Physics 20400 GH-GH3
Instructor: Prof. Hernán A. Makse, Steinman Hall ST1M-12
Class schedule: M W 5:00-6:40 PM, in MR4
Office hours: Tu 4:00-6:00 PM in Levich Institute, Steinman Hall ST1M-12
Textbook: Physics, ANY Edition
by Cutnell and Johnson. Vol 1 and 2. Suggested problems refer to 8th edition posted in the website of the course.
TA office hours: TBA
Date: Reading assignment Suggested Problems
Numbering refers to 8th edition (7th ed)
Problems and solutions posted in website
Jan. 29(M) CH 16: Waves CH 16: 14,26,29,28 (14,24,26,27)
Jan 31(W) CH 16
Feb 5(M)-7(W) CH 17: Superposition CH 17:8,7,29,33,41 (6,7,23,29,35)
12(M) College close. Lincoln's Birthday
14(W) CH 18: Electric Force CH18:21,72,35,37,71,25 (17,18,29,31,63,67)
19(M) College close. President’s Day
20(Tu) Monday schedule: CH 19
21(W) CH 19: Electric Potential CH 19: 19,21,27,39 (16,18,23,32)
26(M) TEST 1: CH 16-19 (To be confirmed)
28(W) Ch 20: Electric circuits
March 5(M) CH 20: Electric circuits CH 20:6,43,55,64,66,65,71 (7,43,53,58,60,61,65)
7(W) CH 21
12(M)-14 CH 21: Magnetic force CH 21:1,7,15,23,78,39,47 (5,6,11,21,30,34,41) 19(M)-21 CH 22: Induction CH 22:5,16,72,77,36,35,25 (5,16,18,23,30,31,69)
26(M) CH 23: AC currents and CH 24: Electromagnetic waves
28(W) CH 25: Mirrors CH 25: 38,5,23,37,40,38 (4,5,16,17,18,22)
April 30(F)-6(F) SPRING BREAK
9(M) Test 2. CH 20-25 (to be confirmed)
11(W) Friday schedule
16(M) CH 26: Refraction CH 26: 12,20,107,3 (11,18,27,28)
18(W) CH 27: Interference CH 27: 55,9,25,27,32 (2,7,19,22,27)
23-25 CH 28: Special Relativity CH 28: 2,43,15,14,27,29,40 (2,9,12,14,24,27)
30(M) Particles and waves
May 2(W) CH 29: Particles and waves CH 29: 47,11,48,49,40 (7,8,24,28)
7(M) Test 3. CH 26-29 (to be confirmed) 9(W) CH 30: Atoms
14(M) CH 30: Atoms CH 30: 10,13,15,18,23,27,29 (10,12,14,16,21,23,26) 16(W) Final Review
18-24 Final Exam includes all the material covered in the lectures.
Course description: For majors in the life sciences (biology, medicine, dentistry, psychology, physical therapy) and for liberal arts students. Fundamental ideas and laws of physics including: waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, quantum mechanics and nuclear physics. Emphasis is on the basic principles and general laws. Use of math is restricted to algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
Reading assignment: This is the text material that will be covered in
class each day. You should read the indicated Chaprters in the textbook
before coming to class.
Homework: The homework is optional and it will not be collected in class. It is strongly recommended to do all the homework material. Problems and solutions are posted in the website of the course.
Lab: All lab experiments must be done to pass the course. Labs take place in MR
407 N. Confirm the exact room and start date at the Physics Department.
Exams: There will be three midterm exams and one final exam (140 min).
The midterms exams and final exam will include only material covered in class.
You are allowed to bring a sheet of paper (only one) with equations to the exams (midterms and final). This policy is subject to change during the semester and it will updated/cancelled as needed. The lowest grade of the midterms will be dropped.
No make-up will be given for any exam under any circumstances.
Grades: Student final grade will be based on the following components:
Best Midterm 1 30%
Best Midterm 2 30%
Final exam 40%
Extra help: A Tutoring/Recitation lab will be available at the Physics Dept starting. Please see schedule at the Physics Department. Homework problems can be also discussed with the Teaching Assistant during his/her office hours.