Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy
Physics 324 is the second of 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.
The structure of the course is similar to that of Physics 323 which you should have already taken. There are a couple of significant differences, though. Please not them carefully.
The website for this course, with links to the syllabus, units, and additional information, can be found at http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/324/ . You should check this website frequently for new messages and announcements of changes. This website can also be accessed via the departmental website at http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ by clicking on "Undergraduate Courses" and then "324" in the list of course websites. The departmental website contains links to other information, including colloquium and seminar announcements.
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