Policies and Information

Spring, 2000


General Information

Maurice Barnhill

Sharp Lab 224.
Enter Sharp Lab from the mall, come up the stairs, go right, and go to the last office on the right before the jog in the hall. If the door is open, I am in the building somewhere. Check for notes.

Office hours:
Any time I am in the office. My schedule is frequently updated. To get a promise that I will be present at a given time, see me after class or send me E-MAIL .

List of students, Spring 2000

  1. I can be reached at mvb@udel.edu .

  2. I read mail at least twice each weekday and sometimes on weekends as well.

  3. Much of the material for this course will be available on the World Wide Web. The address for this home page is http://www.udel.edu/mvb/ps208hp.html .

Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, fifth edition (Wiley)


Homework rules:
Work in groups. However, the final paper you hand in you should write up yourself. If you can't finish a problem, give me your scrap work rather than nothing and you will get most of the credit for the problem. You may hand in your paper at the end of the discussion section so that you can take notes on the paper. Your notes must be in a different color from your work so that I know which is which. If after the discussion section you still do not understand what you did wrong on a problem, mark that problem for me (or perhaps a grader) to read carefully and comment on.

Exam rules:
Do your own work. No notes, books, etc. are allowed. If you bring a calculator, it must have nothing stored in memory at the beginning of the test. (I will give you any numerical constants that you need.) Calculators will be allowed only for exams which have at least one numerical problem.

Very important. You are preparing to be scientists and engineers, and both science and engineering would collapse if their practitioners were not rigorously honest.

Grading system:
There will be three one-hour exams, and the lowest grade will be weighted half what the other two are. I do this by calculating the average all three possible ways and taking the best final result. I will give you a specific grade scale for each exam, so you will know exactly where you stand at all times. The grade weights are

15% (but attendance at lab is required
for a passing grade.)
2 Higher Exams 24% each
Lowest exam 12%
Final/project 20%

Reading the text:
Please skim each chapter before we take it up in class.

What is different about the Honors section:

  1. I use the appropriate mathematics for a given topic, even if you haven't gotten to it in math classes [rare, happily]. If I use any math that you haven't seen, tell me immediately, and I will go over it until everyone is satisfied that they understand it.

  2. We will go into much of the physics at greater depth than I would attempt in a regular class.

  3. I will spend an average of half a lecture a week talking about topics in current science, as often as possible something which has become known within the last few months. You will not be held responsible for this material on exams. If you would like for me to talk about something in particular, ask me; if your question is not in a field I know I will do my best to learn enough about it to explain it. Occasionally I may ask other people from the Department to talk about things of special interest to them.

  4. If you do reasonably well in your hour exams, you will have an opportunity, if you wish, to work on a project rather than taking a final exam.

Last revised 2000/01/05