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Last updated: Wed Jun 27 12:10:00 pm 2018 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 184B/234B Summer 2018

Michigan State University


Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Exam Proctor: Examity Proctor
Teaching Assistant: Kaitlyn Yuling Anderson, Claire Ruvimbo Gapare, Daria Janae Harris, Jordyn Vanportfliet

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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: Kaitlyn Anderson (ande1731@msu.edu), Claire Gapare (gaparecl@msu.edu), Daria Harris (harr1269@msu.edu), Jordyn Vanportfliet (vanport8@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: Kaitlyn Anderson (ande1731@msu.edu), Claire Gapare (gaparecl@msu.edu), Daria Harris (harr1269@msu.edu), Jordyn Vanportfliet (vanport8@msu.edu).

BPS 1248, Physics Help room schedule for week #7 and #8:
Tuesday: 4-6PM: Katie, 6-8PM: Claire, Daria.
Wednesday: noon-2PM: Jordyn, 2-4PM: Jordyn, 4-6PM: Claire, Daria, Katie, 6-8PM: Claire, Daria, Katie.
Thursday: 10AM-noon: Jordyn, noon-2PM: Jordyn, 2-4PM: Jordyn, 4-6PM: Claire, Daria, Katie, 6-8PM: Claire, Daria, Katie.

(Original schedule: BPS 1248, Physics Help room schedule:
Tuesday: 2:30-4:30PM: Claire, 4-6PM: Katie, 6-8PM: Daria.
Wednesday: 10AM-noon: Claire, noon-2PM: Claire, Jordyn, 2-4PM: Claire, Jordyn, 4-6PM: Daria, Katie, 6-8PM: Daria, Katie.
Thursday: 10AM-noon: Jordyn, noon-2PM: Jordyn, 2-4PM: Jordyn, 2:30-4:30PM: Claire, 4-6PM: Daria, Katie, 6-8PM: Daria, Katie.)

Project Information

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

Exam Information

Exam #1: June 12, Tuesday, 6-7 PM, FAE 116,
Exam #2: July 10, Tuesday, 6-7 PM, FAE 116,
Exam #3: July 31, Tuesday, 6-7 PM, FAE 116,
Final Exam: August 14, Tuesday, 6-8 PM, FAE 116.

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) four one-sided help sheets (three from the midterm exams and a fourth 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: 22%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 16% = 48%, Final Exam: 30%.
Percent weights for PHY 234B: Homework: 25%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 25% = 75%, NO Final Exam.

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.

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 20 Su | Syllabus, Homework set #0
02 | May 24 Th | HW 1: Ch 21: Electrostatics, Ch 22: Electric Fields
03 | May 31 Th | HW 2: Ch 23: Electric Potential, Ch 24: Capacitors
04 | Jun 07 Th | HW 3: Ch 25: Current and Resistance, 26: DC Circuits
05 | Jun 12 Tu | Exam #1: HW 1-3, Ch 21-26, 6-7 PM, FAE 116.
06 | Jun 21 Th | HW 4: Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
07 | Jun 28 Th | HW 5: Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
08 | Jul 05 Th | HW 6: Ch 30: EM Oscillations and Currents
09 | Jul 10 Tu | Exam #2: HW 4-6, Ch 27-30: 6-7 PM, FAE 116.
10 | Jul 19 Th | HW 7: Ch 31: Electromagnetic waves
11 | Jul 26 Th | HW 8: Ch 32-34: Geom. Optics, Lenses, Wave Optics
12 | Jul 31 Tu | Exam #3: HW 7-8, Ch 31-34: 6-7 PM, FAE 116.
13 | Aug 09 Th | HW 9: Ch 35: Relativity
14 | Aug 14 Tu | Final Exam: HW 1-9, Ch 21-35, 6-8 PM, FAE 116.


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.