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Last updated: Mon Nov 23 06:57:18 am 2020 (EST) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 184B Fall 2020

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy

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Instructor Information

PHY 184B: Dr. Tibor Nagy
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu,
Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/.

Teaching Assistants: Pranav Sharma (sharma88@msu.edu), Dannie Ward (warddann@msu.edu).

Course Description

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

Prerequisites

Calculus based Mechanics (PHY 183(B) or PHY 233B or PHY 193H or LBS 164) and Calculus II (MTH 133).

Project Information

Honors option is not be available for this class.

Exam Information

Exam #1: October 8th, Thursday, 60 minutes online between 8:00 and 11:00 PM ET.
Exam #2: November 5th, Thursday, 60 minutes online between 8:00 and 11:00 PM ET.
Exam #3: December 3rd, Thursday, 60 minutes online between 8:00 and 11:00 PM ET.
Final Exam: December 15th, Tuesday, 120 minutes online between 8:00 and 11:00 PM ET.

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: 30%, Midterm Exams: 3 x 15% = 45%, Final Exam: 25%.

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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02 | Sep 10 Th | Syllabus, HW 0
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03 | Sep 17 Th | HW 1: Ch 21: Electrostatics
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04 | Sep 24 Th | HW 2: Ch 22: Electric Fields
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05 | Oct 01 Th | HW 3: Ch 23: Electric Potential, Ch 24: Capacitors
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06 | Oct 08 Th | Exam #1: HW 1-3, Ch 21-24, 8-11 PM ET, 60 min online
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07 | Oct 15 Th | HW 4: Ch 25: Current and Resistance, 26: DC Circuits
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08 | Oct 22 Th | HW 5: Ch 27: Magnetism, 28: Magnetic Fields
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09 | Oct 29 Th | HW 6: Ch 29: Electromagnetic Induction
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10 | Nov 05 Th | Exam #2: HW 4-6, Ch 25-29, 8-11 PM ET, 60 min online
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11 | Nov 12 Th | HW 7: Ch 30: EM Oscillations and Currents
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12 | Nov 19 Th | HW 8: Ch 31: EM waves, Section 32.4: Snell's law
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13 | Nov 29 Su | HW 9: Ch 32-34: Geom. Optics, Lenses, Wave Optics
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14 | Dec 03 Th | Exam #3: HW 7-9, Ch 30-34, 8-11 PM ET, 60 min online
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15 | Dec 10 Th | HW 10: Ch 35: Relativity
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16 | Dec 15 Tu | Final: HW 1-10, Ch 21-35, 8-11 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, 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.