- You watch one of these lectures (about an hour each). They are very good, and aimed at a lay-audience (you are well above that, having had at least 3 physics courses so far**), and Feynman is generally very entertaining.***
- You write me 3 page (8.5x11 in paper, 1.5 inch margins, 12pt font, single spaced) paper covering
Do this, and I give you as much as +2% on your overall grade at the end of the semester, depending on quality of your writeup.* This extra credit opportunity requires a bit more writing (3 times as much, I guess), but on the other hand, the other one required you to actually attend something. I figure it about even.
- Two new things you learned from the lecture (or things you understood better)
- One way the lecture tied in to PH253
- One way the lecture tied in to your major/field of study
- One way the lecture tied in to everyday life
To give you an idea of what 2% means:
- There will be about 10 HW sets. Each is worth about 1% of your grade. This is 2 free HW sets. Typing up a three pages should and watching a video should take a minuscule amount of time compared to two of my HW sets :-)
- Each hour exam is 30% of your grade, each question on the exam about 6%. This is like adding 3 points to your lowest exam question.
**More like 'at least 2.7', since 30% of your PH253 grade is still to come ...
***Also, thanks to Bill Gates for making these lectures available ...