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PHY2049 General Physics with Calculus II

Summer 2019

Course Announcements:

Mastering Physics Course Code: laurence39512

Exam 1 Review Questions (Complete)

Jumping a Dead Battery

Exam 2 (Take Home, Due Class-Time Monday, July 22)

Exam 3 (Take Home, Due Class-Time Monday, August 5)

Section #: 617503
Class Time: MW 4:30PM - 6:45PM
Room: 7/273

Instructor: Douglas H. Laurence
Office: 7/135
Office Hours: By Appointment Only During Summer

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 with calculus, MIT's Physics lectures from 1999, given by Walter Lewin, are 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. Note that these topics are subject to change with notification by the professor.


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 replace your missed exam with the average of your other two exams. 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, specifically the new version called Modified MasteringPhysics (course code: laurence39512), 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. You should watch this video on how to get started with MasteringPhysics.

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

May 13 Ch 21: Electric Charge and Electric Field Class Cancelled
May 20 Ch 21: Electric Charge and Electric Field Ch 22: Gauss' Law
May 27 Memorial Day Ch 22: Gauss' Law
June 3 Ch 23: Electric Potential Ch 24: Capacitance and Dielectrics
June 10 Exam 1 (Ch's 21 - 24) Ch 25: Current / Ch 26: DC Circuits
June 17 Ch 26: DC Circuits Ch 27: Magnetic Field and Magnetic Forces
June 24 Ch 28: Sources of Magnetic Field Ch 28: Sources of Magnetic Field
July 1 Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
July 8 Exam 2 (Ch's 25 - 29) Ch 33: Nature and Propagation of Light
July 15 Ch 34: Geometric Optics Select Topics in Modern Physics (TBA)
July 22 Select Topics in Modern Physics (TBA) Select Topics in Modern Physics (TBA)
July 29 Select Topics in Modern Physics (TBA) Select Topics in Modern Physics (TBA)
August 5 Exam 3 (Ch's 33, 34, and TBA) Classes End

*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 85.0 - 100.0
B 75.0 - 84.9
C 65.0 - 74.9
D 55.0 - 64.9
F < 55.0