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PHYS 367

mydocuments/teaching/PHYS367_W14_OutLine-02Jan14.doc WELCOME TO PHYSICS 367/4 Section 01 (Winter 2014) Relativity &Atomic Physics Dr. S. K. Misra Office: L-SP367.17 Phone: 848-2424 ext. 3278; Fax: (514) 848-2828 Email: [email protected] Tentative Course Outline TEXT: Modern Physics (Third Edition) by R.A. Serway, C.J. Moses, and C.A. Moyer, Thomson Brooks/Cole (ISBN: 0-534-49339-4) Prerequisite/Background: Physics 205, 206 or equivalent; Phys 354 recommended. Course Objectives To cover topics needed as prerequisites for many courses in Physics and in other science departments. To develop thinking skills in students needed to critically analyze their ideas and compare them with observations of how nature functions. Students need to solve problems over and above writing concept assignments to make their understanding more precise. Breakdown of marks Concept assignments: 20% (to be done individually; best nine will be counted) Assigned problems: 20% (can be done in a group – maximum of four; all problems will be counted) Midterm exam: 20% (10% - theory; 10% - problems) Final exam: 30% (15% - theory; 15% - problems) (N.B. Students must receive at least 50% marks in the assigned problems & exam problems to receive a C grade or better in the course.) Class participation: 10% (1/3 mark per lecture except for the first and mid-term exam days); +2 marks for active class participation as judged by the professor __________________________________________________________________________________ Office hours Wednesday: 2:00 - 3:00 PM, or by appointment. Please do not see me just before the lecture. Thank you. ____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________ 1 Examinations They will be on theory and problems related to the material covered in class. It is important for each student to learn to solve all the assigned home-work problems while doing them in a group, since problems on the mid-term and final exams will have to be done individually by a student. Unless there are extenuating circumstances (with valid proof), it is necessary that you write all exams as and when conducted; the absence on an exam will count for zero marks. Due deadlines for concept/problem assignments Concept assignments are due on Mondays. They are to be submitted anytime up to the beginning of the lecture. Assigned problems are due on Wednesdays. They are to be submitted anytime up to the beginning of the lecture. All assignments should be submitted in the classroom as you enter before the beginning of the lecture. The collection will close any time after 15 minutes since the beginning of class, beyond which no assignments will be accepted. Concept assignments/problems dropped off in the box to the right of Physics mail room (L.SP.367.01) one day ahead of the deadline, or faxed before the deadlines mentioned above, will be accepted. Late concept or problems will not be marked. Since you have one week available to complete the assignments a note from the doctor will not be accepted as a valid excuse under normal circumstances. Please do not leave any assignments in my mailbox, or send me any assignments by e-mail, or by regular mail. They will not be accepted. Please do not attempt concept or problems during lectures. Please keep photocopies in case submitted assignments are lost; without these missing assignments will not be considered for marks. Please write the statement of the problem before writing the solution. 2 READINGS AND HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS FOR CLASSES N.B. 1. Students are responsible to understand topics listed below even though some may not be covered in class. 2. Concepts assignments due any week are on the material assigned for that week. ______________________________________________________________________________ Lecture-Week 1 (Jan. 6/8, 2014): Covers outline of the course; Sections 1.1 – 1.4 (read them at home) Lecture-Week 2 (Jan. 13/15): Covers Sections 1.5, 1.6 (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 Lecture-Week 3 (Jan. 20/22): Covers Sections 1.7, 2.1 – 2.3 (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 1.8, 1.16, 1.22, 1.32, 1.36, 1.40 Lecture-Week 4 (Jan. 27/29): Covers Sections 2.4, 2.5, Ch01-Essay.pdf (posted on Moodle) (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: Derivation of Lorentz-transformation equations: 2.2, 2.4, 2.6 Lecture-Week 5 (Feb. 3/5): Formal   structure   of   Maxwell’s   theory, transformation of E and B, electromagnetic energy tensor - material from J.D. Jackson’s  book  (posted on Moodle) (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 2.8, 2.12, 2.18, 2.22, 2.28, 2.32 Lecture-Week 6 (Feb. 10): Class cancelled; to be covered on make-up day (Apr. 14) Bonus assignment (5 marks): Write a digest on Jackson’s treatment of electromagnetic theory using 4- vectors and tensors (due on February 24) ***************************************************************************** Lecture-Week 6 (Feb. 12, 2014) – Mid-term exam; covering up to and including Week 5 material)**** ******************************************************************************* MID-TERM BREAK Lecture-Week 7 (Feb. 24/26): Covers Sections 3.1 – 3.7 (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 3.2, 3.4, 3.8, 3.12, 3.20 Lecture-Week 8 (Mar. 3/5): Covers Sections 4.1 – 4.5 (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 3.32, 3.36, 3.44 Lecture-Week 9 (Mar. 10/12): Covers Sections 5.1 – 5.8 (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 4.4, 4.18, 4.34, 4.38 Lecture-Week 10 (Mar. 17/19): Covers Sections 6.1- 6.4, 6.6 – 6.8 (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 5.6, 5.14, 5.20, 5.28 Lecture-Week 11 (Mar. 24/26): Covers Sections 7.1, 7.2, Essay (pp. 253-259) (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 6.3, 6.16, 6.24, 6.32 Lecture-Week 12 (Mar. 31/Apr. 2): Covers Sections 9.1 – 9.4, 9.6, 9.7 (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 7.4, 7.7, 7.14, 7.16 Lecture-Week 13 (Apr. 7/9): Covers Sections 15.1 – 15.6 (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this week: 9.9, 9.12, 9.16, 9.22 Make-up class (Apr. 14) Covers Sections 15.7 – 15.10 (due for concept assignment) Probs. due this class: 15.4, 15.8, 15.18, 15.28 ******************************************************************************* ******* Final Exam: Excludes material covered on the mid-term exam; Date and place are to be posted by the exams office. ******************************************************************************** 3 GROUP PROBLEM ASSIGNMENTS Students may submit problem (but not concept) assignments as a group, not exceeding four students in a group. Very Important: Please make   sure   to   attach   one   separate   sheet   on   the   top   of   the   group’s   common work, clearly indicating the names of the students along with their signatures, ID number, date and the lecture-week number on the sheet. If this is not done the assignment will not be marked. No new names will be accepted after submission. (A sample sheet is included here at the end.) If a name is added without any participation in group work, it will be considered  cheating,  and  the  student’s  name,  as  well  as  of  those  of  the  others  in  the  group,  will   be reported to the code administrator for appropriate action. If the same name is found on two submissions, the participants on both assignments will receive zero marks. It will be considered as cheating. It is important that each member of the group really participates in problem solving and paper writing in assignments submitted as a group to have enough practice and understanding required for the mid-term and final examinations, to be done individually. Very Important: Please write the statement of the problem before writing the solution. NOTES: Group efforts to solve problems or paper writings are encouraged as this provides opportunities for students to discuss amongst themselves the course material in an informal manner, and learn from each other. If you find difficulty in forming a group, please contact me for possible match-ups. SOLUTIONS OF PROBLEMS ASSIGNED will be discussed or posted after the deadlines. 4 CONCEPT ASSIGNMENTS – HELPFUL TIPS Meaning of the word concept (Merriam-Webster’s  Collegiate  Dictionary): 2. An abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances Concept formation: the process of sorting specific experiences into general rules or classes. Beyond simple classifications, concepts may also serve as norms or models. The purpose of the concept assignment is to prepare students in advance for the material to be covered during the lecture-week. This is why it is important that it should be completed before the beginning of
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