Electricity & Magnetism (Fall '10)
NSC 427 - 4 credits - Intermediate
- Times: MWF 9:30 - 10:20
- Place: Sci117A
- Text: Understanding Physics (Part 3) by Cummings et al.
- Faculty: Travis Norsen
Course Overview: A sophomore-level introduction to the physics of electric and magnetic phenomena. Topics include electrostatic forces, electric and magnetic fields, induction, Maxwell's equations, and some (mostly DC) circuits. Pre-requisites: General Physics I and II, Calculus I and II (with Advanced Calculus also strongly recommended as a co-requisite).Assignments and Grading: Weekly homework assignments will be worth 50% of the grade. A mid-term exam will be worth 15% and a final exam will be worth 35%. I will also adjust your final grade up or down by as much as half a letter grade to reflect your contributions to the classroom experience. (Keep in mind here that attendance is mandatory, so you shouldn't expect any of this "extra credit" based merely on showing up!)
- Attendance is mandatory. (Let me know if, and why, you will miss a class.)
- Late work will not be accepted without prior arrangement.
- In addition to being fully present in class and handing in all the assignments, to really succeed in the class you should expect to spend several hours each week (outside of class) interacting with the textbook -- this means prior to and in addition to the several hours you will need to spend working on the homework assignments.
- You are encouraged to work together with other students on the homework assignments (and to get help from me or the tutor). However, your final write-up of the solutions must represent your own understanding; copying another person's work is plagiarism and will result in no credit for that assignment (and possibly worse). If there is any question about a specific case, simply cite your sources as you would in any kind of research paper (e.g., "I worked with Joe Schmoe on this problem.").