I will teach this sequence as one integrated course; taking bits and pieces of it
separately is not recommended. This page and its links contain
all of the general information you need, and they will be updated
frequently. Please check this page regularly, and make sure you hit your browser's
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Time and Location:
PHYS 611: MWF 10:00 - 10:50 in 318 WIL
PHYS 612: UT 10:00 - 11:50 in 318 WIL
PHYS 613: UT 10:00 - 11:50 in 318 WIL
PHYS 614: tba
Speaking of time, here is the official time from NIST (currently down due to the government shutdown):
Table of Contents, and Lecture Notes :
The table of contents will be updated as the
course proceeds. To see pdf scans of my lecture notes, click the
NB: The notes may not show up in final form until we're done with a paragraph.
real: I'll try to keep an open office policy. Catch me after class if possible;
otherwise, just stop by my office. If I'm really busy I'll kick you
out, but usually I'll be able to accommodate you if I'm in. If your schedule
and mine turn out to never overlap, send email and make an appointment.
virtual: anytime. My e-mail response time is rarely longer than a few
hours, and usually it is much shorter.
My notes for PHYS 410/510 Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (Follow the Table of Contents link)
Exams and Grading
PHYS 611 Midterm: Monday, Nov 4, in class
PHYS 611 Final: Monday, Dec 9, 10:15 - 12:00, 318 WIL
PHYS 612 Midterm: Homework problems #40 and #42 (The heavy symmetric top)
will serve as a take-home midterm for PHYS 612
PHYS 612 Final: Monday, March 14, 3:15 - 5:00, 318 WIL. One of three problems
will cover material from PHYS 612
Homework will count for 20% of the grade.
Your grade will thus be mostly based on the exams, but it will be next to
impossible to do well on the exams
unless you have spent a lot of time and effort on the homework problems.
If your performance on the final is better than on the midterm, the
midterm will not count and the final will count 80%. If your performance
on the midterm is better than
on the final, the midterm will count for 30% of the grade and the final for 50%.
Homework, and Lecture Notes:
The homework problems are an integral part of the course, and spending
substantial time on the homework will be essential for understanding the
material discussed in class. One can learn very little physics by just reading
a book, or listening to lectures, so make sure you allow adequate time for
doing the homework problems. Also, doing well on the exam will be next to
impossible without a thorough understanding of the homework problems.
Homework problems will be assigned weekly on Friday, and will be due the
following Friday in class.
Problems will be posted on this page in pdf format. Homework will be graded
and account for 20% of the grade. I will post my solutions, also in pdf format.
Collaborating on the homework is okay, and even
encouraged. You should make sure, however, that you really understand the
material yourself rather than just tagging along. Remember, your grade will
be based essentially on the exams only.
I will also make my (hand written) lecture notes available in pdf format.
Please keep in mind, however, that anybody else's lecture notes, including the
lecturer's, are next to useless unless you have your own set taken by YOU. My
notes are only meant as a permanent record of my blackboard art to check against,
and you may have trouble reading anything but the equations anyway.
Lecture notes will be posted in pdf format as the course progresses. You can
access them through the table of contents link .