Physics 2015 Assignments and Reading


Please refer to these general homework guidelines when writing up your homework assignments.


Date

Assignment

Mon, Aug 29

Read §21-1 "Electric Charge", §21-2 "Conductors, Insulators, and Induced Charge", §21-3 "Coulomb's Law" (lecture notes)

Wed, Aug 31

Read §21-4 "Electric Field and Electric Forces”, §21-5 "Electric Field Calculations" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Introduction to Mastering Physics” due

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 §21-6 "Electric Field Lines”

Online HW: “Electric Fields RQ #2” due

Mon, Sep 12

Read §21-7 "The Electric Dipoles"

Online HW: “Electric Fields RQ #3” due

Read §22-1 "Charge and Electric Flux"

(lecture notes)

Online HW: “Gauss' Law RQ #1” due

Wed, Sep 14

Assignment #2 Due (solutions)

Online HW: “Electric Fields HW” due

Gauss' Law RQ #4

Read §22-2 "Calculating Electric Flux", §22-3 "Gauss' Law" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Gauss' Law RQ #2

Online HW: “Gauss' Law RQ #3

Mon, Sep 19

Read §22-4 "Applications of Gauss' Law", §22-5 "Charges on Conductors" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Gauss' Law RQ #4

Read §23-1 "Electric Potential Energy"

Online HW: “Electric Potential RQ #1

Wed, Sep 21

Assignment #3 Due (solutions)

Online HW: “Gauss' Law HW

Read §23-2 "Electric Potential", §23-3 "Calculating Electric Potential"

Online HW: “Electric Potential RQ #2

Read §23-4 "Equipotential Surfaces", §23-5 "Potential Gradient” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Electric Potential RQ #3

Fri, Sep 23

Midterm Test #1 (Ch.21-23). 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 §24-1 "Capacitors and Capacitance”

Online HW: “Capacitors RQ#1

Read §24-2 "Capacitors in Series and Parallel"

Online HW: “Capacitors RQ#2(lecture notes)

Wed, Sep 28

Read §24-3 "Energy Storage in Capacitors and Electric Field Energy"

Online HW: “Capacitors RQ#3

Read §24-4 "Dielectrics", §24-5 "Molecular Model of Induced Charge", §24-6 "Gauss' Law in Dielectrics" (lecture notes) (battery+capacitor worksheet)

Online HW: “Capacitors RQ#4

Mon, Oct 3

Assignment #5 due (solutions)

Online HW: “Capacitors HW

Read §25-1 "Current"

Online HW: “Resistors RQ#1

Read §25-2 "Resistivity", §25-3 "Resistance” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Resistors RQ#2

Wed, Oct 5

Read §25-4 "Electromotive Force and Circuits”

Online HW: “Resistors RQ#3

Read §25-5 "Energy and Power in Electric Circuits”, §25-2 "Theory of Metallic Conduction”

Online HW: “Resistors RQ#4(lecture notes)

Mon, Oct 10

Online HW: “Resistors HW

Assignment #6 due (solutions)

Read §26-1 "Resistors in Series and Parallel", §26-2 "Kirchoff's Rules"

Online HW: “Circuits RQ#1

Read §26-3 "Electrical Measuring Instruments", §26-4 "R-C Circuits”

Online HW: “Circuits RQ#2(lecture notes)

Wed, Oct 12

Read §26-5 "Power Distribution Systems" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Circuits RQ#3

Fri, Oct 14

Assignment #7 due (solutions)

Online HW: “Circuits HW

Midterm Test #2 (Ch.24-26). 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 §27-1 "Magnetism", §27-2 "Magnetic Field", §27-3 "Magnetic Field Lines and Magnetic Flux"

Online HW: “Magnetic Fields RQ#1

Read §27-4 "Motion of Charged Particles in a Magnetic Field", §27-5 "Applications of Motion of Charged Particles" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Magnetic Fields RQ#2

Wed, Oct 19

Read §27-6 "Magnetic Force on a Current-Carrying Conductor", §27-7 "Force and Torque on a Current Loop", §27-8 "The Direct Current Motor", §27-9 "The Hall Effect"

Online HW: “Magnetic Fields RQ#3

Read §28-1 "Magnetic Field of a Moving Charge", §28-2 "Magnetic Field of a Current Element" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Magnetic Sources RQ #1

Mon, Oct 24

Online HW: “Magnetic Fields HW(lecture notes)

Assignment #8 due (solutions)

Read §28-3 "Magnetic Field of a Straight Current-Carrying Conductor", §28-4 "Force Between Parallel Conductors"

Online HW: “Magnetic Sources RQ #2

Wed, Oct 26

Read §28-5 "Magnetic Field of a Circular Current Loop", §28-6 "Ampere's Law", §28-7 "Applications of Ampere's Law", §28-8 "Magnetic Materials" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Magnetic Sources RQ #3

Mon, Oct 31

Read §29-1 "Induction Experiments", §29-2 "Faraday's Law", §29-5 "Induced Electric Fields"

Online HW: “Inductance RQ #1

Read §29-3 "Lenz's Law", §29-4 "Motional Electromotive Force" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Inductance RQ #2

Online HW: “Magnetic Sources HW

Assignment #9 due (solutions)

Wed, Nov 2

Read §29-6 "Eddy Currents", §29-7 "Displacement Current and Maxwell's Equations", §29-8 "Superconductivity" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Inductance RQ #3

Mon, Nov 7

Online HW: “Inductance HW

Assignment #10 due (solutions)

Read §30-1 "Mutual Inductance", §30-2 "Self Inductance and Inductors"

Read §30-3 "Magnetic Field Energy", §30-4 "The R-L Circuit" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Inductors RQ #1

Wed, Nov 9

Read §30-5 "The L-C Circuit", §30-6 "The RLC Circuit" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Inductors RQ #2

Fri, Nov 11

Online HW: “Inductors HW

Assignment #11 due (solutions)

Midterm Test #3 (Ch.27-30). 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 §32-1 "Maxwell's Equations and Electromagnetic Waves”, §32-2 "Plane Electromagnetic Waves and the Speed of Light”

Online HW: “EM Waves RQ#1

Read §32-3 "Sinusoidal Electromagnetic Waves”

Online HW: “EM Waves RQ#2

(lecture notes from both Mon and Wed in one file here)

Wed, Nov 16

Read §32-4 "Energy and Momentum in Electromagnetic Waves”

Online HW: “EM Waves RQ#3

Read §32-5 "Standing Electromagnetic Waves”

Online HW: “EM Waves RQ#4

Mon, Nov 21

Assignment #12 due (solutions)

Online HW: “EM Waves HW

Read §33-1 "The Nature of Light”, §33-2 "Reflection and Refraction”, §33-3 "Total Internal Reflection”, §33-4 "Dispersion”

Online HW: “Light RQ#1

Read §33-5 "Polarization”, §33-6 "Scattering of Light”, §33-7 "Huygen's Principle” (lecture notes)

Wed, Nov 23

Read §34-1 "Reflection and Refraction at a Plane Surface”, §34-2 "Reflection at a Spherical Surface”

Online HW: “Optics RQ#1

Read §34-3 "Refraction at a Spherical Surface”, §34-4 "Thin Lenses” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Optics RQ#2

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 §34-5 "Cameras”, §34-6 "The Eye”, §34-7 "The Magnifier”, §34-8 "Microscopes and Telescopes” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Optics RQ#3

Read §35-1 "Interference and Coherent Sources”, §35-2 "Two-Source Interference of Light”

Online HW: “Interference RQ#1

Wed, Nov 30

Assignment #13 due (again, pushed back to make your break happier: suggest working on it before this late due date) (solutions)

Online HW: “Optics HW

Read §35-3 "Intensity in Interference Patterns”, §35-4 "Interference in Thin Films”

Online HW: “Interference RQ#2

Read §35-5 "The Michelson Interferometer”, §36-1 "Fresnel and Fraunhofer Diffraction”, §36-2 "Diffraction from a Single Slit” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Diffraction RQ#1

Mon, Dec 5

Read §36-3 "Intensity in the Single Slit Pattern”, §36-4 "Multiple Slits”, §36-5 "The Diffraction Grating”, (lecture notes, the oil slick problem)

Wed, Dec 7

Online HW: “Interference HW

Assignment #14 due (pushed back a class to here) (solutions)

Read §36-6 "X-Ray Diffraction”, §36-7 "Circular Apertures and Resolving Power”, Read §36-8 "Holography” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Diffraction RQ#2

Online HW: “Diffraction RQ#3

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, 16:00-17:55.

Online HW: “Diffraction HW

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.