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Physics 514,  Problems in Theoretical Physics II, Spring 2017

Physics 514 is a Web-based physics course for first-year graduate students.  The physical concepts, principles, and relations introduced in junior/senior-level physics classes are reviewed as students analyze and solve simple and advanced physics problems.  Many of the problems to be analyzed and solved involve multiple core physics concepts.  Physics 514 uses Web-based class modules.  It is a three-hour course.  Registered students meet once each week for in-class discussions.  Students must complete a weekly homework assignment.

bulletInstructor:
bulletMarianne Breinig (Physics)
Office: 202 Nielsen Physics Bldg.
Office Hours: WF 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, M 12:45 PM - 1:35 PM
Phone: 974-7842
Email: mbreinig@utk.edu
bulletTexts:
bulletWeb-based class modules
bulletBenjamin F. Bayman, Morton Hamermesh: A Review of Undergraduate Physics
bulletAny junior/senior level Electrodynamics textbook for review of selected topics
bulletExample: David J. Griffiths: Introduction to Electrodynamics
bulletAny junior/senior level Quantum Mechanics textbook for review of selected topics
bulletExample: David J. Griffiths: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
bulletClass Structure:
bulletThe Web-based material is divided into 13 modules.  Each modules has a physics theme.  It reviews concepts and formulas associated with this theme.  Students are expected to work through the modules and, if necessary, the corresponding material in a textbook before each scheduled class meeting and hand in homework assignments on time.  Students are encouraged to form study groups, but should then produce and hand in their own solutions to the homework problems.
bulletRegistered students meet Mondays, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM for in-class discussions in room 203 Nielsen Physics.  Questions about the material covered in the Web-based modules and the reading assignments will be addressed during these meetings.  Students also will solve problems in class.
Discussion schedule
bulletHomework assignments:
bulletHomework assignments are based on the material covered in the Web-based modules and in the textbook.  Students are expected to submit the assignments associated with each module on time.  There are 12 homework assignments.  Assignments can be handed in via email or deposited into the instructors mailbox.  They should be typed or or legibly handwritten.  Expect to solve approximately one problem per day.
Assignment schedule
bulletExams:
bulletThere will be one proctored exam during the week March 6 - 10, and a final exam during the exam period on Thursday, May 4, 10:15 am.  The exams are based on the material covered in the Web-based modules and the reading assignments.
bulletGrades:
bulletEach exam is worth a maximum of 30 points.  The homework assignments are worth a maximum of 100 points.  In-class participation is worth 40 points.
180 and above    90% and above    A
174 - 179 87% - 89% A-
166 - 173 83% - 86% B+
160 - 165 80% - 82% B
154 - 159 77% - 79% B-
146 - 153 73% - 76% C+
140 - 145 70% - 72% C
120 - 139 60% - 69% D
bulletAnnouncements:
bulletSpecial announcements appear on Canvas.

For important additional information please see the Campus Syllabus.