MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
8.01 Fall 1997
General Course Information
Course Administrator Address Office Phone E-Mail
George Koster 4-334 3-4870 email@example.com
Alan Guth 6-209 3-6265 firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudia LaBollita-James 4-352 3-4461 email@example.com
8.01 Study Guide:
Wit Busza, Susan Cartwright, and Alan H. Guth: Essentials of Introductory Classical Mechanics, 2nd Edition; available from
the MIT Coop.
Hugh Young and Roger Freedman: University Physics, 9th edition,
2nd printing. [You can buy this book in two formats-an extended
version for $86.50, or just Vol. I for $47.50. The extended
version includes Vol. II, electricity and magnetism, which will
be used as the text for 8.02 next spring. It also includes Vol.
III, on "modern physics," which you may enjoy reading. You will
not need Vol. III for your courses, but since Addison-Wesley was
out of stock on the combined edition, consisting of Vols. I and
II only, they are providing the extended edition at the price of
the combined edition. If you would prefer paperback versions,
the Coop expects to have both Vol. I and Vol. II available in
paperback during the second week of class, each for a price of
$47.50. Your best buy is the extended version, if you can
tolerate the weight.]
Alan Van Heuvelen: ActivPhysics 1. Recommended but NOT
required. This program uses simulations, video clips, and audio
tracks to help students develop a conceptual understanding. It
contains a large number of problems and solutions, many of which
are illustrated by animated simulations. The simulations should
prove especially useful for students who have difficulty
visualizing physical situations. The package could also be
attractive to those students who prefer computer screens to
printed pages. [Unfortunately, this program does not run in the
Athena environment, so you will have to have access to a PC or
Macintosh computer to be able to use it. The package, which can
be purchased at the MIT Coop for $33.50, includes a workbook and
a CD-ROM that will run under Windows 95 or on a Macintosh. The
program uses Netscape Navigator 3.0 (included on the CD-ROM), and
a plug-in simulation program written for ActivPhysics.]
You will be assigned to a class instructor and a class that
meets three hours a week; two in groups of no more than 22
students, and one on Friday in a group about twice as large.
Weekly Demonstrations and Introductory Lecture:
Will be given by Alan Guth on Mondays at 10:05 a.m. and again at
11:05 a.m. in 26-100.
Will be issued weekly, and will be discussed in your classes, and
also at the tutorial sessions and TV help sessions described
below. They will not be collected or graded, but we are sure
that you will find them essential in preparing for the quizzes
and the final exam.
Tutorials and Problem Solving Help:
Will be available from 7 - 9 p.m. every Thursday in rooms 2-139,
2-142, and 2-146. These sessions will be staffed by class
instructors and graduate student teaching assistants.
TV Help Sessions and How to Solve Problems:
Will be given by Walter Lewin on MIT's cable TV (channel 10).
The tapes will be broadcast on the cable system 24 hours a day,
and will also be available in the Physics Reading Room and the
"Reserve Room" of the main library. You will find all the
necessary details about how to access these help sessions at the
end of each assignment.
Weekly Quizzes: Almost every
Friday there will be a 25 minute quiz on the week’s material.
Approximately half of each quiz will consist of a problem that
will be only a slight modification of one of the assigned
homework problems. The 2 lowest of each student’s 9 weekly quiz
scores will be dropped.
Review Quizzes: Three of the
Fridays during the term—September 26, October 17, and November
14—will be used for 50 minute review quizzes, each of which will
focus on all the material since the previous review quiz. These
quizzes will not be given in the usual classrooms, but instead in
rooms 50-340 (3rd floor of Walker Memorial) and
26-100. Assignment to a specific room will be announced
Final Examination: There will be
a three-hour final examination during the regular final exam
period at the end of the term.
WWW Home Page:
At http://web.mit.edu/8.01/www, the web site (maintained by Alan
Guth) includes quizzes and solutions from the past three years.
It will also be used to post all announcements, homework
assignments, and quiz solutions as the coming term progresses.
(Announcements and assignments will also be handed out in
lecture, but quiz solutions will be available only on the web.)
You are invited to use the anonymous feedback page to relay
comments, complaints, or suggestions about the web site or about
any aspect of the course.
Comments by Course Examiner:
This is the 4th year that 8.01 has been taught in the small class
format, and the first year that I am serving as course examiner.
Wit Busza, Susan Cartwright, and I worked hard over the summer to
improve the Study Guide, which we hope you will find a concise
and convenient summary of the material, as well as an instructive
collection of problems and solutions.
8.01 is the mid-level first-year physics course that is aimed at
the majority of MIT students. It is paced faster than 8.01L, it
is less rigorous than 8.012, and it does not have the emphasis on
take-home experiments that characterizes 8.01X. Our goal is to
convey the excitement of the physicist's quest to understand
nature at its deepest level, and at the same time to provide the
knowledge and tools that you will need to continue your studies
in science or engineering.
— Alan Guth
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