PHYSICS 9B, FALL 2008
Tuesday/Thursday: 12:10-13:30PM, RESSLR 66
Room 417 Phys/Geo
Tel: (530) 752 7345
Physics Club Tutoring
In Physical Sciences Library - 2nd Floor - Group study room (Glass room known as the "Fishtank")
Tues, Wed, & Thurs from 2pm until 5pm
This is a free tutoring service provided by the Physics Club for the lower division physics classes.
Jason Kaszpurenko email@example.com
Hengkui Wu firstname.lastname@example.org
Lab TAs (responsible for PTAs):
Alvin Laille email@example.com
John Felde firstname.lastname@example.org
Youval Dar email@example.com
Jesse Singh firstname.lastname@example.org
Nelson Page email@example.com
Dave Cone firstname.lastname@example.org
Abrar Shaukat email@example.com
B01 T 1610-1700 PHYGEO 140
B02 T 1710-1800 PHYGEO 140
B03 W 1610-1700 PHYGEO 140
B04 W 1710-1800 PHYGEO 140
B05 W 1810-1900 PHYGEO 140
B06 W 1910-2000 PHYGEO 140
B07 W 2010-2100 PHYGEO 140
Lecture will begin at 12:10 PM on TR in 66 RESSLR. It is strongly advised that you attend lectures. All announcements will be available here at course webpage at http://www.physics.ucdavis.edu/~savrasov/Projects/index_teaching.htm
The Fall Physics 9 Lab Schedules and manuals (pdf) are now posted on
TR: 1:30-2:30pm, Room 417 Phys/Geo
University Physics , ed. by Young & Freedman, UC Davis custom 2nd edition.
[Its also OK to use earlier editions of this book. Pay attention that the exercise problems are slightly different for various editions.]
This text and your lecture notes are the primary sources for the course.
Other texts you may find useful are available in the Physical Sciences Library:
R.P. Feynman, The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1 & 2,
P. Tipler, Physics
R. Serway, Physics For Scientists & Engineers
D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker, Fundamentals of Physics
A. Hudson and R. Nelson, University Physics
Final Exam: Tuesday, December 9,2008 at 10:30 am
Tentative Syllabus (approximately one chapter per week)
Week 0. Fluid Mechanics (Chapter 14)
Lecture 0.1, September 25, 2008
Week 1. Mechanical Waves (Chapter 15)
Lecture 1.1, September 30, 2008
Week 2. Sound and Hearing (Chapter 16)
Lecture 2.1, October 07, 2008
http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=37 – great applet!
Week 3. The Nature and Propagation of Light (Chapter 33)
Lecture 3.1, October 14, 2008
Week 4. Geometric Optics and Optical Instruments (Chapter 34)
Lecture 4.1, October 21, 2008
Lecture 4.2, October 23, 2008 (FIRST MIDTERM EXAM) Here is the solution.
Week 5. Interference (Chapter 35)
Lecture 5.1, October 28, 2008
Week 6. Diffraction (Chapter 36)
Lecture 6.1, November 04, 2008
http://www.ngsir.netfirms.com/englishhtm/Diffraction.htm (nice applet!)
Week 7. Temperature and Heat (Chapter 17)
No Lecture 7.1, November 11,
Lecture 7.2, November 13, 2008, No quiz (out of time), Clickers Session 7
Week 8. Thermal Properties of Matter (Chapter 18)
Lecture 8.1, November 18, 2008
Week 9. The First Law of Thermodynamics (Chapter 19)
Lecture 9.1, November 25, 2008 (SECOND MIDTERM EXAM) Here is the solution
No Lecture 9.2, November 27,
Week 10. The Second Law of Thermodynamics (Chapter 20)
Lecture 10.1, December 02, 2008
Lecture 10.2, December 04, 2008
Final Exam Review Session: Saturday, December 6, 2008, 11am-1pm ROESSLER 66
Final Exam: Tuesday, December 9, 10:30AM
Your final grade in this course will be composed of the following items:
1) Midterm exams: Two midterm exams will be given during the quarter.
The exam schedule is:
October 23, 2008, 66 RESSLR: FIRST MIDTERM EXAM
November 25, 2008, 66 RESSLR: SECOND MIDTERM EXAM
2) Quizzes. A short 15 min. quiz will be given at the end of each week.
3) Homework: Homework assignments will be posted
Homework System. Each student will need to obtain UT EID to register for the class.
The class ID for this course is 39824. Then students will be able to download the
assignments, solve the problems and submit answers to
homework system for grading. See below specific instructions.
4) Final Exam: A comprehensive examination of the entire quarter's work will be given
during Finals Week at the end of the quarter.
Here are the approximate weights to be used for calculating the final grade:
40% for the two midterm exams ( 20% each).
40% for the final exam.
10 % for the total homework grade.
10% for the total lecture quiz grade.
On midterm and final exams (excluding weekly quizzes) you will be allowed one page of notes and a calculator. Make up exams except in dire emergencies must be arranged BEFORE THE DAY OF THE EXAMINATION, and will be ORAL examinations. If you cannot reach me before the exam and are sick, obtain a WRITTEN EXCUSE FROM THE HEALTH SERVICE. ONLY IN EXTREME EMERGENCIES WILL YOU BE ALLOWED TO CHANGE THE DATE OF THE FINAL (plane reservations is not one of these). The final will only be given on the day scheduled.
Homework & Quizzes: You have to complete the homework by the due date listed above. Ten-minute, closed book and notes quizzes will be given at the end of each week. The homework problems are a very important part of the course and those assigned are considered the BARE MINIMUM necessary to understand the course material. Because we are interested in how you obtained a particular answer rather than what that answer is, NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANSWERS WITHOUT WORK.
Clickers: We will be using clickers occasionally during lectures. You will be accumulating extra credit points for properly answered questions during those clicker sessions.
Labs: You MUST be enrolled simultaneously in a lab section. If you are not already enrolled in a lab section, you must enroll IN PERSON at the next meeting of a lab section that has space available. Failure to take and pass the lab results in an automatic grade of "F" for the entire course. Any exception (e.g., use of a prior lab grade) requires Physics Department approval prior to the end of the first week of classes.
Discussions sessions: Attendance to the discussions sessions is mandatory.
Laboratory/Discussions will be included by either raising your course grade by one step for a HIGH-PASS, keeping your course grade for a PASS or lowering your course graded for a LOW-PASS.
Follow the instructions located at http://cns.utexas.edu/quest/support/student/
After enrolling you will be able to download and print your assignments, and submit the answers.
Due times: Because UT is at different time zone (CT) the actual due time is 2 hours less than the one printed on your homework, i.e. if the due time printed is 5AM CT, it is 3AM PT.
To encourage doing the homeworks and to take into account some misprints and system glitches of the homework system up to 3 bonus points will be added (not to exceed max. number of points) to each homework grade provided that at least one problem of a given homework is solved correctly (to avoid random answers selections).