Physics 2 : 2018-19 @ Caltech
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348 Lauritsen, Ext. 6777
Office Hour: After lecture, or by email/appointment
Office Hour: Monday 7pm, Downs-Lauritsen 414
156 Linde Hall, Ext. 4336
George King, Vibrations and Waves
It is well-written and an excellent match to the desired content of the course. We should be able to get through it all. The text is also available on reserve in Sherman Fairchild Library.
You are encouraged to find a recitation section that is both enjoyable and beneficial. If you are dissatisfied with your assigned section, feel free to sit in on another one. If you decide to change sections, get the signature of the instructor of the new section, on your yellow card. Section times and locations are available on the the Sections, Office Hours and Grading Schedule tab above and also the registrar's webpage (http://schedules.caltech.edu/FA2018-19.html#dept_details_PHYSICS).
Homework will be due at 11 am on Tuesdays (just before lecture), in the homework box outside 201 E Bridge and returned to a group location (the return cubbies in Bridge Annex) if you've filled out the FERPA; otherwise they can be picked up from Meagan Heirwegh in 156 Linde Hall. Assignments are listed on the Homework/Solutions tab above. Solution sets will be posted on the web one week after the homework is due. You are strongly encouraged to check your work when it is returned to you. Problem sets are essential for mastering the material in this class! You are encouraged to approach and solve problems in a comprehensive way, focusing on the ``flow of thought and logic" instead of just getting the final answer ``right". Have a look at some guidelines and an solved example problem to help you approach problems better.
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We will be using Slack as a collaborative and interactive online workspace where you can ask questions, discuss concepts and brainstorm with the course instructors and your fellow classmates. Don't slack in using Slack! To join our Slack workspace, register with your Caltech email (The restriction is that you must have a Caltech IP address (use VPN if needed).) at: https://join.slack.com/t/ph2a2018/signup and after which you can access it at https://ph2a2018.slack.com. You should also download the Slack app on your phone and stay connected with all the awesome physics Ph2a has to offer!
We are also using Piazza as a platform to encourage questions and discussion. And yes, you can post anonymously here (unlike Slack). Please join the class' Piazza here.
Ombudsfolk are student volunteers who represent the students of each of the undergrad houses. They collect suggestions, comments, complaints, etc, and discuss them with the course instructor and TAs at periodic meetings (free lunch!). Talk to your ombudsperson! Each house should select an ombudsperson. Prof. Porter and the recitation TAs will have lunch with the Ombuds on Tuesday, 10/16 at noon and then again on Tuesday, 11/6 at noon. Students are also encouraged to discuss any problems regarding the course, directly with Prof. Porter, or head TA, Ashmeet after lecture/recitation or by appointment.
|You may consult||Homework||Exams/Quizzes|
|Course textbook |
(including answers in the back)
and posted class notes
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|Your notes (taken in class)||Yes||Yes|
|Class notes of others||Yes||No|
|Your hand copies of class notes of others||Yes||Yes|
|Photocopies of class notes of others||Yes||No|
|Electronic copies of class notes of others||Yes||No|
|Your returned homework/quizzes/exams||Yes||Yes|
|Solutions to this year's prior |
homeworks/quizzes/exams (posted on webpage)
|Homework/quizzes/exams of previous years||No||No|
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of previous years
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