Physics 441 - Fall 2017

Welcome to Physics 441!

Fall 2017

General Information

Instructor: John S. Colton
     Office: N335 ESC
Office hours in room N337:
When HW is due on a Wednesday:    T 2-4 pm
         When HW is due on a Friday:  Th 1-2 and 4-5 pm
        When HW is due on a Monday: the previous Friday, 1-3 pm
        Thanksgiving week (HW due Tues Nov 21, which is Friday instruction): undecided, maybe we'll take a class vote

TA/TA office hours: Annie Laughlin,
    Office hours in room N337: 
Most weeks:     T 12 pm - 2 pm;  Th 11 am - 1 pm.

         Special cases due to some HWs being due on Monday (i.e. Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6):
                               Fri Oct 20 11-12
                                Mon Oct 23 11-12;  Tues Oct 24 12-1; Th Oct 26 11-12; Fri Oct 27 11-12
                                Mon Oct 30 11-12;  Tues Oct 31 12-1; Th Nov 2 11-12; Fri Nov 3 11-12
                                Mon Nov 6 11-12;  Tues Nov 7 12-1; Th Nov 9 11-1 

         Special case due to Thanksgiving week HW being due on Tuesday Nov 21 (which is Friday instruction)
                               Mon Nov 20:  1-3

Quick Links

The following links are explained more below.


  • I will bring hardcopies of the syllabus to the first day of class. If you would like to download a pdf version of the syllabus, here is a pdf file: syllabus - 441 - fall 2017.pdf  (note the dates are off after Oct 20 due to the cancelled class)

Homework and Grades


Here are handouts for/from various class periods.

Past Exams

Here are actual exams from past semesters. If you are using these to study, I highly recommend you work out the exams on your own BEFORE looking at the solutions. Also note that the coverage from year to year is not necessarily consistent, both in terms of overall material covered and material covered for each exam. In particular in Fall 2016 we covered more circuits than I plan to cover this semester, and the circuits topics were part of Exam 3. There may be other differences.

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