Welcome to Physics 227 Autumn 2013Elementary Mathematical PhysicsMTWThF 10:30 - 11:20 in PAA A118 (MWF) and A102 (TTh) |
Your grade was obtained as follows. First I calculated a total score
(which you can see on Gradebook).
Let HW=(Sum of HW scores-lowest HW score)/Max possible,
Q=(Sum of quiz scores-lowest quiz)/Max possible,
M1=midterm 1 score/50, M2=(midterm 2 score)/50, F=final score/100
Then Total Score=100*Max(HW+Q+M1+M2+F,
HW+Q+M1+2*F, HW+Q+M2+2*F, HW+M1+M2+2*F)/5
(i.e. dropping lowest exam score with final "counting double"
and HW always included)
Total Score is your total score as a percentage.
I obtained the grade by requiring Total Score=50 to obtain a 2.0, and Total Score=95 to obtain a 4.0, with linear interpolation in between.
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).
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. Last year's log will give you a fairly detailed idea of what lies ahead.
A student in the A12 course discovered a very useful web site at Brigham Young University with a sequence of introductory Mathematica tutorials. I have obtained permission from its creators (Drs. Campbell, Colton and Hurley) to put a link here and they are happy for you to use the materials. I am grateful to them for sharing this resource.
The course grade will be determined by scores on quizzes, homeworks and exams as follows. The homeworks will count for 20%. I will drop the lowest homework score in determining the overall sum, so that you can miss one homework without penalty. The remaining 80% will be determined in equal part by the quizzes (with the lowest quiz score dropped), 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.