Nuclei and particles (Rutgers Physics 418) Guide for Fall 2017
About the Course and the Instructor
Professor Sunil Somalwar will be in charge of the class. The class
will be held in Hill-009 on Tue/Fri 1020-1140am (period TF2). My
whereabouts are as follows. Office: Serin W312 on Busch,
Phone:848-445-8895, E-mail (preferred): Sunil.Somalwar@Rutgers.Edu I
do research in experimental particle physics at the CERN laboratory in
I follow open door policy so you do not have to make an appointment to
see me. Feel free to walk in my office or call or email etc if you
need help. If you prefer to make an appointment, send me an email with
two or three choices for the meeting time. Afternoons are generally
better because CERN is six hours ahead of US, so my mornings are often
filled with meetings etc. There will be no office hour per se given my open
door policy, but I can arrange one if you tell me so.
Please talk to me right away if you have not taken the correct prereq's or
feel unprepared in any way for this class.
Our textbook will be Introduction to Nuclei and Particles by Das
and Ferbel. Unfortunately, the selection of texts that cover both
nuclear and particle physics at the level of this class is rather
Hearing from you on a continual basis is extremely important. Your
feedback (positive and negative) will allow me to tune the course
better. Talk to me before/after class, in my office, by email, etc
etc. You can also talk to our undergraduate director who can transmit
your feedback to me anonymously.
Homework, Exams and Grades etc
Homework assignments will be worth 30%, class exam 30% and the final
40%. Homework and exam details are on the main webpage for the
class. The course grades will be assigned on a relative basis, but the
class size is too small for the grades to be "curved". In practical
terms, it means that the grade boundaries will be adjusted after the
final exam to take into account the level of difficulty of the exams
etc. Do not panic if an exam happened to be difficult! I recall
taking an undergraduate class where A grade began around 57%.
Subjective factors such as your effort, attendance, participation
during discussions, and improvement during the term will also matter
for your final grade.
World Wide Web
Any updates, links to homeworks, exams and solutions, your scores,
grades etc etc can all be found at http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/418
Please contact the physics undergraduate director Prof. Steve
Schnetzer or undergraduate program administrator Katherine Lam
(Office: 201W, Phone: 848-445-8763, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
for administrative help such as special permission.
Students with Disabilities & University student-wellness services
If you have a disability, you are urged to speak to me EARLY IN THE
SEMESTER to make the necessary arrangements to support a successful
learning experience. For further information about Rutgers
disability as well as student-wellness services,
Physics 418 Home Page
This page is maintained by Sunil Somalwar.