Sir Isaac Newton

Physics 496

Communicating in Physics—Writing Papers and Giving Talks few went to hear Him, & fewer yt understood him,
yt oftimes he did in a manner, for want of Hearers, read to ye Walls.

                —Humphrey Newton, about Sir Isaac Newton

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Lecture/Discussion 2:00–4:50 p.m., Fridays, 136 Loomis       Zoom Link

Taylor L. Hughes
2115 Engineering Sciences Building, (217) 333-1995,

Celia M. Elliott
215 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, (217) 244-7725,

Jessica L. Raley, Course Manager,

Syllabus—General Course Information (please read!)

Class Schedule        Recordings

Materials for In-Class Activities

Summary of Assignments

PHYS 496 Gradebook (requires authentication)

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Welcome to PHYS 496! Our first class will meet on Friday, January 21, promptly at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. The class is available only to students who are registered for PHYS 496.

We are all facing extra challenges and uncertainty this semester that are disrupting our schedules, worrying our minds, and stressing our coping mechanisms. Be as patient as you can, plan ahead as well as you are able, be flexible if you must, ask for help if you need it without hesitation or embarrassment, wear your mask, wash your hands, get your tests if required, show your "Building Access" status on your Illinois app or COVID-19 Boarding Pass if asked, and look out for one another. We will do our best to make sure that PHYS 496—Spring 2022 edition is the great class that you’ve heard about.

Each Wednesday, Celia will send a weekly message to your UI email account, previewing that week's class activities. Please be on the lookout for that email, as it will often contain information that you should know or review before class.

01/21/2022:  Click here for the instructions for the "Up Goer Five" challenge.