PHY232, Fall 2014 - Introductory Physics II
Michigan State University
Instructor InformationPHY 232 -- Introductory Physics II
Prof. Michael Syphers
Office: NSCL 1151
Phone: (517) 908-7608
Email: syphers at msu.edu
Prof. Kendall Mahn
Office: BPS xxxx
Phone: (517) 884-xxxx
Email: xxxx at pa.msu.edu
This course is the second semester of a 2-semester sequence of introductory physics. Armed with the foundations of the basic concepts of kinematics, momentum, force, work, and energy, this semester investigates the topics of electricity and magnetism; geometric and wave optics of light and other electromagnetic waves; and themes of modern physics including special relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics.
The course utilizes LON-CAPA. Log on at https://loncapa.msu.edu
PrerequisitesPHY 231 or PHY 231B or PHY 231C
PHY 183 or PHY 183B
PHY 193H or LBS 271.
Class HoursSection 001: Tu Th, 6:20 PM - 7:30 PM, BPS 1410
Office HoursProf. Syphers: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m., in 1248 BPS, or at other times by appointment.
Prof. Mahn: ** TBA **, in 1248 BPS, or at other times by appointment.
Helproom HoursHelpRoom hours for PHY232 TAs in BPS 1248
Starting TUE 9/2/2014
M = Prof. Mahn
S = Prof. Syphers
Project InformationThere will be no honors option offered for PHY232/232C this semester.
Midterm Exams will be held on the following Thursdays:
09/25, Exam #1, during class hour in 1410 BPS
10/23, Exam #2, during class hour in 1410 BPS
11/13, Exam #3, during class hour in 1410 BPS
Reviews of the exam material will be held during the previous Tuesday classes.
Final Exam: date and time to be announced.
For your reference: MSU Academic Integrity Policy (please read!):
DeadlinesThe homework sets will be due at 11:59PM on Wednesdays. Correction Exams, following each mid-term exam, will be due by 11:59PM on the Wednesday following the original exam.
Grading InformationPercent weights for PHY 232 (section: 001):
Clicker questions: 6%.
Three midterm exams: 3 x 16% = 48%.
Final exam: 32%.
The weights for all classes add up to 102%.
Clicker questions: Correct answer: 1 point. Incorrect answer: 0 points. Not present: 0 points.
Final clicker score determined by: score = minimum of [ 1, (1.5 times No. Q's correct)/(Total No. Q's) ]
Homework: All homework questions are worth the same; every homework question is worth 1 point.
Class homework score is given by (total HW points correct) / (total HW points available)
Midterm exams: Maximum score on each midterm is 50 points. The midterm exams will have correction exams as a homework. Thirty percent (30%) of the positive difference between the correction exam and the in-class exam will be added to your in-class exam score as bonus points toward that exam. The correction set is not available to students who do not take the midterm exam.
One double-sided, US letter-sized (8.5"x11") help sheet is allowed for each midterm exam (you may write on both sides).
Each midterm exam will have an overall score of "in-class score + bonus points" (out of 50).
Final Exam: Maximum score on the final: 100 points. The final exam will NOT have a correction set.
Four double-sided, US letter-sized (8.5"x11") help sheets are allowed on the final exam: three from the midterms and one from the last block of the class.
Note: Failure to take the final exam will result in failure of the course.
4.0 >= 92%,
3.5 >= 84%,
3.0 >= 76%,
2.5 >= 68%,
2.0 >= 60%,
1.5 >= 52%,
1.0 >= 44%,
0.0 < 44%.
Preliminary lecture notes for the week will be posted Monday mornings on LON-CAPA. Copies of the material actually presented in class will be re-posted following each class.
The following is a table (subject to updates) of the topics to be covered throughout the course, reviews, exams, and homework assignments:
TextbookRex and Wolfson: Essential College Physics, Volume 2
If you took PHY 231 in Spring 2014 and purchased the complete book/set you do NOT need to purchase this.
You will also need an i>Clicker for class participation/quizzes during lectures.