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Last updated: Fri Nov 8 02:34:33 pm 2013 (EST) by Reinhard Schwienhorst

PHY184, Fall 2013 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

Michigan State University

Course Coordinator: Michael Thoennessen, Reinhard Schwienhorst
Instructor: James Laverty
Teaching Assistant: Joseph Wade Nutter, Benjamin Thomas Loseth

Instructor Information

Reinhard Schwienhorst
Office: BPS 3241, Phone: (517) 884-5566
Email: schwier@msu.edu, Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~schwier/
Office hours: Before/after class and by appointment.

Michael Thoennessen
Office: NSCL 2016, Phone: (517) 908-7323
Email: thoennessen@nscl.msu.edu, Web: http://www.nscl.msu.edu/~thoennes
Office hours: Before/after class and by appointment.

Course Description

PHY 184: calculus-based physics course, for students majoring in engineering or physical sciences. Topics include: electrostatics, direct circuits, magnetostatics, induction, alternating circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, special relativity.

Prerequisites

(PHY 183 or PHY 193A or PHY 183B or PHY 193H or LBS 164) and MTH 133.

Class Hours

Section 001: Mo, Tu, We, Th from 4:10 to 5:00 PM in room BPS 1410.
Section 002: Mo, Tu, We, Th from 5:20 to 6:10 PM in room BPS 1410.

Helproom Hours

Physics Learning Center, room BPS 1248.

Teaching Assistants and helproom schedule:

Wednesday 5-9pm
Tursday 1-9pm
Friday 11am-1pm

A list of tutors suitable for this course is available from the undergraduate secretary in 1312BPS.

Exam Information

There will be twelve 40-minute exams every week and one 2-hour final exam. The weekly exams will be given in class every Monday and will cover the material presented in the previous week. There will be no make-ups for missing a weekly exam. We realize sometimes stuff happens that is beyond your control, with this in mind we will drop your lowest TWO exam scores when calculating your final grade.

All the exams are closed book exams. However, you are permitted to use a single 8-inch by 5-inch card (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of the note card.

Each weekly exam will have a correction exam assigned as a homework assignment in LON-CAPA. If you get all of the points on the correction exam, then you will get back 30% of the points you missed in the in-class exam. You must answer all of the correction set questions correctly to receive the bonus. As such, the correction exam homework assignment can only add points to your weekly exam score.

Final Exam: Tuesday, December 10, 8-10pm, BCC N130
The final exam is closed book. However, you are permitted to use TWO 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheets of paper (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of these sheets. The final exam cannot be dropped.

Bring a calculator with fresh batteries, two sharp #2 (HB) pencils, an eraser and your picture ID to each exam.

Deadlines

There are thirteen homework sets. The homework sets are always due on Sunday night at midnight.

There will be twelve 40-minute exams on Mondays in the lecture hours. Each of the associated correction exams will be due on Sunday evenings at 11:59 PM. You must complete the entire correction set in order to receive credit for it.

Students with Disabilities: MSU is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Requests for accommodations by persons with disabilities may be made by contacting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities at 517-884-RCPD or on the web at rcpd.msu.edu. Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined, you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (VISA) form. Please present this form to your instructor at the start of the term or no later than the end of the second week of class. Requests received after this date may not be honored.

Grading Information

Percent weights:
Homework: 25%,
Weekly Exams: 50%,
Final Exam: 25%,
Clicker Questions: 5%.

Clicker questions: clicker questions will be given in class. These questions will count as 5% extra credit. No make-ups are available for clicker questions.

The guaranteed scale below is based on the total percentage of points.

Grading scale:
4.0 >= 94%
3.5 >= 86%
3.0 >= 78%
2.5 >= 70%
2.0 >= 62%
1.5 >= 54%
1.0 >= 46%
0.0 < 46%.

This grading scale might be lowered, but it will not be raised.

Readings


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Wk | HW is due | Reading assignment
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01 | Sep 1 Su | Syllabus, Homework set #0
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02 | Sep 8 Su | HW 01: Ch 21: Electrostatics (no class Sep 2)
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03 | Sep 15 Su | HW 02: Ch 22: Electric Fields (weekly exams begin Sep 9)
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04 | Sep 22 Su | HW 03: Ch 23: Electric Potential
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05 | Sep 29 Su | HW 04: Ch 24: Capacitors
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06 | Oct 6 Su | HW 05: Ch 25: Current and Resistance
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07 | Oct 13 Su | HW 06: Ch 26: DC Circuits
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08 | Oct 20 Su | HW 07: Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
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09 | Oct 27 Su | HW 08: Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
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10 | Nov 3 Su | HW 09: Ch 30: EM Oscillations and Currents
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11 | Nov 10 Su | HW 10: Ch 31: EM Waves
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12 | Nov 17 Su | HW 11: Ch 32: Geom. Optics, Ch 33: Optical Instr.
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13 | Nov 24 Su | HW 12: Ch 34: Wave Optics (last weekly exam Nov 25)
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14 | Dec 1 Su | HW 13 (last HW): Ch 35: Special Relativity
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15 | Dec 8 Su | Mo-Th: Review
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16 | Dec 10 Tu | Final Exam: 8-10pm in BCC N130
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Textbook

Wolfgang Bauer, Gary D. Westfall: University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 2, McGraw-Hill, 1st or 2nd edition. (1st edition: ISBN 978-0-07-336796-5, 2nd edition: ISBN 978-0-07-740960-9)

We will use LON-CAPA, MSU's own free and flexible web-based course management system.

We will use iClicker in this class.