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Unformatted text preview: PH202-NG College Physics II Summer 2011 Second term of non-calculus based physics. Topics include: Electric forces and fields, electric potential energy, electric
circuits, magnetic forces and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, optics, selected topics of
modern and nuclear physics. The course includes required lecture, recitation, and laboratory components.
Where: Lecture – CH445, Recitation – CH396
When: Lecture: Tu &Thur: 3:00 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.
Recitations: Tu &Thur: 1:20 p.m. – 2:44 p.m. Wed & Fri: 11:20 a.m. – 12:44 p.m.
Instructor: Andrei Stanishevsky,
Office: CH342, Lab: CH376
Office hours: TBD.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 205-934-8030, Course Website: http://www.phy.uab.edu/~astan/courses.html
To register, use the Class Key: uab 5191 7358
Homework on WebAssign: http://www.webassign.net/
Related UAB core learning outcomes: Demonstrate the ability to collect and evaluate information within the context of the
scientific method and to use this ability to further one’s understanding of the natural world. Demonstrate the ability to apply
mathematical skills and quantitative reasoning to solve problems and interpret information. Physics is concerned with
development of thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, not memorization of facts.
• To understand the physics of electromagnetic phenomena, optics, selected quantum phenomena, and the nature of the atom
• Demonstrate ability to interpret data, apply fundamental physical concepts, reason quantitatively and use mathematical
analysis skills to effectively solve problems. You should be able to: 1) read a description of the problem and translate
nonscientific prose into the language of physics, identify key quantities that point to a solution; 2) set up a diagram to assist
in analyzing the problem: 3) determine a relationship between the given physical quantities and the ones to be found; 4)
carry out mathematical operations to arrive at a solution.
• Demonstrate (in the associated laboratory) the ability to collect, evaluate and communicate scientific information.
Measurement of learning objectives: Homework problem sets, class exercises, exams and laboratory reports will be used to
measure understanding of the fundamental concepts presented as well as student ability to apply this understanding to
problems. Immediate grading of the problems by the homework system will provide feedback to students on their strengths
and weaknesses. Problem sets and exams also provide an opportunity to evaluate the progression of students’ reasoning and
Expected Outcomes: Students successfully completing this course will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts in
electromagnetism, optics and modern physics and the ability to apply this knowledge and mathematical skills in algebra,
trigonometry and vectors for quantitative reasoning and problem solving.
Prerequisite: PH201; Co-requisite: PH202L- laboratory and PH202R- recitation section. Prerequisite/
The Recitation section is the integral part of PH202, and the enrollment in Recitation section is mandatory.
Co-requisite Failure to enroll in Recitation is grounds for administrative class withdrawal.
Week 1 (06/02 – One class): Introduction, Chapters 18 (Electric Forces and Electric Fields)
Week 2 (06/06-06/10): Chapter 19 (Electric Potential Energy & Electric Potential). Chapter 20 (Electric
Week 3 (06/13-06/17): Chapter 20 (Electric Circuits). Homework #1 (due by midnight 06/15). Test #1 on
Week 4 (06/20-06/24): Chapter 21 (Magnetic Forces and Fields). Chapter 22 (Magnetic Induction).
Week 5 (06/27-07/01): Chapter 23 (Alternating Circuits). Homework #2 (due by midnight 06.29). Test #2
on Thursday, 06/30.
Week 6 (07/05-07/08): Chapters 24 (Electromagnetic Waves), 25 (Reflection of Light: Mirrors) and 26
(Refraction of Light: Lenses and Optical Instruments). [July 7 is the last day to withdraw from a course with
(may change) Week 7 (07.11-07.15): Chapter 27 (Interference & Wave Nature of Light). Homework #3 (due by midnight
07/13). Test #3 on Thursday, 07/14.
Week 8 (07.18-07.22): Tuesday - selected sections from Chapters 29 (Particles and Waves) and 30 (The
Nature of the Atom). Thursday - selected sections from Chapters 31 (Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity) and
32 (Ionizing Radiation, Nuclear Energy, Elementary Particles).
Week 9 (07/26 – Last class, 07/28 – Final Exam): Homework #4 (due by midnight 07/25). Course
overview for final exam. Tests and Recitations make-ups.
Final exam: July 28 (Thursday) from 4:15 pm to 6:45 pm in CH445. Recitations Week 2 - 8: Special topics and problem solving techniques. There will be a graded assignment given at the
end of each recitation from #3 to #8.
Week 1 and 9: No recitations* [Note – there will be one recitation section on Tuesday, 07/26 for make-ups)
Homework (4)- 20% (50 points each), Tests (3) - 42% (140 points each), Laboratory – 10% (100 points),
Recitation – 12% (120 points), Final exam - 16% (160 points).
Grade “A” is given if 90% (900 points and above) of all assignments is completed successfully; “B”= 80 89.5%, “C”=70 – 79.5 %, “D”=60 – 69.5%, “F”=0 – 59.5%. The decimals are rounded to the nearest 0.5 %.
The point system is employed – 100%=1000 points. Grade status can be checked at
http://www.phy.uab.edu/~astan/courses.html (username and password for the resources link will be
provided in class)
Homework (20% or 200 points total, 50 points each) will be given through WebAssign at the link:
http://www.webassign.net/. To register, please click “I have a class key” button on the right side of the page
(see the screenshot below). The class key is: uab 0519 4780.
The homework for specific topics covered in class is due at least one class before the exam on those topics.
The homework problems will be reviewed in class after the homework due date. There may be extra
problems (maximum 40 points) added to the homework given on WebAssign that can be used for an extra
credit. All extras will be added to your total score at the end of the semester only if all mandatory class
requirements are satisfied. You will have at least one week to complete the homework, and no time
extension or make up homework will be given, until an internal WebAssign problem is encountered. Grading Tests (42% or 420 points total, 140 points each) will evaluate the student’s progress in class, understanding
of the discussed material, and practice problem solving. There will be four major tests covering chapters , [21 -23], and [24-27]. An additional question or small problem will be added to tests 2 and 3 for up to
10 point extra credit total. The time allocated for each test is one class period. No extra time will be available
to complete the test. Cell phones and laptops must be off during the tests. One standard sheet (A4 format, or
8½”x11”) of notes and a calculator (with trig functions) can be used during the test. The notes can be put on
both sides of paper, and you are responsible for the preparing your notes. The set of formulas for the test will
also be provided when necessary. Tests should be stapled in the upper left corner (if more than one page).
The detailed solution of each problem should be given, not the answers only. Only ½-credit will be given
even for the right answer if no solution is provided. The answers should be clearly marked.
The make-ups for missed tests can only be given if the reasons for the absence in class are serious and
properly documented. Students must also notify the instructor about the expected absence before the test’s
date (or right after the class in an emergency case). All make-up assignments should be completed within
a two-week period after the test’s date during the instructor’s office hours.
Laboratory (10%) includes a set of experiments to conduct and writing reports. Laboratory is graded
independently by TAs, and those grades contribute up to 10% to the course grade.
Recitation (12%) includes the review of specific examples and team work in small groups on in-class
assignments. If you miss the graded in-class activity in the recitation section, there will be an option for the
recitation make-up during the recitation time on the last week of classes.
Final Exam (16%) includes solving a comprehensive set of problems on the topics covered in class. The
goal of final exam is to test your understanding of fundamental concepts, ability to apply them on practice,
and to evaluate the progress towards the course objectives.
The exam is on July28 (Thursday) from 4:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in CH445. Textbook Cutnell & Johnson, Physics, 8th Edition (Wiley & Sons). Any of the following is good:
ISBN 978-0-470-37925-7 Chapters 17-32 only – good for PH202 only
ISBN-10: 0470223553 ISBN-13: 978-0470223550 (hardcover, full) - good for PH201 and PH202
ISBN 978-0-470-40167-5 (binder ready softcover, full) good for PH201 and PH202
Access to this textbook from WebAssign (cheaper, but may not be as comfortable as printed version) Attendance Class attendance is strongly encouraged and monitored in both lecture and recitation sections. Each student
is responsible for any material covered in class as well as for being informed of any change in this schedule.
The class attendance, participation, and progress are the weight factors that are accounted in the calculation
of the final grade. •
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• Important Notes:
If you are retaking this course, you cannot longer receive a credit for your previous lab grade obtained before. You must
complete the lab section of this course again. This policy does not apply to the recitation part of the course which must be
completed in any case.
Read the corresponding book chapter (or required part of the chapter) before the class.
You will periodically receive e-mails from me with “PH202-NG” in the subject line. These e-mails may contain important
information and/or updates to the class schedule. Please, be sure to read these e-mails.
Use my office hours if available! If you have a problem with the topics covered in class, please schedule an appointment to
see me. It can save you a lot of trouble later on if you get help early. You will need everything discussed early on in the class
to understand the material covered in later chapters, so don't hesitate to ask questions.
It turns to be very helpful when students organize small study groups. You should consider it as early as possible.
A pocket nonprogrammable calculator which has scientific (powers of 10) notation, trigonometric functions, log and exp can
be used during quizzes, tests, and final exam.
Remember to provide the detailed solution of each assigned problem, not the answers only. It may save you the points in a
case if your answer is incorrect due to an accidental error.
The make-ups for missed tests can only be given if the reasons for the absence in class are serious and properly documented.
It is necessary to provide appropriate written documentation prior to the anticipated absence, when possible.
You can send e-mails to the instructor with the questions related to the coursework. The instructor will attempt to answer the
e-mails within 2 business days (the e-mails sent on Friday may be answered on Monday). The e-mail questions about
homework should be reasonable. If help with a homework problem is requested, there should be the effort described to solve
the problem. Simply asking for a hint is not enough (describe what you tried to do: approach, partial solution).
To do well on the tests & exams, you should do the reading assignments before class, pay attention to lectures, and personally
work all of the homework problems when they are assigned. The tests & exams will be graded on a step-by-step basis, with
partial credit awarded for correct steps and techniques even if the answer is wrong. Full credit will be awarded only if the
right answer is obtained for the right reason, with the correct work shown leading up to the answer.
You are strongly advised to start homework as soon as a problem set is given. In order to solve homework problems, you
need internet access and a web browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer is recommended). Students who do not have internet
access can use computers in Stern Library and Physics Labs (Campbell Hall 4th floor). Day schedule when 4th floor labs are
open for use by students enrolled in PH202 will be set up by Dr. Todd Devore (CH468A, phone 934-4295, E-mail:
The completing of the IDEA survey at the end of the semester is mandatory for this course.
Read the problem, then read it again. Failure to read the problem is perhaps the source of more false starts and wrong answers
than is any other cause.
Draw a sketch or diagram of the problem that will help you to visualize the situation presented by the problem.
Write down the given and known quantities.
Make sure you understand which quantities are to be found.
There are generally only a few principles applicable to the solution of a problem. Think about which principles link the
quantities to be determined to those that are known.
Use the principles that apply to the situation to guide you to the equation or equations that contain the quantities in the
problem. Pay attention to when certain equations apply and when they do not. The rest is mathematics! Sometimes, several of
the equations need to be manipulated together. Count the number of equations available to see if there are enough equations
to determine the unknowns.
When you solve for an unknown in terms of known quantities, use symbols, not numbers. Wait until the end to put in
numbers and units. It is important to include units, both because the answer may require them and because the proper
cancellation of units will provide a check.
When you get a number, think about it. If you calculate that an elementary particle has a mass of more than a kilogram, does
it make sense? Use any checks you can find for your result.
UAB Policy Regarding Appropriate Use of Technology in the Classroom: The use of any personal computational or
communications devices in the classroom is prohibited without the expressed approval of the instructor who deems it
necessary for student learning. This includes the use of computers, personal digital assistants, text pagers and cell phones. The use of such devices without permission of the instructor may be considered a violation of UAB’s nonacademic conduct
policies. The use of such devices to facilitate an act of academic misconduct (such as cheating or plagiarism) will be
considered a violation of the UAB Academic Honor Code and will be sanctioned as outlined in the Code. See UAB
Undergraduate Policies and Procedures Handbook.
Students with Disabilities: Efforts will be made to accommodate students with disabilities in this class. All requests must be
made through the Disability Support Services office. For information, contact Disability Support Services at email@example.com,
934-4205 or look up Disabilities Support Services on the UAB Web page. To register for WebAssign - Class Key is: • uab 5191 7358 ...
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