8.03SC | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate
Physics III: Vibrations and Waves

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Instructor Insights

"I decided to include a lot of demos during my lectures because I believe that to learn physics you have to know how to convert everything into mathematics, (…) make predictions, and, finally, compare predictions to experimental data. Demonstrations (…) show that the mathematics we cover in class (relate) to what nature does in physical systems."
— Yen-Jie Lee

Below, Professor Yen-Jie Lee describes various aspects of how he teaches 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves.

Curriculum Information

Prerequisites

18.02 Multivariable Calculus and 8.02 Electricity and Magnetism

Requirements Satisfied

GIR

8.03 may be applied toward a Bachelor of Science in Physics.

Offered

Every fall and spring semester

Assessment

The students’ grades were based on the following activities:

  • 25% Problem sets
  • 20% Exam 1
  • 20% Exam 2
  • 35% Final exam

Student Information

Enrollment

71 students

Breakdown by Year

Mostly sophomores

Breakdown by Major

Mostly physics majors

Typical Student Background

Some students had backgrounds in advanced mathematics.

How Student Time Was Spent

During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:

In Class

  • Met 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per session; 27 sessions total.
  • Class sessions included lectures, demonstrations, and time to ask the professor questions.

Recitation

  • Met 2 times per week for 1 hour per session; 28 sessions total.
  • Smaller groups of students met with class staff to work through problem sets and to ask questions about the course material.

Out of Class

  • Outside of class, students worked on problem sets and prepared for exams.

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