Problem-solving is an essential aid to understanding the physical concepts and the mathematical tools that must be used in this unit. Regular assignments will be set and the problems marked and returned within two weeks. There will be at six assignments over the semester.
Informal group discussion regarding the assignment problems is encouraged, but students should present their own solutions and should explicitly acknowledge those they have worked with on the assignment. The examinations may contain material related to the assignment work.
Students' individual engagement with assignment questions will be tested through the in-class tutorial presentations.
All marking is performed according to principles of standards-based assessment. Marks are awarded for evidence of correct understanding and analysis of problems. Marks are not normalized to any set distribution.
7000-level students should not need to be reminded that working on problems is an essential part of any physics course. It is only by attempting problems that an understanding of new (and sometimes strange) concepts is obtained. Do not hesitate to seek help if you are having difficulties with the assignment problems.
Extension Requests: Given the importance we place on assignments as an aid to learning we expect assignments to be submitted on time. In turn, we undertake to return your assignments (provided they were submitted on time), marked and with feedback within two weeks of their due date. Extensions will only be considered if requested with valid reasons prior to the due date.
If for any reason a student is unable to submit an assignment by the due date, the student should contact the relevant staff member as soon as possible, explain the situation, and request an extension.
Due: Weekly Weighting: 10%
Each tutorial session, several students will present their attempts at either previous assignment questions or tutorial problems [that will be announced at least a week in advance] at the whiteboard.
Students will be assessed on the degree to which they have engaged with the problem, their ability to explain their thinking, and ability to draw on ideas and techniques from the course. The correctness of the final answer is secondary to these other issues.
Each student will be expected to present at the whiteboard on at least 3 to 4 occasions. All students will be expected to engage in the class discussion around these problems.
Grades will be announced periodically during the semester. The grading scheme is as follows:
0 - nil or near nil contribution and engagement 1 - some ability to explain a tutorial problem - reasonably complete explanation of problem 3 - very strong explanation capturing almost all ideas or featuring unexpected/creative insights into the issues.
Two short in-session exams
Due: the exact timing to be set in consultation with the students Weighting: 50%
Two in-class tests, around weeks 5-7 and 11-13 of 90 minutes duration. Each test will contribute 25% to the final grade. Exact time and allowed material will be determined in consultation with the students.
Due: University Examination Period Weighting: 15%
Exact time and form will be determined in consultation with the students.