"Algebra-based Physics" (Spring Semester 2013)
Prof. Hans-Peter Wagner
Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:50 in Room 301 Braunstein
Instructor: Prof. Hans-Peter Wagner, Office: 438 Geo/Physics, Tel.: 513 5560540
E-mail: wagnerhp@ucmail.uc.edu
Office hours: Wednesday, noon
REQUIRED MATERIALS:
Mastering Physics
LearningCatalytics w/ web device
A simple, non-programmable calculator (see below)
Geology/Math/Physics Library in Braunstein (2nd Floor)
Grading:
12% MIDTERM I
12% MIDTERM II
12% MIDTERM III
28% FINAL EXAM
16% HOMEWORK (MASTERING PHYSICS)
20% Classwork (Clickers, JITT, Problems, Quizzes)
Grade Distribution: Letter grades for the course will be assigned using the following approximate guidelines:
A 85-100%
B 70-84.9%
C 55-69.9%
D 45-54.9%
F <44.9%
These grade guidelines could be lowered depending on the class averages, but will never be raised. Plus or Minus Grades will not be given except for “exceptional” circumstances.
Course Objective: The topic for General (Algebra-based) Physics 1051 is mechanics, the scientific study of motion. The goals of this course are to achieve an understanding of the basic concepts of mechanics and be able to apply these concepts to a variety of physical situations. Students are expected to acquire skills in scientific methods, critical reasoning, and problem solving. Students are also expected to learn to organize their thoughts clearly and to express them clearly in both written and oral communication.
Labs: The Labs (if you are taking one) will start in the first week of class.
Exam Schedule (PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR!):
Midtem 1 | 301 Braunstein | 11:00-12:50 PM | Th., Jan. 31 |
Midtem 2 | 301 Braunstein | 11:00-12:50 PM | Th., Feb. 28 |
Midtem 3 | 301 Braunstein | 11:00-12:50 PM | Th., Apr. 4 |
Fianl Exam | To be announced |
Exams: There are three midterm exams scheduled during the quarter and one final exam given during the finals week. NO MAKEUP EXAMS WILL BE ALLOWED! If you miss an exam for a valid reason the missing midterm grade will be replaced by your percentage grade on the final exam. The three hourly exams will take place during regular class time in Braunstein 300 as stated above. The time and place for the final exam will be announced during the semester. The Midterm will consist of three problems similar to the homework problems and/or problems discussed in class, and a fourth problem consisting of five multiple choice conceptual problems. Equations and constants useful for the exams will be provided. The FINAL EXAM will be comprehensive (all topics covered) and will consist of 6 written problems, and 10 multiple choice conceptual problems. ONLY SIMPLE (non-programmable, non graphic, non algebraic) calculators will be allowed (see below). NO COMUNICATION DEVICES (including cell phones, computers etc.) are allowed during the examination.
Calculators: No graphing, programmable or algebra-solver calculators will be allowed for the exams! You can bring a simple scientific calculator which has trig functions, exponent, log/ln to the exam such as a TI-30 or equivalent.
Recitations: Usually recitations will take place the 2nd hour in class on Thursday. You will work in groups on problems and will usually have a quiz.
Homeworks: Homework problems will be assigned to be completed on Mastering Physics. Each homework assignment will usually be in four parts:
PS-X-Tutorials (20%) Best four scores out of eight problems.
PS-X-Elementary (20%) Best four scores out of eight problems.
PS-X-Advanced (20%) Best four scores out of eight problems.
PS-X-Preparation (40%) Four new problems to prepare you for the midterms.
The problems will include problems from the book as well as extra problems. You are strongly encouraged to work in groups on the homework. The assigned problems are the BARE MINIIMUM to succeed in General Physics! You should do as many problems from the book as possible. Help with problems can be obtained from the lecturer, your recitation instructor (Zhihong Chen chenz2@mail.uc.edu) or at the Physics Learning Center (304 Geo/Physics Building).
Clicker Responses: You will use LearningCatalytics in class to respond to questions during lecture. Participation in class using LC will be worth part of your class participation grade. To use LC, you will need a device to access the web with a browser. This could be a laptop, cellphone, iPad, iPod Touch, Tablet or any other device. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A PORTABLE DEVICE, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY (wagnerhp@ucmail.uc.edu)
Just-in-Time-Teaching Assignments: It is important to prepare before each class meeting so that you have read the book before the material is covered. In each class you will have assignments to complete either each week or before each class. These JITT assignments will be worth part of your class participation grade.
Comments on the Course: The final thing I want to stress, is that the ONLY way to learn Physics is to talk about it. I strongly encourage you to form groups which meet regularly to work through problems, to question what you learn, to discuss things you see happening around you. When you find yourself thinking about the forces on players during a football game or an accident you will know that you have studied enough.
Attendance: You are required to attend all classes except for emergencies.
Conduct: The University Rules, including the Student Code of Conduct, and other documented policies of the department, college, and university related to academic integrity will be enforced. Any violation of these regulations, including acts of plagiarism or cheating, will be dealt with on an individual basis according to the severity of the misconduct.
Withdrawal: The last day to withdraw and receive a grade of "W" with the instructor's signature is March 15th. See: http://www.uc.edu/registrar/calendars/spring_2013_dates_deadlines.html
Helpful Advice:
0) COMPLETE all JITT Assignments BEFORE CLASS!
1) Take notes during lecture.
2) After each lecture but before the next lecture review your notes. Identify the parts you do not understand. Come to each lecture with specific questions.
3) Find at least one "partner" in the class with whom you can meet at least once or twice a week to discuss materials from the lectures and the homework.
Physics Learning Center (Room 304, Geology/Physics): The Physics Learning Center is staffed by your recitation instructors and graders to answer questions and to provide help with any physics problems. Check at the center for opening hours.
Spring 2013 Semester TENTATIVE Schedule
Week 1 | ||
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January 8+10 | Chap. 1 and 2 | Intro, 1D Motion |
Week 2 | ||
January 15+17 | Chap. 3 and 4 | Vectors, 2D Motion |
Week 3 | ||
January 22+24 | Chap. 4 and 5 | 2D Motion, Newton's Laws |
Week 4 | ||
January 29 | Chap. 6 | Newton's Laws + Review |
Th. Jan. 31 | MIDTERM 1 | |
Week 5 | ||
February 5+7 | Chap. 6 and 7 | Circular Motion, Work and Energy |
Week 6 | ||
February 12+14 | Chap. 7 and 8 | Work/Energy, Energy Cons. |
Week 7 | ||
February 19+21 | Chap. 9 | Momentum Conservation |
Week 8 | ||
February 26 | Chap. 10 | Rotational Kinematics |
Th.February 26 | MIDTERM 2 | |
Week 9 | ||
March 5+7 | Chap. 10 & 11 | Rot. Energy Rot. Dynamics and Statics |
Week 10 | ||
March 12+14 | Chap. 11 | Rot. Dynamics and Statics |
March 18-22 | SPRING BREAK | |
Week 11 | ||
March 26+28 | Chap. 13 | Simple Harmonic Motion |
Week 12 | ||
April 2 | Chap. 14 | Waves |
Th. April 4 | MIDTERM 3 | |
Week 13 | ||
April 9+11 | Chap. 14 & 15 | Waves, Superposition and Interference; Fluids, Buoyancy and Dynamics |
Week 14 | ||
April 16+18 | Chap. 15 & 12 | Fluids, Buoyancy and Dynamics; Gravity (if time) |
Week 15 | ||
April 22-26 | FINAL EXAM (TBA) |
15-PHYS-2076
FALL SEMESTER 2013
This syllabus is subject to modification.
Office: 438 Geo/Physics
Phone: 513 556 0540
E-mail: wagnerhp@ucmail.uc.edu
Office hours: M 1:30-3:00 PM
LECTURES: Swift Hall 800, 2842 Campus Way, MWF 12:20-1:15 PM
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:
(1) Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Serway and Jewett (8th Ed)
(2) Solid State Electronic Devices, 6/E, B. Streetman and S. Banerjee, Prentice-Hall, 2006
FURTHER REFERENCE: Semiconductor Physics and Devices, 4/E, D. A. Neamen, McGraw-Hill, 2011
COURSE GOAL: The goal for SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICS is to introduce into the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism and of quantum mechanics and to be able to apply these concepts to examine the properties of semiconductors underlying the operation of semiconductor devices. Students are expected to acquire skills in scientific methods, critical reasoning, and problem solving. Students are also expected to learn to organize their thoughts clearly and to express them clearly in both written and oral communication. The course syllabus and other course information can also be accessed directly from Blackboard.
EXAMS: This course will have three one-hour examination scheduled during the semester and a forth (not cumulative) exam is given during finals’ week. The time and place for the first three exams will be the same as for the regular lecture. The time and place for the fourth exam will be announced during the semester. The exams will consist of problems and questions similar to the homework problems, examples from the text, and problems and questions discussed in class. Students may use review notes, written on one 8.5" by 11" sheet of paper, during examinations. No cell phones or other communication devices are allowed during examination.
QUIZZES: Several Quizzes or other assignments may be given during lecture classes. These may be either announced or unannounced.
HOMEWORK PROBLEMS: Students will be required to complete weekly homework assignments as given in the plan below. In the first 8 weeks (“E&M”) students will be required to complete homework assignments from WebAssign, a web-based homework system. This is explained in more detail on the course Blackboard site. Check the WebAssign website for the scheduled assignments. In the last 7 weeks students are required to put their handwritten “Semiconductor physics” homework into the mailbox of the grader, Amit Dongol. His mailbox is located on the 4th floor of the Geology/Physics building. The grader will choose and grade 2 randomly selected problems from each problem set. I will return the graded homework in class. In case that the student does not agree with the number of points received for the solution he should contact the grader (amitdongol@gmail.com) to resolve the disagreement. Contact me if the disagreement can not be resolved. In addition to the assigned problems you should do as many problems from the books on your own as possible. Help with problems can be obtained from the lecturer, or at the Physics Learning Center (304 Geo/Physics Building).
ATTENDANCE: You are required to attend all classes except for emergencies.
CONDUCT: The University Rules, including the Student Code of Conduct, and other documented policies of the department, college, and university related to academic integrity will be enforced. Any violation of these regulations, including acts of plagiarism or cheating, will be dealt with on an individual basis according to the severity of the misconduct.
WITHDRAWAL: The last day to withdraw and receive a grade of "W" with the instructor's signature is November 1st.
See: http://www.uc.edu/registrar/calendars/fall_2013_dates_deadlines.html
GRADING: The course grades will be determined using the following weights: Four one Hour Exam: 50 points each, Homework: 80 points; Quizzes: 20 points Total: 300 points (100%)
Letter grades for the course will be assigned using the following approximate guidelines:
A 85-100%
B 70-84.9%
C 55-69.9%
D 40-54.9%
F <39.9%
TENTATIVE PACE OF SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICS – Fall 2013
Week of: | Reading Assignments from Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Serway and Jewett (6th Ed) |
Homework from: Physics for Scientists and Engineers |
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8/26-8/30 | Ch. 23: Electric Fields (3 hours) | Ch. 23 due 9/08/13 |
9/04-9/06 | Ch. 24: Gauss's Law (2 hours) (Labor Day on 9/02) | Ch. 24 due 9/18/13 |
9/09-9/13 | Ch. 25: Electric Potential (3 hours) | Ch. 25: due 9/22/13 |
9/16-9/20 | Ch. 26: Capacitance and Dielectric (2 hours) First Exam: Friday, September 20, 12:20 PM, SWIFT HALL 800 |
Ch. 26: due 9/30/13 |
9/23-9/27 | Ch. 26: Capacitance and Dielectric (1 hour) Ch. 27: Current and Resistance (2 hours) |
Ch. 26: due 9/30/13 |
9/30-10/04 | Ch. 28: Direct Current Circuits (2 hours) Ch. 29: Magnetic fields (1 hour) |
Ch. 27 & Ch. 28: due 10/09/13 |
10/07-10/11 | Ch. 29: Magnetic fields (2 hours) Ch. 30: Sources of Magnetic fields (1 hour) |
Ch. 29 & Ch. 30: due 10/19/13 |
10/14-10/18 | Ch. 30: Sources of Magnetic fields (2 hours) Second Exam: Friday, October 18, 12:20 PM, SWIFT HALL 800 |
Ch. 29 & Ch. 30: due 10/19/13 |
Reading Assignments from Textbook: Solid State Electronic Devices 6/E, B. Streetman and S. Banerjee, Prentice-Hall, 2006 |
Homework from: Solid State Electronic Devices | |
10/21-10/25 | Ch. 1: Lattices, bonding, and Miller indices (2 hours) Ch. 2: Introductory quantum mechanical concepts (1 hour) |
Ch. 1 & Ch. 2: due 11/03/13 |
10/28-11/01 | Ch. 2: Introductory quantum mechanical concepts, free particle wave-function, potential well, (3 hours) | Ch. 2: due 11/10/13 |
11/04-11/08 | Ch. 2: Potential well, tunneling, hydrogen atom, chemical bonding (2 hours) Third Exam: Friday, November 8, 12:20 PM, SWIFT HALL 800 |
Ch. 2: due 11/17/13 |
11/13-11/15 | Ch. 3: Bound particle, energy bands, effective mass, quantum wells (2 hours) (11/11 Veterans Day) | Ch. 3: due 11/24/13 |
11/18-11/22 | Ch. 3: Semiconductor equilibrium statistics; intrinsic and extrinsic carrier densities, hole-electron-product, Fermi level (3 hours) | Ch. 3: due 12/01/13 |
11/25-11/27 | Ch. 3: Compensation, carrier transport; drift, mobility, conductivity, Fermi level at equilibrium (1 hours) Ch. 4: Excess carriers, absorption, luminescence, carrier lifetime (1 hour) (Thanksgiving 11/29) |
Ch. 3 & Ch. 4: due 12/08/13 |
12/02-12/06 | Ch. 4: Nonequilibrium statistics; diffusion processes, diffusion and drift, Diffusion and recombination, continuity, diffusion equations, steady state carrier injection, quasi-Fermi levels (3 hours) | |
12/08-12/13 | Fourth Exam: Time and location to be announced |
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In Spring 2016 I taught College (calculus-based) Physics I, 15-PHYS-2001 as a course coordinator. The syllabus of this course can be found on Blackboard.
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In Spring 2022 I taught Condensed Matter Physics II, 15-PHYS-8036. The syllabus of this course can be found on Blackboard.
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