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PHY2054 General Physics II

Spring 2019

Course Announcements:

Mastering Physics Course Code:laurence31495

Exam 1 has been moved to Monday, February 25

Exam 1 Review Questions

Exam 1 Solutions

Exam 2 Review Questions

Exam 2 (Take home, Due in class Wednesday, April 10)

Exam 3 (Take home, Due Sunday April 28 by 11:59pm)

Section #: 611820
Class Time: MW 2:00PM -- 3:15PM
Room: 7/272

Instructor: Douglas H. Laurence
Office: 7/135
Office Hours: Here

Course Materials:

For this course, you will be required to have the following materials:
Further, you are expected to have a notebook (or paper of any form), a writing utensil, etc., so that you can properly take notes during the class. Feel free to record audio of the lectures to playback later; whatever helps you learn, I'm on board with it.

Reviews and Review Material

There are two more references I would recommend. For math, noting beats Paul's Online Math Notes, which provide an excellent review of all necessary math. For physics, MIT's Physics II lectures from 1999, given by Walter Lewin, are sort of the gold-standard for online lecture videos for physics. YouTube still has the videos uploaded, and a playlist for them can be found here. Note that these videos are with calculus, but they can still provide a lot of useful information for our course without calculus.If you need more reference materials, feel free to ask me and I'll be more than happy to recommend additional sources.


The exams will be a mixture of multiple choice questions and free response problems. There will be 10 multiple choice questions worth 2.5 points each (total of 25 points) and 3 free response problems worth 25 points each (total of 75 points). There will actually be FOUR available free response problems, of which you only need to answer THREE; you CANNOT do the fourth problem for extra credit. The material covered on each exam is going to break down like:
Make-up exams will not be offered in this course. Instead, if you have a legitimate emergency and cannot make it to the exam, I will give you the option of replacing your score with either the average of your other two exams (there are three exams and a final in the course) or your grade on the final exam. However, the choice must be made at the time you will be missing the exam; you can't simply wait until the end of the course and choose the better of the two options. If you know ahead of time that you will have to miss an exam, please let me know in advance. Legitimate reasons to miss an exam are outlined in the Student Handbook for Broward College; any other reason is up to the discretion of the professor.


Homework will be assigned through MasteringPhysics (course code laurence31495), with roughly one assignment due each week, though it depends on how long a particular topic takes us to cover in class; you will be able to see the homework schedule through the MasteringPhysics website. To access MasteringPhysics, you must go to the following website: http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com. This website, speficically, offers a 2 week free trial for MasteringPhysics in case you need time to purchase your access code. I will discuss how to register for this 2 week free trial on the first day of class.

While each homework assignment will vary in the number of questions asked, each assignment will be worth the same number of points, i.e. each homework assignment will be equally weighted. Some homework assignments which have a lot of subject matter to cover will have extra credit questions assigned. Each homework assignment will also be available for you to turn in late up to one-week after the due date, so even if you're running a bit late, make sure to turn it in! If, for any legitimate reason, you absolutely need an extension for your homework, please let me know before the due date of the homework, and I'll be happy to provide you a reasonable extension.

Tentative Course Schedule:

This syllabus is subject to change with prior notification from the professor

January 7 Electric Forces and Fields Electric Forces and Fields
January 14 Class Cancelled Class Cancelled
January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Electric Forces and Fields
January 28 Electric Forces and Fields Electric Potential and Potential Energy
February 4 Electric Potential and Potential Energy Electric Potential and Potential Energy
February 11 DC Circuits DC Circuits
February 18 DC Circuits Magnetism
February 25 Exam 1 (Ch's 19 - 21) Magnetism
March 4 Spring Break Spring Break
March 11 Magnetism Magnetism
March 18 Faraday's Law Faraday's Law
March 25 Exam 2 (Ch's 22, 23) Geometric Optics
April 1 Geometric Optics Physial Optics
April 8 Advanced Topics (TBD) Advanced Topics (TBD)
April 15 Advanced Topics (TBD) Advanced Topics (TBD)
April 22 Advanced Topics (TBD) Advanced Topics (TBD)
April 29 Finals Week, No Class Exam 3 (Ch's TBD)

*Blue days are days off, red days are exam dates

Grading Scheme:

I use a sliding grading scheme, with exam grades dependent on how well you do.

Homework 25 points
Lowest-Graded Exam 15 points
Mid-Graded Exam 25 points
Highest-Graded Exam 35 points
Total 100 points

Grading Sale:

Letter Grade Points Earned
A 90.0 - 100.0
B 80.0 - 89.9
C 70.0 - 79.9
D 60.0 - 69.9
F < 59.0