Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy
Office: Serin E291
Phone: (848) 445-9049
Office Hours: Fridays 3:30-4:30pm
Textbook: Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, Fourth Edition. This is a required text, and I plan to work almost exclusively from this text. We will cover Ch. 1-5 in the fall term; the remaining chapters will be covered in the spring term course, Physics 386.
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Tentative Lecture Schedule: Syllabus
Lectures: Lectures will meet as follows:
Homeworks: Since people usually "learn by doing," the homeworks are an extremely important part of the course experience. Homeworks will be assigned each week (except around the hour exams), with the homework due the next week. Homework will be graded and returned to you. Solutions will be available on the same day as the homeworks are collected, so this does not leave any room for acceptance of late homeworks.
Quizzes: A few (probably 3) scattered lectures during the semester will end with a 10-15 minute quiz. This will always be announced at least a week in advance. The quiz questions will not be very difficult, and the grade weight will not be very large, but I think this is a useful exercise to keep you warmed up for the hour exams and to give me an idea what you have absorbed.
Exams: We will have two in-class hour exams during the semester, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday October 11 and Tuesday November 15. The final exam will be cumulative, but with slightly stronger emphasis on the material covered after the second hour exam.
Web site: If you are looking at a paper copy of this document, it is actually a printout of the course home page located at http://physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/385. Please bookmark this location. It will be used frequently for listing homework assignments and communicating other details about the course.
Communication: My "posted office hours" are on Fridays 3:30-4:30pm, but I can meet by arrangement at other times as well. I'll try to be available without prior arrangement Tuesdays 4:00-4:30pm in case you have a quick question about a homework. Otherwise, email me if you want to arrange another time, or to discuss any aspect of the course.
Gradebook: You will be able to follow your grade record at Gradebook online.
Grades: Some allowance will be made for dropping the lowest homework grade. The final grade will tentatively be based on the following weighting:
Tutoring: The department maintains a list of Graduate Student Physics Tutors who are interested in tutoring undergrads "for a fee that you will need to negotiate with the tutor." (The list also mentions Rutgers Learning Center tutors, but these are usually not available for advanced courses like ours.)
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