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.
: Simon Riquelme,
sdriquel_at_umd.edu, Room Phys 4205
: Classical Mechanics, John R. Taylor,
University Science Books
Course web site
plan, homework, notes, supplements, solutions and grades will all
course web forum: http://piazza.com/class#fall2012/phys410/0
: Please use piazza for questions on course material.
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
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 even 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.
Two exams, the last given at the time of the final exam
(Friday, Dec 14, 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 accommodate
those with valid, documented 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 component weights (hw, exA, exB) (where exA and
exB are the better and worse exams) will be either
(35, 45, 20), (30, 50, 20), or (15, 50, 35), selected to maximize
the total for each student. The letter grades corresponding
scores will be determined after reviewing the class performance as
a whole, consistent with the grade definitions indicating mastery
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 lower end.
: 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