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Syllabus for Physics 202 Q Section 1M, Spring 2011
Instructor: Lowell Wenger Lecture Class Meeting: MWF, 3:00 pm & 3:50 pm, CH 301
Office Phone: 934-8659
Office Hours: T, Th 2:30 pm “ 4:00 pm
Office Location: CH 305
E-mail: wenger@uab.edu
Prerequisite: PH 201 or its equivalent
Co-requisites: PH 202R and PH 202L (students must register for a recitation ± lab section)
Textbook: Cutnell ± Johnson, Physics, 8th Ed. (Wiley ± Sons)
Course Description: This is the second of a two-semester introductory, algebra-based college physics
sequence. Topics include: electric forces and fields, electric potential energy, electric circuits, magnetic forces
and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, optics, selected topics in modern and
nuclear physics. The course has required lecture, recitation, and laboratory components.
Learning Objectives (General and Specific):
. Demonstrate the ability to collect and evaluate information within the context of the scientific method.
. Use this ability to further one& s understanding of the physical world, especially electromagnetic
phenomena, optics, selected quantum phenomena, and the nature of atoms and nuclei.
. Demonstrate the ability to interpret data, apply fundamental physical concepts, reason quantitatively and
use mathematical analysis skills to effectively solve problems. A student should be able: 1) to read a
description of the problem and translate nonscientific prose into the language of physics
key quantities that point to a solution
determine a relationship(s) between the given physical quantities and the ones to be found
out mathematical operations to arrive at a meaningful solution. Physics is concerned with the development
of thinking, analyzing, and problem-solving skills, not memorization of facts.
. Demonstrate (in the associated laboratory) the ability to collect, evaluate, and communicate scientific
information and data.
. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts in electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics.
. Demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge and mathematical skills in algebra, trigonometry, and
vectors for quantitative reasoning and problem solving.