Announcements will be posted here during
the semester. Please refer to this web-page regularly.
Warning: If you are reading this on the Honors Program
website, then it is likely to be out of date. You are strongly encouraged to access
current PHY 2060 information on the Physics Department web site:
Please read the Syllabus thoroughly it contains much
Reading assignments are given on the Schedule, which also
gives the test days.
Assigned weekly homework is accessible through the
e-Learning website. Homework will be posted at least a week before it is due, except
for the very first assignment which will be posted by Thursday Aug. 22, our first
class meeting. Homework is typically due at the beginning of class on every Tuesday.
We go over the homework at the start of class on Tuesday's so no late homework will
If you are concerned if this is the proper course for you, then you might wish to
read the Math Self-assessment which is available following the
Miscellaneous link above.
Informative Frequently asked questions or what I like to call Excerpts
from Email are also available following the Miscellaneous link.
Starting on Tuesday Aug. 27, there will be a series of quizzes
given on each Tuesday so that you will be able to gauge whether or not this is the
proper physics course for you. The last of these trial quizzes will be on
September 17. If you are considering a transfer into PHY2048, you should discuss
that possibility with me as soon as possible. The transfer must be completed by
Monday Sept. 23, and you would then take the first midterm exam in PHY2048 during
the evening of Sept. 23.
There are two tests scheduled during the semester (see
the course schedule), and a final exam on Friday, December 13 at 7:30am.
There are no make-up tests.
We will be discussing various aspects of Einstein's Theory of
Relativity (typically referred to as "relativity" by physicists) throughout the
semester. This is always an interesting and challenging part of the course. If you
are interested and know a bit about relativity already, then I suggest taking a look
at an exceptionally good treatment of relativity available on line at
Taylor and Wheeler
What is available is about half of a book that was published when I was a freshman.
At that time I couldn't possibly believe that relativity had anything to do with the
real world---its quite surprising.