

Course Information
Professor Lisa Everett
leverett@wisc.edu

5215 Chamberlin Hall
2624699 
Office Hours
Tues 46 pm
or by appointment

Professor Teresa Montaruli
tmontaruli@icecube.wisc.edu

4112 Chamberlin Hall
8900901

Office Hours
Starting from the last week of April please fix an appointment by email

Teaching Assistant

Office 
Discussion (3136 Ch) 
Lab (3136 Ch) 
Matt Palotti
mlpalotti@wisc.edu

3331 Chamberlin Hall
2650552
Office Hrs Tue 1012 am

601R 1:20pm
602R 2:25pm

301M 1:204:15pm
302T 1:204:15pm


Textbooks:
 Physics for Scientists and Engineers  Vol. 1 & 2
Paul A. Tipler
Gene Mosca
 Modern Physics
Paul A. Tipler
Ralph A. Llewellyn
The first is the same book (Vol. 1) that was used last
semester in Physics 247. This semester we will use volumes 1 and 2.
You also will need a second book on Modern
Physics. These books have gone through a number of editions that do not
vary significantly one from the other. You can use older editions than
the 6th and 5th for the 2 books respectively. You will also need to
purchase a HW system (WebAssign, cost options below).
Below please find the suggestions from the textbook
editors for how to purchase your books together with the WebAssign HW
system:
1. If you already own Tipler & Mosca Vol. 1 and 2
and you need to buy Tipler & Llewellyn Modern Physics and WebAssign
access code (additional $10) you can use the ISBN code: 1429238461
2. If you have to buy Tipler/Mosca Physics for
Scientists and Engineers 6e Vol 1, Vol 2 & WebAssign access code
you can use the ISBN code 1429238453
3. If you just want to purchase WebAssign access code
you can do it online also for $15.45. Instructions are in the HW
section of this page.


Description of 248 A Modern Introduction to Physics: 16 week session (Tue Jan 20  Fri May 8), 5 credits (PI). Continuation of Physics 247.
Prerequisites:
Open to Freshmen Physics 247, Math 234 or con reg. Intended primarily
for physics, AMEP, astronomyphysics majors. Not open to students who
have had Physics 202 or 208; students will receive degree credit for
only one of the following courses: Physics 104, 202, 208, 248
Contents: E&M, waves, quantum mechanics, Schroedinger equation, hydrogen atom and atoms with many electrons, nuclear physics,...
Lectures: 9:5510:45am Monday, Wednesday and Friday in 2241 Chamberlin Hall.
You may be called upon to answer questions in lecture and to assist with demonstrations.
Honors: You will
be asked to read and report on one of the books we will propose. Some
of the books overlap with the ones proposed in P247 so you will have to
chose between all others if you already discussed one of them in P247.
The report will consist of a short
essay which includes a brief synopsis of the book's content along
with your impressions, curiosities, doubts and the knowledge you
gained upon reading the book.
Homework: This semester you are going to use an online Homework system called WebAssign
with problems taken from your textbooks. HWs will be due on Tue at
11:59 PM every week. During the first week you will have practice
sessions to use this system with your TA and Professors in discussion
sessions.
Exams: Three midterm exams will be held during lecture time, one final exam.
Midterm Exam #1: Feb. 13, during lecture time
Midterm Exam #2: Mar 13, during lecture time
Midterm Exam #3: Apr 24, during lecture time
Final Exam: Mon. May 11, 2:45pm, Van Vleck B239
Discussion Sections:
Discussion sections are two times per week on Thursdays at 1:20pm for
Sec 601 and at 2:25pm for Sec 602. Attendance is IMPORTANT for you.
Please note below that 5% of your grade depends on your participation
(e.g. questions, answers and comments) and attendance during Discussion
sections. You will receive group problems to solve that contribute to
this percentage of your grade. We would like to remind you of the
importance of discussion sections in general. They are really helpful
for improving your understanding of the lectures and HW, as well as for
preparing for exams. Consider them as an invaluable help for you. They
also provide a venue for discussing topics we do not have time to
discuss during lectures, as it allows for a more direct interaction
with your instructors. Discussion sections start Thursday, Jan. 22.
Topics are listed on the syllabus.

Laboratories: Laboratories are three hours long, once per week.
Labs start week of Jan. 26.
There are 11 labs this semester. You must complete at least 10 of them, or you will receive a failing grade for the entire course.
If you complete only 10 of them, the entire lab portion of your grade
(see below) will be reduced by 30%. Missed labs can be made up with an
approved excuse (this needs to be a good one!), and the TA's approval.
Labs can be made up during an alternate lab period that same week or
during the week of the immediately following exam (when there is no
scheduled lab). This means, for instance, that after the week of the
first exam, you can no longer make up lab #1. The message here is you
should complete all the labs! 
Grading: your grade will be based on a weighted average of your work for the course as follows 
Homework

15%

HWs are due each week on Tue at 11:59
PM. The grade will be reduced after that deadline. Further
details will be specified shortly.

Laboratory

15%

Grade based on participation, lab question sheets and notebook keeping.

Discussion

5%

Discussion and Lecture participation/behavior, group problem in discussion sessions.

3 Midterm Exams

40%

This percentage of your grade will be
divided as follows: 2/5 for your best midterm, 2/5 for the second best
and 1/5 for your third best, which means 16%, 16% and 8% will be
assigned to the corresponding Midterm exams

Final

25%


Your exam scores will correlate to the
following letter grades: A, AB, B, BC, C, D, F. An F means you fail
this course. We will produce a curve of the distributions of the grades
for each exam and based on the average and width of this distribution
we will decide the exact correspondance between the letter grades and
the scores.

