PHYSICS 193H                                                   Spring 1997

Honors Physics I - Mechanics


Class Organization:

The class meets on M,T,W, and Th at 12:40 to 1:30 PM.
On M, T, and Th there will be lectures in Room 120, Physics/Astronomy building. On Wed, the class is split into two sections for problem solving sessions (and an occasional quiz).  Students in section 1 will stay in Room 120 PA with Prof. Schmidt and those in section 2 will have the session in Room 275 Giltner with Prof. Cowen.


     Lecturer:  Carl Schmidt
                Room:         216A P/A
                Telephone:    432-0192 
                Office hours: Thurs 1:50-3:50
                              Fri 3:00-5:00

     Problem Sessions:

                Carl Schmidt  (see above) 

                Jerry Cowen
                Room:         1 P/A 
                Telephone:    355-9714
                Office hours: Wed 1:30-3:30 (Rm 108 P/A)

     Grader:    Wei-Rong Zhu
                Office hours: Thurs 1:30-3:30 (Rm 108 P/A)


     PHYSICS for Scientists and Engineers
     Fishbane, Gasiorowicz, and Thornton
     Prentice Hall, 1995
     2nd Edition

Course Description:

Physics 193H is the first semester of a two semester physics course in Honors Physics.  It is intended for anyone who really wants to know how things work and who enjoys the mathematics necessary for a deeper understanding of the physical world.  The prerequisites are MTH 133 or MTH 153H, taken previously or concurrently.  During the first semester we will cover classical mechanics and waves.  Follow this link to the course syllabus.

Grading Procedure:

    3 Hour Exams (at 12% each)                        ~36%
    Problem Sessions                                  ~34%
          (including graded problems and quizzes)
    Final Exam                                        ~30%

Problem Sets:

The best way to learn physics is to work out problems.  We will be assigning a number
of problems each week.  Roughly 2/3 of the problems will be given using the CAPA
(Computer-Assisted Personalized Approach) system.  Follow this link for instructions on using CAPA in this course.  The remaining problems will have traditional handwritten solutions. Collaboration is encouraged on all the problems.  Discussing problems with others is a great way to learn, but don't just copy them or you'll regret it at exam time.

Office hours will be arranged for those who have questions on the problems.  In addition, sample problems will be worked out in class and during the weekly problem sessions.

1. Week 1 - No-Grade Quiz, Due Monday Jan. 13

2. Week 2 - Problem Set, Due Monday Jan. 20

3. Week 3 - Problem Set, Due Monday Jan. 27

4. Week 4 - Problem Set, Due Monday Feb. 3

5. Week 5 - No Problem Set, Hour Exam #1 on Thursday Feb. 6

6. Week 6 - Problem Set, Due Monday Feb. 17

7. Week 7 - Problem Set, Due Monday Feb. 24

8. Week 8 - Problem Set, Due Friday Feb. 28

9. Week 9 - Spring Break

10. Week 10 - Problem Set, Due Monday Mar. 17

11. Week 11 - No Problem Set, Hour Exam #2 on Thursday March 20

12. Week 12 - Problem Set, Due Monday Mar 31

13. Week 13 - Problem Set, Due Monday Apr 7

14. Week 14 - Problem Set, Due Monday Apr 14

15. Week 15 - No Problem Set, Hour Exam #3 on Thursday April 17

Other Links:

This web page is maintained by Carl Schmidt.
Updated: 1997.01.08 (Wednesday) 17:53:54 EST