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Last updated: Wed Sep 17 10:31:40 am 2014 (EDT) by Carl Schmidt

PHY184, Fall 2014 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Carl Schmidt, Oscar Naviliat Cuncic
Instructor: Saul Beceiro Novo, James Laverty

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Instructor Information

Section 001: Oscar Naviliat-Cuncic
Office: NSCL 1020, Phone: (517) 908-7607
Email: naviliat@nscl.msu.edu
Office hours: Before/after class and by appointment.

Saul Beceiro Novo
Office: NSCL 1031, Phone: (517) 908-7312
Email: beceiro@nscl.msu.edu
Office hours: Before/after class and by appointment.

Section 002: Carl Schmidt
Office: BPS 3211, Phone: (517) 884-5558
Email: schmidt@pa.msu.edu
Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~schmidt/
Office hours: Before/after class and by appointment.

Course Description

PHY 184: calculus-based physics course, for students majoring in engineering or physical sciences. Topics include: electrostatics, direct circuits, magnetostatics, induction, alternating circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, special relativity.

Prerequisites

(PHY 183 or PHY 183A or PHY 183B or PHY 193H or LBS 164 or PHY 233B)
and (MTH 133 or MTH 153H or LBS 119 or concurrently).

Class Hours

Section 001: Mo, Tu, We, Th from 4:10 to 5:00 PM in room BPS 1410.
Section 002: Mo, Tu, We, Th from 5:20 to 6:10 PM in room BPS 1410.

Helproom Hours

Physics Learning Center, room BPS 1248.

Teaching Assistants and helproom schedule: (subject to change)

Mondays: 12:00-9:00 pm
Tuesdays: 2:00-4:00 pm
Wednesdays: 12:00-4:00 pm
Fridays: 12:00-3:00 pm
(updated September 17)

A list of tutors suitable for this course is available from the undergraduate secretary in 1312 BPS.

Exam Information

There will be six exams (every other week) and one final exam. The bi-weekly exams will be given in class every other Tuesday and will cover the material presented in the previous two weeks. There will be no make-ups for missing one of the exams. We realize sometimes stuff happens that is beyond your control, with this in mind we will drop your lowest exam scores when calculating your final grade.

All the exams are closed book. However, you are permitted to use a single 8-inch by 5-inch card (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of the note card.

Each bi-weekly exam will have a correction exam assigned as a homework assignment in LON-CAPA. If you get all of the points on the correction exam, then you will get back 30% of the points you missed in the in-class exam. You must answer all of the correction set questions correctly to receive the bonus. As such, the correction exam homework assignment can only add points to your weekly exam score.

Final Exam: Thursday, December 11, 8-10pm, place TBA.
The final exam is closed book. However, you are permitted to use TWO 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheets of paper (or smaller) of handwritten notes and equations. You may use both sides of these sheets. The final exam cannot be dropped, and there is no correction set for the final exam.

Bring a calculator with fresh batteries, two sharp #2 (HB) pencils, an eraser and your picture ID to each exam.

Deadlines

There are thirteen homework sets. The homework sets are always due on Monday night at 10:00 pm.

There will be six midterm exams, bi-weekly on Tuesdays during the lecture hours. Each of the associated correction exams will be due on Thursday evenings at 10:00 PM. You must complete the entire correction set in order to receive credit for it.

Students with Disabilities: MSU is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Requests for accommodations by persons with disabilities may be made by contacting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities at 517-884-RCPD or on the web at rcpd.msu.edu. Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined, you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (VISA) form. Please present this form to your instructor at the start of the term or no later than the end of the second week of class. Requests received after this date may not be honored.

Grading Information

Percent weights:
Homework: 25%,
Weekly Exams: 5*10% = 50%,
Final Exam: 25%,
Pre- and Post- Assessment tests 1% + 1%
Clicker Questions: 5%.

Clicker questions: clicker questions will be given in class. These questions will count as 5% extra credit. No make-ups are available for clicker questions.

The guaranteed scale below is based on the total percentage of points.

Grading scale:
4.0 >= 94%
3.5 >= 86%
3.0 >= 78%
2.5 >= 70%
2.0 >= 62%
1.5 >= 54%
1.0 >= 46%
0.0 < 46%.

This grading scale might be lowered, but it will not be raised.

Readings

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Wk | Dates         | Topic
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01 | Aug 27 - 28   | Syllabus, Intro
   | Sep 2         | HW #0 due (moved due to Labor Day)
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02 | Sep 2 - 4     | Ch 21: Electrostatics (no class Sep 1)
   | Sep 8         | HW 01 due
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03 | Sep 8 - 11    | Ch 22: Electric Fields and Gauss's Law
   | Sep 15        | HW 02 due
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04 | Sep 15 - 18   | Ch 23: Electric Potential
   | Sep 16        | Exam 1, covers HW 01-02 and Ch 21-22
   | Sep 18        | Exam 1 correction due
   | Sep 22        | HW 03 due
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05 | Sep 22 - 25   | Ch 24: Capacitors
   | Sep 29        | HW 04 due
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06 | Sep 29-Oct 2  | Ch 25: Current and Resistance
   | Sep 30        | Exam 2, covers HW 03-04 and Ch 23-24
   | Oct 2         | Exam 2 correction due
   | Oct 6         | HW 05 due
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07 | Oct 6 - 9     | Ch 26: DC Circuits
   | Oct 13        | HW 06 due
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08 | Oct 13 - 16   | Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
   | Oct 14        | Exam 3, covers HW 05-06 and Ch 25-26
   | Oct 16        | Exam 3 correction due
   | Oct 20        | HW 07 due
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09 | Oct 20 - 23   | Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
   | Oct 27        | HW 08 due
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10 | Oct 27 - 30   | Ch 30: EM Oscillations and Currents
   | Oct 28        | Exam 4, covers HW 07-08 and Ch 27-28-29
   | Oct 30        | Exam 4 correction due
   | Nov 3         | HW 09 due
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11 | Nov 3-6       | Ch 31: EM Waves
   | Nov 10        | HW 10 due
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12 | Nov 10-13     | Ch 32: Geom. Optics, Ch 33: Optical Instr.
   | Nov 11        | Exam 5, covers HW 09-10, Ch 30-31
   | Nov 13        | Exam 5 correction due
   | Nov 17        | HW 11 due
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13 | Nov 17-20     | Ch 34: Wave Optics 
   | Nov 24        | HW 12 due
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14 | Nov 24-26     | Ch 35: Special Relativity 
   | Nov 25        | Exam 6: covers HW 11-12 and Ch 32-33-34
   | Dec 1         | Exam 6 corrections due (moved due to Thanksgiving)
   | Dec 1         | HW 13 due (last HW)
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15 | Dec 1-4       | Mo-Th: Review
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16 | Finals Week   | Final Exam: Dec 11, 8-10 pm, place TBA
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Textbook

Wolfgang Bauer, Gary D. Westfall: University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 2, McGraw-Hill, 1st or 2nd edition. (1st edition: ISBN 978-0-07-336796-5, 2nd edition: ISBN 978-0-07-740960-9)

We will use LON-CAPA, MSU's own free and flexible web-based course management system.

We will use iClicker in this class.