Spring 2004

Syllabus

**Lecture:**
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00-8:55 in SE 022.

**Instructor:** Brett van de Sande,

- look in rooms SE 227 or SE 343D.
- office hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:20-2:20 p.m. in SE 343D, Tuesday 1:00-2:00 p.m. in SE 227, or by appointment.
- E-mail: bvds@pitt.edu
- web page:
`http://www.geneva.edu/~bvds`

**Lab:** meets weekly in SE 227;

- Tuesday 2:00-5:00, Brett van de Sande, starts Jan. 20
- Thursday 2:00-5:00, Dennis Norman, starts Jan. 22
- Friday 1:25-4:25, Albert Dainton, starts Jan. 23

**Textbook:**
Douglas C. Giancoli,
*Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics*.
There will be weekly
homework and reading assignments from the textbook.

The use of symmetries is a major theme in this course.
I have written up some notes,
Using symmetries for electric and magnetic fields

(pdf).

**Grading:**

Test 1 | Feb. 13 | 12% | preparation sheet 1 (pdf) | |

Test 2 | March 10 | 12% | preparation sheet 2 (pdf) | (postponed to March 12) |

Test 3 | April 16 | 12% | preparation sheet 3 (pdf) | (postponed to April 23) |

Final exam | May 5 | 24% | final preparation sheet (pdf) | |

Homeworks | 20% | |||

Labs | 20% |

Physics is learned by practice, *id est* by doing lots
of homework problems. Although these homework sets will be graded,
it is the responsibility of the student to learn
how to solve any problems that were missed, either by asking other
students or by asking the instructor. The exams may include a
few vocabulary and definition questions, but will strongly emphasize
the homework problems. If you master the homework problems, then
you should do well on the exams.

I encourage students to work together on the homework problems. It
is often helpful to discuss with others how a problem should be solved.
However, when you write down the solution to be handed in, it should
be in your own words. Don't hand in something that you have copied
or that you do not understand. That is *cheating.*

For both homeworks and exams, solutions should include intermediate steps. If you just write down the answer, even if it is correct, you will not get full credit. Also, don't fall into the trap of just writing down equations; you should always include sentences, as needed, describing what you are doing.

- First homework, due in class on Wednesday, January 21.

Chapter 21, problems: 7, 11*, 13*, 16, 23*, 28*, and 43*. The * indicates that you should classify symmetries as explained in lecture. For problem 43, find the behavior of the electric field in the limit of large`y`. - Homework 2, due in class on Wednesday, January 28.

Chapter 21, problems: 42*, 49*, 61, and 63, 76, 79. For problem 42, give the behavior of the electric field in the limit of large`x`.

In lecture, we found the electric field produced by an electric dipole for points on the `x`axis. For the same dipole, find the electric field for points above the dipole on the`z`axis. Give the behavior of the electric field in the limit of large`z`. (Hint: use a common denominator.) - Homework 3 (pdf), due in class on Friday, February 6.
- Homework 4 (pdf), due in class on Friday, February 20.
- Homework 5 (pdf), due on Friday, February 27 at 4:30 PM. If you want to know more about TWT's, see a nice introduction from Thales Electron Devices
- Homework 6 (pdf), due on Friday, March 5 at 4:30 PM.
- Homework 7 (pdf), due on Friday, March 26 at 4:30 PM.
- Homework 8 (pdf), due on Thursday, April 8 at 12:20 PM.
- Homework 9 (pdf), due on Wednesday, April 14 in class.
- Homework 10 (pdf), due on Friday, April 23 in class.
- Homework 11 (pdf), due on Friday, April 30 at 4:30 PM.

Later in the year, these will be assigned for reading:

- From MIT: Biography of James Clerk Maxwell
- From MIT: Discussion of Michael Faraday Beliefs