Winter 2012

MWF 11-11:50, Broida 1610

http://hep.ucsb.edu/people/claudio/ph6a-12/

Instructor:
Email: Office hours: Office: Administrative Assistant |
Claudio
Campagnari claudio@physics.ucsb.edu Tues,Wed,Thurs 1:15-2:15, or by appointment, or whenever you can find me. Broida 5119. Phone 893-7567. Debbie Ceder, dla@hep.ucsb.edu. Broida 5014. Phone 893-2058. |

- Labs begin the week of MONDAY, January 9th.
- Office hours on Thurs Jan 12 delayed to 1:30 pm and possibly cancelled due to a conflicting meeting (if you cannot find the instructor in his office by 2 pm, assume that office hours have been cancelled). Sorry.
- Information for
the final can be found here

This quarter we will study

The textbook is Physics with MasteringPhysics (4th Edition) by James S. Walker.

Misc Logistics (BUT IMPORTANT):

- For the book, we negotiated a special UCSB edition for a (slightly) reduced price, which is what the bookstore ordered. If you can find it cheaper somewhere else, go for it.
- The book comes with an access code to Mastering Physics, which is an online system for homeworks etc. We will not be using it this quarter. However, chances are that the instructor for 6B and 6C will use it. So, do not loose your access code. You may want to log on and register right away.
- There are two parallel sections of Physics 6A with the same instuctor (MWF and TR). Both sections are full, there are no free seats in the classroom. Please attend only the lectures for the section that you are registered for.
- Your
instructor has no ability to help you
with ad-codes, changes of schedules etc.
For all such
issues
contact Jean Dill
in the Physics Department office (3rd floor of Broida Hall)

Labs (Physics 6AL):

Normally you should be concurrently enrolled in Physics 6AL. While Physics 6A is a large lecture class, Physics 6AL is divided into a number of smaller sessions that meet once every two week in Broida 2324. Some sections meet in "A weeks" and some sections meet in "B weeks". To find out if your section meets in an A or B week, look at the room number associated with your section in Gold. If it is 2324A, your section meets in an "A week"; if it is 2324B, your section meet in a "B week".

Lab schedule (and definition of A/B weeks) can be found here. The TAs for Physics 6AL are listed below

Teaching Assistant | Office Hours |

Jason Gran | Tu 11-12 Th 11-1 |

Mauricio Romo | Tu 11-12 F 2-4 |

Yinbo Shi | M 11:30-12, 3:30-5 F 3-3:30 F 4:30-5 |

Chris Wegemer | M 12:30-1:30 |

How to suceed in this class:

Physics should be approached differently than other discipline. You will find that the emphasis is on problem solving. You may read the book and listen to the lectures and think that you understand, but the proof of whether you have

That is why the homeworks are so important.

You are welcome, even encouraged, to do the homeworks with your friends. But be

Beginning physics students are often obsessed by

Memorization in physics is pretty much useless. It is useful to memorize a few basic formulas, but do not waste your time memorizing all of the steps in solved problems.

The best way to prepare for the exams is to do problems, do problems, do problems. There are many problems, beyond those assigned to you in the homework, at the end of every chapter in the book.

The weekly lecture schedule is listed on this web page. You should

There is no such thing as a

Finally, there is a tremendous amount of material to cover this quarter. The pace is going to be quite fast, and most new concepts build on the material from the previous chapters. Be careful not to fall behind, because catching up is going to be extremely difficult.

Homework:

Homework assignments will be posted weekly on this website, usually on Monday. The assignments will

I strongly reccommend that you do the homeworks, but ultimately it is up to you.

Homework |
Problems from text | Solutions |

Homework 1 |
Chapter
1: Problem 4, 6, 12, 14, 20, 30, 38 Chapter 2: Problem 4, 16, 18, 24 |
Solutions by Jason Gran |

Homework 2 |
Chapter
2: Problem 32, 36, 46, 56, 62 Chapter 3: Problem 2, 8, 10, 12, 24, 30, 42, 52 |
Solutions by Yinbo Shi |

Homework 3 |
Chapter
4: Problem 4, 7, 10, 14, 18, 24, 28, 43, 52, 87 |
Solutions by Jason Gran (now corrected for typos) |

Homework 4 |
Chapter 5: Problem 2, 4, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 40, 46, 50 | Solutions by Mauricio Romo (here is a small correction) |

Homework 5 |
Chapter 6: Problem 6, 10, 14, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 44, 46, 48 | Solutions by Jason Gran (Problem 10 is now correct) |

Homework 6 |
Chapter 7: Problem 4, 10, 12, 20, 22, 26, 32, 36, 43, 48, 51 | Solutions by Chris Wegemer (now fixed) |

Homework 7 |
Chapter 6: Problem 54,
62 Chapter 8: Problem 2, 4, 14, 18, 27, 36, 44, 48, 62 |
Solutions
by Mauricio
Romo (now fixed -- second time!) Also: solutions by Jason Gran |

Homework 8 |
Chapter 9: Problem 4, 6, 10, 18, 25, 22, 26, 32, 34, 39, 40, 45, 52 | Solutions by Yinbo Shi and Jason Gran |

Homework 9 |
Chapter 10: Problem 4, 10, 18, 34, 36, 46, 50, 59, 60, 72, 74, 84 | Solutions by Jason Gran |

Homework 10 |
Chapter 11: Problem 4, 14, 18, 29, 36, 45, 46, 53, 64 | Solutions by Yinbo Shi |

Quizzes:

There will be a short 15 minute quiz every week, except the first week and the week of the midterm.

The quiz schedule is the following:

MWF section |
Solutions and score
distributions |

Quiz 1, Wed Jan 18 |
MWF quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 2, Mon Jan 23 |
MWF quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 3, Mon Jan 30 |
MWF quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 4, Mon Feb 6 |
MWF quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 5, Wed Feb 22 |
MWF quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 6, Mon Feb 27 |
MWF quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 7, Mon Mar 5 |
MWF quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 8, Mon Mar 12 |
MWF quiz with solutions Scores |

TR section |
Solutions and score
distributions |

Quiz 1, Tue Jan 17 |
TR quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 2, Tue Jan 24 |
TR quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 3, Tue Jan 31 |
TR quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 4, Tue Feb 7 |
TR quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 5, Tue Feb 21 |
TR quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 6, Tue Feb 28 |
TR quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 7, Tue Mar 6 |
TR quiz with solutions Scores |

Quiz 8, Tue Mar 13 |
TR quiz with solutions Scores |

The quizzes will cover the material from the previous week, e.g., the quiz on January 17 or 18 will cover the material from the week of Jan 9-13. You need to take the quiz for the section that you are enrolled in. If you are enrolled in the MWF and you take a quiz on a Tuesday, your score will not count. The quizzes will be multiple choice. In order to take the quizzes,

- a scantron sheet. It should be one of the pink ParSCORE sheets that looks like this
- a pencil
- a calculator

What to do if you miss a quiz:

- If it is the first or second quiz that you miss, do nothing. This quiz will be dropped from the calculation of your final score, since it will be the one of the quizzes with the lowest scores. This applies regardless of whether you missed the quiz because you went surfing or because you enrolled late or you were sick.
- If you miss a third
(or fourth...) quiz
**and**you can provide a physician's note, this quiz will also be dropped from the computation of your score.

- Look at the solutions that are posted on the web, and compare with your answers. (It would be a good idea to write you answers down on a piece of paper before turning in the scantron at the end of the quiz)
- if you think that there was a clerical error made in the scoring, check with Debbie Ceder. She is the one who keeps copies of the scantrons and can double-check. Her contat information is at the top of this web page.
- if you do not understand the solutions, come see the insructor or one of the TAs during office hours. Or go to the Physics Study Room for help.

Exams:

There will be one midterm and one final.

You are allowed to bring two sheets of notes to the exams, i.e., no need to memorize formulas.

**MWF Midterm:**Monday, February 13, during regular class time.**TR Midterm:**Tuesday, February 14, during regular class time.**MWF Final:**Thursday, March 22, 12-3 pm.**TR Final:**Wednesday, March 21, 12-3 pm.

If you miss the final, and you can provide a physician's note, you will receive a grade of Incomplete, and you will have to take the final the next time that Physics 6A is offered. I will then use the score on your final and the rest of the scores for this quarter, to update your Incomplete to a letter grade.

If you miss the final and you cannot provide a physician's note you will fail the class.

If you are registered for the MWF section you cannot take the exams for the TR section (and vice-versa).

MWF midterm | Solutions | Distribution of scores |

TR midterm | Solutions (typo fixed, 15 Feb 2012) | Distribution of scores |

Grading:

The final grade for this class will be calculated on a curve from:

- Quizzes: 20%
- Midterm: 30%
- Final: 50%

Where to get help:

- Talk to your instructor.
- See your TA at lab or during his office hours.
- Physics Study Room (PSR), Broida 1019. This is where all TAs hold office hours. The PSR is open Monday to Friday, 8:00-5:00, and TAs are on duty at most times. Note that ANY TA in the PSR is able to provide assistance with this course, not just the TAs for Physics 6a.
- Campus Learning Assistance Services (http://www.clas.ucsb.edu/) offers drop-in hours and tutoring.

A word about email:

Email is a great communication tool, but it can be abused. This is my email policy for Physics 6a:

- I will answer every email with questions about physics or the content of the course. Be aware, however, that unless your question is extremely simple and specific, it would be much better for you to come and talk to me in person. If my office hours conflict with your schedule, you can always ask for an appointment, or drop by my office. If I am in my office, and not on the phone or in a meeting, I will definitely talk to you.
- If your question is not
about physics, I
will answer your email only if your question/request
is reasonable. If the answer to your question can be found on this
website, or was announced
in class, I will ignore your email. Examples (from last year) of
questions that I will not answer
are
- When is the final?
- What book are we using?
- Do I have lab this week?
- Where does my lab meet?
- I got a 50 on the midterm, can I still get an A for the course?
- I don't have time to pick up the midterm in your secretary's office. Can you look-up my score and email it to me?
- You gave me a C+ but I really need a B+ to keep my scholarship/get into medical school/not make my parents angry. Can I do some extra work over spring break to bring my grade up?

Week | Chapters from book |

January 9-13 | Chapters 1 and 2 |

January 16-20 | Chapters 2 and 3 |

January 23-27 | Chapter 4 |

January 30 - February 3 | Chapter 5 |

February 6-10 | Chapter 6 |

February 13-17 | Chapter 7 |

February 20-24 | Chapter 8 |

February 27-March 2 | Chapter 9 |

March 5-9 | Chapter 10 |

March 12-16 | Chapter 11 |