Class time: MWF 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm, Gottwald D209
Instructor: Dr. Ovidiu Lipan
Office: Gottwald Science Center, D 104
Phone: 287-6670. I will check my voice mail every morning.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . The best way to contact me is by e-mail.
Office hours: Thursday from 4:30 pm to 8 pm. Please feel free to contact me whenever you have a physics question.
Materials: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics by Claude Garrod
Oxford University press (1995)
Overview: The course will consist of lecture, interactive discussions, writing and problem solving.
Homework: Every Wednesday your homework will be posted on the course’s blackboard web page. Homework will be collected on the next Wednesday.On the following Wednesday you will be expected to write a quiz (5-10 minutes) based on a problem similar to one of the problems assigned as homework the previous week.
Quizzes: The quizzes are similar to the problems in your homework.
Exams: There will be three exams during the semester.
Exam 1: February 14
Exam 2: March 21
Exam 3: April 11
Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive.
Attendance: Attendance is required and expected for all classes. Quizzes and exams missed due to unexcused absence will receive a zero. No make-up quizzes and exams will be administered.
When absence is unavoidable to quizzes, exams, or homework question, a written exemption note must be submitted to the instructor prior the event or in the first week after the event. No excuses are accepted afterwards, meaning that 0 marks will be awarded for the missed work. If a quiz or an exam is missed because of an excused absence, the other quizzes or exams will count more heavily to make up for the loss.
Exam 1 17%
Exam 2 17%
Exam 3 17%
Final exam 25%
Honor Code: I strongly support the University’s Honor Code and I will report and pursue any of its violations.
Please turn off your cell phones during the class.
Communication and feedback to me:
Solutions to quizzes, exams and other course materials will be posted on http://blackboard.richmond.edu
Physics is a house with many entries and many rooms. I will try to show you as many entries as I can fit in an introductory course. I hope that each of you will find a door to step into the physics mansion. I need feedback from you to know your opinion, and I will frequently poll you.
Enjoy the course and feel free to speak with me if you have any difficulties.
Disclaimer: all of the information in this syllabus is subject to change and be improved as a result of the course development throughout the semester.