These power-tools allow us to study problems which are not tractable using analytic mathematics (the usual kind). As with all power-tools, they can also be used as labor saving devices to help solve problems that do have analytic solutions (i.e., homework problems!). This course (PHY102) concentrates on the use of Mathematica. Mathematica solves mathematical problems and it includes a versatile graphical interface which allows you to visualize the solutions as well. Mathematica can find solutions to algebraic equations, it can do calculus and it can evaluate equations numerically. It is a very powerful and useful general purpose program.

During PHY102 you will apply Mathematica to physics problems drawn from
material covered in PHY183 and/or PHY193H, sometimes even during the same
week of class. In addition to the algebraically solvable problems typically
assigned in courses, you will also solve more complex problems numerically.
Examples include the non-linear pendulum, motion in a gravitational field
and chaos in simple maps. A weekly worksheet forms the core of the course.
You should set aside at least 2 hours per week to work through the worksheet.
You are required to attend one lab session per week in Room 346, Giltner
Hall, that will be staffed by a TA. Normally the completed worksheets
will be handed in at the end of this session. Worksheets not completed
in class will be accepted up until 5pm on the Monday following the week
when the worksheet was assigned. Printed copies of the worksheet
should be left in Prof. Billinge's mailbox or delivered to his office.
Under special circumstances an extension can be granted if arrangements
are made with Prof. Billinge BEFORE the deadline passes. Situations
like these will be handled on a case by case basis but **worksheets won't
be accepted after the deadline if you have not obtained prior permission**.
Remember, your course grade-point drops by 0.5 for each worksheet not completed
and handed in on time (see below)! Beyond the worksheets, there will
be no homework assignments for the course.

Lab sessions will be arranged to fit your schedules in the first week of classes. Please contact Prof. Billinge if you have any questions.

Jason Felton, Alex Hawley, Bridgette Jackson, Beth Purdue, Peter Redl

**Tuesdays 6-9 pm,** Instructor Dave Oostdyk (Oostdyk@pa.msu.edu)

Dustin Baker, Erin Henderson, Matt Nemeth, Joseph Paul, Richard Perez,
Mark Rathwell, Greg Sliwka,Kelly Wronkowicz

**Thursdays 1:30-4:30,** Instructor Simon Billinge (Billinge@pa.msu.edu)

Charles Armstrong, Leslie Boker, Laura Chapin, Matthew Gibbons, Joshua
Hubbell, Robert Quigley

You should set aside at least 2 hours per week to work through the weekly
worksheet.

Less than two questions complete -> 0.0

Between two and four questions complete -> 0.5

Four or more questions complete -> 1.0

The lab. exam will be scheduled during your usual assigned lab slot.

Worksheet 2, week of Jan 22nd, due Jan 29th (postscript), Solutions (postscript)

Worksheet 3, week of Jan 29th, due Feb 5th (postscript), Solutions (postscript)

Worksheet 4, week of Feb 5th due Feb 12th (postscript), Solutions (postscript), example/demo (postscript)

Worksheet 5, week of Feb 12th, due Feb 19th (postscript), Solutions (postscript)

Worksheet 6, week of Feb 19th, due Feb 26th (postscript), Solutions (postscript)

Worksheet 7, week of Feb 26th, due Mar 12th (postscript), Solutions (postscript)

March 5th - 9th Spring Break!

March 12-16th Computer Labs Cancelled!

Worksheet 8, week of Mar 19th, due Mar 26th (postscript), Solutions (postscript)

Worksheet 9, week of Mar 26th, due April 2nd (postscript), Solutions (postscript)

Worksheet 10, week of April 2nd, due April 9th (postscript), Solutions (postscript)

Worksheet 11, week of April 9th, due April 16th (postscript), Solutions (postscript)

Worksheet 12, week of April 16th, Mock Exam, solutions (postscript)

Exam week of April 23rd

**346 Giltner:**

You will find that 346 Giltner is open at other times than those listed
above. In general, as long as the room is open you are welcome to
go in and use the computers for your PHY102 classwork but remember that
other classes use the lab and outside of our regular lab-times you are
a guest. If another instructor needs the computer or is lecturing
you may be asked to leave. Needless to say these computers are subject
to the Physics Department and the University acceptable use policies:

http://www.ps.msu.edu/reference/msupa_acc_use_policy.html

**Office Hours**

Please call (353-8697) or email (billinge@pa.msu.edu)
me for an appointment or just drop by my office.

I will also be available to answer questions and help out Thursdays
8-11 am. Try

to find me in 346 Giltner first, and failing that my office.