Physics 213

Waves

September 2, 1999

R.J. Rollefson (rrollefson@wesleyan.edu)

Office: 233 Science Tower

Hours: Th 2:00 - 3:30 or by appointment.

TA: Sean McDonald (smcdonald@wesleyan.edu)

Office: 215 Science Tower

Hours: Mon. 8 - 10 or by appointment.

**Course Home Page:** www.wesleyan.edu/~rrollefson/phys213

**TEXT**:

A.P. French, *Vibrations and Waves*

WRITTEN WORK:

Problem set each week; late work not accepted. Using the formalism developed in this course to solve problems is an essential part of the learning process. Failure to work problems will not result in a less rigorous understanding of the course material - it will result in a total lack of understanding. You are welcome to collaborate while working on the problem sets but not to copy others work.

Three exams, all open book take-home.

Grading:

The problem set average and the exams will each count 25% toward the grade.

INCOMPLETE:

Given for valid excuse only.

APPROXIMATE SCOPE OF THE COURSE:

I expect we will cover most of the book during the course of the semester. We will also use this course as an opportunity for you to learn how to use modern mathematical packages on microcomputers to do calculations, graphing, and numerical simulations. There are two programs available in the STLab, Mathcad and Mathematica, either of which will do what we need. I will distribute notes on the use of Mathcad.