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- WELCOME! -This is the web-page for PHYS 112, General Physics 2 (sections 1-2, fall 2020). Materials on this webpage are meant to supplement information given to you in class itself. I'm not a big fan of OAKS, therefore any on-line supplementary material for the course you need can be found here. To the left and below, you'll find important links/syllabi/etc.
If you'd like to find out more about me or the research we do in my lab, check out my main webpage.
- IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!! -Class Scheduling -- This class is officially listed as a "hybrid" course, but the administration has already announced that the first 3 weeks of the semester AND the portion of the semester after Thanksgiving (including 1 week of instruction and the final exams) will all be presented virtually. The portion of this course that will involve live, face-to-face instruction is expected to be extremely minimal; the current plans are for your weeks 4-13 LABS (e.g. 9/14 - 11/20) to be live/in-person, but the only face-to-face dates for the lecture are expected to be midterm test dates. This plan may change, but since your lecture instructor is in a high-risk group for COVID-19 complications, we are trying to minimize his time on campus. That being said, your instructor is committed to doing anything he can to help you succeed in this course, and will be regularly available for individual and group live problem-solving/tutoring/help sessions.
Plans for this semester are constantly evolving as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Modifications to our course plans will be posted here when/if they occur.
- About This Course -This course is the second in a two-semester survey of Calculus-based General Physics. In General Physics I, we expect that you received an introduction to many of the central ares of Physics including Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Oscillations/Waves. This semester, we will continue the survey of Physics with special emphasis on Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Optics, Special Relativity, a brief introduction to Quantum Mechanics, and various other elements of Modern Physics like Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
This course is meant to be introductory in nature (in that you aren't expected to be familiar with the basic concepts we will be discussing prior to taking the class), but that does not mean it will be easy. (100 level courses do not mean easy -- they mean little prerequisite knowledge expected). This is a challenging course that may require continuous and substantial effort to achieve success. I will do everything within my power to assist you in the learning process, and I desperately want you to succeed. That being said, Physics is a quantitative and objective discipline -- you will be evaluated on your success in applying the principles we will be introducing in this course in a problem solving context. Some of you will excel at this, others will struggle. Effort alone is not enough to ensure a good grade.
- When you are struggling.... -Part of maturing as a thinker is learning how and when to get help. When I was a student, I had an aversion to seeking extra help from my professors and classmates and ultimately I now know this was to my detriment. I encourage you to work with your classmates on the homework, form study groups, come to the open zoom office hours/help sessions, if necessary make appointments for additional help sessions, and make use of the tutoring opportunities available to you. I strongly encourage you to use these resources! You don't get bonus points for figuring it out totally on your own, and you'll be surprised how much you can gain out of the process of talking through this stuff with other people, whether they are your professors, your classmates, or your pets. If, at any time, you feel like things aren't going like they should in this class -- make an appointment with me immediately! I can help you get the assistance you need, or maybe even put you on the right path myself.
- Step by Step Guide in How to Succeed in PHYS 112 -Like all classes, what you ultimately will get out of taking this class is directly related to how much effort you put into the course. This material is challenging -- especially for a 100 level course -- but it CAN be done, if you put in the necessary effort.
- Class Readings / Videos -As mentioned above, you should be reading the appropriate parts of a text and/or watching the videos posted here BEFORE class. Success in class may depend on it, so don't take this lightly. Even though the only graded homework is listed below, that doesn't mean that this is less important.
All readings are described by basic topic, since I suspect you might use a variety of different texts to support your learning in this class. (I believe many of you may have the textbook by Serway and Jewett from your first semester class. I really hate that text, but if that's what you already have it should be satisfactory; my homework is not assigned out of the text and it covers the same topics we will be discussing in class this semester. My preferred text (and the one that the department is transitioning to) is "Fundamentals of Physics" by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker. My copy at home is the 10th edition. When I list reading topics, I will be referencing chapters/sections from the Halliday text. I'll give you more information about this on the first day of class. There is also a link to a free textbook that is mediocre (but cheap) on the left portion of this webpage.
(Chart will be updated through the semester.)
- Homework Assignments -Assignment 1(PDF) (due date: 8/28/20) [this is 2nd half only; first half only available through Oaks]
Assignment 2(PDF) (due date: 9/4/20)
Assignment 3(PDF) (due date: 9/11/20)
Assignment 4(PDF) (due date: 9/18/20)
Assignment 5(PDF) (due date: 9/25/20)
Assignment 6(PDF) (due date: 10/9/20)
Assignment 7(PDF) (due date: 10/16/20)
Assignment 8(PDF) (due date: 10/23/20)
Assignment 9(PDF) (due date: 11/6/20)
Assignment 10(PDF) (due date: 11/13/20)
Assignment 11(PDF) (due date: 12/4/20)
- Test Information -We plan to have 3 in-class midterms as well as a final exam. At present, we plan to make exam dates the days we do lecture live/in-person. Depending on the size of the class, that may mean that we have to split the class into two groups to have enough room to ensure social distancing. More information about the exact protocols will be conveyed closer to the exam date. At present, the planned dates for the exams for this class are the following:
Exam 1: Friday October 2nd
Exam 2: Friday October 30th
Exam 3: Friday November 20th
The (cumulative!) final exam is online (for everyone) and scheduled for Wednesday, December 9th, from 8-10 AM.
Last updated: 19 November 2020