PHYS 113: Contemporary Physics I

Welcome to Contemporary Physics I. This is a fairly unusual introductory Physics class. We will cover everything from relativity to classical mechanics to the Standard Model of Particle physics (although not in that order). We'll do programming, pen-and-paper problems, and lots of thought experiments. Please ask lots of questions, and by all means get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns.
[Syllabus] (Version: 9/19/17)
[Course Information] [Announcements] [Material and Links]

Course Information

A complete discussion of course policies can be found in the syllabus.

Instructor:
Prof. Dave Goldberg (goldberg@drexel.edu)
Office: Disque Hall Room 810
Phone: x2715
Office Hours: M 11am-12:30pm (following class), Th 10:30-11:30am
or by appointment in advance

Teaching Assistant:
Mr. Christopher Brown (cdb73@drexel.edu)
Office: Disque Hall, Room 704 (His lab is Room 923)
Office Hours: M 2-3, Th 10-11, or by appointment in advance

Grader:
Mr. Paul Xhori (paul.xhori@drexel.edu)
Office Hours: T 11-12, Disque 916

Lecture:
MWF 10-11
Curtis 344

Recitation:
W2-4 (Sec. 1), W4-6 (Sec. 2).
Disque 704.

Textbook:
Matter and Interaction by Chabay and Sherwood, 4th Edition.
[via Amazon]
(The book is also available in 2 separate volumes)
We will only be using the first volume this term, but I strongly recommend getting both at once or the single volume version, and doing so as cheaply as possible. Both volumes will be needed for the 3 term sequence.

Additional Help
Besides the course staff, this year we have three Physics Fellows:

They are upper level students who will be helping out with recitations. They are also available for private tutoring in physics and in math, and are generally great people to get to know with regards to getting acclimated in the Department and at college.

Please feel free to shoot them an email.

Announcements

Materials and Links

Administrative Policies and Such

Intro to Programming
  • LightBot -- a fun and simple grapphical programming interface in which you make a robot solve a series of puzzles.
  • Scratch -- A slightly more sophisticated (but still graphical) h object-oriented environments in which you can animate "sprites."
Shell Programming and Python Some more environments and languages Physics and Math
  • http://physics.info/standard/ - A nice overview of the Standard Model of Physics (required reading).
  • Math Notes - This is not meant to be encyclopedic, but it is a good overview of the math I expect you to know, and a nice reminder of important relationships.
  • http://www.io9.com/askaphysicist - A fun, semi-regular "ask a physicist" column that I write.
Homework Assignments

25%
You will typically have 3-4 classes (1-1 1/2 weeks) to complete homeworks, and the due date will be made very clear. A 10% penalty will be given for each day of lateness. The lowest homework will be dropped from your final average.

Recitation Assignments

10%
Recitations will be distributed during recitation sections and will be due via email to the TA. The first 30 minutes to an hour of recitation sections will be devoted to homework and concept discussion. You are not to work on your recitation assignments during the theoretical discussion.


Last year's Recitation Cup and Recitation Platter champions!