Homework and Test Schedule
Physics 2435

Physics 2435

Waves and Heat
Spring 2008
TTh 11:00-12:15
Supple 130


Instructor: Dr. Michael H. Montgomery, mikemon@astro.as.utexas.edu,
Adjunct Faculty in Physics at TSU
Research Associate in Astronomy at UT-Austin
Director of Science Operations, Delaware Asteroseismic Research Center, Wilmington, DE

Office: RFM 3214
Phone: 245-3644
Office Hours: TTh 10:30-11:00am, 12:15-12:45pm, or by appointment
Web page: http://rocky.as.utexas.edu/~mikemon/Physics2435_Spring08.htm
Text: Fundamentals of Physics, 7th edition by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker
Prerequisites: Calculus II (MATH 2472), Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 2425)

Tests Chapters Covered
#1 15 & 16
#2 17 & 33
#3 34, 35, & 36
#4 18, 19, & 20
Final Exam Comprehensive

Grade: The four regular exams count for 10% each of your grade and the final counts for 15%. Homework counts for 25% and the lab counts for 20% of your grade.

Homework is due the second class period after it is first assigned. Each additional class it is late results in a 10% reduction in grade, e.g., if it is 3 classes late then 30% of the maximum grade has been lost. Also, if homework is turned in more than 5 classes late then it will be given a grade of zero. Note: if you do no homework at all then you cannot make better than a C in this course.

Dropping: Up until January 30th you may drop with a full refund. The last day to drop is March 20, 2008. The last class day to withdraw from the university with an automatic "W" is also March 20, 2008. After this date your grade in the course will determine whether you receive a "W" or an "F".

Special Needs: Students with special needs should identify themselves at the beginning of the semester. Every effort will be made to accommodate their needs.

Attendance Policy: Attendance is expected (though not required), and you are responsible for any information and announcements made in class. Homework and exam questions are based on material presented in the lectures, so attendance will greatly improve your chances of doing well in the course. Please try to arrive on time since late arrival is disruptive. If you must leave before the end of class, please inform the Instructor before the beginning of class and sit at a location appropriate for an inconspicuous exit. Otherwise, leaving early is very disruptive to everyone.

Course Description: Introduction to oscillations, wave propagation (e.g., sound, light), as well as the physics of thermodynamics and heat exchange.

Advice: You are urged to keep ahead in your reading so that classroom material is somewhat familiar. Doing the homework is essential for doing well in this course, not only because it directly accounts for 25% of your grade but because understanding it is essential for doing well on the tests, i.e., if you can't do the homework then you won't be able to do the tests. Studying together and teaching each other the material is encouraged, although I expect the homework handed in to be your own work, not just a reproduction of the "master copy" which your study group has produced. Finally, you are expected to be familiar with and abide by the honor code of Texas State University.

Michael H. Montgomery
Last modified: Tue Jan 15 09:39:03 CST 2008