|PHYS-470: Selected Topics in Physics: Historical Physics from a Modern Perspective|
SYLLABUS - Fall 2011
|Class:||T, Thur: 4 pm - 5:15 pm, CNS 204|
|To learn physics you must do physics.
Doing physics does not entail listening to me lecture for hours on
end. Doing physics is thinking about and applying concepts, problem
solving skills, and mathematical tools. This course will require you
to be an active participant, which will result in a more enjoyable
and rewarding course for you and me. Listening to someone talk about
physics might be fun, but doing physics is definitely fun. PS ( You
will have to listen to me talk some of the time, but I reserve these
moments to help you better understand the physics.)
|Homework:||Tackling homework problems is an essential part of learning physics. This is when you get to practice quantitative problem solving. Note that some of these homeworks may be different than the traditional set of exercise, but more like technical reports.|
|Exams:||This course has one final exam that will cover the entire course.|
|Topic Presentation :||
Each student will be asked to present on a topic we are studying. You will be graded for your presentation of a topic using a rating system of
0.0 pts: Not Prepared
|Class Participation :||
This course will use a mix of lecture, discussion, and problem solving. You will be expected to actively participate by doing the assigned reading and assignments before class so that you are prepared to actively participate during in class activities. During the course of the semester you will receive periodic updates from me about my evaluation of your class participation so that you can adjust your participation if necessary.
Based on results from previous terms, it is expected that the final grade cut-offs will be approximately:
|Emergencies:||If at any point during the semester you have an emergency that interferes with your active participation in this course please let me know as soon as possible. If you let me know of problems before a due date I can often find a solution to satisfy both of us. Dealing with a problem after a due date is very difficult.|
Pages written by Michael Rogers and updated on 01-SEP-2011 at the Ithaca College Physics Department in Ithaca, NY.