Syllabus: PHYS 116, Summer 2009
Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics
Lecture Instructor: Matt DePies
Office: PAB B025 Phone:TBA
- PHYS 119 Lab Instructor: R. Daryl Pedigo
<>Course WWW: http://faculty.washington.edu/mrdepies
Office Hours See course website.
- Also available by appointment in my
- Lecture Hall: A102 in the auditorium wing of the Physics
- Lecture schedule: MTWTh 10:50-11:50
- Course Texts: J.S. Walker, "Physics", 6th edition (UW custom
Volume 3); PHYS 119
- NOTE: Concurrent enrollment in 119 Lab is recommended but not
- Tycho Homework will be due as announced
- Tentative Weekly Course Schedule:
<>The schedule for Phys 116 is available on the course website.
This will be followed as closely as possible, and
Lecture Instructor's Comments
Welcome to PHYS 116, the third of a three-quarter
physics courses for science majors. You should find
course challenging and stimulating, though perhaps it will not fit your
preconceptions of what a university physics course should be. I hope
you also find it to be interesting and enjoyable. Have a great quarter!
You are strongly encouraged to visit with me regularly during
by appointment, by e-mail, etc. Get used to the idea of
the Professor outside of class during the quarter; it will pay off for
you in many ways as the years go by! This will not happen unless YOU
the initiative, and now is a great time to start.
Memorization of material is not particularly helpful in this
goal in this class should be to understand how each new topic is
to all of the previous material, and how the concepts, rules and
can be applied to solve real-world problems. Never let anything go by
you do not understand. Generally, ask questions immediately. If it is
to interrupt, make a quick note to yourself and inquire later.
- Each quarter, the UW Office of Educational Assessment conducts
of undergraduate courses. For many years, the PHYS114-5-6 courses have
been among the courses reportedly requiring the most hours of work per
week outside of class. A typical course will show a span from 5 hours
week to 20 hours of study per week outside of class, probably including
some time spent on PHYS116 . Many courses claim to require at least
hours outside of class for each hour in class; physics classes
tend to deliver.
- Be aware that many technical majors have a minimum grade
a core of lower-division technical classes including the PHYS114-5-6
Therefore, each student is strongly urged to discuss
entry requirements with their undergraduate or departmental advisors,
plan their course loads accordingly. The course grading policy is
course grade is based on the best two of three midterms, the final
the Webassign.com lecture HW, and
lecture exercises (using the new infrared response system), and lab
participation and reports.
However, the lecture instructor may adjust individual final grades
by no more than 0.2 grade points (about 5 % out of 4.0 possible) based
on records from the lecture infrared response system and/or the
homework related to the lecture. All percentages discussed in the
statement and in the summary below are used to determine your raw
before this adjustment is applied.
- Midterm exams: There will be three closed-book midterm
midterm will emphasize recent material, but may include questions
with topics from far earlier in the course. The exams will include both
multiple choice and essay-style questions. Only the best two of three
of the z-score [(your score - class average) / (std deviation)] will
toward the final course grade. Your lowest midterm score (relative to
mean) will be dropped. After correcting for different average scores on
different midterms, the midterms will contribute 40% to your final raw
grade. You are permitted to bring one 8.5"x11" page of notes (front
to each midterm. Calculators are permitted. Cell phones, radios, etc.
are not permitted.
Laptop computers are not permitted, and the use of the
capability now available on many calculators is not permitted.
are to be your own work; you are not permitted to collaborate
any other person. The Physics department reserves the right to ask for
valid identification from any student during examinations.
- Note that there will be no make-up exams in PHYS 116.
outside professional, service, or career commitments (i.e. military
ROTC, professional conference presentation, NCAA sports, etc.)
exactly with the exam dates must contact the intructor early in the
quarter to establish alternate examination procedures. Students who
miss an exam without making prior arrangements with the lecture
will drop that exam score. Except for extreme circumstances, a final
of 0.0 may be assigned to any student who misses two midterm exams.
- Final Exam: A one-hour closed-book comprehensive final
25% of the final raw grade will take place on the final Thursday of
class from 10:50
for PHYS 116. This examination will cover material from the entire
You are permitted to bring one 8.5"x11" page of notes (front and back)
to the final exam. Calculators are permitted. Cell phones, radios, etc.
are not permitted. Laptop computers are not permitted, and the
of the text-storage capability now available on many calculators is not
permitted. The final exam is to be your own work; you are not
to collaborate with any other person.The Physics department reserves
right to ask for valid identification from any student during
A final grade of 0.0 may be assigned to any student who does not take
- Exam Re-grades: If you believe that the points on the
were incorrectly totaled or if there is a gross error in the grading,
may return an exam for regrading. To do so, you must resubmit the
no later than at the beginning of the lecture following the one in
the exams are returned. You must write a brief note on the front page
attached to the front page of the exam explaining the possible error in
the grading. Do not make *any* changes or marks on the other pages
the examination. Portions of each examination are scanned or
You should be aware that any request for a regrade may result in a
of the entire exam. Therefore your total score may increase or decrease.
Your responsibilty: Check your
on the Webassign.com system every week or two and report any problems
to both the
instructor and the relevant TAs
Lab and exam grades should be recorded for your review within
one week from the date that papers are submitted for grading.
grades should be recorded within 24 hours of submission. Supplemental
should be recorded every two weeks or so. Grading problems that are
in a timely fashion will be investigated and, if action is warranted,
lecture and lab instructors may choose to ignore grading
that are not reported in a timely fashion.
- Lecture homework will be assigned and collected weekly through
- Tutorial homework will be assigned and collected in each
One problem from each assignment will be graded in detail, and will
to your score for tutorials.
- There may be computer projects assigned in the tutorial
are available in the Physics Study Center from 8:30am-5:20pm on
and at various other locations around campus.
The Physics Study Center
Students are encouraged to gather and work cooperatively in small
in the Physics Study Center located in room AM018 of PAB. (to reach the
Physics Study Center, go down the stairs that circle behind the
pendulum and proceed toward the end of the hall). Teaching assistants
be available for consultation during many portions of the day if your
group needs assistance, but staffing levels will not support much
individual attention. The Study Center is staffed from approximately
9:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays.
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