Physics 514,  Problems in Theoretical Physics II, Spring 2022

Physics 514 is a Web-based physics course for first-year graduate students at UTK.  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.


Dr. Marianne Breinig (Physics)
Office: 202 Nielsen Physics Bldg.
Office Hours: MW 2 pm - 3 pm and online by appointment
Phone: (865) 974-7842

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Class Structure:

Homework assignments:

Homework 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.  Assignments should be submitted on Canvas.  They should be typed or or legibly handwritten.  There are 12 homework assignments.  Expect to solve approximately one problem per day.
Assignment schedule


There will be one exam during the week March 7 - 14, and a final exam, due during the exam period.  The exams are based on the material covered in the Web-based modules and the reading assignments.


Each 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


Special announcements appear on Canvas. 

If you need course adaptations or accommodations please let me know how I can help you.
If you have a documented disability, please contact Student Disability Services (SDS).  This will ensure that you are properly registered for the services provided by SDS.

Student Disability Services
915 Volunteer Blvd/100 Dunford Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
Tel: 865-974-6087
Fax: 865-974-9552
VRS: 865-622-6566

For important additional information please see the Campus Syllabus.