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Akaa Daniel Ayangeakaa, Assistant Professor

Spring 2018: SP212 Sections 1125 and 3325

Course Objective

The main objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the foundational building blocks of physics and of the physical laws governing nature. The course seeks to help students understand and appreciate the physics topics listed in the course description. In general, physics describes “how stuff works” and serves as a powerful tool in describing natural phenomena in terms of simple concepts and mathematical formulations. By mastering this material, students will gain an understanding of the world around them and, at the same time develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, it is expected that students should be able to:
  1. Recognize basic physical quantities in language, connect them with their mathematical definition, and demonstrate a direct algebraically driven calculation from the definition.
  2. Conceptualize fundamental key quantities and re-fine / modify your intuitions about your physical world with the help of dynamic visualizations. (This objective is not driven by calculations.)
  3. In problems driven by a single key concept or idea, construct basic connections between quantities to breakdown / illustrate the main idea.
  4. Reliably employ advanced mathematics as a means to explore and produce calculations in the context of a rich, multi-faceted problem. (These problems usually require vector fluency.)
  5. Develop and implement techniques for tracking work and keeping calculations reliable. (Examples include organizational structure in documentation, sketches, and dimensional analysis.)

Course Material

  • Textbook: Fundamentals of Physics, 10th Edition by Halliday, Resnick & Walker. 
  • Optional text: College Physics: Reasoning and Relationships, 2nd Edition by Nicholas Giordano
  • Laboratory Manual: Provided in class

Class Meeting Times and Location

Classroom: Chauvenet Hall, CH009
Monday           0755 – 0845 (1st Period) / 0955 – 1045 (3rd Period)
Wednesday     0755 – 0845 (1st Period) / 0955 – 1045 (3rd Period)
Friday              0755 – 0845 (1st Period) / 0955 – 1045 (3rd Period)

Lab Meeting Time and Location
Chauvenet Hall, CH008
Tuesday           0755 – 0945 (1st and 2nd Period) / 0955 - 1145 (3rd and 4th Period)

Schedule

Date Topic(s) Reading Homework Lecture Notes
Jan09
Jan10
Jan12
Coulomb's Law, Quantization and Conservation
Electric Field: Charged Particle, Dipole
Electric Field: Line of Charge, Charged disk
Ch.21:1-3
Ch.22:1-3
Ch.22:4-5
Q2,5;P31,63,66
Q1,5;P62,68,83
Q11;P28,31,37
Lect01,Sol
Lect02,Sol
Lect03,Sol
Jan09 No Lab scheduled
Jan15
Jan17
Jan19
NO CLASS: ML King Jr Day
Point Charge & Dipole in an Electric Field
Electric Flux and Gauss' Law
...
Ch.22:6-7
Ch.23:1-2
...
Q7;P53,62,83
Q1,3;P2,13,14
...
Lect04,Sol
Lect05,Sol
Jan16 Lab 01: Introduction to Electrical Measurements / QUIZ 1
Jan22
Jan24
Jan26
Isolated Conductor & Gauss Law Applications
Gauss's Law: Planar & Spherical Symmetry
Electric Potential: Charged Particle
Ch.23:3-4
Ch.23:5-6
Ch.24:1-3
Q6;P21,63,75
Q8;P39,52,70
Q2,5;P72,91,92
Lect06,Sol
Lect07,Sol
Lect08,Sol
Jan23 Lab 02: Simple Circuits / QUIZ 2
Jan29
Jan31
Feb02
Potential: Dipole & Continous Charge Dist
E. Field from Potential, PE of Charged systems
Capacitance; Series & Parallel Connections
Ch.24:4-5
Ch.24:6-8
Ch.25:1-3
Q6;P28,69,79
Q8;P39,73,100
Q1,7;P20,61,64
Lect09,Sol
Lect10,Sol
Lect11,Sol
Jan30 Lab 03: Electric Potential / QUIZ 3
Feb05
Feb07
Feb09
Energy in E. Field; Capacitor with Dielectric
Electric Current; Current Density; Resistance
LECTURE DEMO
Ch.25:4-5
Ch.26:1-3
...
Q10;P76,77,78
Q2,9;P56,58,68
...
Lect12,Sol
Lect13,Sol
...
Feb06 No Lab Scheduled 
Feb12
Feb14
Feb16
Ohm's Law, Power, Semi/superconductors
Single-loop circuits, Multiloop Circuits
Ammeter and Voltmeter, RC Circuits
Ch.26:4-5
Ch.27:1-2
Ch.27:3-4
Q10;P55,63,75
Q3,5;P3,10,14
Q6;45,71,85
Lect14,Sol
Lect15,Sol
Lect16,Sol
Feb13 EXAM I
Feb19
Feb21
Feb23
NO CLASS: Washington's Birthday
RC Circuits
Magnetic Fields and definition of B
...
Ch.27:4
Ch.28:1
...
Q12;P62,66,96
Q1,6;P1,85,92
...
Lect17,Sol
Lect18,Sol
Feb20 Lab 04: Capacitors / QUIZ 4
Feb26
Feb28
Mar02
Crossed Fields: Electron discovery&Hall Effect
Circulating Charged Particles: Accelerators
Torque on loop, Magnetic Dipole Moment
Ch.28:2-3
Ch.28:4-6
Ch.28:7-8
Q2;P31,77,82
Q4;P68,69,86
Q9;P51,57,64
Lect19,Sol
Lect20,Sol
Lect21,Sol
Feb27 Lab 05: Kirchoff's Laws / QUIZ 5
Mar05
Mar07
Mar09
M. Field due to Current, Force btw parallel I
Ampere's Law
Solenoids, Toroids, I-Coil as Magnetic Dipole
Ch.29:1-2
Ch.29:3 
Ch.29:4-5
Q1,5;P69,70,71
Q7;P43,65,74
Q10;P53,56,57
Lect22,Sol
Lect23,Sol
Lect24,Sol
Mar06 Lab 06: Magnetic Force / QUIZ 6
Mar12
Mar14
Mar16
Spring Break
Mar19
Mar21
Mar23
Faraday's Law & Lenz's Law
Induction & Energy Transfer, Induced E. Fields
Inductors & Inductance, Self Induction
Ch.30:1
Ch.30:2-3
Ch.30:4-5
Q1,3;P11,81,88
Q4;P29,33,38
Q5;P42,45,92
Lect25,Sol
Lect26,Sol
Lect27,Sol
Mar20 Lab 07: Current Balance / QUIZ 7
Mar26
Mar28
Mar30
RL Circuits
Energy Stored in M. Field, Energy Density 
LECTURE DEMO
Ch.30:6
Ch.30:7-8
...
Q10;P52,56,80
Q8;P62,89,99
...
Lect28,Sol
Lect29,Sol
...
Mar27 Lab 08: Faraday's Law / QUIZ 8
Apr02
Apr04
Apr06
LC Oscillations, Damped Oscillations in RLC
Gauss' Law for M. Fields, Induced M. Fields,
EM Waves, Energy Transport, Radiation Press.
Ch.31:1-2
Ch.32:1-3
Ch.33:1-3
Q1,2;P15,26,73
Q2,3;P3,7,17
Q1,4;P2,87,91
Lect30,Sol
Lect31,Sol
Lect32,Sol
Apr03 EXAM II
Apr09
Apr11
Apr13
Polarization, Reflection, Refraction
Total Internal Reflection, Pol by Reflection
Images, Plane & Spherical Mirrors
Ch.33:4-5
Ch.33:6-7
Ch.34:1-2
Q12;P55,82,90
Q9;P65,106,107
Q1,5;P4,127,130
Lect33
Lect34
Lect35
Apr10 No Lab Scheduled
Apr16
Apr18
Apr20
Spherical Refracting Surfaces, Thin Lenses
Light as a Wave, Young's Experiment
Thin film Interference, Michelson's Interferomtr
Ch.34:3-4
Ch.35:1-2
Ch.35:4-5
Q7;P47,110,119
Q2,4;P18,19,23
Q11;P37,79,100
Lect36
Lect37
Lect38
Apr17 Lab 09: Thin Lenses / QUIZ 9
Apr23
Apr25
Apr27
Singleslit Diffraction: Intensity, Circular Aperture
Diffraction Gratings
LECTURE DEMO
Ch.36:1-3
Ch.36:5
...
Q1,5;P74,77,97
Q9;P47,94,96
...
Lect39
Lect40
...
Apr24 Lab 10: Diffraction Gratings / QUIZ 10
Apr30
May02
Review
Review & Study Day
May01 Exam III
May 03, Thursday 
May 04, Friday 
May 05, Saturday 
May 07, Monday  
May 08, Tuesday  
May 09, Wednesday  
May 10, Thursday  
Exam Day 1
Exam Day 2
Exam Day 3
Exam Day 4
Exam Day 5
Exam Day 6
Exam Day 7

Grading/Assessments

Your progress in this course will be assessed based on the table below. For each grade-reporting circle, the assessments will be graded using the point distribution below the table.

Assessment Based On
Exam 1 Week 1 - 6
Exam 2 Week 6 - 11
Exam 3 Week 12 - 16
Homework Every Week
Quiz / Lab work Every Week
Final Exam Week 1 - 16 (Comprehensive)

Assessment                 Point Value
Exam (1,2,3)                  55%
Homework                     25%
Quiz                               15%
Lab                                5%

Letter Grades
Letter grades for the course will be determined from the average score of the items above, i.e, for each grade-reporting period (including the final exam).

A       90% or Greater
B       80% - 89%
C       70% - 79%
D       60% - 69%
F       Less than 60%

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