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Department
Physics
Course
PHYSICS 1BB3
Professor
Reza Nejat
Semester
Summer

Description
Physics 1BB3: Introduction to Modern Physics for Life Scientists DESCRIPTION : This course contains three main parts. In the first part, we will build on what you have learned in Physics 1B03 (Mechanics and Waves) and learn about circular motion and angular momentum. In the second part, we will learn about electromagnetic forces and fields, which are essential to the understanding of molecular interactions in biological systems. In the third part, we will go beyond classical physics and learn some basic quantum physics concepts, which will help us comprehend the nature of atoms and molecules. The topics presented in this class, together with those presented in Physics 1B03, cover most of the material required for the MCAT. INSTRUCTOR NFORMATION : Name: Dr. Mike Massa email: [email protected] Office location: ABB-150 Extension: 23433 Office hours: Mon & Wed., 12:30pm-1:30pm CLASS SCHEDULE : Class meeting times:Mon. & Wed., 9:30am-12:20am Room: ABB 102 RESOURCES : Course notes: Course notes will be posted following the lecture (usually by evening same day). Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, R.D. Knight, Addison Wesley Lab Manual: The Physics 1BB3 Lab Manual can be purchased in Titles Bookstore; Additional lab materials will be made available on A2L. W EBSITE: http://avenue.mcmaster.ca (A2L) TEACHING ASSISTANTS Name Room Email Matilda Backholm ABB 337 [email protected] Nehad Hirmiz ABB 335 [email protected] Benjamin Keller ABB 149 [email protected] Aaron Maxwell ABB 269D [email protected] Amit Patel ABB 337 [email protected] Syllabus Physics 1BB3 Summer 2012 C OURSE G OALS : On completion of the course, you should be able to: 1) Understand the physical concepts introduced in class (e.g. angular momentum, electric potential, etc…). These concepts will become familiar to you as long as you make the effort to carefully read the textbook and actively review the material presented in class. The experimental work you will be doing in the labs will also help because it will give you the opportunity to see these concepts at work. Your conceptual understanding will be tested during the mid-term exams and final exam. 2) Be able to answer questions and solve problems relating to the topics presented in class. You will acquire these problem-solving skills by working on exercises proposed in class and by doing regular homework. Many exercises and problem sets are also available in your textbook, and I encourage you to take advantage of it. The secret to solving problems quickly and reliably is practice. The more exercises you solve, the faster and better you will become. Your problem-solving skills will be tested through home assignments, and during the mid-term and final exams. 3) Run an experiment according to the scientific method. The laboratory experiments in this course have been designed to help you recognize the common steps involved in any scientific experiment (formulation of a hypothesis, design and execution of an experiment to test this hypothesis, data analysis, interpretation of the results, communication of the results), and acquire the fundamental skills required to perform such experiments. Your experimental skills will be tested during the labs and through marking of your lab reports. 4) See how the Physics concepts learnt in class relate to the real world. Through your work in the lab and through examples and demos presented in class, you should gain an understanding of how the laws of Physics apply to practical situations as well as to different fields. In particular, we will see how Physics is relevant to complex systems such as Biological systems. A SSESSMENT : Assignments: 10% Labs: 25% Class Participation: 5% Midterms: 25% Final exam: 35% ICLICKERS : We will be using iClickers in almost every class. You will need to register your iClicker using your McMaster ID at http://www.iclicker.com/registration. Please register your iClicker early in order to get credit for your answers. Your responses will be used to determine your participation mark in the course. M IDTERM EXAMS : Tentative dates for the two midterms are shown in the table below – these are subject to change; exact dates and times will be given in class. Be prepared to answer both multiple choice questions as well as worked problems, where full solutions will be required to obtain all marks. Tests will be scheduled during the lecture periods, and will take place during the first hour of that lecture (regular lecturing will resume following the test, for the duration of the 3 hour lecture period). FINAL E XAM : The final exam will have the same format as the midterm exams (a combination of problems or questions requiring a written answer and multiple-choice questions). Only t
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