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PHY 142: Electricity & Magnetism (Honors)
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Fall 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009 

The final exam has been graded. The average was a 63 with a standard deviation of 17. You can see the histogram of scores on the Exams page, and you can see your own score on Blackboard.
The solutions to the final exam have also been posted on the Exams page.
Class final grades will be entered into the registrar's system on Monday.
Have a good break!
Thursday, December 10, 2009 

All lecture notes are now available on the Calendar page.
I will be available all next week. If you have questions, please feel free to email me them, or email to set up a time to meet.
Good luck on the final exam!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 

Please fill out the online course evaluation form by going to http://www.rochester.edu/registrar/ and clicking on the Course Evaluation link. Your username is your NetID and your password is your NetID password. Your feedback is important to us! Your evaluation must be submitted by Dec. 22.
I will not be available during my usual office hour this Thursday. Please feel free to email me if you have questions or wish to set up a time to meet.
The Final Exam will take place Saturday, December 19, from 4  7 pm in Hoyt Auditorium. The Final counts 35% towards your final course grade. You will be allowed to bring one cheat sheet to the exam. The cheat sheet must be a regular 8.5"x11" sheet of lined paper, with one line of writing per one line on the page. You may write on both sides of the paper. You should bring a scientific or graphing calculator  please check your batteries before the exam as we will not have any calculators to loan out. On the exam there will be one question on electromagnetic induction, one question on ac circuits, and one question on electromagnetic waves or other phenomena related to the complete Maxwell equations. There will then be in addition one or two problems that can draw on content covered anywhere during the semester. The type of questions will hopefully be similar to those asked on inclass Exam 2.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 

Solutions to Problem Set 10 are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 26 are posted on the Calendar page.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 

Notes through lecture 24 are now posted on the Calendar page.
Monday, November 30, 2009 

The last two problems of Problem Set 10 have now been posted.
I will not be available for my usual office hour this Thursday, so I will have office hour on Tuesday at 2:30 instead. I can also be reached by email. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 

I have moved the due date for Problem Set 10 to Monday, December 7. Currently three problems from Chapter 8 are posted. After the break I will post the last two problems from Chapter 9.
Solutions to Problem Set 9 are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 23 are now posted on the Calendar page.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 20, 2009 

Problem Set 10, due Friday December 4 (after Thanksgiving break) is now posted on the Homework page. I will add the last two problems after I see how far we get in lecture on Tuesday.
Friday, November 13, 2009 

Problem Set 9, Due Friday November 20, is now posted on the Homework page.
Solutions to Problem Set 8 are also posted on the Homework page.
Thursday, November 12, 2009 

Notes through lecture 20 are now posted on the Calendar page.
If you feel you have not been graded correctly on Exam 2, please write a short note with you concern and leave it with your test booklet for me, either in my mailbox or under my office door. You must do this by Tuesday, November 17, 2pm. I will then look at it and return it to you in lecture. If you are still not satisfied we can meet to discuss it.  S. Teitel
Solutions to Exam 2 are now posted on the Exams page.
Notes through lecture 18 are posted on the calendar page.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 

Problem Set 8, due Friday, November 13, is now posted on the Homework page.
Solutions to Problem Set 7 are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 17 are now posted on the Calendar page.
Happy Halloween!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 

Because I did not get as far as I expected in lecture this morning, I am giving an extension on Problem Set 7 until Monday, November 2, 2 pm. Solutions will be posted immediately thereafter so be sure to turn your work in on time.
The 2nd inclass exam will take place next week Thursday, Nov 5, in lecture. You will be allowed to bring a "cheat sheet" to the exam. This cheat sheet must be a regular 8.5"x11" sheet of ruled paper. You may write only one line of writing per ruled line on the page, and you may write on only one side of the page. The exam will cover material from lectures 9 (Stokes Theorem) through 17 (end of magnetostatics), however since the course material builds upon itself problems can refer to things covered in the earlier part of the course as well. No new homework will be given this week so that you may study for the exam.
Solutions to Problem Set 6 are now posted on the Homework page.
Problem Set 7, due Friday October 30, is now posted on the Homework page.
If there are any students still considering to transfer from PHY 142 into PHY 122, Prof. Gao and I have decided that you must make this transfer by next week Tuesday, October 27.
Notes through lecture 15 are now on the Calendar page.
An alternative solution to Purcell problem 3.8 is now posted on the Homework page. This solution views the problem in terms of an equivalent circuit of series capacitors.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 

I will not be in my office during my usual office hour on Thursday this week (2:303:30). Instead I will be there earlier, from 1:302:30. Sorry for any inconvenience. If you cannot make this earlier time and wish to see me, please email to set up an appointment.
Courtesy of Prof. Wolfs, I have now put on reserve in the POA library a binder containing the text and complete worked out solutions to all the problems in the 1st edition of Purcell. After we have finished each chapter and had a homework assignment on that chapter, I will then add that chapters solutions to the binder. I hope these solutions will be helpful to you as you study the course material. You should always first try to work out a problem on your own, and struggle with it  do not check the solutions too quickly. Only by struggling with problems will you learn the material!
Solutions to Problem Set 5 are now posted on the Homework page.
Please take a moment to fill out the midsemester online TA/TI evaluation. Your feedback is very important to us.
The evaluation is available until the end of next week, October 23. You may find it at:
http://datastore.pas.rochester.edu/phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=25
Thursday, October 15, 2009 

Problem Set 6, due Friday October 23, is now posted on the Homework page.
There was an error in the solution to Purcell 3.11 that was posted on the Recitation page for this week. That solution has now been revised to include the correct solution, as well as an explanation of why the previous solution I had posted is not correct.
Lecture 13 is now posted on the Calendar page.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 

Several students have been confused by the geometry described in Purcell problem 3.9 that is part of Problem Set 5. I have therefore added a clarifying diagram to that problem. Please see here.
Solutions to Problem Set 4 are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 11 are posted on the Calendar pages.
Problem Set 5, due Friday October 16, is now posted on the Homework page.
You may pick your exam up from me in lecture. If you feel your exam has not been graded correctly, you must leave a written statement of your concern together with your exam booklet in either my physics department mailbox, or under the door of my office, BL 455B. You must do this by noon on Tuesday, October 13. I will review your exam and return it to you in lecture. If you still feel you have not been graded fairly, please make an appointment to speak to me personally.
Statistics for the first exam may be found on the Exams page
Problem Set 4, due Friday October 9, is now posted on the Homework page.
Exam 1 and its solutions are now posted on the Exams page. We hope to grade the exam on Monday and return it to you in lecture on Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

Notes for lecture 9 are now posted on the calendar page.
The first inclass exam is tomorrow, Thursday October 1, at 11:05 am to 12:20 pm, in Hoyt Auditorium. The exam covers all material through the end of lecture 8, with an emphasis on the material covered in the homework and recitation problems. The exam is closed book  no notes, no cheat sheet. You should bring a scientific or graphing calculator  nothing fancier allowed, nothing with internet connectivity. Good luck!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Solutions to Problem Set 3 are now posted on the Homework page. You may see your grade on Blackboard.
Thursday, September 24, 2009 

Lecture 8 is now posted on the calendar page.
Solutions to problems discussed in recitation this week are posted on the Recitation page.
First InClass Exam is next Thursday, October 1, in lecture. There will be no new homework assigned this week so that you can study for the exam.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 

Lecture 7 is now posted on the calendar page.
Problem Set 2 has been graded. You may see your grade on Blackboard, and you may pick your graded homework up from your TA.
Monday, September 21, 2009 

Solutions to Problem Set 2 are now posted on the Homework page.
Thursday, September 17, 2009 

Problem Set 3, due Friday September 25, is now posted on the Homework page.
Notes for lecture 6 are posted on the calendar page.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 

Notes for lecture 5 are now posted on the calendar page.
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) starts its tutoring hours this week. Tutors will be present from 7  9 pm, Monday through Thursday, in the POA Library (B&L 3rd floor). Please feel free to make use of this service if you have questions or need help. The SPS tutors are:
Mondays: Corey Adams and Robert Siller
Tuesdays: Ulascan Serica and Tyle Stelzia
Wednesdays: Greg Bentsen and Justin Ou
Thursdays: Chad Hunter and Dmitry Petropavlovskiy
Problem Set 1 is now graded. You can pick your homework up from your recitation TA. Please remember to put your recitation number (#14) on the top of your homework so that we can sort them to return to you. If you have a complaint about how your work was graded, please see first the TA who did the grading (in this case Jake Brock) to try and resolve it with him. If you do not reach a satsifactory outcome with the TA then you may speak with Prof. Teitel. Complaints will be considered when you feel the grader did not understand correctly the work you have done. Complaints should not be about the how points for a given problem were distributed.
Monday, September 14, 2009 

Solutions to Problem Set 1 are now posted on the Homework page.
For this course, and for the rest of your career as a scientist or engineer, it is useful to have a good mathematical handbook to refer to for integrals, series, special functions, etc. While a lot of this information is now available online, I personally find a good hard copy book is very helpful. One such book I can recommend is the Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables," by M. R. Spiegel, which is published as part of the Schaum's Outline Series by McGrawHill. I have used this book for over the last 30 years! It is not a requirement for this course, just a suggestion.
Friday, September 11, 2009 

A new page, Recitation, has been added to the course website. On this page you will find solutions to the problems that are discussed in recitation each week. Solutions to this weeks recitation problems are already posted.
Thursday, September 10, 2009 

Problem Set 2, due Friday September 18, is now posted on the Homework page.
Notes for lecture 4 are posted on the calendar page.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 

Notes for lecture 3 are now posted on the calendar page. These notes include a short review of Taylor Series.
Thursday, September 3, 2009 

Problem Set 1, due Friday September 11, is now posted on the Homework page.
Notes for lecture 2 are posted on the calendar page.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 

Notes for lecture 1 are now posted on the September Calendar page.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 

Welcome!
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