University of Maryland, College Park
: TuTh 9:00-10:50am, in Physics 1402
: Ted Jacobson,
jacobson_at_umd.edu, Room 4115 (Physics Bldg.), 301-405-6020
Office hours: After class, by appointment, or drop by.
: Yuchen Peng,
ycpeng1_at_umd.edu, Room Phys 0220, 301-655-8729
Office hours: Monday, 4-5:30pm
: Classical Mechanics, John R. Taylor,
Unviersity Science Books
Course web site
plan, homework, notes, supplements, solutions and grades will all
class. Students should use e-mail for quick correspondence with me
lecture material, homework problems, etc. 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 messages will sometimes be sent
to the class by email. You may email me with questions
about the homework and I will usually answer very quickly, often
at surprising times.
+ Usually assigned weekly.
+ Please make sure you include your
name and the homework and course numbers, and staple the pages
accepted only under dire circumstances: if you know it will be
impossible to turn in an assignment
on time, you
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 the TA).
+ The book by Taylor is widely used, and solutions to many of the
problems can surely be found around the department and online.
It would be detrimental to your learning
process and unfair to your classmates if you make use of any such
therefore strictly forbidden to make use of such.
+ You are allowed and encouraged to ask Prof. Jacobson for
guidance, and to discuss homework with others, including at the
web site (see above), but the work you turn in should be
your own formulation, and should reflect your own
you should be prepared to explain and defend it
on your own. See Academic Honesty section below for consequences
Each student must turn in Homework 0 with a signature, showing
that homework policies have been read and understood.
time of the final exam (Friday, Dec. 16, 8-10am). 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.
Grading: The lowest two
homework scores will be dropped. The exam grades will be uniformly
"shifted upwards" if I deem necessary (see below).
The homework and exams are each worth 25 +/- 10%, with the weights
adjusted at the end of the semester to maximize the total for each
In practice this means your two best grade components are worth
35% each and your two worst are worth 15% each. The
corresponding to numerical scores will be determined after
reviewing the class performance as a whole, consistent with the
indicating mastery of the material: 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 sometimes the ranges are stretched a little on the
: 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,
The University has adopted an Honor Pledge, which is a statement
undergraduate and graduate students are asked to write by hand and
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
entered the University agreeing to the honor principle which would
apply in general to all campus activities, so usually no specific