Physics 151: Technical Physics II

Spring 1998 Syllabus and Exam Policy

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Instructor: Dr. Michael R. Gallis
Office: C112
Phone: 385-6053
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 11-12
Tuesday 12-1
or by appointment

Required Materials(same as for Physics 150)

  • TEXT: Modern Technical Physics - A. Beiser (Addison-Wesley, 6th edition)
  • CALCULATOR: a pocket calculator capable of using scientific notation and evaluating trig. functions is required, and must be brought to every class.
  • In addition to the required materials, it is highly recommended that students keep a problem notebook (3-ring loose leaf notebook or binder) for homework problems, sample tests and similar materials. This will provide a benifit the student during problem sessions as well as for reviewing for the exams.

    The student is expected to attend every class, and will be held responsible for all work covered in the course. Students are expected to work every assigned problem as a minimum. There may be some additional homework problems assigned during the class. Old exams will be on file in the library as an additional source of problems for the student.

    As with any university course, student preparation is essential. The student is expected to read the material in the text before the corresponding lecture, and is expected to review the appropriate material, including handouts, before lab.

    Failure to take a scheduled exam will result in a grade of zero. Make-up exams will be given only in the event of illness (confirmed by a physician) or death in the immediate family. Lab reports are due at the beginning of lab, one week after the completion of the experiment. Missed labs must be made up, and any missing lab reports will result in the student receiving an F for the course.

    Students will be supplied an equation sheet for each exam(consisting largely of equations from the relevant chapter summaries, as well as equations from the previous exams) to aid the student in remembering complex equations. A copy of the equation sheet will be made available to the students in advance of the exams so that the students may better prepare for the exam. Any needed constants will be provided by the instructor. It is strongly advised that the students use the equation sheets as they do the homework, so that they are familiar with the equations and their appropriate use.

    Grading Policy:

    1. The grade will be determined by three midterm exams (100 points each), a comprehensive final (200 points), and a 100 point laboratory grade based upon the laboratory reports.

    2. Grades will be determined approximately by the standard cutoffs (90% for an A, 80% for a B, ...). Plus and minus grades will be assigned as refinements of this scale. The Instructor will determine the actual cutoffs at the end of the semester.

    Physics 151: Exercises and Problems
    Chapter Exercises
    13 Thermal Properties of Matter (13.1-13.6) MC 2,3,5,7,8,9,10 Q 2,5,6
    P 1,2,6,7,10,13,14,23,24,28,31,40,42
    14 Heat (14.1-14.5, 14.7-14.8) MC 1,2,3,5,8,11,12,13,14,15,16,18,19 Q 3,10,11,16
    P 2,3,4,5,17,19,21,25,30,31,33,38,45,46,47,48
    15 Thermodynamics (15.1-15.5) MC 1,2,4,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 Q -
    P 1,2,4,6,7,8,9,13
    Exam I
    16 Electricity (16.1-16.7) MC 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,10,11,12 Q 4,5,7,11,12,13
    P 2,3,4,6,13,14,16,17,18,19,21
    17 Electric Energy (17.1-17.8) MC 1,2,5,6,7 Q -
    P 2,3,4,5,6,9,11,12,13,14,15,19,21,22,23,33,35
    18 Electric Current (18.1-18.7) MC 1 Q 2,5
    P 1,3,5,7,9,11,26,27,33,37,40,41,48,49
    Exam II
    19 Magnetism (19.1-19.9) MC 1,3,4,5,9,10,11,16,17,20,21,22 Q 3,7,8
    P 1,2,3,4,5,9,10,16,17,20,27,28,31,32
    20 Electromagnetic Induction (20.1-20.9) MC 1,2,3,6,10,11,12 Q 7,14,15
    P 1,2,3,5,7,9,11,15,16,17,18,19,20
    22 Light (22.1-12.8) MC 1,2,3,4,5,9,10,13,14,18,20,22 Q 3,4,5,16,17
    P 2,3,5,6,7,9,11,12,14,17,19,21,22,24
    Exam III
    23 Lenses and Mirrors (23.1-23.10) MC 1,2,3,5,7,8,9,13 Q 4,7,8,12
    P 1,2,5,12,13,16-20 (with ray diagrams),32,33,34
    24 Physical Optics (24.1-24.4, 24.6) MC 1,7,11 Q 3,4,7,9,11
    P 1,2,3,18,9,12,13,16
    25 Atomic Physics (25.1-25.3, 25.5-25.8) MC 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,13,15,16,18,21,22 Q 7,13
    P 1,2,5,6,8,9,10,11,12,14,23,25,28,29
    27 The Nucleus (27.1-27.8) MC 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11,15,16,17,19,20, Q 1,2,3
    P 1,2,3,12,13,14,15,21,22
    Laboratory Experiments
    1. Linear Expansion
    2. Specific Heat
    3. Latent Heat
    4. Electric Field Plotting
    5. I-V Characteristics
    6. Wheatstone Bridge
    7. Magnetic Field Plotting
    8. Magnetic Force on a Conductor
    9. Index of Refraction
    10. Lens Bench
    11. Grating Spectrometer
    12. X-Rays
    13. Beta, Gamma Absorption
    addition/modification of labs is at the discretion of the instructor