Physical Systems 2000 - 2001
First Meeting: Tuesday, September 26, 2000
Room 2242, Lab II
Faculty: Don Middendorf 867-6618 (or x6618 from campus
If you wish to talk about advising issues before the first class,
leave me a message and tell me when you are available on Friday through
Sunday evening (Sept. 22 - 24). Leave a phone number where you can be reached.
Register for 16 credits in fall. (8 credit portion
available in spring. No signature required.)
Room 2242 of Lab II
Classes will meet from 11:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
(except first class meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26th)
Tutors will be available Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoons.
(mostly qualitative but prerequisite is winter quarter dynamics)
+ circuits lab
+ Multivariable calculus
+ computer lab
+ Differential Equations
|Lagrangian & Hamiltonian
+ Calculus of Variations
+ Differential Equations
Fall quarter texts will cost over $400. (Winter
and spring will be much less.)
Texts: (first two listed are for dynamics, next
two for quantum physics, next 4 for electrodynamics)
Classical Dynamics 4th edition by Marion and Thornton,
+ Student solutions manual (Prentice Hall)
The Evolution of Physics by Einstein and Infeld (Simon and Schuster)
Nonclassical Physics by Harris (Addison Wesley)
Wholeness and The Implicate Order by Bohm (Routledge & Kegan
Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd edition by Griffiths
Hidden Attraction: The Mystery and History of Magnetism by Verschuur
Div, Grad, Curl, and All That by H. M. Schey 3rd edition
(W. W. Norton)
Understanding Basic Electronics by Larry D. Wolfgang (published by
American Radio Relay League)
This electronics text will not be available in the bookstore.
You will need to purchase it on-line at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com,
varsity.com, kaboombooks.com, etc. Please do so immediately.
What can I do to prepare?
Frequently Asked Questions
Prerequisites: one year of calculus and calculus-based physics including
Newton's Laws and Electricity & Magnetism. (Some familiarity with quantum
theory will be helpful, but it's not required.) There is no entrance exam.
You decide if you meet the prerequisites or consult faculty.
Most important: Come ready to start! Have your living situation settled
before classes start, so you're ready to start learning seriously in the
first week. Have a functional study area, reliable transportation, and
money for books. Be prepared to work about 50 hours per week (including
class time) starting the first day of class. Students working more than
15 hours per week outside of class tend to have difficulty with the workload.
Tentatively, we are scheduled to meet from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Thursday, and Friday. Tutors should be available on Monday afternoon for
dynamics and on Wednesday afternoon for Electrodynamics and Quantum Physics.
During winter quarter, we will need to meet until 7 p.m. on Thursdays several
times for access to the computer labs.
Can I drop the seminar portion of the program? No. Seminar is a tool
for learning not a separate portion of the class. We will use several hours
each week for class discussions of philosophical, historical, and
Can I take portions of the program? Not in fall quarter unless you've
already had an equivalent (2nd or 3rd year physics
class). During spring quarter, there will be an option for 8 credits.
What proportion of the credits are upper division? See the catalog.
It is possible to earn 48 upper division credits in this program depending
Are we required to subscribe to journals? Yes. You'll get more information
on the first day of class. Physics Today + Physics Teacher and/or Am. J.
Physics. Cost will be $ 20 to $45 depending on your choice.
Will I have the equivalent of a physics degree at the end of this year?
No. More information on first day of class. See the next two questions.
Will I fulfill the requirements for an endorsement in teaching high
school physics by taking this program? Yes, you will fulfill some but not
all of the requirements for your endorsement.
What other physics beyond the first year level is available at Evergreen?
None this year. Next year, the Astronomy and Energy program will cover
relativity, quantum theory, and astrophysics.
Is Physical Systems the right program for me or should I be in Matter
and Motion? Matter and Motion covers first year calculus and calculus-based
physics. Physical Systems requires a year of calculus and a year of calculus-based
physics as prerequisites. Slightly less is OK. Consult faculty.
Which books do I need for the first class? None, but all
the books need to be purchased by the second day!
Will there be a separate mathematics book? No. I will recommend a text,
but it will not be required. (Your book bill is high enough!) Multivariable
Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, 3rd edition
by Grossman published by Saunders College Publishing.
Will it be fun? You bet!
Will it be a lot of work? Yes, but not excessively so. Expect
about 50 hours per week including time spent in class. (About
35 hours per week outside of class.)