Physics 235 Course Information.

Instructor: Professor Frank L. H. Wolfs

Office: B&L 203A (585-275-4937)

Office hours: Starting September 6, Thursdays 9.00 am - 11.00 am, B&L 203A

TextClassical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, Thornton and Marion (Fifth Edition).  A student solution manual with solutions to about 25% of the problems in the text book is also available.

Lectures: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10.25 am - 11.40 am, B&L 106.

Recitations: Starting September 11, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The recitations will focus on the solutions of the homework sets and exams, and includes a question and answer session about the material discussed in lecture.

Recitation days/times:

  • Tuesdays, 6.15 pm - 7.30 pm, Lattimore 431, Tri Nguyen.
  • Thursdays, 4.50 pm - 6.05 pm, Harkness 210, Dev Ashish Khaitan.
  • Thursdays, 7.40 pm - 8.55 pm, B&L 269, Dev Ashish Khaitan.

Recitation instructors and office hours:

Final Grade: The final grade will be the weighted average of:

  1. Final exam (25-30%)
  2. 3 Mid-term exams (15-20% each)
  3. Homework (15%)
  4. Final Paper (15%)

Final exam: Tuesday December 18, 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm (MEL 203).

Midterm exams:

  • Thursday September 27, 8,00 am - 9.30 am (Location: B&L 109)
  • Tuesday October 23, 8,00 am - 9.30 am (Location: B&L 109)
  • Tuesday December 4, 8,00 am - 9.30 am (Location: B&L 109)

Homework: Homework will be assigned at the end of each week on Friday, and will be due one week later on Friday at noon.  It must be dropped off in the homework lockers located on the first floor of B&L (across from B&L 106).  The homework will be returned the following week during recitations.

Term paper: You will be required to write a ~ 10 page paper that applies what you have learned in classical mechanics to one specific application of your choice. The topic must be approved by Professor Wolfs to ensure that the topic and scope are appropriate to P235W. The term paper also forms the basis for satisfying one unit of upper-level writing credit. Satisfaction of the upper-level writing component requires that the topic and the scope of the paper has been approved by Professor Wolfs and that students meet with a Writing Fellow from the Writing center to discuss the format and the quality of the first draft term paper prior to submitting the final term paper for grading. Click here for more details.

Last updated on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:01

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