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N. Peter Armitage
Bloomberg 309
Office hours: Wednesday 3:30-5:00 PM or by appointment

Head TAs:
Peter Weck
Oz Amram

Other TAs:

Lu, Cicero

Sivarajan, Shankar
Weck, Peter
Cheng, Sihao
Wang, Haoyu
Cheng, Bing
Luo, Yi
Osumi, Keisuke
Dasgupta, Sayak
Halloran, Thomas
Amram, Oz

Office Hours:

Monday 4:30-6:00 Yi
Monday 6:00-7:30 Cicero

Tuesday 4:30-6:00 Sihao

Tuesday 6:00-7:30 Peter

Wednesday 4:30-6:00 Tom

Wednesday 6:00-7:30 Shankar, Bing

Thursday 4:30-6:00 Haoyu, Oz

Thursday 6:00-7:30 Keisuke, Sayak
Academic Administrative Coordinator:
Kelley Key
Bloomberg 366

PREREQUISITES - Students must have completed 171.103 with a grade of C- or


COREQUISITES - 173.112, and Calculus 110.106-107 or 110.108-109

Required Reading: “Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach”
4th Edition, Randall D. Knight, Pearson, 2013, ISBN 978-0-321-74090-8

Lectures are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 to 9:50 AM in Schafler
Auditorium (Bloomberg Building). The first lecture is Monday January 29th.
Lectures will not simply involve following the text. There will be demonstrations
and class discussions to aid in understanding the physics principles. We will use
“clickers” for lectures, which will be used to aid the discussion. Text material
should be read before the lecture. Exams will be based exclusively on material
covered in the class.

Conferences are on Tuesdays at various times and places. The first conference
sections will meet on February 6th. Your TA name, conference room, and time is
indicated on your registration form. Please see Kelly Key (Bloomberg 366;; 410-516-8743) if you have questions. Conferences will
predominantly involve the discussion and solution of problems and examples.
25% of your final grade will be determined by your TAs based on your homework
and conference participation. Thus, you should attend the conference to which
you are assigned. Attendance will be taken. Your TA will also post office hours
on the class web site.


Tentative Exam Schedule

First Exam: Tuesday, Feb 20th, 8:00 to 8:50 AM
Second Exam: Tuesday, March 13th, 8:00 to 8:50 AM
Third Exam: Tuesday, April 10th, 8:00 to 8:50AM
Final Exam: Saturday May 12, 2:00 – 5:00 PM



All students must bring their J-card IDs to all exams.

You will be allowed to bring one index card sized piece of paper (3” x 5”). No
calculators are allowed. No other notes. No books. No anything else.

Snow day make up exam policy: In the event of a snow cancelation of classes
at the time of the exam, the exam will occur at 9PM at the first available of
opening of classes. e.g. if classes are canceled in the morning then the exam
will occur at 9:00 PM THAT EVENING. If this makeup time does not work for
some students then an additional time will be announced ONLY for students with
legitimate time conflicts.

MAKE-UP EXAMS: Make-up exams will be given only if the student has a
serious illness that is documented with a signed Physician's note or if the student
can document in writing that they were out-of-town on official university business.
Students missing an exam otherwise will receive a grade of zero on that exam.

GRADES: The final grade will be assigned based on the following:

4% for participation in clicker questions during lecture. The lowest 5 scores are
1% in getting right scores on clicker questions during lecture. The lowest 5
scores are dropped.
5% conference grade based on your participation. (3 absences allowed with no
effect on your grade.)
10% Mastering Physics homework assignments (the 3 lowest scores are
10% BlackBoard homework. (the 3 lowest scores are dropped)
35% Best two midterm exams
35% Final Exam

Final grades will be assigned according to the below scheme: Points on each
exam will be adjusted to make the average score at least a 72. i.e. if the
average raw score on an exam is a 68 then everyone will get 4 bonus points to
make an average 72. If the average is above 72 then the average will stay as is.

Grade % of total points

A+ 95
A 85
A- 75
B+ 70
B 65
B- 60
C+ 55
C 50
C- 45
D 40
F <40

Grades will be assigned strictly based on these outcomes. No allowances will

be made for being “just on the line”.
There will be two kinds of homework assignments to be completed. The first will
be online through You need a copy of the “Mastering
Physics Student Access Kit” for Knight’s “Physics for Scientists & Engineers”. If
you bought the textbook at the JHU Book Store, you received a copy of this
bundled with your text. If you choose to get the book from a different source, you
need to make sure you get a copy of the access kit. It can be purchased
separately at Follow the instructions in the “Student
Access Kit” to register on-line. After registering, when you first log in to Mastering
Physics (p. 6 of the Instruction pamphlet) you will be asked for a Course ID and a
Student ID. Please enter the following:

-Course ID: MPARMITAGE01456

-Student ID: (Enter your Student ID #)

The 2nd form of HW will be “BlackBoard” problems that emphasize the correct
written form of a physics problem solution. These problems are close in form to
exam problems. You are to upload your solutions as a PDF document.
Comments will be provided directly on this PDF file within a week and solutions
will be provided weekly.

Homework will generally be assigned on Friday morning and due the next Friday
by midnight. Late homework will not be accepted. Collaboration with other
students on the homework at the level of discussing strategy and approach is
OK, but you are expected to figure out your own solutions. Copying solutions of
others is not only unethical, it will also make it more difficult for you to master the
material. The main purpose of the homework is to give you practice in solving the
problems before you take the exams. You simply will not learn physics by just
listening to lectures and reading the book. Questions similar to the homework
problems may also appear on the exams.


In the event that a student believes that their exam has been misgraded, they are
to do the following in order (moving to the next step ONLY AFTER the preceding
step has not resolved the dispute):
1) Turn in to their TA a written explanation of their arguments and their answer to
the disputed exam question. Their TA will discuss this material with the TA who
graded the problem to see if a re-grade is warranted.
2) Meet with the Senior TA.
3) Meet with Prof. Armitage. He will discuss a re-grade ONLY if the dispute has
not been settled by the student's TA and the senior TA. To insure compliance
with steps 1 and 2, he will consult with the TA and senior TA prior to any re-
grading discussion with the student.

If you are a student with a disability or believe you might have a disability that
requires accommodations, please contact Dr. Brent Mosser, Director of Student
Disability Services at 410-516-4720 / or Ms.
Abigail Hurson, University Disability Services Officer at 410-516-8949 / (TTY)
410-516-6225 / to discuss reasonable and appropriate
accommodations. To receive accommodations you must submit a letter to Prof.
Armitage from one of these individuals first.

The class Blackboard site will communicate important information (schedules,
office hours, announcements, etc.) to you. Solutions to homeworks (if not on
Mastering Physics), solutions to the problems worked in conference sessions,
and solutions to the hourly exams will be posted there.

JHU policy: The strength of the university depends on academic and personal
integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations
include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of
the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of
graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic
dishonesty, and unfair competition.

Report any violations you witness to the instructor. You may consult the
associate dean of students and/or the chairman of the Ethics Board beforehand.
See the guide Academic Ethics for Undergraduates and the Ethics Board web
site for more information.


In addition to the office hours of Professor Armitage listed above, the TAs will
have official office hours posted on the class web site and will also be available
at other times by appointment.
There will a review session organized by the Head TA before each exam.

The PILOT Learning program will provide support through peer-learning

sessions. Please see

PILOT Learning supports this course by recruiting enrolled students to meet for
two hours each week with a trained PILOT Leader (a student who has taken the
course before and scored a B+ or higher) and 6-10 classmates to work on
problem-sets that compliment what students are learning in lecture each week.
PILOT will start in mid-February and continue until final exams begin, so students
are supported through their entire semester. Our PILOT Leaders also run exam
review sessions and additional study sessions for students who request more
support. PILOT is not a tutoring program and we do not give students the
answer keys to the problem-sets. Students are tasked to work together as a
team to discuss and problem-solve each step of the problem together. The
PILOT Leader will guide the group and use various techniques to encourage
participation and discussion from the participants.

The Learning Den on-campus program will also be supporting this class:
The Learning Den
Free Small Group Tutoring Gilman Hall
To reserve your seat at the Learning Den:
1. 1) Sign up online at (Your User ID and password is
your 6-character
Hopkins ID; the two fields are identical), or
2. 2) Call 410-516-8216 and ask to speak to Ms. Anne Benner, or
3) Stop by the Office of Academic Advising, Garland Hall, Suite 300
More information and the complete schedule can be found here:

Date Reading Assignments Topic

1/29 Ch. 22 Electric Charges & Forces
1/31 “ “
2/2 “ “
2/5 Ch. 23 The Electric Field
2/7 “ “
2/9 “ “
2/12 Ch. 24 Gauss’s Law
2/14 “ “
2/16 Ch. 25 The Electric Potential
2/19 Ch. 26 Potential & Field
2/21 “ “
2/23 Ch. 27 Current & Resistance
2/26 “ “
2/28 Ch. 28 Fundamentals of Circuits
3/2 “ “
3/5 Ch. 29 The Magnetic Field
3/7 “ “
3/9 “ “
3/12 Ch. 30 Electromagnetic Induction
3/14 “ “
3/19-3/23 SPRING BREAK
3/26 Ch. 31 Electromagnetic Waves
3/28 “ “
3/30 Ch. 31/33 E-M Waves/Wave Optics
4/2 Ch. 33 Wave Optics
4/4 “ “
4/6 Ch. 34 Ray Optics
4/9 “ “
4/11 Ch. 35 Optical Instruments
4/13 Ch. 36 Relativity
4/16 “ “
4/18 Ch. 37 The Foundations of Modern Physics
4/20 Ch. 37/38 & Quantization
4/23 Ch. 38 Quantization
4/25 Ch. 39 Wave Functions & Uncertainty
4/27 Ch. 40 One-Dimensional Quantum Mechanics
4/30 Ch. 41 Atomic Physics
5/2 Ch. 42 Nuclear Physics
5/4 “ “