Physics 235 Course Information.

Instructor: Professor Frank L. H. Wolfs

Office: B&L 203A (585-275-4937)

Office hours: Starting September 3, Thursdays 10.00 am - 12.00 pm in B&L 203H and via Zoom

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, 7.30 am - 8.45 am or 10.25 am - 11.40 am, B&L 106.

Recitations: Starting September 8, 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, Dewey 2110E (Yue Wang).
  • Tuesdays, 7.40 pm - 8.55 pm, Dewey 2110E (Yue Wang).
  • Thursdays, 8.00 am - 9.15 am, Zoom (Dylan Veyrat). See Zoom links for details.
  • Thursdays, 4.50 pm - 6.05 pm, Zoom (Dylan Veyrat). See Zoom links for details.

Recitation instructors and office hours:

  • Dylan Veyrat, Email: Wednesdays 1 pm - 2 pm via Zoom (see Zoom links for details).
  • Yue Wang, Email: Wednesdays 9 am - 10 am via Zoom (see Zoom links for details).

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 15, 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm (Zoom).

Midterm exams:

  • Thursday September 24, 8:00 am - 9.30 am, B&L 109.
  • Tuesday October 20, 8:00 am - 9.30 am, B&L 109.
  • Friday November 20, 8:00 am - 9.30 am, 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. The homework assignments must be submitted in pdf format using a dropbox link that is provided on your assignment. This dropbox link will accept submissions until 12.00 pm Eastern on the due date.

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.

Academic honesty: All assignments and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester's Academic Honesty Policy. Please review the Tips and Pittfalls webapges for excellent exampls of what to do to avoid possible violations of the Academic Honesty Policy. You are prohibited from looking at for any purpose while taking this course. Any suspected use of and similar sites on any homework assignment or exam, will be reported as a suspected violation of the academic honesty policy of the University of Rochester.

Covid Guidelines: The University is committed to protecting the health and safety of the entire community – students, faculty and staff. For this reason, it is mandatory that everyone wear a mask in University buildings and observe appropriate social distancing, including classrooms. Masks have been provided to students, faculty and staff and classrooms have been specifically assigned to allow for social distancing to support these requirements. You must wear a mask appropriately (e.g. over nose and mouth) if you are attending class in person, and you must do this for every class session and for the entire duration of each class session. If you fail to do this, you will be politely reminded of the requirement and then asked to leave if you do not comply. Students who refuse to adhere to requirement for mask wearing or social distancing the course will be in violation of the COVID-19 Community Commitment and will be referred to the Student Conduct system through a COVID-19 Concern Report. Such referrals will lead to student conduct hearings and may result in disciplinary action.

Course credit: This course follows the College credit hour policy for four-credit courses. This course meets two times weekly for three academic hours per week. The course also includes a recitation for one and one half academic hour per week.

Note: all times listed on this syllabus are times in the Eastern timezone of the USA (Rochester time).

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