Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics 323/324 "Advanced General Physics" SPRING 2014

Contact Information

Class Time and Location: T4Th4 (1:40 - 3:00PM) and T7Th7 (6:40-8:00 PM) in
ARC333 , Busch Campus. Your schedule may list only two of these four periods but you may in fact attend any or all at your convenience. The first day of class will be Tuesday Jan.21,2014 and the last day of class will be Thursday May 1, 2014. To get an A in the course you must complete 10 units by a week BEFORE the last day of class, i.e. on or before Thursday April 24, 2014 and pass an oral exam on or before Thursday, May 1,2014

The website for this course, with links to the syllabus, units, and additional information, can be found at . You should check this website frequently for new messages and announcements of changes. This website can also be accessed via the departmental website at by clicking on "Undergraduate Courses" and then "323/324" in the list of couse websites. The departmental website contains links to other information, including colloquium and seminar announcements.

Introduction and Philosophy

Advanced General Physics is a two semester course covering topics in elementary mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, special relativity, and quantum mechanics. It assumes a knowledge of integral and differential calculus and a familiarity with vectors and vector calculus, but the relevant concepts can be learned fairly quickly if one has not studied them before. The philosophy of this course is a little different than that of the usual physics course. There are no formal lectures and no scheduled exams or homework. It is the student's responsibility to chart a course through the material and take appropriate quizzes when he or she is ready to do so. The course is not completely unstructured, however: each subject is broken up into a number of units. Suggested reading and homework problems for each unit will prepare the student for a short (about an hour) quiz on the unit consisting of three problems. Successful completion of the quiz (details in the course outline below) allow the student to move on to another unit.

Last updated Aug 21, 2013