Physics 2015 Assignments and Reading
Please refer to these general homework guidelines when writing up your homework assignments.
Date 
Assignment 
Mon, Aug 29 
Read §211 "Electric Charge", §212 "Conductors, Insulators, and Induced Charge", §213 "Coulomb's Law" (lecture notes) 
Wed, Aug 31 
Read §214 "Electric Field and Electric Forces”, §215 "Electric Field Calculations" (lecture notes) 
Mon, Sep 5 
Labor Day, No Class

Wed, Sep 7 
Assignment #1 due (solutions) Online HW: “Electric Forces RQ”, “Electric Forces HW”, and “Electric Fields RQ #1” due (this is the combined first week reading questions and homework problems, due date pushed off till now to give you a chance to get going: best bet is to actually do them sooner while we're talking about them!) (lecture notes) Read §216 "Electric Field Lines” Online HW: “Electric Fields RQ #2” due 
Mon, Sep 12 
Read §217 "The Electric Dipoles" Online HW: “Electric Fields RQ #3” due Read §221 "Charge and Electric Flux" Online HW: “Gauss' Law RQ #1” due 
Wed, Sep 14 
Assignment #2 Due (solutions) Online HW: “Electric Fields HW” due Read §222 "Calculating Electric Flux", §223 "Gauss' Law" (lecture notes) 
Mon, Sep 19 
Read §224 "Applications of Gauss' Law", §225 "Charges on Conductors" (lecture notes) Read §231 "Electric Potential Energy" 
Wed, Sep 21 
Assignment #3 Due (solutions) Read §232 "Electric Potential", §233 "Calculating Electric Potential" Online HW: “Electric Potential RQ #2” Read §234 "Equipotential Surfaces", §235 "Potential Gradient” (lecture notes) 
Fri, Sep 23 
Midterm Test #1 (Ch.2123). The solutions (white, yellow) This will happen in your Discussion section Assignment #4 due (solutions) Online HW: “Electric Potential HW” (Wait, what kind of monster assigns homework due on a test day? One who knows that doing the HW is the best form of studying. You can always do it early if this bugs you). A sample test (blank, solutions) from a previous year, so you can see what it will be like. The scores from the test. A snapshot of the current overall scores. 
Mon, Sep 26 
Read §241 "Capacitors and Capacitance” Read §242 "Capacitors in Series and Parallel" 
Wed, Sep 28 
Read §243 "Energy Storage in Capacitors and Electric Field Energy" Read §244 "Dielectrics", §245 "Molecular Model of Induced Charge", §246 "Gauss' Law in Dielectrics" (lecture notes) (battery+capacitor worksheet) 
Mon, Oct 3 
Assignment #5 due (solutions) Read §251 "Current" Read §252 "Resistivity", §253 "Resistance” (lecture notes) 
Wed, Oct 5 
Read §254 "Electromotive Force and Circuits” Read §255 "Energy and Power in Electric Circuits”, §252 "Theory of Metallic Conduction” 
Mon, Oct 10 
Assignment #6 due (solutions) Read §261 "Resistors in Series and Parallel", §262 "Kirchoff's Rules" Read §263 "Electrical Measuring Instruments", §264 "RC Circuits” 
Wed, Oct 12 
Read §265 "Power Distribution Systems" (lecture notes) 
Fri, Oct 14 
Assignment #7 due (solutions) Midterm Test #2 (Ch.2426). The solutions (white, yellow) A sample test (blank, solutions) from a previous year, so you can see what it will be like. The scores from the test. A snapshot of the current overall scores. 
Mon, Oct 17 
Read §271 "Magnetism", §272 "Magnetic Field", §273 "Magnetic Field Lines and Magnetic Flux" Online HW: “Magnetic Fields RQ#1” Read §274 "Motion of Charged Particles in a Magnetic Field", §275 "Applications of Motion of Charged Particles" (lecture notes) 
Wed, Oct 19 
Read §276 "Magnetic Force on a CurrentCarrying Conductor", §277 "Force and Torque on a Current Loop", §278 "The Direct Current Motor", §279 "The Hall Effect" Online HW: “Magnetic Fields RQ#3” Read §281 "Magnetic Field of a Moving Charge", §282 "Magnetic Field of a Current Element" (lecture notes) 
Mon, Oct 24 
Online HW: “Magnetic Fields HW” (lecture notes) Assignment #8 due (solutions) Read §283 "Magnetic Field of a Straight CurrentCarrying Conductor", §284 "Force Between Parallel Conductors" 
Wed, Oct 26 
Read §285 "Magnetic Field of a Circular Current Loop", §286 "Ampere's Law", §287 "Applications of Ampere's Law", §288 "Magnetic Materials" (lecture notes) 
Mon, Oct 31 
Read §291 "Induction Experiments", §292 "Faraday's Law", §295 "Induced Electric Fields" Read §293 "Lenz's Law", §294 "Motional Electromotive Force" (lecture notes) Online HW: “Magnetic Sources HW” Assignment #9 due (solutions) 
Wed, Nov 2 
Read §296 "Eddy Currents", §297 "Displacement Current and Maxwell's Equations", §298 "Superconductivity" (lecture notes) 
Mon, Nov 7 
Assignment #10 due (solutions) Read §301 "Mutual Inductance", §302 "Self Inductance and Inductors" Read §303 "Magnetic Field Energy", §304 "The RL Circuit" (lecture notes) 
Wed, Nov 9 
Read §305 "The LC Circuit", §306 "The RLC Circuit" (lecture notes) 
Fri, Nov 11 
Assignment #11 due (solutions) Midterm Test #3 (Ch.2730). The solutions (white, yellow) A sample test (blank, solutions) from a previous year, so you can see what it will be like. The scores from the test. A snapshot of the current overall scores. 
Mon, Nov 14 
Read §321 "Maxwell's Equations and Electromagnetic Waves”, §322 "Plane Electromagnetic Waves and the Speed of Light” Read §323 "Sinusoidal Electromagnetic Waves” (lecture notes from both Mon and Wed in one file here) 
Wed, Nov 16 
Read §324 "Energy and Momentum in Electromagnetic Waves” Read §325 "Standing Electromagnetic Waves” 
Mon, Nov 21 
Assignment #12 due (solutions) Read §331 "The Nature of Light”, §332 "Reflection and Refraction”, §333 "Total Internal Reflection”, §334 "Dispersion” Read §335 "Polarization”, §336 "Scattering of Light”, §337 "Huygen's Principle” (lecture notes) 
Wed, Nov 23 
Read §341 "Reflection and Refraction at a Plane Surface”, §342 "Reflection at a Spherical Surface” Read §343 "Refraction at a Spherical Surface”, §344 "Thin Lenses” (lecture notes) 
Mon, Nov 28 
Online HW: “Light HW” (yeah, after the holiday. Could have had it due on last Wednesday, so this is really an extension) Read §345 "Cameras”, §346 "The Eye”, §347 "The Magnifier”, §348 "Microscopes and Telescopes” (lecture notes) Read §351 "Interference and Coherent Sources”, §352 "TwoSource Interference of Light” 
Wed, Nov 30 
Assignment #13 due (again, pushed back to make your break happier: suggest working on it before this late due date) (solutions) Read §353 "Intensity in Interference Patterns”, §354 "Interference in Thin Films” Online HW: “Interference RQ#2” Read §355 "The Michelson Interferometer”, §361 "Fresnel and Fraunhofer Diffraction”, §362 "Diffraction from a Single Slit” (lecture notes) 
Mon, Dec 5 
Read §363 "Intensity in the Single Slit Pattern”, §364 "Multiple Slits”, §365 "The Diffraction Grating”, (lecture notes, the oil slick problem) 
Wed, Dec 7 
Assignment #14 due (pushed back a class to here) (solutions) Read §366 "XRay Diffraction”, §367 "Circular Apertures and Resolving Power”, Read §368 "Holography” (lecture notes) Assignment #15 due. Not to hand in, since it won't get graded before Monday, but since actually working problems is the single best way to study for a physics final. (solutions) 
Mon, Dec 12 
Final Exam, 16:0017:55. A sample test (blank, solutions) from a previous year, so you can see what it will be like. The scores from the final. The distribution of the current total scores. NOTE: This final is a common final with the other sections of Physics 2015, so the room will be Montague 70. 