Physics 116 A, Winter 2011
ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OSCILLATORY MOTION
James Walker, Physics, 4th Ed., volume 3 (custom edition for UW,
available at U. Bookstore)
- Webassign access is required for
homework and grade communication.
- Clickers required
for pop quizzes: H-ITT RF (not infrared!) transmitter (available
at U. Bookstore)
PHYS 114, 115; working knowledge of high school algebra and basic
students will be responsible for all material covered in lectures.
Please ask questions in class, or email your question to the class mail
address, email@example.com, or post to the Class Discussion Board.
there will be at least 10 pop quizzes, so bring your clicker every day.
Only the best 7 scores will be used so you can miss at least 3 quizzes
without loss. The quiz questions will be very easy if you have been
paying attention in class.
You are responsible for knowing how to use your clicker - we will
have a practice quiz in class. Please don't ask me to hand-enter your
answer if your clicker's battery dies or you otherwise unable to enter
your response electronically.
we will have at least 8 homework sets assigned, collected and graded via
WebAssign. Please check the class calendar for due dates. Assignments
are due before 5 pm on those days. WebAssign will relentlessly refuse to
accept your entries after the specified closing time!
However, you are very strongly advised to work out at least 10
additional problems in each chapter. The homework assignments are very
minimal and experience shows that students who spend time on homework
problems get better scores on exams. Also, some exam questions may be
very similar to end-of-chapter problems.
there will be 3 midterm exams. Please see the course calendar for dates
and material covered. Your lowest midterm score will be dropped, so you
can miss one midterm without loss. Therefore, you need not (and should
not) notify me in any way if you have to miss one midterm. However,
please do not ask for permission to miss more than one!
- The final
exam will be on March 17 at 8:30 AM. Plan your holiday departure after
this required exam. If you miss the final exam you will get an I = incomplete
grade for the class, and will have to make it up by taking the final
exam of next term's 116 class. The final exam will be designed to be
somewhat longer than the midterm exams but you will have 2 hours to work
on it. The final exam will be approximately half on material covered in
class after the last midterm, and half on material covered in the
All exams will come with a cover page giving all possible formulas
needed (and many not needed) for the exam. Of course you may not
communicate with anyone in or out of the room during an exam, or use any
electronic device. Please recognize that any variety of cheating will
not help you, and since we have seen them all before, will probably get
you into serious trouble, up to and including expulsion from UW.
center: please make use of the Physics Study Center, located in room
AM008, on the mezzanine level of the A wing of the Physics Astronomy
building. The room is open at all times the building is open, 8am to 7pm
weekdays. TAs and faculty will be on hand to answer your questions most
of the time between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm weekdays. You are encouraged to
study with fellow students to learn more! (Of course, homework
submissions must be your own work.)
courtesy: Civil behavior is expected in class. The basic rule is, do not
get in the way of other students who want to pay attention. Cell phones
must be turned off while in class. Students, who want to chat with
another student, or play games or watch videos on a laptop, will be
asked to leave the room.