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Last updated: Thu Aug 21 06:35:39 pm 2014 (EDT) by Kendall Mahn

PHY232, Fall 2014 - Introductory Physics II

Michigan State University

Instructor Information

PHY 232 -- Introductory Physics II

Prof. Michael Syphers
Office: NSCL 1151
Phone: (517) 908-7608
Email: syphers at msu.edu

Guest Instructor:
Prof. Kendall Mahn
Office: BPS 3234
Phone: (517) 884-5504
Email: mahn at msu.edu

Teaching Assistants:
Safwan Shanab

Course Description

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 .


PHY 231 or PHY 231B or PHY 231C
PHY 183 or PHY 183B
PHY 193H or LBS 271.

Class Hours

Section 001: Tu Th, 6:20 PM - 7:30 PM, BPS 1410 (address: 567 Wilson Road)

Please be aware of evacuation and shelter-in-place guidelines for the room, available through MSU Police: http://police.msu.edu/. You are allowed to keep your cell on in silent mode during lectures in order to receive emergency notifications via the ALERT system: http://alert.msu.edu/.

Office Hours

Prof. Syphers: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m., in 1248 BPS, or at other times by appointment.

Prof. Mahn: Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., in 1248 BPS, or at other times by appointment.

Helproom Hours

HelpRoom hours for PHY232 TAs in BPS 1248
Starting TUE 9/2/2014

T1 =
T2 =
T3 =
Sa = Safwan
Ma = Prof. Mahn
Sy = Prof. Syphers

Project Information

There will be no honors option offered for PHY232/232C this semester.

Exam Information

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: Thursday, December 11, 2014; 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Location TBA.

Please read and abide by the MSU Academic Integrity Policy: https://www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/academic-integrity/index.html
The FAQ under the Ombudsperson page is also helpful: https://www.msu.edu/~ombud/full-faq/index.html

Students with disabilities will be provided equal opportunity. Please see https://www.rcpd.msu.edu/. Please present your VISA form at the start of term to the instructors and/or two weeks in advance of any necessary accommodations.

For those with disabilities, please see: https://www.rcpd.msu.edu/


The 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 Information

Percent weights for PHY 232 (section: 001):

Clicker questions: 6%.
Homework: 16%.
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.

Grading scale:
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:




Rex 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. Text is recommended.

You will also need an i>Clicker for class participation/quizzes during lectures.