Physics 202: General Physics II

Class Schedule: T Th 11:00 am -- 12:25 pm       M 1:00 pm -- 1:55 pm
Professor: Steve Liebling         Office:  Technology Center TC-23
Office Hours: M 2:00 pm -- 4:00 pm; Th 3:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Phone: 287-8413             Classroom: TC-4
Text: Halliday and Resnick's Fundamentals of Physics         WWW Home Page:

Course Objective: Students will learn the principles and applications of electricity and magnetism through classroom lectures, problem solving sessions, and laboratory work.  Student knowledge will be evaluated through the use of homework and tests. Ultimately, this class should improve your: Grading Policy:
Homework 20%
Test 1  
Test 2 25% Each for 2 Tests
Test 3  
Final Exam 30%
Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit, extra credit papers, or alternatives to passing. Do the homework and take the tests.

Labs: The lab for Physics II (PHYS 202L)is required for this class but the grade is separate.

Homework: Homework assignments will be presented in class and will generally consist of problems from the required text. The due dates for the various assignments are listed on the syllabus. Homework is due by midnight on the day indicated.  Late homework will be accepted with a late penalty of 50%. Homework must be stapled else a point will be subtracted from the grade for that assignment.

Tests: The class will have three tests as indicated on the syllabus. Each test will cover the material presented since the previous test (to be technical, much of what we will learn applies throughout all the chapters, however, the questions will be geared towards specifically covering material presented between the tests). I will allow the full classtime for the tests. I will drop the lowest test grade, so that each of your two best test scores counts 25% towards your final grade.

Final: The final will cover only the material since the last test, and will be held during the time dictated by the Registrar during Exam Week (12/18-12/22).

Cheating: You are encouraged to work on homework problems with others. However, what you turn in must be your own work in your own writing. During tests you obviously will not work with anyone else. On both tests and exams you may bring only a calculator and writing utensils; I will give you an equation sheet.

Regarding This Handout: This document is dynamic and will be updated online throughout the semester. Homework assignments and solutions, as well as test solutions, will be posted here. If you have any problems accessing this document (from home or the on-campus computer labs), please do not hesitate to contact me right away and I can help figure out the problem. Also, I've set up an electronic mailing list: which I encourage everyone in the class to join. To sign up, just send an email with your email address.

Other Resources: tutors, library books, office hours, supplemental texts (see in the Preface page ix), consult the web page: How to Study Physics.

Syllabus: Below is the anticipated schedule of what we'll cover. The dates of the tests are fixed; on principle I do not change them so that students can plan for them. Near the end of the semester, I generally have flexibility in what we cover. If you have a preference for what we might cover, please feel free to provide feedback.

Week 1 Sept. 7 Electric Charge Course Overview; Ch. 22
Week 2 Sept. 11   Ch. 22
Sept. 12   Ch. 22
Sept. 14 Electric Fields Ch. 23; HW 1 Due; (Solutions)
Week 3 Sept. 18   Ch. 23
Sept. 19   Ch. 23
Sept. 21 Gauss' Law Ch. 24; HW 2 Due; (Solutions)
Week 3 Sept. 25   Ch. 24
Sept. 26   Ch. 24; Review
Sept. 28   Test 1 (Ch. 22-24); HW 3; (Solutions)
Week 4 Oct. 2 Electric Potential Ch. 25
Oct. 3   Ch. 25
Oct. 5   Ch. 25
Week 5 Oct. 9   NO CLASS (Yom Kippur and Columbus Day)
Oct. 10 Capacitance Ch. 26;HW 4 Due (Solutions)
Oct. 12   Ch. 26
Week 6 Oct. 16   Ch. 26
Oct. 17 Current and Resistance Ch. 27
Oct. 19   Ch. 27; HW 5 Due; (Solutions)
Week 7 Oct. 23   Ch. 27; Other Problem Solutions (Ch. 27)
Oct. 24 Circuits Ch. 28; Review
Oct. 26   Test 2 (Ch. 25-27); Equation Sheet; (Solutions)
Week 8 Oct. 30   Ch. 28
Oct. 31   Ch. 28
Nov. 2 Magnetic Fields Ch. 29; HW 6 Due; (Solutions)
Week 9 Nov. 6   Ch. 29
Nov. 7   Ch. 29
Nov. 9 Magnetic Fields Due to Currents Ch. 30; HW 7 Due; (Solutions)
Week 10 Nov. 13   Ch. 30
Nov. 14   Ch. 30; Review
Nov. 16   Test 3 (Ch. 28-30); HW 8 Not Due
Week 11 Nov. 20 Induction Ch. 31
Nov. 21   Ch. 31
Nov. 23   NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)
Week 12 Nov. 27   Ch. 31
Nov. 28 Oscillations and AC Ch. 33
Nov. 30   Ch. 33
Week 13 Dec. 4   Ch. 33
Dec. 5 Waves Ch. 34; HW 9 Due (Solutions)
Dec. 7   Ch. 34
Week 14 Dec. 11 Optics Ch. 35
Dec. 12 Optics  
Dec. 14   Review; HW 10 Due; (Solutions)
Week 15 Dec. 19, 12:00--2:30pm   FINAL EXAM (Ch. 31,33-35) Solutions Posted!

Last updated December 19, 2000.
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