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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

December 19, 2013

Final Grades are posted, enjoy your break!

  • Here is the final exam information.

  • You are expected to take the online survey by December 11th at midnight; it will take about 15 minutes to complete. Here is the link for the online survey

  • Here you will find practice exams and their solutions from the past three years.

  • Here is the Final Review Powerpoint that was shown in lecture on 12/5.

  • Office hours the week of 12/9 are by appointment. Please contact your instructors by email to set up a time to meet.

  • Pre-finals Help Session at the MSLC are in ARC 326 on Monday 12/16 from 10 AM - 6 PM and Tuesday 12/17 10 AM - 2 PM

  • You will be giving a presentation with your group on December 9th, and you will be expected to understand the rubrics, and to address assumptions, uncertainties and their (numeric) effects on your results. Here are the handouts:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • The class key for WebAssign (online homework system) is rutgers 3076 3061. Here is a quick start guide: WebAssign Quick Start Guide. These are the instructions for registering on WebAssign.