Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics 324
Advanced General Physics II
Fall 2017

Contact Information


Class Time and Location

The class meeting times are T4Th4 (1:40 - 3:00PM) in
ARC333 , Busch Campus. The first day of class will be Thursday, September, 7, 2017.

Structure of the course

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.

  1. In the past, some students have put off completing units until near the end of the semester. It is important that your studies be spread out evenly over the semester. In order to enforce this, students will be allowed to take only one quiz per week, make-up quizzes included. Since completion of a minimum of five quizzes is required to pass the course, if by the end of Week 10, Thursday 11/10, you have not completed any quizzes, it will not be possible to pass the course.

  2. There will be a mandatory cumulative written final exam on Monday, December 18, from noon to 3 pm. Scoring well on this exam can increase your letter grade by one step. It will not lead to a lower grade than what you earn through the unit quizzes.


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 "324" in the list of course websites. The departmental website contains links to other information, including colloquium and seminar announcements.

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Last updated September 2, 2017