Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy
Office: Serin E291
Phone: 445-5500 x2514
Office hours: Friday 11-12am
Textbook and Syllabus:
In the fall semester, we will cover Shankar Chapters 1-7 and 9-15 (see Syllabus).
In the spring semester (Physics 502), the same book will be listed as the official text; we will cover most of the remaining chapters of Shankar, but the lectures will stray further from the text.
Lectures: Monday and Wednesday, 4nd period
(1:40-3:00pm), ARC 108.
Lecture should be as interactive as possible; you are definitely
encouraged to ask questions, or express what is confusing you, in
the lecture. Also, I strongly recommend that you read the
corresponding textbook material
Note that there will be no lecture on Wed. November 27 just before Thanksgiving (it is designated for Friday classes).
Homeworks: Since people usually ``learn by doing,'' the homeworks are an extremely important part of the course experience. Homeworks will be assigned at intervals of 1 or 1.5 weeks; they will be graded and returned to you.
Exams: There will be a midterm and a final. The midterm will be a take-home exam, and will be scheduled for late October. The final will be an open-book in-class two-hour exam. Precised dates and times have yet to be determined.
Web site: If you are looking at a paper copy of this document, it is actually a printout of the course home page located at http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/grad/501. Please bookmark this location. It will be used frequently for listing homework assignments and communicating other details about the course.
Communication: My "posted office hours" are as listed above, but you are free to see me at other times as well. If it's a quick question, just drop in; otherwise it might be advisable to phone or email ahead to make an appointment. Also, feel free to contact me by email about any aspect of the course.
Grades: To arrive at the final grade I will do a numerical calculation first (with weights of approximately 40% for homeworks, 25% for the midterm, and 35% for the final). This will then be adjusted, based on factors like class participation, to arrive at a final letter grade.
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