Physics 1002

Intro to Physics II

Spring 2013

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:00-9:50 MWAH 195

Instructor: Alec Habig

Office: MWAH 374

Office Hours: 14:00-15:00M, 10:00-11:00T, 11:00-12:00W, 10:00-11:00Fr (or by appointment)

Telephone: 726-7214


Prerequisites: PHYS 1001. This course requires competency in mathematics through algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Students should be enrolled in both the lecture section and a lab section.

Text: James S. Walker, Physics (4th ed.), Lab Packet, Clicker, “Mastering Physics” web account (note that you already own these if you took 1001 last semester)

Additional readings or assignments from other texts or the web might be assigned over the course of the semester, but arrangements will be made so you do not have to buy more books. This stuff is already expensive enough.

Course Objectives: This course presents an introduction to electromagnetism, light, and modern physics using algebra . Both the fundamental concepts and basic applications of the physical effects are presented. Successful completion of this course will develop and exercise abilities in critical and creative thinking and in analytical and experimental methods applied to problem solving and to interpretation of events in the natural world. It will also provide a conceptual understanding of physical phenomena that is important for substantive participation in public policy debates in an increasingly technological world.

The topics to be covered include the following:

Grading: Course grades will be determined based on the following five areas, with their respective weights:

Letter grades will be assigned based upon the weighted average on a non-competitive curve. In order to keep the students informed as to their progress, a letter grade will be assigned after tests and upon request. The class grades will be kept on UMD's eGradebook online system so you can have up to the minute access to your scores, although letter grades will only be set periodically as mentioned above.

Homework: written homework assignments are important and will be assigned at least on a weekly basis. Hearing or reading about something does not make it sink in. In order to really learn about a topic, you need to practice it. Homework is this practice as applied to the concepts and theory, thus the comparatively large weight in the grade. In addition to really helping one learn things, the homework helps the instructor see what areas need more or different explanation.

Read the material to be discussed in class before coming to class. Reading and thinking about something, talking about it in class, then doing the relevant written homework parts really cements the stuff in your head, allowing you to do well on the tests. Online homework will be assigned in conjunction with the reading assignments, due before the class where we talk about the new section. Written homework will be assigned roughly once per week. See for more. The lowest homework score will be dropped, but late assignments will not be accepted.

Tests: There will be three tests during the semester, given during the normal class period. The final exam is 08:00-09:55 on Monday, May 13th. Make-up tests will be available only for documented medical or family reasons or mandatory university-sponsored events necessitating absence

from class.

Class Participation: While it is hard to have class participation in the traditional sense in a large lecture, the act of engaging your brains periodically rather than simply taking notes has been shown to improve learning. Thus, this class will make use of the “clicker” system to give you the means to actively answer questions in class, and a class participation grade will be assigned to encourage you to do so. If you do not already have a clicker from previous classes, the bookstore carries them. Please register your clicker following the instructions on the class website. Points for missed questions can not be made up, but the lowest three scores will be dropped when calculating your grade to cover unforeseen circumstances.

Labs: Completion of all lab experiments and submission of the lab notebook for each lab is a necessary but not sufficient condition for passing the course. Students repeating this course must perform all lab work this semester. Labs do not meet during the first week of classes. Excused absences are granted only for documented illness, family emergency, or required university-sponsored activity. The lab instructor must be notified in advance or as soon as practical in case of emergency. Make-up of more than one excused absence from lab during a make-up week requires the instructor's approval. Labs receiving an Unsatisfactory grade must be repaired and resubmitted for re-grading within 7 days of their return. All lab work, including make-up and repairs must be completed and submitted no later than 4:30 pm of the last day of regular classes. Having more than one lab with an Unsatisfactory grade remaining at the end of the semester will result in a failing grade for lab and the course. Since each lab instructor may have slightly varying grading standards, the contribution of lab to the course grade may be scaled according to the overall average grade of your lab instructor

Please read over the lab in advance. Doing so allows you more time in the lab to practice getting things to actually work instead of floundering about aimlessly. This also allows you time to ask questions about what will be going on in lab before you are there, and to better link what is going on in lecture to the labs.

Note on disabilities: Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the semester. Adaptation of methods, materials, or testing may be made as possible to provide for equitable participation.

Standard UMD academic policies: are in force and described online at Never read them? Do so. You're responsible for them whether you've read them or not, so do yourself a favor and check what the university is expecting of you.

Important Dates:

Final Exam, Monday May 13, 08:00-9:55

Note: the final exam will not be available earlier

Spring Break, no class on March 18-22



Week 1 (1/22-1/25)

Ch.19 §1-7 Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields

Week 2 (1/28-2/1)

Ch.20 §1-6 Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy

Week 3 (2/4-2/8)

Ch.21 §1-7 Electric Current and Direct-Current Circuits

Test #1 somewhere around here

Week 4 (2/11-2/15)

Ch.22 §1-8 Magnetism

Week 5 (2/18-2/22)

Ch.23 §1-10 Magnetic Flux and Faraday's Law of Induction

Week 6 (2/25-3/1)

Ch.24 §1-5 Alternating Current Circuits

Week 7 (3/4-3/8)

Ch.25 §1-5 Electromagnetic Waves

Test #2 somewhere around here

Week 8 (3/11-3/15)

Ch.26 §1-7 Geometrical Optics

Spring Break (3/18-3/22)

Spring Break, No Classes

Week 9 (3/25-3/29)

Ch.27 §1-5 Optical Instruments

Week 10 (4/1-4/5)

Ch.28 §1-4 Physical Optics

Week 11 (4/8-4/12)

Ch.29 §1-8 Relativity

Test #3 somewhere around here

Week 12 (4/15-4/19)

Ch.30 §1-6 Quantum Physics

Week 13 (4/22-4/26)

Ch.31 §1-7 Atomic Physics

Week 14 (4/29-5/3)

Ch.32 §1-9 Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Radiation

Week 15 (5/3-5/10)

Time for rest of schedule to creep into, review

Week 16

*Final exam:

Monday, 5/13, 08:00 - 9:55

Course outline subject to change to meet the needs of the class, especially the test dates might wiggle around to better match what's been covered or not