PHYS 2020-001: GENERAL PHYSICS II COURSE SYLLABUS for FALL 2007
Office Hours: MWF, TR, or right after class
Text: College Physics, 7th Edition, by Serway & Faughn
Recommended supplement: Schaum’s College Physics 8th (or 9th) ed. ... by Bueche
Capa Homework Website http://capa.etsu.edu
General Physics II is the second semester of a two semester survey course in algebra-based physics; topics will include electricity and magnetism, waves, light and optics, and nuclear physics. Lectures will include a demonstration/experiment of physical phenomena followed by a brief development of the mathematical relations used to describe the phenomena. Numerical solutions to problems involving the phenomena and examples of applications of concepts and principles will then be presented. Please feel free to consult with me outside of class if you are having unusual difficulty with the course. The problem-solving techniques of this course will be new to many of you and you may need special assistance. Also contact me if you have need for test taking or note taking accommodation or have questions about the grading procedure or your own grade at any time.
note: General Physics is a problem-solving course—i.e., Your performance in this course will be measured by your ability to solve numerical problems and explain physical phenomena, not by your ability to recite a formula or law of physics. The only proven method by which you can learn to solve such problems is to work out the assigned problems at the end of each chapter, APPLYING THE APPROPRIATE CONCEPTS, LAWS, OR THEORIES. the more problems you learn to work, the better you will perform on the exams. The exams will consist of problems AND QUESTIONS similar to THOSE IN THE textbook and other examples I may work in class. FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES DISCUSSED IN THE LECTURE WILL BE COVERED BY BOTH THE NUMERICAL PROBLEMS AND MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS.
Your grade will be based on your performance on four
regular exams, a
A >= 92.6% B- = 78-81.9% D+ = 60-64.9%
A- = 90-92.5% C+ = 74-77.9% D = 55-59.9%
B+ = 86-89.9% C = 70-73.9% F < 55%
B = 82-85.9% C- = 65-69.9%
Calculators will be allowed for all exams, but formula notecards will not! I will provide a list of any necessary constants but you will be responsible for ALL formulas, equations, relationships, etc. involving geometry, trigonometry, algebra, and physics that may be required to solve a test problem.
SPECIAL NOTES: All exams count; none are "dropped". But if you take all four regular exams, then your Final Exam grade (%) will be used to replace your lowest regular exam grade if it will help your average. There are no "extra credit" assignments. If you make 60% or better on the Final, and if you have taken at least three of the regular exams, then you will receive a passing grade for the course. If you make less than 50% on the Final, then you will not receive a passing grade for the course.
You are expected to attend class regularly and should note the dates for each
exam given in the schedule below. NOTE that there are
no make-up exams scheduled. If you miss an exam, and if you promptly
provide me, in writing, a verifiable & acceptable excuse for
missing, then that exam will be considered your "low" score and
replaced as described in the "special notes" above.
Extraordinary situations (school sponsored activities, serious health problems,
etc.) will be handled on an individual basis but you must
CLASS SCHEDULE FOR PHYS 2020-001 FALL 2007
** See my website for suggested end of chapter questions & problems, answers to even numbered problems, and sample exam questions with answers (although I am not posting full solutions).
CH 16 Electrical Energy and Capacitance 16.1 thru 16.7, 16.9
CH 17 Current and Resistance 17.1, 17.3 thru 17.5, 17.8
EXAM 1 Tuesday, September 18
CH 18 Direct Current Circuits 18.1 thru 18.4, 18.7
CH 19 Magnetism 19.1, 19.3 thru 19.9
CH 20 Induced Voltages and Inductance 20.1 thru 20.5
EXAM 2 Thursday, October 11
CH 13 Vibrations and Waves 13.1 thru 13.4, 13.7 thru 13.11
CH 14 Sound 14.1, 14.4 thru 14.10
CH 21 Electromagnetic Waves 21.8 thru 21.12
EXAM 3 Tuesday, November 6
CH 22 Reflection and Refraction 22.1 thru 22.5, 22.7
CH 23 Mirrors and Lenses 23.1 thru 23.4, 23.6
CH 24 Wave Optics 24.1, 24.2, 24.6 thru 24.9
EXAM 4 Thursday, November 29
CH 29 Nuclear Physics 29.1 thru 29.6
CH 30 Nuclear Energy 30.1 thru 30.5
FINAL EXAM Thursday, December 13,
ONLINE CAPA (Computer Assisted Personalized Approach) HOMEWORK
Homework assignments can be accessed by going to http:/capa.etsu.edu . From the CAPA homepage, first click on the “Login to CAPA” link. On the login page, make sure the “Class” is listed as gp2trfal07 and then enter your 9-digit student number and the 4-digit homework set ID number. Then click on the “Here” button to work on CAPA and on the next page click on the “Try current set” button to view your homework questions.
There are help pages and you can also view your current CAPA grade status as well as view “previous” homework problem sets with the correct answers displayed. You may log in and out of CAPA as many times as you wish. You can submit answers one problem at a time or together. You may find it most helpful to print out your problem set first and then work on the problems away from the computer until you have solutions completed. NOTE: CAPA will not look at whether or not your answer is correct IF the format is wrong! FOR EXAMPLE, if you enter “mn” for length units [instead of mm] CAPA will respond with a “U” for that attempt. This means the units are not acceptable EVEN IF YOUR NUMERICAL ANSWER IS CORRECT! You must fix the units first before CAPA will grade the answer. ONLY a response of “N” implies your numerical result is incorrect.
I have listed the due date/time for each problem set below. This will also be displayed at the top of your individual homework problem pages. I have set the due time in the mornings with the intent that you finish each set BEFORE class so that I may discuss the problem solutions during that class period. CAPA will display the answers to each set 1 hour after the due date/time. To see these answers, simply enter the number of the homework set (1, 2, 3, etc.) and Click on the “View previous set” button.
PAY ATTENTION to the problem due dates, they will not be changed!!
Homework Set # Date Due Time Due