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There are three evening midterm exams (1.5 hours) and one cumulative final exam (2 hours).
The exam format is word 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.

Final exam note: The final exam is cumulative, meaning that questions will be drawn from all parts of the semester. However, not every topic that we covered will have its own question. The final from Fall 2007 is representative, but some topics that did not show up on that exam may be in your final. Take the Fall 2007 exam for practice, but remember that your final will be a little different.

Mat. Covered
Fall 07 exams
Exam 1

Mon, Feb 18

6210 Soc. Sciences
19 Ingraham

5:30-7 pm
Chap 21-24.3

Exam 2
review session
Note on prob. #2

Thurs, Mar 13

6210 Soc. Sciences
19 Ingraham

5:30-7 pm

Exam 3
review session

Mon, Apr 14

6210 Soc. Sciences
19 Ingraham

5:30-7 pm


Final Exam
review session
Mon, May 12
Van Vleck B239
Van Vleck B130
Van Vleck B102
5:05-7:05 pm

You should bring

  • 8.5"x11" self-prepared note sheets (your three single-sided sheets from the midterm exams and one single-sided sheet for the new material)
  • A pen or 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/conflicts

  • 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 text and web pages, attend all lectures and discussions, and work out the solutions to as many problems as possible -- both the homework problems and the end-of-chapter problems in the text.


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