Exam 1 is coming up in 2 weeks, 16 Feb 2010. Here's what it will cover:
Sects. 1.1-3, 5 (Relativity, excluding 1.4)
Sects. 2.1-3 (quantum hypothesis, photoelectric, photons)
Sections we did not cover in class which you are responsible for: 2.1.7, 2.2.4, 2.3.1
The material we cover for the next 3 classes will mostly not be on the test. Specifically, it will not cover 2.4. The format of the exam will be 5 problems (i.e., solve, no multiple choice), you pick any 4 to solve. Put another way, I'll give you 5 problems, you can skip any one of them you like.
I will provide a formula sheet with all relevant constants and basic formulas which should be enough to solve all problems. Additionally, you are allowed to bring in a single 8.5x11 inch sheet of paper with your own notes, formulas, etc. -- anything you want, really. Front and back sides are allowed, I will allow two sheets with only a single side if you prefer that. You are additionally allowed writing implements and a calculator (i.e., not a cell phone or any network-enabled device). You can feel free to program your calculator in arbitrary ways, however, just no internet or peer-to-peer communication.
More details and sample problems will follow in the next week. For now, I suggest reading the chapters and homework solutions.