Physics 1051:


Attendance in class is an important determinant of success in this course and will be expected. You cannot hope to pass this course simply by reading posted notes posted and by manipulating formulae provided with tests or exams. You will find that success depends on developing some intuition/physical understanding of the wave and field phenomena encountered in this course. The ways in which we apply mathematical descriptions of phenomena generally depend on having some underlying picture of the relevant symmetry or causal relationships. A large part of my effort in class will be directed toward helping you develop an ability to see beyond the formulae describing the phenomena we cover. My experience is that students who try to rely only on the posted notes without benefit of the classroom discussion, particularly about how different concepts relate and about the way in which the mathematical models represent real phenomena, tend to get lost in the details. This is reflected in their relative success in the course.
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