Physics 272: Honors Physics II
Spring 2016



Class News

Prelecture material for next Wednesday's lecture (3 February) is now available HERE.

UPDATE ON WEBASSIGN: I talked at length with WebAssign support. The publisher of the Halliday, Resnick and Walker text no longer issues multiterm access codes. There is nothing we can do to have the access code used in 271 carry over (note you can still access your 271 class through the end of course date 1/31/2016). So, if you already purchased an access code online to start the homework, you can stop worrying that you might have needlessly spent your money -- you are fine! Otherwise, you need to buy a new code, which you can do online.
If you bought a two-code package last fall, you should be able use the second code now. The book is the 10th edition: pricing is the same for 9th and 10th. If you run into any problems, please let me know (rabe@physics.rutgers.edu) and I will call WebAssign support to help sort it out.

SLIDES FOR LECTURES 1-3 ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE LINK IN THE LIST AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, REGISTER TO DO QUIZLETS AT http://quizstar.4teachers.org/indexs.jsp
Search for the course name: it is Physics 272
Enroll in the class. I will have to approve your registration: this is so only the students in our class can enroll, and I can use the statistics on the answers.
Do the practice quiz (#1) asking about your mathematics preparation.  This is for my information only; just put the truthful answer and ignore the message that tells you your score. In any case, the quizlets are not graded.


No recitations in the first week of class. Recitations begin the week of January 24; the quizzes will start in the first recitation section.

Course Information

The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays 3:35-4:30 PM in the Physics Lecture Hall, with one recitation session per week.

The main goal of the course is to give students a solid grounding in fluids, waves, electromagnetism and optics at an elementary level, combining an understanding of the main principles and techniques, the ability to solve problems, and mastery of relevant mathematics appropriate to an honors level course. We will accomplish this through systematic study of the required textbook. Prelecture videos (including mathematics) and online quizlets. Lectures will focus on the key points in the material covered, with the assumption that students have attentively completed the prelecture material. As often as possible, lectures will be enriched by discussion of more challenging problems and material beyond that explicitly covered in HRW.  
Homeworks will be assigned weekly in WebAssign. There will be two in-class hour exams and a closed-book final exam. Grades are computed using 25% for homework, 15% for recitation quizzes, 15% for each hour exam and 25% for the final exam, and 5% for participation, mainly as measured by iClicker records.

Necessary materials for the course are the same as those for Honors Physics I:
1) an Iclicker (for class participation)
2) a copy of the book Halliday, Resnick, Walker: Fundamentals of Physics (earlier editions are fine)
3) a license for the online homework software WebAssign (otherwise you will not be able to do the homework! )

Chat room at Sakai.

Instructors

Prof. Karin Rabe (lectures)
rabe@physics.rutgers.edu
Serin 265
office hours: TBA

Seyed Sabok-Sayr (recitations)

Christina Gay (recitations)





This page is maintained by Karin Rabe.