Physics 116 A, Autumn, 2011
GENERAL PHYSICS: ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OSCILLATORY MOTION
- Textbook: James Walker, Physics,
3 (custom edition for UW, available at U. Bookstore)
access is required for
homework and grade communication.
- Clickers required
for pop quizzes: H-ITT RF (not
infrared!) transmitter (available at U. Bookstore)
- Prerequisites: PHYS 114, 115; working knowledge of
high school algebra and basic trigonometry.
- Lectures: students will be responsible for all material
covered in lectures. Please ask questions in class, or email your
question to the class mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Quizzes: there will be at least 10 pop quizzes, so bring
your clicker every day. Only the best 8 scores will be used so you can
miss at least 2 quizzes without loss. The quiz questions will be very
easy if you have been paying attention in class.
You are responsible
for knowing how to use your clicker - we will have a practice quiz in
class. Please don't ask me to hand-enter your answer if your clicker's
battery dies or you otherwise unable to enter your response
- Homework: we will have at least 8 homework sets assigned,
collected and graded via WebAssign. Please check the class calendar for
due dates. Assignments are due before 5 pm on those days. WebAssign
will relentlessly refuse to accept your entries after the specified
However, you are very strongly advised to work out at least 10
additional problems in each chapter. The homework assignments are very
minimal and experience shows that students who spend time on homework
problems get better scores on exams. Also, some exam questions may be
very similar to end-of-chapter problems.
- Exams: there will be 3 midterm exams. Please see the course
calendar for dates and material covered. Your lowest midterm score will
be dropped, so you can miss one midterm without loss. Therefore, you
need not (and should not) notify me in any way if you have to miss one
midterm. However, please do not ask for permission to miss more than
- The final exam will be on December 12 at 2:30 pm. Plan your
holiday departure after this
required exam. If you miss the
final exam you will get an I=incomplete grade for the class, and will
have to make it up by taking the final exam of next term's 116 class.
The final will be designed to be done in 1 hour, although you may have
the full 2 hour period to work on it. The final will be half on
material covered in class after the last midterm, and half on material
covered in the midterms.
All exams will come with a cover page giving all possible formulas
needed (and many not needed) for the exam. Of course you may not
communicate with anyone in or out of the room during an exam, or use
any electronic device. Please recognize that any variety of cheating
will not help you, and since we have seen them all before, will
probably get you into serious trouble, up to and including expulsion
- Study center: please make use of the Physics Study Center,
located in room AM008, on the mezzanine level of the A wing of the
Physics Astronomy building. The room is open at all times the building
is open, 8am to 7pm weekdays. TAs and faculty will be on hand to answer
your questions most of the time betwen 9:30 am and 4:30 pm weekdays.
You are encouraged to study with fellow students to learn more! (Of
course, homework submissions must be your own work.)
- Common courtesy: Civil behavior is expected in class. The
basic rule is, do not get in the way of other students who want to pay
attention. Cell phones must be turned off while in class. People who
want to chat with another student, or play games or watch videos on a
laptop, will be asked to leave the room.