University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 2503.001

Physics III: Intro to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity

Solutions to Quiz 4
modified 13-Dec-2017 at 3:01PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Class average is approximately 73.

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Confirmation of makeup final exam
posted 12-Dec-2017 at 11:21AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Students allowed to take the makeup final exam should have received the time & place for the exam by now.

To avoid any last-minute glitches, please send a confirmation message quoting the time & place to qianx007@umn.edu by noon on Monday, December 18.

Homework 7 Solutions
modified 7-Dec-2017 at 8:45PM by Morgan Dixon
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Homework 6 Solutions
modified 7-Dec-2017 at 8:45PM by Morgan Dixon
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Discussion Solutions 11/17
modified 7-Dec-2017 at 12:05PM by Derek Sincavage
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Han's office hour 12/7 will be in Tate 130-01
modified 7-Dec-2017 at 10:17AM by Han Yu

Final Exam (Tu 12/19)
posted 6-Dec-2017 at 10:27AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

The Final Exam is to take place from 8:30 to 11:30 am on Tuesday, 12/19.

The location is Auditorium 100 in Bell Museum at 10 Church Street SE.

The exam covers Chapters 14-17, 29-30, & 33-34 of the textbook.

There are 10 multiple-choice questions and 4 problems. These are similar to the problems selected for discussion and homework.

It helps prepare for the exam to go over the quizzes and homework assignments. As always, understanding is the key: brute force memorization would not be effective.

One (8.5 in x 11 in) crib sheet is allowed, as well as non-programmable calculators. No textbooks or notebooks.

Lecture notes on wave optics
modified 4-Dec-2017 at 2:43PM by Yong-Zhong Qian
WaveOptics.PDF | Download posted 4-Dec-2017 at 2:43PM

Make up Office Hours Week of December 4th
posted 4-Dec-2017 at 1:02PM by Derek Sincavage

With me finally back in town my office hours this week will be as follows: normal time Tuesday, 2pm Wednesday and Friday. All of these will be at the normal location outside of PAN 482.

Homework Set 8 (Last!)
posted 3-Dec-2017 at 10:36PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

HW1 (through MasteringPhysics) due midnight Tuesday, 12/12 is available now.

HW2 (written solutions) due in class Wednesday, 12/13: Problems 12, 44, 74 for Chapter 14 in Practice of Physics.

Discussion 12/01
modified 1-Dec-2017 at 9:17PM by Han Yu
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Quiz 4 (F 12/8)
posted 28-Nov-2017 at 9:28AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Quiz 4 is to take place from 3:35 to 4:25 pm on Friday, 12/8.

To accommodate the required every other seating, students with last initials A-N are to take the quiz in Tate B50, while those with O-Z in Tate 101.

The quiz covers Chapters 33 & 34 of the textbook.

There are 5 multiple-choice questions and 2 problems. These are similar to the problems selected for discussion and homework.

One (8.5 in x 11 in) crib sheet is allowed, as well as non-programmable calculators. No textbooks or notebooks.

Derek's Office Hours Tu 11/28
posted 27-Nov-2017 at 11:18PM by Derek Sincavage

As I will just be getting back around the time of office hours I believe it is safer to cancel than to risk a late plane landing and me not showing up. As such I will be holding THREE office hours next week, the exact dates and times I will post this weekend

Reporting Final Exam Conflicts
modified 27-Nov-2017 at 4:58PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

All requests for a makeup final exam are to be submitted to Kelly Michel (kmichel@umn.edu) by students before 4 pm Wednesday, 11/29.

Students can request through the google form.

Requests sent after the above deadline will not be considered.

Correction to Problem 65 of Chapter 34
posted 21-Nov-2017 at 10:19AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Note that in Problem 65 of Chapter 34, the second sentence should read "The n = 1 and n = -1 dark fringes".

Derek's office hour changes (Tu 11/21)
modified 20-Nov-2017 at 8:56PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Derek will not be able to hold office hour on Tuesday, 11/21.

He will make it up during the week of Quiz 4.

Solutions to Quiz 3
modified 18-Nov-2017 at 10:12PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Class average is close to 52.

solutions-q3.pdf | Download posted 18-Nov-2017 at 10:12PM

HW5 Solutions
modified 20-Nov-2017 at 9:15AM by Morgan Dixon
2503_HW5_Solutions.pdf | Download posted 20-Nov-2017 at 9:15AM

Homework Set 7
modified 21-Nov-2017 at 10:16AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

HW1 (through MasteringPhysics) due midnight Tuesday, 12/5 is available now.

HW2 (written solutions) due in class Wednesday, 12/6: Problems 24, 52, 65 for Chapter 34 in Practice of Physics.

Note that in Problem 65, the second sentence should read "The n = 1 and n = -1 dark fringes".

Note change in due date for homework
posted 14-Nov-2017 at 8:53AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

The next 3 sets of homework will be due midnight Tuesday (MasteringPhysics) & in class on Wednesday (written).

Reading ahead
posted 14-Nov-2017 at 8:49AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

We will cover Chapter 34 from Tuesday, 11/14 to Tuesday, 11/28.

To finish the lectures, we will cover Chapter 14 starting from Wednesday, 11/29.

Lecture notes on ray optics
modified 14-Nov-2017 at 8:43AM by Yong-Zhong Qian
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Homework #4 solutions
modified 10-Nov-2017 at 4:26PM by Morgan Dixon
PHYS2503_HW4_solutions.pdf | Download posted 10-Nov-2017 at 4:26PM

Discussion Solutions 11/3
modified 6-Nov-2017 at 12:54PM by Morgan Dixon
PHYS2503_Discussion_11.3.pdf | Download posted 6-Nov-2017 at 12:54PM

Quiz 3 (F 11/10)
posted 5-Nov-2017 at 12:13PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Quiz 3 is to take place from 3:35 to 4:25 pm on Friday, 11/10.

To accommodate the required every other seating, students with last initials A-N are to take the quiz in Tate B50, while those with O-Z in Tate 101.

The quiz covers Chapters 29 & 30 of the textbook.

There are 5 multiple-choice questions and 2 problems. These are similar to the problems selected for discussion and homework.

One (8.5 in x 11 in) crib sheet is allowed, as well as non-programmable calculators. No textbooks or notebooks.

Homework Set 6
posted 31-Oct-2017 at 6:08PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

HW1 (through MasteringPhysics) due midnight Tuesday, 11/21 is available now.

HW2 (written solutions) due in class Wednesday, 11/22: Problems 74, 93, 123 for Chapter 33 in Practice of Physics.

discussion 10/27 solutions
modified 28-Oct-2017 at 5:41PM by Han Yu
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Homework 3 Solutions
modified 7-Nov-2017 at 3:11PM by Morgan Dixon
PHYS2503_HW3_Solutions.pdf | Download posted 7-Nov-2017 at 3:11PM

Derek's makeup office hour 4:30-5:30 pm today (W 10/25)
modified 25-Oct-2017 at 2:41PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Derek's makeup office hour is changed to 4:30-5:30 pm today (Wednesday, 10/25).

Solutions to Quiz 2
modified 27-Oct-2017 at 9:44PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Class average is close to 77.

solutions-q2.pdf | Download posted 23-Oct-2017 at 5:00PM

Homework Set 5
posted 21-Oct-2017 at 10:07PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

HW1 (through MasteringPhysics) due midnight Thursday, 11/9 is available now.

HW2 (written solutions) due in class Friday, 11/10: Problems 29, 36, 61 for Chapter 30 in Practice of Physics.

TA office hour Tuesday 10/24
posted 21-Oct-2017 at 7:06PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Derek will not be able to hold office hour on Tuesday, 10/24.

He will hold a makeup office hour from 1 to 2 pm on Wednesday 10/25.

Reading ahead
posted 21-Oct-2017 at 7:03PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

We will cover Chapter 30 during the week of 10/23-27 and start Chapter 33 on Monday 10/30.

Homework 2 Solutions
modified 20-Oct-2017 at 2:20PM by Morgan Dixon
PHYS_2503_HW_2_solutions.pdf | Download posted 20-Oct-2017 at 2:20PM

Discussion 10/13 Solutions
modified 13-Oct-2017 at 10:10PM by Derek Sincavage
Discussion_10-13_Solutions.pdf | Download posted 13-Oct-2017 at 10:10PM

Discussion 10/6/17 Solutions
modified 18-Oct-2017 at 11:36AM by Morgan Dixon
PHYS2503_Discussion_10.6.17.PDF | Download posted 18-Oct-2017 at 11:36AM

Homework Set 4
posted 12-Oct-2017 at 11:01PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

HW1 (through MasteringPhysics) due midnight Thursday, 11/2 is available now.

HW2 (written solutions) due in class Friday, 11/3: Problems 69, 71, 73 for Chapter 29 in Practice of Physics.

Quiz 2 (F 10/20)
posted 8-Oct-2017 at 11:54AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Quiz 2 is to take place from 3:35 to 4:25 pm on Friday, 10/20.

To accommodate the required every other seating, students with last initials A-N are to take the quiz in Tate B50, while those with O-Z in Tate 101.

The quiz covers Chapters 16 & 17 of the textbook.

There are 5 multiple-choice questions and 2 problems. These are similar to the problems selected for discussion and homework.

One (8.5 in x 11 in) crib sheet is allowed, as well as non-programmable calculators. No textbooks or notebooks.

Reading ahead
posted 8-Oct-2017 at 11:48AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

We will finish Chapter 17 on Tuesday 10/10 and start Chapter 29 on Wednesday, 10/11.

Homework Set 3
modified 2-Oct-2017 at 5:42PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

HW1 (through MasteringPhysics) due midnight Thursday, 10/19 is available now.

HW2 (written solutions) due in class Friday, 10/20: Problems 8, 58, 74 for Chapter 17 in Practice of Physics.

Homework grading
posted 30-Sep-2017 at 9:28PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

One problem is graded in detail with a maximum score of 10 points.

The other two problems are graded on efforts. One point is given for serious attempt at each problem.

Change of meeting place for TA office hour on Tuesday
posted 30-Sep-2017 at 9:20PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Derek Sincavage will hold his office hour (Tu 11:15 am - 12:15 pm) outside PAN 482.

9/29 Discussion Solutions
modified 29-Sep-2017 at 7:40PM by Han Yu

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Homework 1 Solutions
modified 2-Oct-2017 at 8:59AM by Morgan Dixon
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Solutions to Quiz 1
modified 27-Sep-2017 at 2:43PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Class average is close to 70.

solutions-q1.pdf | Download posted 27-Sep-2017 at 2:42PM

Reading ahead of lectures
modified 25-Sep-2017 at 12:49PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

The tentative lecture plan is outlined in the syllabus.

Because materials may not be covered in the order as presented in the textbook, it is more effective to read the entire chapter before that chapter is covered in lectures.

We will finish Chapter 16 this week and start Chapter 17 on Monday, 10/2, finishing it by 10/11.

Homework Set 2
modified 20-Sep-2017 at 11:33AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

HW1 (through MasteringPhysics) due midnight Thursday, 10/5 is available now.

HW2 (written solutions) due in class Friday, 10/6: Problems 54, 62, 74 for Chapter 16 in Practice of Physics.

Office Hours
posted 17-Sep-2017 at 9:02PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Instructor and TA office hours along with locations have been finalized and posted on the class homepage.

9/13 Discussion Solutions
modified 13-Sep-2017 at 5:56PM by Morgan Dixon
9/13 In class discussion solutions | Download posted 13-Sep-2017 at 5:56PM

9/15 Discussion Solutions
modified 18-Sep-2017 at 4:35PM by Derek Sincavage
9/15 Discussion Solutions | Download posted 18-Sep-2017 at 4:35PM

Instructor office hour change & rooms for office hours
posted 12-Sep-2017 at 9:50AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

For this week only, the Instructor will hold his office hour from 5 to 6 pm on Tuesday 9/12 in Tate 375-18.

The rooms for the office hours are still being finalized. For the first few weeks, please confirm with the Instructor and TAs regarding where the office hours will be held before you head over.

Quiz 1 (F 9/22)
posted 12-Sep-2017 at 9:33AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Quiz 1 is to take place from 3:35 to 4:25 pm on Friday, 9/22.

To accommodate the required every other seating, students with last initials A-N are to take the quiz in Tate B50, while those with O-Z in Tate 101.

The quiz covers Chapter 15 of the textbook with emphasis on simple harmonic oscillations.

There are 5 multiple-choice questions and 2 problems. These are similar to the problems selected for discussion and homework.

One (8.5 in x 11 in) crib sheet is allowed, as well as non-programmable calculators. No textbooks or notebooks.

Homework Set 1
posted 6-Sep-2017 at 3:11PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

HW1 (through MasteringPhysics) due midnight Thursday, 9/21 is available now.

HW2 (written solutions) due in class Friday, 9/22: Problems 80, 84, 86 for Chapter 15 in Practice of Physics.

Accessing MasteringPhysics
modified 1-Sep-2017 at 12:41PM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Homework will be assigned through MasteringPhysics, the access to which is required for the course.

The Course ID is MPQIAN50846.

If you have purchased the textbooks at the University Bookstore, they should be bundled with MasteringPhysics. The access code is printed on the books. You should use it to set up an account. Together with the Course ID, you should be ready to use MasteringPhysics.

If you have an account with MasteringPhysics from a previous class, your account should be valid for 24 months from the date of registration. If you forget your login information, refer to the instruction on the sign-in page.

The electronic version for all chapters of the textbooks can be accessed through MasteringPhysics.

Textbooks & MasteringPhysics
modified 31-Aug-2017 at 11:16AM by Yong-Zhong Qian

Textbooks are Principles & Practice of Physics by Mazur, both Volumes 1 and 2. We will cover Chapters 14-17, 29, 30, 33, & 34. Chapters 14 & 15 are in Volume 1 while the rest are in Volume 2.

These are the same Mazur books used for Physics 1301 & 1302. You do not need to buy new ones if you still have those.

Access to MasteringPhysics is required. This is bundled with the textbooks.

If you took Physics 1301 & 1302 using Mazur's books & still have them, please check if you have access to MasteringPhysics for Fall 2017. If yes, then you are all set. Otherwise, please contact the bookstore or the publisher regarding purchase of that access only.