Physics | General Physics 2
P202 | 3465-3466 | Baxter-Heinz

P202 General Physics 2
Syllabus Spring, 2003

Instructors:Prof. Richard HeinzProf. David Baxter
Office:Swain West 302Swain West 128
Office Phone:855-9235855-8337

Course Information
Goals of the course:

With an understanding of the powerful and broad based laws of physics from
Physics P201, you are now in a position to apply these laws to phenomena
such as electricity and magnetism and optics, and to come to grips with
parts of modern physics including aspects of quantum mechanics. These
physics ideas can be applied directly to the analysis of important
scientific problems in disciplines extending from the physical sciences
such as geology and chemistry to the life sciences of biology,
biochemistry, physical therapy, optometry, and radiology. For instance, an
understanding of voltage and current is at the root of an analysis of the
human nervous system. Also, electricity and magnetism lie at the heart of
scientific instrumentation such as cathode ray oscilloscopes. Your
knowledge of waves from the first semester can now be applied to a study of
electromagnetic radiation including X-rays and visible light, and the
accompanying instrumentation such as lasers. Such instruments as the
electron microscope are understood through the underlying wave mechanics
introduced in this course. An important goal of this course is to give you
both a quantitative and an intuitive feeling for physics so that you can
deal effectively with new situations as they arise. The laboratories during
the second semester will also work toward an understanding of a variety of
measurement strategies of value in the physical and biological sciences.

Drop & Add: The last date to drop P202 with an automatic W is Thursday,
March 7, 2003.

Text: College Physics, 6th Edition, by Serway and Faughn. You may use
either the standard version or the technology version. (The latter comes
with additional CDs that some students may find useful.) Reading
assignments from College Physics are on the syllabus above and should be
completed before the lecture on the date indicated. P202 will use only
Volume 2, available in paperback from local book stores.

Our Lectures and Office Hours: The three lectures each week are held on
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings in SW119 at 9:05 a.m. (Section XXXX)
and at 11:15 a.m. (Section XXXX). Dr. Heinz and Dr. Baxter will share the
lecturing during the semester. The lecture time will be used to highlight
only the most important physics concepts. Most of the examples and
derivations will be covered only in assigned reading from the text. It is
extremely important to have read the material before coming to lecture each
day. Both Heinz and Brabson will hold several office hours each week. Feel
free to go to the office hours of either instructor. If you are unable to
take advantage of the scheduled times, you may arrange office hours at a
mutually convenient time.

Tuesday Discussions: Learning physics is best done by doing lots of physics
experiments and problems. Your discussion session is the best opportunity
to learn how to approach physics problems. We encourage you to take full
advantage of these discussions and to ask lots of questions. Their content
is determined by the concepts covered in lecture. We list the sections here:

Laboratory: Laboratory will be held during the first week of class. The
manual can be purchased either at TIS or the IU Bookstore. The manual for
this spring is called "P202 Spring 2003 Physics Lab Manual" and is edited
by the Physics Laboratory Coordinator, Dan Beeker. Dan Beeker's office is
Swain West 115, phone: 5-5903. Detailed information about the lab is
contained in this manual. In order to get maximum benefit from the
laboratory you should carefully study the write-up for the experiment
before the laboratory period begins.

Some of the experiments have a "pre-lab" which must be turned in at the
start of the lab period. Your grade in the laboratory will count for 20% of
your total course score. Labs are an important part of this course, and
exams will cover material learned in the labs as well as in the lectures.
You will be graded on your 12 best (of 13) laboratories. A minimum of 10
labs must be completed to pass the course. Below we list the lab sections
and the instructors for each section.

Laboratory Leaders: P202 has a fine group of Laboratory Leaders this
semester. Like your Discussion Leaders, the lab leaders will also have
regular office hours. These will be advertised in your lab.

Homework on the WWW: There are 15 weekly problem assignments on the WWW. Go
to the URL, and click on Students' Instructions on the
WWW for instructions. The first step will be to add yourself to the class
roster. To do this you will need an access password, which will be phisf.
(Note that this is an acronym for "Physics IS Fun") You will also need the
unique course number for our class, XXXX. Under your Social Security
Number, also known as your Student ID number, you have the choice of using
either your Student ID number or 5555 plus the last 5 digits of your ID
number. You will get your homework (and presumably print it) by going to
the URL You will submit your homework at this same
URL. It is due at 5:00 pm on the Monday following the week that it is
assigned, except for HW15, which is due at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. You
may collaborate with your classmates on these WWW problems. However each
student must turn in her or his own solutions. If you get a problem wrong,
you may try again (with a slight penalty) if it is not later than the due
time. (Details are given at the URL noted above.) The WWW problems are
qualitatively the same for all students, but each student will receive
unique numerical values for the important parameters. Please work together
to understand the problems, but don't forget that simply copying another
student's final answer will not give you the correct answer to your
problem! Also, numerical answers must be accurate to within 1% or they are
counted as wrong.

Physics Forum: A help session has been provided for students in P201/2 and
P221/2. It is in Swain West 246 and is called the Physics Forum. It will be
staffed by graduate students and faculty for about 30 hours each week. A
schedule is posted on the door to SW 246.

Three Evening Exams: Exams 1, 2, 3 are evening exams and take place from
6:30 - 8:30 pm on Thursday, February 6, Thursday, March 6, and Thursday,
April 10, 2003. As there are no alternative exam opportunities, make sure
that your schedule is compatible with these exam times. Please be sure to
bring a working calculator, several number 2 pencils, 81/2" x 11" sheets of
notes, and a ruler to each exam. You are allowed 1, 2, and 3 sheets of
notes for exams 1, 2, and 3 respectively. There is no class on the Friday
after each exam. If your last name begins with the letter A-L, you will
take these exams in Psychology 100; if your last name begins with M-Z you
will take these exams in Fine Arts 015.

The Final Exam: Time and date TBA. Approximately 75% of the final will
address work covered after the third exam. The rest of the final will
address work from earlier in the semester. Please be sure to bring a
working calculator, several number 2 pencils, and 4 sheets of your notes to
the final. The location of the final exam was not known when this syllabus
was printed; check Oncourse to find the final exam location.

Final Course Weighting:
Laboratory      20 %
Homework        16 %
Exam 1  16 %
Exam 2  16 %
Exam 3  16 %
Final   16 %