By the end of this course, students will be able to write code to read
and process scientific data using an appropriate Python package,
analyze the result, and write a short report including illustrations.
Students will also be able to select and use the appropriate tool,
whether Unix, Python, or Maple for solving a few basic numerical
All students should have a Physics computer account. If you have an existing account, you should use it. If not, and you enrolled in the course before Monday, August 21, an account should have been automatically created for you. See the instructor for your account information.
If your account was not created specifically for this class, you will not be able to run some of the course utilities until you copy the file ~p6720/dotfiles/.customs.cshrc into your home directory. The next time you log in the changes will take effect. If you already have a file of the same name, see the instructor.
The computer lab is in 205 S Physics and is open whenever the building is open. Entry is controlled by a card RFID scanner. See Hours and Access Instructions . and Your First Lab Session .
You can access your physics department account and files from a home PC or from elsewhere on campus. You can also transfer files to and from your home PC. The best way to access the account is through a VPN connection using Microsoft remote desktop. Instructions for setting this up are given in our Remote Access document.
The lecture plan has links to material to be read prior to the class. The Canvas system has short multiple-choice questions about the reading. These "quizzes" must be completed before the deadline (generally a couple hours before the class). Quiz scores count for a small part of the grade.
Daily in-class exercises are available on-line . The purpose of these exercises is to provide a quick check of your understanding of the lecture material. They count for a portion of the course grade.
Homework assignment files are available on-line . Most homework is to be submitted electronically. Instructions are given on the main assignments page.
Late homework (labs and assignments) will be accepted for half credit up to the last day of class. Assignments with low scores can be redone and also submitted for half credit up to the last day of class.
The project assignment will be announced later in the semester on the Assignments page . Project assignments are different for PHYS 3730 and PHYS 6720.
Course information and handouts, where possible, are made available through the web at the URL
Important announcements will be e-mailed to students through the Canvas system .
The course grade is based on daily lab exercises, weekly homework, a midterm exam, a project, and a final exam. The greatest emphasis is placed on homework and lab exercises. Grading formula: prelecture quizzes 5%, lab exercises 20%, homework 30%, midterm 15%, capstone project 15%, final 15%. Physics 6720 students have a more advanced project assignment appropriate for graduate-level credit.
Collaboration on tests is not permitted. Collaboration on homework and project assignments is encouraged, provided the collaboration involves roughly the same amount of give and take. However, students may submit only their own work for grading and this work must be written solo, without copying from any other sources. Students are on their honor to adhere to this policy.
The University of Utah Physics Department seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need special accommodations in this class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the instructor and to the Center for Disability Services, http://disability.utah.edu/ 162 Olpin Union Bldg, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for accommodations.