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There are three evening midterm exams (1.5 hours) and one cumulative final exam (2 hours).
The exams have calculation and short answer problems. The questions cover fundamental concepts, crucial experiments and their interpretation, and some elementary applications.

Exams cover the listed sections of the book, labs, homework, discussion section material, lecture material, and lecture demonstrations

NOTE: the topics this fall appear a slightly different order than Fall 06, since we now use the text you used last spring in 207. This means that the exams from last fall also cover a slightly different range of material. All the material is there, but, for instance, some of the material for exam 1 this semester is on Fall 06 Exam 3.

Final exam note: The final exam is cumulative, meaning that questions will be drawn from all parts of the semester. But not every topic that we covered will have its own question. The final from Fall 2006 is representative, but some topics that did not show up on that exam may be in your final. Take the Fall 2006 exam for practice, but remember that your final will be a little different.

Study Material
Mat. Covered
Fall 06 exams
Fall 07 exams
Exam 1 Wed., Oct 3
5:30-7 pm
2103 Ch
Ch. 21.5-6, 22-27
Exam 2 Wed., Oct. 31
5:30-7 pm

2103 Ch


Chap 28 (no 28.2) -32


Exam 3 Wed., Nov. 28
5:30-7 pm
2103 Ch.


Ch. 32.6,33 (no 33.8-10),34 (no 34.2),37.6,37.8-9,38,39




Final Fri., Dec. 21
7:45-9:45 am
2103 Ch.

Exams 1-3 + 40.4, 40.10, 41-42,
but not 41.7, 42.4


You should bring

  • 8.5"x11" double-sided note sheet (two sheets for final exam)
  • Number 2 pencil
  • Calculator
  • Your student ID number

Taking the exam

  • The exam will be distributed at the beginning of the exam time.
  • You must stop working at the end of the exam time. Working past the exam time will not be permitted.
  • If you finish early, please turn in your exam and leave quietly.

Exam times

  • Student athletes with an exam conflict may ask their coach to administer the exam to them at a remote location. Consult the instructor at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements.
  • Students with exam time conflicts should contact the instructor at least two weeks in advance of the exam.
  • Students with special needs should consult the instructor.


  • Physics has lot to do with visualization and abstraction. Such modes of understanding are perhaps unfamiliar. Try your best and be willing to make mistakes. Physics questions very basic assumptions about our experience. Forget what you know, and start fresh. Study the texts and web pages, attend all lectures and discussions. Most important, ask questions of yourself, of your friends, and of your instructors during lecture and discussion.


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