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Last updated: Thu Apr 15 02:44:24 pm 2021 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 184B/234B Spring 2021

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy, Daniel Stump, Corey Musolff
ULA: Joseph Robert Noonan

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Instructor Information

PHY 184B: Dr. Tibor Nagy
E-mail: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu
Web page: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/

PHY 234B: Dr. Corey Musolff
E-mail: musolffc@msu.edu.

PHY 234B: Professor Dan Stump
E-mail: stump@msu.edu.

Course Description

PHY 184B and PHY 234B: on-line, calculus-based physics course, for students majoring in engineering or physical sciences. Topics include: electric charge, electric force, electric fields, potential and voltage, capacitors, direct current circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, alternating current circuits, electromagnetic waves, geometric optics, optical instruments, wave optics, special relativity.

Prerequisites

For PHY 184B: Calculus based Mechanics (PHY 183 or PHY 183B or PHY 233B or PHY 193H or LBS 273 or equivalent) and Calculus II (MTH 133 or equivalent).

For PHY 234B: Algebra based Electromagnetism (PHY 232 or PHY 232C or equivalent) and Calculus II (MTH 133 or equivalent).

Helproom Hours

Professor Stump's help sessions:
Mondays, 7:00 PM eastern time.
Zoom: https://msu.zoom.us/j/3090035109
Passcode: 336884

Dr. Musolff's office hours / help room:
Wednesdays 5:30 PM eastern time
https://msu.zoom.us/j/94174890228
Passcode: 223594

Joseph Noonan's help room:
Mondays 4-7 PM eastern time
Tuesdays 2-5 PM eastern time
https://msu.zoom.us/j/5337429904
Passcode: physics

Project Information

Honors option is not be available for this class.

Exam Information

Exam #1: February 11th, Thursday, 60 minutes online between 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM ET.
Exam #2: March 18th, Thursday, 60 minutes online between 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM ET.
Exam #3: April 15th, Thursday, 60 minutes online between 8:00 PM and 11:59 PM ET.
PHY 184B: Final Exam: April 29th, Thursday, 120 minutes online between 8:00 PM and 11:59 PM ET.
PHY 234B: NO Final Exam.

The maximum possible score on a midterm exam is 50 points, and the maximum score on the final exam is 100 points. A one-sided, hand-written, 8.5 by 11 inch US letter sized help sheet is allowed on each midterm plus the help sheet(s) from the previous midterm(s). On the final exam you are allowed to use all three help sheets. The midterm exams will have corrections as a homework: 30% of the positive difference between the correction and the exam will be added to your exam score as bonus. The corrections are optional. The corrections can only raise your scores, they CANNOT lower your score. The eXam and the Correction scores are combined together to the Total Test score as follows: If C>X, then T = X + 0.3*(C-X), otherwise T = X. The final exam will not have correction.

Deadlines

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

Percentage weights:
PHY 184B: Pre- and Post-Test: 1%+1%, Homework: 35%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 14% = 42%, Final Exam: 21%, Total: 100%.
PHY 234B: Pre- and Post-Test: 1%+1%, Homework: 35%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 21% = 63%, NO Final Exam.

Homework: Every homework question is worth 1 point. Maximum score on midterms: 50 points. Maximum score on the final exam: 100 points.

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.

Readings


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Wk | HW is due | Homework Set and Reading Assignment
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02 | Jan 20 We | HW 0: Syllabus
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03 | Jan 27 We | HW 1: Ch 21: Electrostatics
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04 | Feb 03 We | HW 2: Ch 22: Electric Fields
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05 | Feb 10 We | HW 3: Ch 23: Electric Potential, Ch 24: Capacitors
05 | Feb 11 Th | Exam #1: HW 1-3, Ch 21-24, 8-10 PM ET, 60 min online
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06 | Feb 17 We | HW 4: Ch 25: Current and Resistance
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07 | Feb 24 We | HW 5: Ch 26: Direct Current Circuits
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08 | Mar 03 We | *** Spring Period ***
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09 | Mar 10 We | HW 6: Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
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10 | Mar 17 We | HW 7: Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
10 | Mar 18 Th | Exam #2: HW 4-7, Ch 25-29, 8-10 PM ET, 60 min online
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11 | Mar 24 We | HW 8: Ch 30: Alternating Current Circuits
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12 | Mar 31 We | HW 9: Ch 31: Electromagnetic Waves
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13 | Apr 07 We | HW 10: Ch 32: Geometric Optics, Ch 33: Lenses and Instruments
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14 | Apr 14 We | HW 11: Ch 34 Wave Optics
14 | Apr 15 Th | Exam #3: HW 8-11, Ch 30-34, 8:00-11:59 PM ET, 60 min online
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15 | Apr 21 We | HW 12: Ch 35: Special Relativity
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FW | Apr 29 Th | PHY 184B Final: HW 1-12, Ch 21-35, 8-11:59 PM ET, 120 min online
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Textbook

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, Fishbane-Gasiorowicz-Thornton, Young-Freedman (formerly Sears and Zemansky), 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.

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