Dr. Donald Luttermoser's PHYS-2020-002
Course Web Page

This web page has been set up for the students at ETSU taking PHYS-2020-002 General Physics II with Dr. Luttermoser. Links have been set up for the students to download the syllabus, course notes, homework assignments, homework solutions, review sheets, sample exams, sample exam solutions, and the textbook's WebAssign web page on this web page. The downloadable files are in PDF (Portable Document Format) (which requires Acrobat Reader to view). Note that we will be using Edition 4.0 of my course notes during the Spring 2019 semester.

Course Overview

General Physics II is the second course in a two-semester sequence that covers the following four main sections of classical physics: (1) electromagnetism, including electric fields, forces, and energy, Coulomb's law, capacitance, current, resistance, circuits, magnetism, and inductance; (2) wave mechanics, which covers Hooke's law and the Doppler effect; (3) electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter, which covers the E/M spectrum, blackbody radiation, particle physics, the Bohr model atom, and atomic physics; and (4) optics, which covers reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and optical instruments. At the conclusion of the General Physics I & II courses, students will have a firm understanding of the basics of classical physics and an introduction to modern physics.

Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus for PHYS-2020-002, General Physics II       (Corrected Syllabus).

ETSU Supplemental Syllabus Attachment.

Course Notes Sections:

I. Electric Forces and Electric Fields
II. Electric Energy and Capacitance
III. Current and Resistance
IV. Direct Current Circuits
V. Magnetism
VI. Induced Voltage and Inductance
VII. Vibrations and Waves
VIII.   Sound
IX. Electromagnetic Radiation (Photons)
X. Interaction of Photons with Matter
XI. Reflection and Refraction of Light
XII. Mirrors and Lenses
XIII. Wave Optics
XIV. Optical Instruments

Homework Assignments, Reviews, and Sample Exams

There will be 4 homework sets assigned throughout the semester composed of two sections of questions. The first section will be questions generated by the CAPA software package and accessed through the Department's CAPA web site (see below for details on accessing this site). You will be given further information about CAPA during the first week of class. These CAPA questions will be graded and count as 10% of the course grade. The second section of problems will not be graded and will have solutions posted on the course web page. Try to do these problems by yourself before retrieving the solutions from the web page. Doing both sections of questions will be a big help in studying for the exams.


The portion of each Homework Assignment that is graded makes use of the CAPA web-based software.

For instructions on how to use CAPA, click here. To access the CAPA Web Page, click here.

Homework Assignments:     Problem Set 1       Solution Set 1
Problem Set 2       Solution Set 2
Problem Set 3       Solution Set 3
Problem Set 4       Solution Set 4

Preparing for Exams

The following list has two links to materials that you can use to study for each exam. The first entry is a a PDF file with list of items you should focus on in preparation for each exam. The second is a PDF file containing sample problems to review in preparation to solve the 10 point problems on the exams. Please note that you will not get the exact same problems on your exam. Instead your exam problems will be variations of these sample problems.

Exam Reviews:                     Exam 1 Review       Sample Review Problems 1
Exam 2 Review       Sample Review Problems 2
Exam 3 Review       Sample Review Problems 3
Exam 4 Review       Sample Final Review Problems 4

Past Exams to Review

The format of the exams will be similar to the sample exams posted below. Many of the "full-length" problems you will see on the exams will be modified versions of the example problems in the notes and textbook, and the supplemental and CAPA homework problems.

Sample Exams:                     Sample Exam 1       Sample Exam 1 Solutions
Sample Exam 2       Sample Exam 2 Solutions
Sample Exam 3       Sample Exam 3 Solutions
Sample Final           Sample Final Solutions

Web site of course textbook publisher: Serway & Vuille's College Physics .

Click here to go to Dr. Luttermoser's home page.

Click here to go to the Department of Physics and Astronomy home page.

Last modified: January 14, 2019 by D.G. Luttermoser