Worksheet 2, week of Jan 20nd, due Jan 29th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

Worksheet 3, week of Jan 27th, due Feb 5th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

Worksheet 4, week of Feb 3th due Feb 12th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf), example/demo (postscript)

Worksheet 5, week of Feb 10th, due Feb 19th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

Worksheet 6, week of Feb 17th, due Feb 26th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

Worksheet 7, week of Feb 24th, due Mar 12th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

March 3th - 7th Spring Break!

Worksheet 8, week of March 10th, due Mar 19th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

Worksheet 9, week of Mar 17th, due March 26th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

Worksheet 10, week of Mar 24th, due April 2nd (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

Worksheet 11, week of March 31st, due April 9th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

Worksheet 12, week of April 7th, due April 16th (postscript | pdf), Solutions (pdf)

Mock Exam, week of April 14th, Mock Exam, solutions (pdf)

Exam week of April 21st

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. 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 1240, Bio-medical Physical Sciences Building,
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 (put it
under the door if I am not there). 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.

Mary Bramble

Jonathon Cook

Paige Hatcher

Curtis Hunt

Ravi Jagasia

Lee Mayers

Ryan Smith

Ron Ziehmer

**Friday 5-8 pm:**

John Bedtelyon

John Boguslawski

Stephanie Brandl

Jonathan Delauter

David Hartley

Kenneth Hayes

Nichole Ulibarri

Allen Weaver

You should set aside at least 2 hours per week to work through the weekly
worksheet, though more may be required.

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.

**1240 BPS:**

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

**Please do not use the computers and the printer in 1240BPS for
things not related to your PHY102 classwork.**

**Office Hours**

Please call (355-9200x2202) or email (billinge@pa.msu.edu) me for an appointment
or just drop by my office. You can also catch me during my appearances
during class-time.