THE GROUND RULES - GENERAL INFORMATION
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8.02 Classical Theory
of Electromagnetism. This term I will cover, in addition to
the basics, a vast variety of interesting topics including: lightning,
pacemakers, electric shock treatment, electrocardiograms, metal
detectors, musical instruments, magnetic levitation, bullet trains,
electric motors, radios, TV, car coils, superconductivity, aurora
borealis, rainbows, radio telescopes, interferometers, particle
accelerators (a.k.a. atom smashers or colliders), mass spectrometers,
red sunsets, blue skies, haloes around sun and moon, color perception,
Doppler effect, super-novae, binary stars, neutron stars, and black
II, for Scientists & Engineers, and the Study Guide and Student
Solutions Manual, Third Edition, by D. C. Giancoli, Prentice
All information about
this course, including homework assignments, solutions, lecture
supplements, and some transparencies shown in lectures, will be
made available on the 8.02 website: http://web.mit.edu/8.02/www/Spring02.
Lectures - Homework
- Solutions - Exams - Quizzes - Grades
There will be 36 lectures,
10 problem sets, 3 exams during regular lecture hours, and a 3-hour
final. Weekly 15-minute quizzes will be given in recitations. During
exams, I expect you to know all material covered in (i) the lectures,
(ii) the reading assignments, (iii) the problem sets and (iv) recitations.
I will only (but not always) make Lecture Supplements available
(on the web) if the topics are inadequately covered in the book.
Please hand in your homework on the due dates before 4 PM in room
4-339B. Three problems, randomly chosen, will be graded.
Solutions will be made available on the website the day after the
due dates. The homework counts for 10%, the weekly quizzes for 15%,
each exam for 15%, and the final exam counts for 30% of your course
will be no make-up exams!
A missed homework, quiz
or exam counts as a zero. Only in case of verifiable illness can
you be excused by Professor Wen from taking one of the 3 exams.
If at all possible, this should be done before the exam.
Viewing Lectures on
the Web - MIT Cable TV
The 10-11 AM lectures
will be videotaped (occasionally also the 11-12 lectures). They
can be viewed starting about 1 week later. To accommodate you in
preparing for exams, we will air the 3 Exam Reviews day and night
on MIT Cable TV (channel 10) every hour on the hour, starting at
5 PM on the day of the Review.
The tutoring schedule
will be announced on the 8.02 website.
There are 28 recitation
sections (see schedules). If for
any reason you want to change section, please see Maria Springer;
she will accommodate you as much as possible.
1. Do yourself (and
me) a favor.
Read about the topics before I discuss them in lectures. It is not
necessary that you study them carefully, but at least get the "smell
of it". It would make it much easier for you to follow the
lectures and that would make them more interesting. On every assignment
you find the relevant reading for the upcoming lectures.
2. Do yourself (and
me) another favor.
Please try to be in your seats by 4 minutes after the hour. If you
have to be late, as a courtesy to other students and to me, come
in quietly through the back doors (A & C in the sketch),
and take a seat in the back.
3. To students of
the first lecture (10-11).
Please leave 26-100 through the exits marked B & C (see sketch).
Avoid exit A and the hallway to the main corridor (the shaded area,
connecting building 26 with 8). This will allow the second class
to get into 26-100 in time.
and enjoy the course!