PHYS 3740: Introduction to Relativity & Quantum Mechanics (Modern Physics)

Rules of Game:

Working and debating within a group environment can be challenging at times, but also fun and rewarding. It is necessary to establish some ground rules to maximize the benefits associated with this approach, while minimizing conflicts.

1) Dialog within the group must remain respectful. Vigorous, active debate is healthy and indeed is the basis for the advancement of scientific knowledge. However, aggressive or denigrating behavior is not appropriate and will not be tolerated!
2) Groups will be composed of at most 4 (preferably 3) students. Group composition will be rotated periodically throughout the semester.
3) All group members must participate in the debate/discussion. Groups are encouraged to consult with each other, but each group must turn in their own solution(s).
4) Each group will submit a single, clearly written solution(s) signed by each participating group member. Any group member who does not participate in the discussion, or who is absent, must not be allowed to sign the solution. Signing a solution is your explicit endorsement of its content, and certifies your participation in the discussion. Allowing a fellow group member to sign the solution despite a lack of participation, or signing the solution on behalf of a non-participating or absent group member, constitutes a violation of the University Honor Code.
5) If through vigorous and respectful debate, a group member disagrees with the majority solution, the dissenting group member can attach to the group solution an alternative solution signed by him/her. This solution will be graded separately. Alternative solutions from students who refuse to participate in the group discussion will not be accepted.
6) Students are only allowed to consult with each other, the instructor, teaching assistants, and an appropriate textbook when solving in-class problems. The use of electronic or web-based resources is not allowed unless specifically noted.
7) When appropriate, the instructor and teaching assistants will provide guidance on the in-class problems, but will not provide a full explanation. Written solutions will be provided after class.
8) Major, irreconcilable conflicts between group members should be brought to the instructor’s attention in private as soon as possible. Group members are expected to remain respectful of each other even when these conflicts arise.

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