Princeton University
Physics 115A and B: Physics for Future Leaders

Fall 2019 Season

This course is designed for non-scientists who will someday become our influential citizens and decision-makers. Whatever their field of endeavor, Princeton students in the 21st century will be faced with important decisions in which science and technology play an important role. The purpose of this course is to introduce the key principles and basic physical reasoning needed to make the best decisions and to appreciate the univese in which we live.

Physics 115 is taught in an unconventional way that has enabled students of all backgrounds, including those with no previous classes in physics, to enjoy the course and to do very well. Students have written us years later to tell us how valuable the course has been to them. Real world issues will be frequently used as examples to teach students how to gather information and reason logically and scientifically. Hence, a conventional text is not used. Rather, the readings and assignments will incorporate a variety of online resources and encourage more interactive learning.

Physics 115A (for STN credit) is for those who do not want lab experience and Physics 115B (for ST credit) for those who do. Lectures and homework are the same for A and B students, though the exams and course are graded separately.

Math skills at the level of high school algebra are assumed. Students are not expected to have had any prior classes in physics.

Instructors
Prof. Paul Steinhardt
Jadwin 404
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steinh@princeton.edu
Dr. Jason Puchalla
Jadwin 106
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puchalla@princeton.edu
Aaron Hillman
Jadwin 427
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aaronjh@princeton.edu
Gage DeZoort
Jadwin 435
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jdezoort@princeton.edu
Alex Pandya
Jadwin 419
815-517-2727
apandya@princeton.edu
 You are invited to contact any of us whenever you have questions
Essentials

Course Learning Goals

Course Syllabus

Homework

Homework assignments are accessed through Blackboard. Each homework (after the first) consists of two parts:

PRE-CLASS questions related to material about to covered the forthcoming week. These questions are exploratory and help inform the discussion in lecture. PRE-CLASS questions are answered online and due on Sunday at 9 pm.

POST-CLASS questions (to be downloaded, printed, and submitted in hardcopy) explore material from the previous week to see how much you learned. POST-CLASS homework questions are handwritten or typed and due at the beginning of lecture on Tuesdays.


No late homework accepted without advance permission from Prof. Steinhardt (contact in person or by email).

Questions about Homework or Homework grade?:
Contact Aaron at aaronjh@princeton.edu

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Final Exam Study Aids

FINAL EXAM INFORMATION

    EXAM is on Monday, January 20th at 7:30 PM in JADWIN HALL A-10

    (NOTE: THIS IS NOT OUR USUAL LECTURE ROOM - FROM OUR USUAL LECTURE ROOM, YOU GO DOWN THE HALL THROUGH THE GLASS DOORS TO JADWIN HALL AND LOOK FOR A-10 -- IT IS NEARLY STRAIGHT AHEAD, JUST SLIGHTLY TO THE LEFT. COME EARLY TO MAKE SURE YOU FIND THE ROOM)


    The exam is comprehensive -- covering the entire term.

    You are allowed to bring to the exam one 3 x 5 index card filled on BOTH SIDES with any equations or other information you want. You will sign and turn in the index card with the exam.

    REVIEW SESSION on FRIDAY night, January 17 FROM 5-9 PM in Jadwin Hall A-07 -- down the hall from our lecture room and through the glass doors into Jadwin Hall)

    For preparation for the REVIEW and EXAM, print, study and bring to the REVIEW the following:

    Learning Goals

    Final Review Questions

    READ THE INSTRUCTIONS AT THE TOP OF THE FINAL REVIEW QUESTIONS PDF CAREFULLY BEFORE COMING TO THE REVIEW.

    Also review all the Lecture Slides above; bring questions about them to the Review Session

    All current lab writeups and Lab PPT presentations will be posted on Blackboard

    Times & Places

    Lectures are at 3:00-4:20 PM Tuesday and Thursday in McDonnell A01 beginning on Thursday September 15th.

    For those taking Physics 115 B (Lecture + lab), the labs do not begin until Tuesday September 25th.

    The time and days for the lab sections are:

    Section Instructor Lab Time Lab Room

    B01

    Puchalla & DeZoort

    Tuesday
    7:30-10:20 PM

    McDonnell 102
    Grading
    A (no lab) B (lab)
    FINAL 50% 40%
    MIDTERM 25% 20%
    25% 20%
    LAB 20%