Physics 271 -- Advanced Honors Physics I -- Fall 2017

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. -Albert Einstein

  • Prof. Amitabh Lath, email: lath -at-
  • Prof. Karin Rabe, rabe -at-

    This is the course website for Physics 271, Advanced Honors Physics 1 (Mechanics), for the Fall 2017 Semester. Should you take this course? .
  • Calculus I is a pre-requisite, Calculus II is a co-requisite. You must be familiar with the basic concepts of calculus: differentiation, integration.
  • You should be signed up for the accompanying lab course (01:750:275)
  • Enrollment in an honors program or permission of the department undergraduate advisor is required.

    Lecture: Monday 1:55-2:50 PM, Wednesday 1:55-2:50 PM, Physics Lecture Hall, Busch Campus
  • H2 Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:10 ARC-206
  • H3 Thursday 1:55 PM - 2:50 ARC-206
  • H4 Friday 1:55 PM - 2:50 SEC-212
    Recitations webpage for Physics 271. Please check this summary of recitation activities and useful resources.

    Office Hours:
    Lath: Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
  • Sundays 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM, Scott Hall
  • Mondays 1:05 PM - 1:55 PM, lobby of Physics Lecture Hall
  • Wednesdays 1:05 PM - 1:55 PM, lobby of Physics Lecture Hall
  • Thursdays 1:10 PM - 1:55 PM, ARC 206
  • Friday 1:20 - 1:55 PM, SEC212 (same room as Friday recitation)

    Please email us if you plan to come to office hours.
    Since unavoidable emergencies do crop up, if you are planning to come by drop me an email. Of course, if the scheduled hours are truly impossible for you, please let us know. We can arrange another meeting time.

    We will be using the text
    INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICS 2nd Edition by Daniel Kleppner and Robert Kolenkow, Cambridge University Press.
    This is the required text.
    It is at the Rutgers Bookstore, and also at the publisher's website, as well as amazon,etc.

    Note that the famous Feynman Lectures on Physics are now available for free (!) from the Caltech website here .
    Although the Feynman Lectures are not suitable as a textbook for this course, they are wonderful for independent study.

    Syllabus and lecture schedule
    There is a syllabus for this class. There will be weekly homework, occasional quizzes, two midterm exams and a final exam. Please let me know as soon as possible if you cannot make either the midterms or final exam.
    The Midterm exams are scheduled for October 2 and November 13.
    The Final exam schedule is not yet published, it will be posted here.
    There is no prior schedule for the quizzes, and there will be no makeup quizzes.


    Here is the Homework list .

    Solutions will be posted after the due date in the solutions directory .

    Homeworks are the main source of learning in this (and any other college-level) physics class.
    You are expected to do the homework on your own.
  • You may consult with other students, but write up the solutions on your own.
  • Do not copy the work of other students.
  • Do not copy solutions from the web.
  • Do not procrastinate.
    Homeworks will be collected on the due date listed, and no late homeworks will be accepted.
    Please DO NOT EVER email the professors scanned homework.
    You are expected to study the solutions closely, and correct any misunderstaning. If you got a homework problem wrong you should consult the solutions, put it away and redo the problem until you have mastered it. Homeworks are not meant for accumulating points, but for mastering the material.

    Quizzes and Exams
    Quizzes will be simple 10 min problems .... .

    There will be no makeup quizzes , and late homework will not be accepted. We will drop two of your lowest quiz and homework grades, so mathematically your grade will not suffer if you keep the missed quizzes and homeworks under two. However you should realize that if you miss a homework you are still responsible for the material.

    Here is how the grading breaks down:
    This is only a rough guide! Your grade will be based on the instructors' evaluation of your mastery of the material.
  • Homeworks: 10%
  • Quizzes: 15%
  • Midterm Exam I: 15%
  • Midterm Exam II: 15%
  • Final Exam: 45%

    Online Gradebook
    There is an online gradebook for this course. Please check this for exam grades, etc.

    Students with Disabilities

    Please consult the professors as early as possible if you have a disability that might interfere with an optimal learning experience.
    We will help you as much as possible.
    Also, please consult the website on disabilities . The University has coordinators for students with disabilities.