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Last updated: Wed Nov 7 10:25:42 am 2012 (EST) by Michael Syphers

PHY232, Fall 2012

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Michael Syphers
Exam Proctor: Nan Du
Instructor: Pengpeng Zhang
Teaching Assistant: Nan Du

Instructor Information

PHY 232 Lecture Section 001:
Prof. Michael Syphers
Office: NSCL 1125
Phone: (517) 908-7608
Email: syphers@msu.edu
Office hour: after class on Tuesdays

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.

Prerequisites

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

Class Hours

Section 001: Tu Th, 6:10 PM - 7:30 PM, BPS 1410

Office Hours

Prof. Syphers: after class on Tuesdays or at other times by appointment.

Helproom Hours

The Strosacker helproom is in 1248 BPS and is open from 9:00AM to 9:00PM Monday through Thursday and from 9:00AM to 6:00PM on Fridays. You are welcome to go to the helproom during any of its open hours but there will be appointed times when TAs specifically for PHY232 will be available.

Helproom hours for PHY232 TAs in BPS 1248:
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MON 3-6pm (J)
TUE 11am-12:30pm (M); 4-6pm (M); 7:30-8:30pm (S)
WED 3:30-6pm (J), 6-8pm (M)
THU 2:30-5pm (M), 5-6pm (J), 7:30-9pm (J)

Key
J = John Hafner
M = Marco Santia
S = Prof. Syphers

Project Information

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

Exam Information

Midterm Exams and the Final Exam will be held on the following Tuesdays:

10/02, Exam #1, during class hour in 1410 BPS
10/30, Exam #2, during class hour in 1410 BPS
11/20, Exam #3, during class hour in 1410 BPS

12/13, Final Exam, 8:00-10:00pm, Location: 1410 BPS

Reviews of the exam material will be held during the previous Thursday classes.



For your reference: MSU Academic Integrity Policy:
https://www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/academic-integrity/index.html

Deadlines

The homework sets will be due at 11:59PM on Thursdays.

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.

Homework: Every homework question is worth 1 point.

Midterm exams: Maximum score on each midterm: 50 points. The midterm exams will have correction sets as a homework. 30% of the positive difference between the correction exam and the in-class exam will be added to your in-class exam score as a bonus. 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).

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.

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%.

This grading scale might be lowered (a little), but it will not be raised.

Readings



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          Week        | Chapter, Topic
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(1)  08/30            | Intro and Review
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(2)  09/04 -– 09/06   | Ch 18 Electric Force and Fields
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(3)  09/11 -- 09/13   | Ch 19 Electric Potential
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(4)  09/18 -- 09/20   | Ch 20 Electric Circuits
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(5)  09/25 –- Tues    | Ch 21 Magnetism
     09/27 -- Thurs   | Midterm Review
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(6)  10/02 -- Tues    | Exam #1 (1410 BPS)
     10/04 -- Thurs   | Ch 21 Magnetic Forces and Fields
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(7)  10/09 -- 10/11   | Ch 22 Electromagnetic Induction
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(8)  10/16 -- Tues    | Ch 23 AC Circuits
     10/18 -- Thurs   | Ch 24 EM Waves
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(9)  10/23 -- Tues    | Ch 25/26 Reflection and Refraction of Light
     10/25 -- Thurs   | Midterm Review
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(10) 10/30 -- Tues    | Exam #2 (1410 BPS)
     11/01 -- Thurs   | Ch 25/26 Ray Optics
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(11) 11/06 -- Tues    | Ch 25/26 Optical Instruments
     11/08 -- Thurs   | Ch 27 Interference
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(12) 11/13 -- Tues    | Ch 27 Wave Optics
     11/15 -- Thurs   | Midterm Review
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(13) 11/20 -- Tues    | Exam #3 (1410 BPS)
     11/22 -- Thurs   | Thanksgiving
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(14) 11/27 -- Tues    | Ch 28 Relativity
     11/29 -- Thurs   | Ch 29/30 Quantum and Atoms
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(15) 12/04 -- Tues    | Ch 31/32 Nucl. and High Energy Physics
     12/06 -- Thurs   | Final Review
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     12/13 -- Thurs   | Final Exam: 8:00-10:00pm,
             Location: BPS 1410
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Textbook

Cutnell & Johnson: CUSTOM- Physics 9e (Intro PHY 1 & 2 MSU)
If you took PHY 231 in Spring 2012 and purchased the complete book you do NOT need to purchase this.
You will also need an i>Clicker for class participation/quizzes during lectures.