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Extended Analytical Physics 750:115

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The principle of science, the definition almost, is the following: The test of all knowledge is experiment . . . But what is the source of knowledge? Where do the laws that are to be tested come from? Experiment, itself, helps to produce these laws, in the sense that it gives us hints. But also needed is imagination to create from these hints the great generalizations; to guess at the wonderful, simple, but very strange patterns beneath them all, and then to experiment to check again whether we have made the right guess.
. . . Richard Feynman

Announcements and Advice

November 19, 2014


  • You will have your third Design Practical on Monday November 24th. In a group of three you will be asked to design an experiment that will allow you to answer a physics question. You will be expected to perform the experiment, take and analyze the data and write a report based on the Testing Experiment Rubric. This rubric will be used to score your design practical, so it is worth reading before you get to class. In addition, you will be expected to treat uncertainties with more sophistication this time around. Specifically, you should be familiar with instrumental uncertainty, random uncertainty and relative (or experimental) uncertainty. These notes on uncertainties should be helpful. THERE IS NO WAY TO MAKEUP A DESIGN PRACTICAL, SO ATTEND YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED RECITATION.

  • The 2nd hourly exam grades are posted in the Gradebook, and the solutions and exam are posted on the practice exams and their solutions webpage.

  • Here are the clicker questions used in lecture since the first hourly exam.
  • Here you will find practice exams and their solutions from the past three years.

  • Feel free to attend any INSTRUCTOR OFFICE HOURS that fit your schedule (not just your TAs)

  • Here is the equation sheet that you will be permitted to use during the exams. Try to familiarize yourself with it BEFORE THE EXAMS by using it during Summary Problems instead of your book.

  • If you transferred into this class late, please do not ask for extensions on the Reading Quiz#1 or the HW#1 that you missed. They will be counted in your grade book as excused absences and will neither help nor hurt your grade. Everyone is expected to complete the work from (and including) #2 on through the remainder of the semester. No extensions will be honored unless you have a personal situation (like severe illness, family tragedy, etc.), in which case you must come and talk to me in person.

  • Here is the powerpoint that was shown in class in the first week of class.

  • The class key for WebAssign (online homework system) is rutgers 9870 7696. Here is a quick start guide: WebAssign Quick Start Guide. These are the instructions for registering on WebAssign.

  • HOW TO LEARN FROM THE TEXT: There are many examples to work through in the textbook, and you are expected to be working through them as part of your reading assignment. You will not be tested on all of the Guided Review, but doing them is an excellent way to be studying for this course. To encourage you, I have posted the answers to most of the questions. The idea is to work hard at doing them on your own, and once you are confident about your answer, then compare your work to the solutions. Reading solutions without the struggle will not teach you anything, and will not prepare you for the exams. Question #6 on the 2013 first hourly exam was taken, word for word, from your textbook.

  • OpenStax provides high quality college level textbooks available for downloading or as an interactive ebook in a variety of subjects. This is their Free Physics Ebook that you can use as a secondary resource in this class.

  • The Engineering Toolbox is useful for finding material properties like densities, specific heats, etc. that you often need for homework, in addition to just about any physics relevant to engineering applications.

  • Check your grades in the Gradebook. Please contact your TA if there are any errors.

  • The simulations that we use in class can be found at the University of Colorado PhET page. We'll use: Moving Man, Vector Addition, Ramp Forces and Motion, and Energy Skate Park: Basics. You can either run them from their website, or you can download them and run them from your own computer.

  • Register your iClicker unit for lecture

  • Tuesday 11/26 is a Thursday schedule. We will have lecture (which will help with your HW this week), but there will be no recitation meetings on this day.

  • Wednesday 11/27 you have a short HW due at midnight. OFFICE HOURS ARE CANCELLED ON 11/27
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