Physics 104 - How Things Work - Spring, 1999

Course Policy

Class Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3:15 - Room 0405 Physics
Required Reading: How Things Work: the Physics of Everyday Life by Louis A. Bloomfield
Instructor: Jordan A. Goodman, Professor of Physics
Office: Physics Room 4328
Office Telephone: 301-405-6033
FAX: (301) 699-9195
Electronic Mail: goodman@umdgrb.umd.edu
Office Hours: I do not post specific office hours, but I am generally around from 8:30am until 6pm. Feel free to stop by my office on the fourth floor of the physics building.
Teaching Assistant: I will post information about the TA here when it becomes available.
World-Wide Web: http://umdgrb.umd.edu/~goodman/physics104.html
Course Work: Homework Problem Sets (15% of Course Grade)
2 Hour Exam (20% each of Course Grade - 40% Total) 
1 Term Paper (20% of Course Grade)
1 Final Exam (25% of Course Grade) 
A. Problem Sets: Homework questions will require independent thought on your part in order to answer them correctly. You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with one another, but must write up your answers separately and in your own words. Points will be deducted from your homework grade if you use someone else's words or allow them to use your words. 
Late homework will have points deducted. No homework will be accepted after the solutions are posted.
B. Term Paper: An original discussion of how something works. Term paper may be written individually or in a group of 2 or 3 people. 

Length for Individual Term Paper: 1500-1750 words (approximately 5 typed, double-spaced pages of text). 

Length for a Group Term Paper: 3000-3500 words (approximately 10 typed, double-spaced pages of text). 

Additional pages detail what is expected in a term paper, a list of topics used by previous students, a list of topics that are not permitted, and a sample grading sheet for the term paper

You do not need to get my permission when selecting a topic but I will be glad to assist you up until Tuesday, April 20, 1999. The term paper is due on Tuesday, April 27, 1999, 2:00pm. 

C. Hour Exams: Two seventy-minute, closed-book, in-class examinations given on Thursday March 4, 1999 and Tuesday April 13 at 2:00pm-3:15pm. 

The exam will emphasize understanding of concepts so that memorization will be far less valuable for answering the questions than for basic insight into how things work. 

D. Final Exam: A two-hour, closed-book examination given during Finals Week. 

The exam will emphasize understanding of concepts so that memorization will be far less valuable for answering the questions than for basic insight into how things work. 

Late Policy: Specific grade deductions for late work and final deadlines are discussed on the list of course rules. Exceptions for illness, family illness or death, or religious holidays must be obtained in advance. You must contact me before something is due or before you miss an examination. 
Grading Information: Course grades will be based strictly on your numerical scores for the semester. 
Work not turned in or tests not taken will receive a zero (0 pts), far worse that a failing grade (typically 30 pts or more).