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Physics 53 Resources

by
Robert G. Brown
Duke University Physics Department
Durham, NC 27708-0305
Copyright Robert G. Brown, 2014


Abstract

Physics 53 Resources are provided for the benefit of the students taking Physics 53 from me during the regular semester at Duke. Others who discover them online are welcome to use and peruse them and the associated other resources online for the purpose of teaching or learning physics.

Students should probably download copies of each of the following PDFs:

  • The course syllabus. This describes what we will cover in very broad terms and tells you how the couse is divided up into logical sections.
  • The course schedule. This is a week-by-week guide to the course, with the dates for the homework and exams (and certain other important dates) laid out. This schedule is not written in stone and may be changed as circumstances dictate during the semester, but it is a pretty good estimate of where we'll be, when, for the time being.
  • The course grading scheme. This describes how the assigned work and exams will be graded and how the scores will contribute to your overall grade. It is very important to look at this early, so that you can see how to succeed in the course in a way that lives up to your expectations.
  • Suggested study methods to use in this course, especially The method of three passes. The latter details a way to study physics systematically over several days each week that optimizes understanding given a reasonable investment of effort.
As you might expect, some of these documents may change during the course of the semester, especially if events like hurricanes or earthquakes or terrorist attacks (all of which have been factors in the years I've been teaching) intervene to introduce a delay. I will try to announce it in class if an updated version has been posted, but it is still sensible to come back and check from time to time.



Contents

Document TypeSize (K)Last Modified
phy53/grading.pdf 55
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phy53/schedule.pdf 24
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phy53/study_methods.pdf 73
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phy53/syllabus.pdf 42
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phy53/schedule.ps 68
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Physics 319 Physics 231: Mathematical Methods for Physics Videos of Physics 53 Lectures Contact About

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