Welcome to Physics 227 Autumn 2012Elementary Mathematical PhysicsMTWTh 11:30 - 12:20 in PAA A110 (MTTh) and A102 (W) |
Total score was obtained as follows:
HW=Sum of HW scores/Max possible, Q=Sum of quiz scores/Max possible
M1=midterm 1 score/50, M2=(midterm 2 score+4)/50, F=final score/100
(score on 2nd midterm increased by 4 since test was harder & average lower.)
EXAM=Max(Qu+M1+M2+F, Qu+M1+2*F, Qu+M2+2*F, M1+M2+2*F)/4
(i.e. dropping lowest exam score with final "counting double")
Total_Score=0.1*HW+0.9*EXAM
Grade = 2.0 + 2.0*(Total_Score-0.46)/0.5 (rounded to nearest 0.1)
(so that Total_Score=45% => 2.0 and 95% => 4.0)
Have a great break!
We will follow the ordering of material in this text, and draw most homework questions from it. Corrections to the text are available here. Note that solutions to some problems appear at the back of the book (and there is a companion volume to the previous edition which contains solutions to approximately 1/4 of the exercises, many of which are the unchanged in the current edition).
Basic use of computer mathematics programs is an integral part of this course, including some parts of lectures and some homework questions. You may use Mathematica, Maple , Matlab or Python. Mathematica is available on all the PCs in PAB B101 and the study center AM018. In addition, students can now install Mathematica on their personally owned computers at no cost. See here or here for information about obtaining it, Brief instructions on getting started with Mathematica are here.
I keep a log of what has been covered, together with my lecture notes, on the daily coverage page. This will also indicate any material not covered in lecture that you should read.
The course grade will be determined by scores on quizzes, homeworks and exams as follows. The homeworks will count for ~10% (the "~" indicating that, since this is the first time I have taught this class, I may make some minor adjustments to the weight given to the homeworks). The remaining ~90% will be determined in equal part by the quizzes, the two midterms and the final, except that the final will count double and that the lowest score will dropped. If the final is the lowest score then only half of its score will be dropped.
This policy means that you are not penalized if, e.g. for personal reasons, you miss a midterm. This allows me to enforce the policy that there are no makeup exams.