As our primary text we will use the Six Ideas
books by Tom
Moore. We will cover part of unit E and part of unit R.
I have several goals for this course:
- I want you to gain a firm understanding of the main ideas of
special relativity, and get a broad introduction to electricity and
- I want to help you improve your quantitative literacy, problem
solving skills, and mathematical confidence.
- I want you to learn independently about a topic of your choosing.
- I want you to gain experience orally presenting technical information.
Your evaluation will be based on the following:
I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines
on page 8
of the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's, B's, etc.
- Weekly Homework Assignments: 50 percent.
- Mid-Term Exam: 15 percent.
- Final Presentation: 15 percent.
- Class Participation: 10 percent.
- Lab: 10 percent.
Policies and Stuff: First Draft
- The final version of this and related documents can be found on
the course web page, http://hornacek.coa.edu/dave/Teaching/Physics.2.W00.
- Homework will be due Fridays at 5pm. More than one unexcused late
homework assignment will result in me mentioning this in your
narrative evaluation and may result in a lowering of your grade.
- You are strongly encouraged to work together on homework. You
can also consult me, class tutors, other faculty, friends,
and family. However, the homework you hand in should represent
your own understanding. This means that if your friends get a
homework problem and you don't understand how they did it,
you shouldn't photocopy their solution and turn it in.
- Exams will be open notes, open book, and (essentially) untimed.
You may not, however, get any help from any humans during the exam.
- Information on what is expected for your final presentation can be
found in a separate document.
- I will almost always assign reading for each class. You should
do the reading, and come prepared with written questions. Click here for details.
- In order to make time for final presntations, we'll need to
schedule a few extra classes toward the end of the term.
- Instead of me presenting examples, I plan on assigning a short
problem that a pair of students will present in class. This
presentation is highly informal.
- More than two missing homework assignments will result in a grade
no higher than a C.
- As I plan on sending out homework assignments and other
information via email, it is important that you check your email
- I expect you to attend class and labs.
- Unlike Physics I, there will be a lab worksheet that I'll want you
to hand in and that I'll evaluate. More info can be found here
- Academic misconduct -- cheating, plagarizing, etc. -- is bad. Any cases
of academic misconduct will result in a judicial hearing, as per
pp. 14-15 of the COA handbook. Possible consequences range from
failure of the assignment to expulsion. For more, see the revised statement on academic
integrity passed by the faculty last winter.
[ Dave ]
[ COA ]
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