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Last updated: Sun Jun 2 06:09:14 pm 2019 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 184B/234B Summer 2019

Michigan State University


Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Exam Proctor: Examity Proctor

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Instructor Information

Dr. Tibor Nagy
Office: 1253 BPS, Phone: (517) 884-5508,
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu,
Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/.

Teaching Assistants: Jeremiah Cameron (camero99@msu.edu), Nafiz Naina (nainamoh@msu.edu), Gavin Wilks (wilksgav@msu.edu).

Course Description

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


Physics I: (PHY 183(B) or PHY 233B or PHY 193H or LBS 164) and Calculus II: MTH 133.

Helproom Hours

Teaching Assistants: Jeremiah Cameron (camero99@msu.edu), Nafiz Naina (nainamoh@msu.edu), Gavin Wilks (wilksgav@msu.edu).

BPS 1248, Physics Help room schedule:
Tuesday: 10AM: Gavin, noon: Gavin, 2PM: Nafiz, 4PM: Nafiz, 6PM: Gavin.
Wednesday:10AM: Jeremiah, noon: Jeremiah, 2PM: Gavin, 4PM: Jeremiah, 6PM: Nafiz.
Thursday: 10AM: Jeremiah, noon: Gavin, 2PM: Jeremiah, 4PM: Nafiz, 6PM: Nafiz.

Project Information

Honors option is not be available for PHY 184B/234B.

Exam Information

Exam #1: June 18, Tuesday, 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415,
Exam #2: July 16, Tuesday, 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415,
Final Exam: August 13, Tuesday, 6-8 PM, room BPS 1415.

On the midterm exams a one-sided 8.5 by 11 US letter sized handwritten help sheet is allowed together with the sheets from the previous exams. On the final exam (in the PHY 184B class) three one-sided help sheets (two from the midterm exams and a third sheet) are allowed. The midterm exams will have correction as a homework: 30% of the positive difference between the correction and the exam will be added to your exam score as bonus. The final exam will not have correction.

For the exams (paper or online) you will need a scientific calculator with fresh batteries, two sharp #2 (HB) pencils, an eraser and your picture ID (MSU student ID or driver's license). Graphing calculators are allowed, but not required.

Local students (students in section 730) within a one hour driving distance will take the exams on paper here at MSU. Long distance students (students in section 731) will take the exams online through LON-CAPA. The online exams will be proctored through the web by Examity (www.examity.com). The proctoring fee will be covered by MSU. For web proctoring you will need a modern computer with web camera, microphone, speakers and a reliable high speed internet connection.


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 no later than the end of the first week of class. Requests received after this date may not be honored.

Grading Information

Percent weights for PHY 184B: Homework: 34%, Midterm Exams: 2 x 17% = 34%, Final Exam: 32%.
Percent weights for PHY 234B: Homework: 36%, Midterm Exams: 2 x 32% = 64%, NO Final Exam.

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, but it will not be raised.

The Spartan Code of Honor: As a Spartan, I will strive to uphold values of the highest ethical standard. I will practice honesty in my work, foster honesty in my peers, and take pride in knowing that honor is worth more than grades. I will carry these values beyond my time as a student at Michigan State University, continuing the endeavor to build personal integrity in all that I do.


Wk | HW is due | Reading assignment
01 | May 19 Su | Syllabus, Homework set #0
02 | May 23 Th | HW 1: Ch 21: Electrostatics
03 | May 30 Th | HW 2: Ch 22: Electric Fields
04 | Jun 06 Th | HW 3: Ch 23: Electric Potential, Ch 24: Capacitors
05 | Jun 13 Th | HW 4: Ch 25: Current and Resistance, 26: DC Circuits
06 | Jun 18 Tu | Exam #1: HW 1-4, Ch 21-26, 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415.
07 | Jun 27 Th | HW 5: Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
08 | Jul 04 Th | HW 6: Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
09 | Jul 11 Th | HW 7: Ch 30: EM Oscillations and Currents
10 | Jul 16 Tu | Exam #2: HW 5-7, Ch 27-30: 6-7 PM, room BPS 1415.
11 | Jul 25 Th | HW 8: Ch 31: Electromagnetic waves
12 | Aug 01 Th | HW 9: Ch 32-34: Geom. Optics, Lenses, Wave Optics
13 | Aug 08 Th | HW 10: Ch 35: Relativity
14 | Aug 13 Tu | Final Exam: HW 1-10, Ch 21-35, 6-8 PM, BPS 1415.


Recommended text book: Wolfgang Bauer, Gary D. Westfall: University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 2, McGraw-Hill. (Either the 2nd or the 1st edition will be fine. 2nd edition: ISBN 10: 0-0774-0960-4 ISBN 13: 978-0077409609, 1st edition: ISBN 10: 0-0773-5479-6 ISBN 13: 978-0077354794.)

Any other calculus based physics text book will work fine, for example Randall D. Knight, Halliday-Resnick-Walker, Giambattista-Richardson-Richardson.

We will use LON-CAPA, MSU's own free and flexible web-based course management system. If your book has a course management system bundled with, don't open it and don't try to access it, because we will not use it.