Homework and Test Schedule
Waves and Heat
Michael H. Montgomery,
Adjunct Faculty in Physics at TSU
Research Associate in Astronomy at UT-Austin
Director of Science Operations, Delaware Asteroseismic Research Center,
Office: RFM 3214
Office Hours: TTh 10:30-11:00am, 12:15-12:45pm, or by appointment
Text: Fundamentals of Physics, 7th edition by Halliday, Resnick, and
Prerequisites: Calculus II (MATH 2472), Electricity and
Magnetism (PHYS 2425)
| #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
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