Lecture Instructor: Matt DePies
Office: PAB B221, Phone:email better
Office Hours See course website. Also available by appointment in my office.
Lecture Hall: B109 in the B wing of the Physics and Astronomy Building
Lecture schedule: MTWF PAB B109 12:00-1:00 pm
Tentative Weekly Course Schedule:
<>The schedule for Phys 322 is available on the
This will be followed as closely as possible, and changes will be announced as necessary.
Welcome to the second quarter of three Electricity and Magnetism courses at the University of Washington. You should find this course quite challenging, and the expenditure of time required to fully grasp the subject should be high. That said, you should also find that your mathematical and physics abilities greatly increased by the effort.
Classical Electromagnetic theory is one of the great stepping stones to modern physics, thus this class lays the foundation for more advanced classes. In particular, A. Einstein's work in electrodynamics led him ultimately to his Theory of Relativity.
Maxwell's collection of equations is also a powerful example of what is known as a unified theory. In this case it connects the electric field with the magnetic field in a single theoretical framework. This model has proved to be one of the great achievements in human intellectual development.
Given that this is Summer Quarter, there are several things to be aware of. One is that there are only nine weeks and each lecture is one hour long, rather than fifty minutes. Second is that the final exam is only one hour long, rather than the typical two hours.
The final course grade is based on the two midterms, the final exam, HW, and possibly lecture exercises. 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 radio frequency response system and/or the supplemental homework related to the lecture. All percentages discussed in the policy statement and in the summary below are used to determine your raw grade, before this adjustment is applied.
Midterm exams: [20% ea] There will be two closed-book midterm exams. Each midterm will emphasize recent material, but may include questions dealing with topics from far earlier in the course. The exams will include both multiple choice and essay-style questions. 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 only) to each midterm. Calculators are permitted. Cell phones, radios, etc. are not permitted. Laptop computers are not permitted, and the use of the text-storage capability now available on many calculators is not permitted. Exams are to be your own work; you are not permitted to collaborate with 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, unless sufficient advanced notice is given. Students with outside professional, service, or career commitments (i.e. military service, ROTC, professional conference presentation, NCAA sports, etc.) conflicting exactly with the exam dates must contact the instructor early in the quarter to establish alternate examination procedures. Students who miss an exam without making prior arrangements with the lecture instructor will drop that exam score. Except for extreme circumstances, a final grade of 0.0 may be assigned to any student who misses two midterm exams.
Final Exam: [25%] A one-hour closed-book comprehensive final exam worth 25% of the final raw grade will take place on the final Friday of class. This examination will cover material from the entire course. 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 use 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 permitted to collaborate with any other person. The Physics department reserves the right to ask for valid identification from any student during examinations. A final grade of 0.0 may be assigned to any student who does not take the final exam.
Exam Re-grades: If you believe that the points on the examination were incorrectly totaled or if there is a gross error in the grading, you may return an exam for regrading. To do so, you must resubmit the examination no later than at the beginning of the lecture following the one in which the exams are returned. You must write a brief note on the front page or 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 of the examination. Portions of each examination are scanned or photocopied. You should be aware that any request for a regrade may result in a regrading of the entire exam. Therefore your total score may increase or decrease.
Homework: [30-35%] Lecture
homework will be assigned and collected weekly. It is to be
turned in at the beginning of class and will not be accepted
late. It will count towards 25% of your raw score. The
absolute importance of homework in learning this subject
cannot be overemphasized! Please note that for HW the
most important aspect will be the work you show, not
necessarily the answer. Particularly creative or novel
(correct) approaches will be rewarded with higher scores.
Your responsibilty: Check your grades on the MyUW Catalyst system every week or two and report any problems to the lecture instructor immediately. Exam and homework grades should be recorded for your review within one week from the date that papers are submitted for grading. Supplemental HW, if assigned, should be recorded every two weeks or so. Grading problems that are reported in a timely fashion will be investigated and, if action is warranted, corrected. The lecture instructor may choose to ignore grading complaints that are not reported in a timely fashion.
Students are encouraged to gather and
work cooperatively in small groups 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 Foucault pendulum and
proceed toward the end of the hall). Teaching assistants will be
available for consultation during many portions of the day if your
study 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.
Attendance Policy: Since participation is vital for a successful experience, please arrive on time for class. Late arrivals interrupt our in-progress activities and discussions. If you must miss a class session, let the instructor know as soon as possible so that you can make up the work that you miss. DO NOT ARRIVE LATE TO CLASS!
Incompletes: University rules state that “an incomplete is given only when the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work until within two weeks at the end of the quarter and has furnished proof satisfactory to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control.” We strongly discourage incompletes.
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