material:
excellent, B: good, C: adequate, D: marginal. The exams
"curved" so that the letters generally
fall close to the standard ranges: A: 100-90%, B:
89-80%, C: 79-70%, D: 69-60%, possibly stretched a
little on the lower ends.
doing well :
- Attend class.
in and out of class.
- Read the textbook before and after class.
- Do all of the homework problems. This is mostly where you
and there is a strong correlation between homework and exam
- Seek help immediately if you don't understand the material.
: The University of Maryland, College Park
nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity,
administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets
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
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,
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
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
have entered the University agreeing to the
honor principle which would apply in general to all campus
so usually no specific statement is required.