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Physics 180B

Instructor: Tony DiMauro
Office: P-236
Office Hrs: MF 10-12  MF 1-2   T-TH 3-4
Dates: January 22, 2009 to May 13, 2009
Required Text: Physics, Young and Geller,
8 th ed. with Mastering Physics


Expectations and Outcomes

Tests Questions and Problems
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October 24, 2009

Study Guide for Test 4

I want to make myself available on MTW for everyone. Please see me if you need to.
I will have office hours on

Monday from 8-10 am for personal appointments only. Just drop by.
Monday from 10-11:45 am for homework or problem solving.
Monday from 1:45-3 pm for problem solving or individual appointments.

Tuesday from 10-11 am for personal appointments. Just drop in.

If you need to see me in private please say so and we can meet in private. I am also available over email for any individual problems. Please email me soon.


Physics Links

Univ. Toronto Flash
Physics Cartoons
The Laws of Physics for Cartoons

Physics Applets
Multimedia Physics Simulations
Newtonian Mountain
Fowler's Animations
Physics 2000
General Physics Applets

What's New in Physics Education
U.C. Berkeley Physics Lecture Demonstrations
The Physical Universe
Periodic Table
Physics Timeline

Timeline of Nobel Prize Winners
History of Physics
The Discovery of Global Warming
Good Animations

Fourier Transforms


P180B Class Requirements

12 MP Homework Assignments

60 total points
30 MP HW points per chapter  = 5 grade points for each chapter

Mastering Physics Online Homework Set-up
When registering: Your Course ID is: P180BSPRING2009 
Please use your real name, you will also need to create a login name and a password.
Important: For your MP student ID use your SDSU RedID number

If you submit information that is wrong your scores will not count.

4 inClass Practices

30 pts.
each (120 pts) (35 minutes)
These Practices will help to keep you on target.

4 Tests

60 pts. each  (360 pts ) (75 minutes)
Test make-up consists of Questions and Problems
No dropped tests
but if the class remains small I will offer a second Test date.
Test dates are established below. Please make personal arrangements accordingly.

Total Points - 420

Big Bang
Six Evil Geniues
Peer Instruction
Error Determination

Mass Spectrometry
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Electric Forces and Fields

Chapter 17
Jan 22-27-29
Electric Charge and Field

Electric Fields

Chapter 18
Feb 3-5
Electric Potential

Chapter 19
Feb 10-12
Electric Current/Resistance

  Practice 1 - Tue. Feb. 3, 2009 Test 1 - Tue. Feb. 17, 2009
Chapter 20
Feb 19-24-26
Magnet Fields and Forces

Chapter 21
Mar 3-5-10
Electromagnetic Induction

  Practice 2 - Thu. Feb. 26, 2009       Test 2 - Thu. Mar 12, 2009  

Chapter 23
Mar 17-19
Sections 1,2,3,6,7,8
Electromagnetic Waves

Chapter 24-25
Mar 24-26 Apr 7
Geometric Optics / Optical Instruments

Chapter 26
Apr 9-14
Interference and Diffraction

  Practice 3 - Tue Mar. 24, 2009 Test 3 - Thu. Apr. 16, 2009
bring a ruler to the test
Modern Physics
Chapter 27
Apr 21-23-28
Einstein's Special Relativity

Chapter 28
Apr 30 - May 5
Quantum Physics
Photons Electrons and Atoms

Chapter 30
May 7-12
Nuclear / High Energy Physics

  Practice 4 - Tue. Apr. 28, 2009     Test 4 - Thu. May 11, 2009
 Why Physics is so much fun --- I, II, III, I, V, VI, VII, VIII
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