Physics | Physics 2
P222 | 3328 | Baxter/Heinz

Course Information

Physics II is the second semester of a three-semester sequence that will
introduce you to some of the most important ideas of Electricity &
Magnetism and Optics.

Studying physics involves much more than just learning a set of rules. To
"do physics" you must learn to think logically, and in the abstract, and to
develop new intuition about how the universe really works. A key element in
doing this is solving problems in which you are confronted with a new
situation and must devise ways of using what you have already learned to
interpret it.

The quantitative application of physical laws to solving problems is a
major activity in the smaller, more interactive discussion sections. You
will also have the opportunity to perform simple laboratory experiments
that serve several purposes: to demonstrate some of the concepts covered in
the lectures; to expose you to techniques required to make reliable
measurements; and to give you some appreciation for the interplay between
experiment and theory in science.
You are encouraged to develop collaborations with other students. Such
collaborative efforts help you to understand the relationships among
different approaches to the same situation and provide invaluable
stimulation from give-and-take in searching for solutions.

Though our lectures may sometimes give you the impression that physics is a
"finished" subject, you should be aware that many important questions are
still unanswered and the universe continues to hold many mysteries. To
advance our knowledge, physicists and other scientists need to develop new
equipment and carry out increasingly complex measurements. After all,
physics is ultimately an experimental science, and the only criterion for
elevating someone's idea of a physical "law" is that it is consistent with
all known observations and therefore represents our best guess as to how
the universe truly works.

Meeting all of the above objectives of this course will demand a lot of
work on your part. It is essential that you keep up with the work, because
each topic introduced and each skill taught will build upon all those
developed earlier in the course. If we do our jobs, then all of the work
should be accompanied by a lot of fun, intellectual challenge, and learning.

Co-prerequisite: Math M212

Drop & Add: The last date to drop P222 with an automatic W is Wednesday,
March 10, 1999

Text: Fundamentals of Physics, 5th Edition, by Halliday, Resnick, & Walker
(HR&W). Reading assignments from Fundamentals of Physics are on the
attached syllabus and should be completed before the lecture on the date
indicated. Most of the books at the IMU and TIS bookstores are packaged
with a CD-ROM for your computer. The CD-ROM is not required for this course
but it does provide some added features not available with the book alone
(for instance it contains the entire students' solutions manual; so don't
buy both the CD and that extra book!). If you don't want to use a computer,
or are looking to save money, there are a few copies without the CD.

Required Lab Manual and Lab Text: The P222 Lab Manual, Spring 1999, can be
purchased at T.I.S. and I.U. bookstores. Do not use manuals from other

References: Books on reserve in the Swain West Library:

These books are roughly comparable to HR&W and contain many useful problems:
Physics, by Ohanian
Physics for Scientists and Engineers, by Giancoli
Principles of Physics by Serway
Physics for Scientists and Engineers, by Fishbane, Gasiorowicz and
These books explore physics in great depth than HR&W.
Feynman Lectures on Physics, vol. 1 and 2, by Feynman, Sands, and
(based on an introductory course Feynman taught at Caltech)
Newtonian Mechanics, by French

P222 WWW Home Page:

Physics Forum: A help session room has been provided for students in
undergraduate physics courses. It is in SW246 and is called the Physics
Forum. It will be staffed by graduate students and faculty and the staffing
schedule will be posted on the door.

Grades: Grades will be posted on Post'em
(, which is accessible
from the P222 WWW Home Page.

Labs:	Section 3329: Swain West 166, R 11:15p-1:10p
Section 3330: Swain West 166, R 1:25p-3:20p
Section 3331: Swain West 166, R 3:35p-5:30p
Section 3332: Swain West 166, R 5:45p-7:40p
Section 3333: Swain West 166, F 8:00a-9:55a

Lab will be held beginning the first week of classes. You need to purchase
a Physics P222 Lab Manual. Mr. Dan Beeker (SW 115, 855-5903 email:, who is in charge of the labs for the Physics
Department, sets lab policy and assigns the final lab grades (to be figured
into your course grade as indicated below). You may miss one lab without an
excuse during the semester, as the lowest of your 12 lab grades will be
dropped in computing your final grade. You must complete 9 of the 12 labs
to achieve a passing course grade.

Discussion: Section 3334 Swain West 219, TR 8:00a-8:50a
Section 3335: Swain West 220, TR 9:05a-9:55a
Section 3336: Swain West 219, TR 1:25p-2:15p
Section 3337: Swain West 217, TR 2:30p-3:20p

Discussion sections meet twice weekly. Their major purpose is to help you
to develop your problem-solving skills. Each section will be divided into
small groups of students, and each group will work together on some
problems from the homework assignment due the following Monday, or similar
problems. A representative from each group will be chosen to present the
group's solution to their assigned problem on the blackboard for detailed
discussion by the instructor and the class.

Homework: There will be 15 weekly problem sets due the following Monday at
4:00p.m. Problems are assigned from the "Exercises and Problems" section
(not the "Questions" section) located at the end of each chapter in your
P222 text HR&W (see attached syllabus). Homework papers should be placed in
the P222 drop box outside SW 132, except for the last set, HW 14, which
will not be collected. No late homework will be accepted. Solutions will be
posted by 5:00p.m. Monday on the P222 bulletin board (SW 2nd floor near the
Physics Library). You can locate the solutions on the WWW from the P222
Home Page. We encourage you to work on the problem sets with your
classmates since this is likely to enhance your comprehension. However,
each person must turn in her or his own solutions for grading. A random
selection of problems from each homework set will be graded thoroughly.
Other problems will receive effort credit.

Exams: There will be 4 exams during the class, as indicated on the attached
syllabus. These exams will consist of written problems (similar to those on
the HW) and short-answer (including multiple choice) questions. Makeup
exams will not be given. Absence from an exam can be excused for documented
medical reasons only.

Final Exam: The 2-hour Final Exam will be comprehensive, focusing on
problem formats analogous to those on earlier tests. There will be a slight
emphasis on that material covered after the fourth exam.

Course Grades: Final grades will be based on your scores on the lab
reports, homework, exams, and final exam. The relative weighting of each
contribution in the determination of your final grade is as follows:

Labs (best of 11 of 12)	20%
Homework	8%
4 Exams @ 12% each	48%
Final Exam	24%
Total	100%