All worksheets should be completed in class and handed to a TA. In the event that you cannot complete the worksheet in time, you must get it either to Prof. Billinge, Duxbury or Andy by 5pm on the "due" date posted below for it to be counted towards your grade. It should be printed or attached to an email.

Worksheet
1, week of Jan 19th, due Jan 26th (pdf)

Worksheet 2, week of Jan 26th, due Feb 2nd (pdf)

Worksheet 3, week of Feb 2nd, due Feb 9th (pdf)

Worksheet 4, week of Feb 9th due Feb 16th (pdf)

Worksheet 5, week of Feb 16th, due Feb 23rd (pdf)

Worksheet 6, week of Feb 23rd, due Mar 1st (pdf)

Worksheet 7, week of March 1st, due Mar 15th (pdf)

March
8th - 12th Spring Break!

Worksheet 8, week of March 15th, due Mar 22nd (pdf)

Worksheet 9, week of Mar 22nd, due March 29th (pdf)

Worksheet 10, week of Mar 29th, due April 5th (pdf)

Worksheet 11, week of April 5th, due April 12th (pdf)

Worksheet 12, week of April 12th, due April 19th (pdf)

Mock Exam, week of April 19th, Mock Exam

Exam week of April 26th

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. It is quirky to learn, but if you spend the time to "get over the hump" and to become comfortable using it, it will be the gift that keeps on giving throughout your undergraduate career and beyond. You are therefore encouraged to get access to a computer with mathematica to practice and use it outside of class-time. This is the only way to get really over that hump! Student versions of mathematica are available to buy at the computer store. There is also an inexpensive MSU site-license if there is a university owned computer you have access to.

During PHY102 you will apply Mathematica to general physics problems. Some of the problems are drawn from material covered in PHY183 and/or PHY193H. The power of mathematica allows more complex problems to be solved than is possible using pen and paper. 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 2-3 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.

**Tuesdays 10:30 am -1:30 pm:
**Michael Geelhoed

Christopher Gonyea

Daniel Obrien

Bryan Nolan

Ramesh Bolneni

Christopher Mensinger

**Tuesdays 5-8 pm:**

Nur Abdhamid

David Asselin

Charles Kirkpatrick

Hayes Merritt

Joe Upton

Yoshitaro Takaesu

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.

The exam will be straightforward but timed. Successful students are those who have practiced enough so as to not run into problems with puzzling 'bugs' and "mathematic moments". Develop good programming practices early in the semester and you can avoid many of these hassles.

**1240 BPS:**

The computers in BPS1240 can be used for your 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**

by appointment. Please contact Prof. Duxbury or Prof. Billinge by email or
phone.