Current Topics module
Monday 3:30-5:00pm in 112 NSCI
Wednesday 11:30-1:30pm in 112 NSCI
Semester schedule (calendar)
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This syllabus is located at: http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu/494_spring_2015.html
Course Content: Current topics deals with current developments in Physics. We will be guided by the interest of the students plus Physics newsworths events. YUou will be given exposure to critical reading of Physics articles.
Prerequisites: Algebra, trigonometry and calculus will be used a little bit. Plus a bit of differential equations and a little PDEs. Reading skills will be used extensively.
No calculators may be used during exams. Otherwise, buy yourself a nice one. A basic, simple scientific calculator with trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions is all that you need.
Lectures: 1:00pm MWF in 204 NSCI. The lectures supplement but do not substitute for the reading. Lectures will cover the major topics, emphasizing and discussing the important points. They are not sessions to regurgitate material already written in the text. Your personal participation is important.
Homework: There will be approximately
one homework/reading assignment per week. The assignment will be given out (and posted
on the web and in the hall in front of my office) on Wednesdays and will be
due in on the following Friday in class. You are encouraged to work with others. These assignments help me assess your understanding of the material,
and will count toward your final grade.
Late work will not be accepted.
Presentation: You will give a brief (15 min) presentation on one of the topics/papers.
Last week/final week
Grading: The course grade will consist
of the following components (though I reserve the right to make grade adjustments
based on performance trends):
Presentation 33 % Homework/reading 33 % Participation 33 %
I grade on a curve however to satisfy university requirments, above 95% will
be at least an A, above 85% will be at least a B above 75% will be at least
a C, above 65% will be at least a D (in most cases the actual curve is significently
Contacting Me: I have office hours as listed above. You can drop by at other times if I'm not busy, or make an appointment. I am (almost) never available before class.
Special Needs: The Office of Disability Services implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and insures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and course materials. We will work with the Office of Disabilities Services (203 WHIT, 474-7043) to provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities.
Plagiarism etc: Plagiarism and cheating are matters of serious concern for students and academic institutions. This is true in this class as well. The UAF Honor Code (or Student Code of Conduct) defines academic standards expected at the University of Alaska Fairbanks which will be followed in this class. (Taken from the UAF plagiarism web site, which has many links with good information about this topic)
Complaints and Concerns: You are always welcome to talk to me about anything, however, if you have a non-subject matter question or concern that cannot be resolved by me, contact the department chair, Dr. Szuberla, Physics Department Office, room 102 NSCI.
Alternate References: To see the same
topics explained differently, try the following:
Here is a good web site on how to study physics which might be of interest and use: How to study physics
General Advice: Physics is not something you read and memorize, rather it is something you learn how to do. Try the following study procedure: