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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2004

T C Phys • Phys 309K: Honors Elementary Physics for Non Technical Students

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
56990 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
pai 4.42

Course Description

The course, designed for Plan II majors, will consist of a survey of the major ideas of classical physics. These ideas will be placed in a historical perspective. Homework will consist of conceptual questions relating to ideas and principles of physics. Students will be introduced to the value of model building in physics. The goal is to provide students with a working knowledge of classical physics, knowledge that will yield new and valuable insights about the world around them. Topics included are mechanics, structure of matter, heat and thermodynamics, optics, electricity and magnetism. The lectures will be supplemented by classroom demonstrations, films, home experiments, and computer simulations. Students are expected to be familiar with algebra and trigonometry.

About the professor: Professor Oakes is an expert on waves in plasmas. He has worked for many years in the area of controlled fusion. This research involved the use of electromagnetic waves to heat plasma. His most recent work explored the properties of Alfvén waves in tokamaks. He is also interested in the use of multimedia for teaching physics. Professor Oakes has won a number of teaching awards; awards include the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award, College of Natural Sciences Teaching Awards, Piper Professor Award and citations from the Friar Society, and a College of Natural Sciences Teaching Award. He is a member of the UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Grading Policy

There will be three one-hour exams and a comprehensive final. You will be permitted to substitute your final exam for one of your hour exams, provided that the final is a higher grade. All students must take the final exam. No calculators or formula sheets permitted during exams. Course grade: 60%(Hour exams) 30%(Final Exam) 10%(Homework)


Conceptual Physics. Paul Hewett. (Ninth Edition)


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