Physics 442 - Winter 2017

Welcome to Physics 442!

Winter 2017

General Information

Instructor: John S. Colton
 Office: N335 ESC
Office hours: 9:30-10:30 am the days HW is due, in room N337 ESC

TA: Ty Beus,, office hours:
* 2-4 pm the day before the HW is due (or on Friday, if HW is due on Monday). That'll be in room N337 on various Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. This will be for general help on the homework.
* 2-3 pm on the days that HW is due (i.e., after the HW is due), for more general questions. That'll be in the underground lab in the open area below the skylight on various Mondays, Weds, and Fridays.

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, a pdf file is linked to above.

Homework and Grades

  • I will use the Physics Department's "Max" system to assign homework and keep track of grades: //
  • Here's the "n_of_air.txt" file that you need for one HW problem: n_of_air.txt


Here are handouts from various class periods.

The ones below are still from last year (summer 2016); the lecture numbers do not yet correspond to Winter 2017 and there may be other small changes.

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