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PHY2049 General Physics with Calculus II

Summer 2018

Official Syllabus

Exam 1 will be on Wednesday, June 13, covering chapters 22 - 26.

Exam 2 will be on Monday, July 16, covering chapters 27 - 31.

Coulomb's Law Approach to Problem 24.17 (to be discussed in class)

Exam 1 Review Questions

Exam 1 Formula Sheet

Exam 1 and Solutions

Exam 2 Review Questions

Exam 2 and Solutions

Extra Credit Problem

Exam 3 and Solutions

Section #: 589357
Class Time: MW 4:30PM - 6:40PM
Room: 5/211

Instructor: Douglas H. Laurence
Office: 7/135
Office Hours: M, T, W, R from 3:00P - 4:00P

Course Materials:

For this course, you will be required to buy two items:
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. If you need more reference materials, feel free to ask me and I'll be more than happy to recommend additional sources.

Course Topics:

During the semester, we will cover the following topics:
The last segment of material, Introduction to Modern Physics, depends on time. Essentially, there are two broad topics that we can break modern physics into:
Ideally, we would be able to cover Relativity and then Quantum Mechanics. However, as you can probably guess, this is a lot of material, so we will more-than-likely only have enough time for one of these subjects; which one we cover will be decided upon by a vote in class.


For each exam, except for the final, you will have the first 1 hour and 15 minutes of class to take the exam. There will be a 5 minute break after the exam. The roughly 50 minutes remaining will be used to cover new material. Because the summer semester is short, we have to be economic with our time.

The exams will be a mixture of multiple choice questions and free response problems, with 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:

At the start of every week, on a Monday unless otherwise stated, we will have a short quiz at the end of the first class. This quiz will have two questions: one conceptual, multiple-choice question, and one problem involving computation, which may or may not be multiple-choice. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped in the calculation of your final grade.

Tentative Course Schedule:

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

May 14 Electric Force / Electric Field Electric Field Lecture 1, Lecture 2
May 21 Gauss' Law Gauss' Law Lecture 3, Lecture 4 Quiz 1
May 28 Memorial Day Class Cancelled
June 4 Electrical Energy / Potential Capacitance / Ohm's Law Lecture 5
June 11 Exam 1 Review Exam 1 / Ohm's Law
June 18 DC Circuits DC Circuits Lecture 7
June 25 DC Circuits/Magnetism Magnetism June 25, June 27
July 2 Magnetism July 4th
July 9 Electromagnetic Induction Exam 2 Review
July 16 Exam 2 / EM Waves Optics / Modern Physics
July 23 Modern Physics Exam 3 Review
July 30 Exam 3 / Final Exam Review Final Exam Review
August 6 Final Exam Classes End

Grading Scheme:

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

Quizzes 15 points
Lowest-Graded Exam 10 points
Mid-Graded Exam 20 points
Highest-Graded Exam 25 points
Final Exam 30 points
Total 100 points

Grading Sale:

Letter Grade Points Earned
A 85.0 - 100.0
B 75.0 - 84.9
C 65.0 - 74.9
D 55.0 - 64.9
F < 55.0