Physics 196


The mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with similar energy. It would not perhaps be too fanciful to say that a new idea is the most quickly acting antigen known to science. If we watch ourselves honestly we shall often find that we have begun to argue against a new idea even before it has been completely stated. Wilfred Batten Lewis Trotter

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Physics 196

Instructor: Tony DiMauro
Office: P236

Office Hrs
: T-Th (2-3 pm)
and M-W-F (10-11:30 am)
Dates: September 3, 2008 to December 12, 2008
Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers,
Serway and Jewitt, 7th ed. and WebAssign
(the 6th Edition will be ok if you have it.)
A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations, Fleisch


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Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:52 PM

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P196 Class Requirements

12 of 12 WebAssign Homework Assignments

10 pts. each (120 pts)
online homework (you must complete 40 points or above)

You need to self-register using this class key

3 Unit Tests

120 pts. each  (360 pts ) (75 minutes)
Test make-up consists of 10-13 Questions and Problems
Test dates are established below. Please make personal arrangements accordingly.

Comprehensive Test

120 pts.  (75 minutes)
Test make-up consists of 10-13 Questions and Problems
I will drop the lowest grade from ALL 4 tests.

Total Class Points - 480

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Electric and Magnetic Fields

Chapter 23

Sept 2-4-9
Electric Fields
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Chapter 24
Sept 11-16
Gauss's Law
Sections 1,2,3,4,5

Chapter 25
Sept 18-23
Electric Potential
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Chapter 26
Sept 25-30
Capacitance and Dielectrics
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6

Test 1 - Thu. Oct. 2, 2008

Chapter 27

Oct 7-9
Current and Resistance
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6

Chapter 28
Oct 14-16
Direct Current Circuits
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6

Chapter 29
Oct 21-23-28
Magnetic Fields
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6

Chapter 30
Oct 30-Nov 4-7
Sources of Magnetic Fields
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Test 2.3 - Thu. Nov. 13 , 2008

Chapter 31

Nov 13-18
Faraday's Law
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Chapter 32

Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6

Chapter 33
Dec 2-4
Alternating Current Circuits
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Chapter 34
Dec 9
ElectroMagnetic Waves
Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6

Test 3 - Thu. Dec. 11, 2008

Comprehensive Final
Thu. Dec. 18, 2008

time: 1030-1230

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Physics 196 Test 1 Analysis

Basic Problems: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,11,12,14,15,16,18 -- Total time: 50 min
Medium Problems: 8,10,13,17,19-- Total time: 30 min
DRS Problem: 20 -- Total time: 15 min

I gave everyone 95 minutes on Thursday and 15 minutes on Tuesday. The reason I gave the extra 15 minutes is to allow yu to gather your thoughts and try to finish 3 or 4 basic problems, 2 medium problems or the DRS problem.

I would agree that the test was long. No doubt. But even so, the average should have still been higher that it was. You can argue that you could not complete some problems because of the time constraint. OK, so how many problems could not be done in the time allotted?

Let's break it down. How about if you did not do problem #13? That was a medium problem worth 5 points. How about problem #10 with all the Gaussian diagrams to complete worth 10 points? And, problem #17, the one with two spheres at the same potential worth 10 points? And, let's say you only got the diagram done on the DRS. This would have saved you ~25 minutes. So, 35 total points were left unfinished.

The scores for an average student should have been between 60-75 points! For a well-prepared student, the scores should have been between 75-90 points. For an A student your scores should have been near 90-105.

Why didn't everyone get at least 67 points? Why shouldn't 67 points be the lowest score in the class? There was certainly enough time to correctly complete 67 points in 80 minutes! There were ~70 basic points on the test. If you got less than 70 points, time was NOT a constraint. But rather, preparation for the test was the restraint.

If you scored 75-80 points, time was a constraint. That's why I wanted to give the extra 15 minutes to get more points. Look!

To get an A- on the test you need to get ~94 test pts + my 8 FP = 102 pts
To get an B- on the test you need to get ~75 test pts + my 8 FP = 84 pts
To get an C on the test you need to get ~67 test pts + my 5 FP = 72 pts
To get an D on the test you need to get ~50 test pts + my 5 FP = 54 pts

Next test think ahead, use strategery. You know your study habits and your abilities. Aim for 70 points. In other words you can skip 50 points! Oh my goodness! You could forget doing most medium problems and the DRS problem! And, still get a B- in the class. What a great idea. And, of course, everyone should be completing the homework and getting all the points. Those points add up and allow for more cushion. Hmmm. . .did you think this through?

My strategy for the next test is to get chapters 27 and 28 out of the way. Your next test will mostly cover concepts and problems from chapters 29 and 30. We will do more problems in class for the next few lectures. Be there. This is your chance to talk to your classmates. Everyone should be working in a study group.

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