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Course Description:

The course gives an introduction to electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics with an emphasis on conceptual understanding rather than lengthy calculations.



Chapters 19-30 of Technical Physics (4 ed.) by Bueche/Wallace, John Wiley and Sons. (required text)

Other Recommended Texts:

Feynman Lectures on Physics (available from Caltech website for reading online)


Required materials:


Required work:


Grading policy:

Hour exams: 2 x 24% = 48%, Final: 32%, HITT Quizzes 20%. Students are responsible for all announcements made in class.

There will be no "extra credit" under any circumstances unless specified explicitly in the assignment.   Letter grades will be assigned using a strict uncurved distribution according to the numerical score 
Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D E
Total Score 100-91 90-85 84-80 79-73 72-65 64-58 57-50 49-45 44-40 39-35 34-0

Makeup/late policy:   There will be only one make-up exam (see the schedule). The make-up exam will have material from the subjects covered in two in-class exams. Students can take this exam with the understanding that the result of this exam will replace the lower score of the previous two in-class exams. Your make-up exam score will replace your lowest in-class exam even though the make-up score is lower than those. Final exam conflicts with other exams will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

You are responsible for all material covered in the textbook and in class, including any announcements  made or special handouts distributed in class.   If you must be absent during a given lab or lecture, check with a friend to make sure you know what was covered.




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