|Instructor:||Dr. David R. Burgess|
|Office:||Office hours are posted on my door.|
http://chemistry.rivier.edu (To Class Homepage)
You should be able to use the same texbook that you used for Phyics I. Homework, etc. will be the same as last semester. If you are new to our class read the following textbook guide from last semester. To cut down on the cost of a textbook the bare-bones material for this course is on our website, but each student is encouraged to purchase an algebra-based College Physics textbook. The material for this introductory course hasn't changed in the last 20 years, so any edition of a standard text will work. There are some new online texts that look promising as well. I recently looked at Perfection Learning's Kinetic Physics digital textbook. It looked good, but I wasn't sure about the amount of time to work through all of the material. Schaum's Outline of College Physics is another possibility. Here are some of the texts I have used in the past.
This course will provide an opportunity for each student to learn about electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics, and how light interacts with matter (QED, optics, etc.). These topics have been carefully chosen to provide an introduction the basic concepts in second semester physics and to provide an opportunity to sharpen critical thinking and problem solving skills. Indeed, the main objective of this course is not to learn all of physics, but to learn how to investigate and approach problems in a sound, logical manner.
Physics II is an excellent opportunity to work on the college-wide competencies. The nature of physics requires you to apply an understanding of course content to solve a variety of problems. In the process you will need to think critically and synthesize concepts. It is also an opportunity to make judgments about the appropriateness of solutions, not only in a physical sense, but often in more global ways.
Quizzes will be given over the homework problems at the beginning of laboratory periods. Five exams will be given. The lowest quiz score and the lowest exam score will be dropped when calculating the quiz and exam averages. Exams will not include true-false or multiple choice questions but will include problems similar to homework problems and exercises done in class and in the laboratory. There will also be a comprehensive final exam.
Final grades will be determined using the following weighting scale:
|Comprehensive Final Exam||20%|
Raw scores will be converted to letter grades as established by the college (see the page titled Academic Assessment at Rivier). For example, if a student had a quiz average of 86%, an exam average of 82%, and earned a 77% on the final exam, she would have an overall score of
(.15)(86) + (.65)(82) + (.2)(77) = 81.6
and receive a B- for the course.
The class homepage also has a link to Academic Policies at Rivier and for this class. On our class policy page (http://www.rivier.edu/chemistry/policies/) specific statements have been extracted, from the policies common to all undergraduate courses at Rivier College (http://www.rivier.edu/undergradcoursepolicies.), on Attendance, Habitual Non-Attendance, Academic Assessment, Academic Honesty, Classroom Behavior, Electronic Devices and Students With Disabilities. You are expected to be familiar with these policies and adhere to them.
|9 Jan - 23 Jan||Electric Charge, Electric Field, and Electric Potential|
|16 Jan||Martin Luther King Holiday|
|23 Jan||Exam 1|
|25 Jan - 20 Feb||Current, Resistance, and DC Circuits|
|20 Feb||Exam 2|
|22 Feb - 13 Mar||Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction|
|6 Mar - 10 Mar||Spring Break|
|13 Mar||Exam 3|
|15 Mar - 3 Apr||Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particles|
|3 Apr||Exam 4|
|14 April||Easter Break|
|5 Apr - 24 Apr||Light, Geometrical and Physical Optics|
|24 Apr||Exam 5|
|As Scheduled||Final Exam|
Because we are not all using the same edition of the same book, the homework for this class is on the class website. I have accumulated these problem sets over the years and you will see that the problems are very similar to those found in your individual textbooks.
112 LABORATORY, PHY112L
The second semester physics laboratory will provide each student the opportunity to re-enforce the topics covered in lecture and extend their physics knowledge base by doing hands-on experimentation in physics. Experiments will be assigned as the semester progresses as was done last semester. The following list gives some of the student learning outcomes for the course.
A tentative list of hands-on experiments to be done by the class during the semester is given below. General outlines of the experiments will be provided, but the specific details will be developed by the students. For each experiment you will need to identify the variables involved and use the best methods available to minimize the uncertainty in each variable's measurement. Individual reports are due one week after completion of the experiment.
Each person will individually hand in a report on each laboratory exercise. Most of the exercises will be laboratory experiments done in class, but some may involve computer simulations, internet activities, or other activities as assigned. Each activity will be given equal weight.
Each student is individually responsible to get, understand and complete the assignments on time, even when working in groups or when absent. You are encouraged to help each other understand the material, but don't hand in identical lab reports. Identical homework is a form of plagiarism and cheating and will be handled according to the academic honesty policy.
Late assignments: There will not be any penalty for up to three late lab assignments. If there are four or more late assignments at the end of the semester, all of the late assignments, including the first three, will be penalized one point (10%) when calculating the final grade. Only the late assignments will be penalized and this will be done when final grades are calculated, after the assignments have been graded (all assignments will be graded as if they came in on time).
Most laboratory reports should be organized as follows: