Physics 202: General Physics II

Class Schedule: T Th 11:00 pm -- 12:25 pm; M 1:00 pm -- 1:55 pm
Professor: Steve Liebling         Office:  Technology Center TC-23
Office Hours: M 2:00pm -- 4:00 pm; Th 3:00 -- 4:00 pm
Phone: 287-8413             Classroom: TC-4
Text: Halliday and Resnick's Fundamentals of Physics 6th Edition
Email:         WWW Home Page:

Course Objective: Students will learn the principles and applications of electromagnetism through classroom lectures, problem solving sessions, and laboratory work.  Student knowledge will be evaluated through the use of quizzes and tests. Ultimately, this class should improve your: Grading Policy:
Quizzes 25%
Test 1  
Test 2 25% Each for 2 Tests
Test 3  
Final Exam 25%
Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit, extra credit papers, or alternatives to passing. Do the homework and take the quizzes and 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 homeworks will not be graded. Instead, quizzes will cover the material and problem solving skills. Even though the homework will not be graded, the homework problems must be done in order to gain mastery of the material and skills necessary for both the quizzes and tests.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be roughly 20 minutes long given in class and will cover the current material. I will drop your two lowest quiz grades to allow for bad weeks and/or absences.

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 ( 12/18/01 12-2:30pm).

Cheating: You are encouraged to work on homework problems with others. However, you must work alone on quizzes and tests. On quizzes and exams you may use only a calculator and writing utensils; I will give you an equation sheet for the exams and extra paper.

Regarding This Handout: This document is dynamic and will be updated online throughout the semester. 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 me 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. 10 Electric Charge   Course Overview; Ch. 22
Sept. 11   Ch. 22
Sept. 13 Electric Fields   Ch. 23
Week 2 Sept. 17   Ch. 22 & 23
Sept. 18   NO CLASS (Rosh Hashanah)
Sept. 20   Ch. 23
Week 3 Sept. 24 Gauss' Law   Ch. 24
Sept. 25   Ch. 24
Sept. 27   NO CLASS (Yom Kippur)
Week 4 Oct. 1   Ch. 24
Oct. 2   Test 1 (Ch. 22-24)
Oct. 4 Electric Potential   Ch. 25
Week 5 Oct. 8   NO CLASS (Columbus Day)
Oct. 9   Ch. 25
Oct. 11   Ch. 25
Week 6 Oct. 15 Capacitance   Ch. 26
Oct. 16   Ch. 26
Oct. 18 Current & Resistance   Ch. 27
Week 7 Oct. 22   Ch. 27
Oct. 23   Ch. 27 & Review
Oct. 25   Test 2 (Ch. 25-27)
Week 8 Oct. 29 Circuits Ch. 28
Oct. 30   Ch. 28
Nov. 1 Magnetic Fields   Ch. 28 & 29
Week 9 Nov. 5   Ch. 28 & 29
Nov. 6 Magnetic Fields Due to Currents  Ch. 30
Nov. 8   Ch. 30
Week 10 Nov. 12   Ch. 30
Nov. 13 Induction   Ch. 31
Nov. 15   Ch. 31
Week 11 Nov. 19   Ch. 31 & Review
Nov. 20   Test 3 (Ch. 28-31)
Nov. 22   NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Day)
Week 12 Nov. 26 Oscillations and AC   Ch. 33
Nov. 27   Ch. 33
Nov. 29 Waves   Ch. 34  
Week 13 Dec. 3   Ch. 34
Dec. 4 Optics   Ch. 35
Dec. 6   Ch. 35  
Week 14 Dec. 10    
Dec. 11    
Dec. 13    
Week 15 Dec 18   FINAL EXAM (Ch. 11,12,14,15,17,18)

Last updated September 7, 2001.
Steve Liebling (home)