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Last updated: Fri Apr 24 10:39:10 am 2020 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 184B/234B Spring 2020

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Martin Berz, Tibor Nagy, Corey Musolff

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Instructor Information

PHY 184B: 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/.

PHY 234B: Professor Martin Berz
Office: BPS 3253, Phone: (517)285-8562.
Email: berz@msu.edu.
Web: http://bt.pa.msu.edu/berz
Office hours: by appointment

Support: Dr. Corey Musolff
Email: musolffc@msu.edu.

Teaching Assistant: Dhruva Kadiyala (kadiyal9@msu.edu), Logan Maier (maierlog@msu.edu), Benjamin Geoffrey Sims (simsben1@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.

PHY 234B: on-line calculus-based bridging course: PHY 232(C) plus PHY 234B equals PHY 184(B). Topics include: electrostatics, direct circuits, magnetostatics, induction, alternating circuits, electromagnetic waves, geometric and wave optics, special relativity.

Prerequisites

For PHY 184B: (PHY 183(B) or PHY 233B or PHY 193H or LBS 164) and Calculus II: MTH 133.

For PHY 234B: (PHY 232 or PHY 232B) and MTH 133.

Helproom Hours

Physics help room: BPS 1248.

Teaching Assistants: Dhruva Kadiyala (kadiyal9@msu.edu), Logan Maier (maierlog@msu.edu), Benjamin Geoffrey Sims (simsben1@msu.edu).

Help Room hours:
Tuesday: 4:00-7:00 PM: Logan, 6:00-9:00 PM: Dhruva.
Wednesday: 1:00-4:00 PM: Ben, 4:00-7:00 PM: Logan.
Thursday: 1:00-4:00 PM: Ben and Dhruva.

Project Information

Honors option is not be available for this class.

Exam Information

Exam #1: February 13th, Thursday, 5:10-6:10 PM, VMC E100.
Exam #2: March 19th, Thursday, 5:00-10:00 PM, 60 minutes ONLINE.
Exam #3: April 16th, Thursday, 8:00-10:00 PM, 60 minutes ONLINE.
PHY 184B Final Exam: April 29th, Wednesday, 120 minutes ONLINE between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM EDT.
PHY 234B does NOT have a final exam.

Maximum score on each midterm exam: 50 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). 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.

For the exams you will need a scientific calculator with fresh batteries, sharp pencils and an eraser. Graphing calculators are allowed, but not required.

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 for PHY 184B: Homework: 27%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 16% = 48%, Final Exam: 25%.

Percentage weights for PHY 234B: Homework: 28%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 24% = 72%. There is 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 | Reading assignment
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01 | Jan 14 Tu | Syllabus, HW 0
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02 | Jan 16 Th | HW 1: Ch 21: Electrostatics
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03 | Jan 23 Th | HW 2: Ch 22: Electric Fields
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04 | Jan 30 Th | HW 3: Ch 23: Electric Potential, Ch 24: Capacitors
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05 | Feb 06 Th | HW 4: Ch 25: Current and Resistance, 26: DC Circuits
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06 | Feb 13 Th | Exam #1: HW 1-4, Ch 21-26, 5:10-6:10 PM, VMC E100.
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07 | Feb 20 Th | HW 5: Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
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08 | Feb 27 Th | HW 6: Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
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09 | Mar 12 Th | HW 7: Ch 30: EM Oscillations and Currents
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10 | Mar 19 Th | Exam #2: HW 5-7, Ch 27-30, 5-10 PM: 60 min ONLINE.
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11 | Mar 26 Th | HW 8: Ch 31: EM waves, Section 32.4: Snell's law
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12 | Apr 02 Th | HW 9: Ch 32-34: Geom. Optics, Lenses, Wave Optics
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13 | Apr 09 Th | HW 10: Ch 35: Relativity
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14 | Apr 16 Th | Exam #3: HW 8-10, Ch 31-35, 8-10 PM: 60 min ONLINE.
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15 | Apr 23 Th | Correction #3.
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16 | Apr 29 We | Final: PHY 184B ONLY: 2 hrs between 8 and 11 PM EDT.
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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, 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.