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General Physics II

PHYS 2102


General Information

Course Description

Texts and Materials

Rules, Regulations, Grades

Course Objectives

Teaching Methodologies/Activities

Course Outline

General Information

Course:           General Physics II, 3 credits (3 hours lecture, 3 hours corequisite laboratory)

Semester:        Summer Semester II, Summer Session 3

                       July 7 through August 17, 2004

Section:          04/S2 PHYS 2102.21


Prerequisite:   PHYS 2101, General Physics I, with a grade of C- or better

Corequisite:    PHYS 2202, Physics Laboratory II


Class times:    Mon, Tue, Wed, & Thu 9:00 am to 11:15 am in Becton 208

                       We may hold the Monday lecture on Wed 11:30 am to 1:45 pm

Lab times:      Tue & Thu 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Becton 203

Instructor:      Prof. David Flory

Office:            Becton Hall, Room B111 (In the basement.)

                       Mail Stop T-BEC2-03

Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Telephone:     201-692-7064

Email:             mailto:flory@fdu.edu

Web page:      http://inside.fdu.edu/pt/david_flory.html

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Course Description

The second semester of a survey of physics: electricity, magnetism, waves, light, modern physics. A quantitative non-calculus treatment oriented toward the biological sciences.

This course sequence satisfies the physics requirement for curricula that require a year of non-calculus physics with a laboratory. This includes most pre-professional options.                             

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Texts and Materials

Main Text:     Physics, 2/E  

Author:           James S. Walker, Western Washington University. 

Publisher:       Pearson/Prentice Hall (2004). 

ISBN:             0-13-101416-1

Supplement:   Student Study Guide & Selected Solutions Manual, 2/E  

Author:           James S. Walker, Western Washington University. 

Publisher:       Pearson/Prentice Hall (2004). 

ISBN:             0-13-140653-1


Laboratory:     Physics Laboratory Manual, Physics II (PHYS 2202) 

Authors:         Physics Staff

Publisher:       School of Natural Sciences

                       University College

                       Fairleigh Dickinson University


Resources:      http://TheFlorys.org/David.Flory/PhysicsResources.php 


Web Site:       http://TheFlorys.org/David.Flory/Physics.php

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Rules, Regulations, Grades

Each student in General Physics must register for a section of laboratory. The laboratory is a mandatory co-requisite.

Attendance in lecture is strongly recommended but not mandatory. Students are expected to arrive on time for all classes. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off at all times in lab and lecture. For further information, refer to the University Attendance Policy.

There will be six examinations, one each Tuesday. Each exam will cover the previous week’s work. The exams will consist of problems to solve. The problems will be based on the homework assigned. The exams will be closed book. A calculator is mandatory.

The course grade will be determined from the average of the grades from the exams and on the completeness of the homework handed in.

Fairleigh Dickinson University has an Academic Integrity Policy that each student must read and understand. It also has a formal procedure for appealing a grade. Both documents can be found in the Student Handbook and on the FDU web site.

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Course Objectives

The overall objectives of General Physics are to present in a quantitative format the primary laws of physics that underlay all of the other sciences.

[Under construction].

          Show the way science progresses from observation and classification of phenomena through model building to the development of comprehensive theories that can explain and predict and that can be tested by experiment.

          Discuss the criteria for a successful scientific theory and apply those criteria to the real world.

          Apply the methods and procedures of science through elementary laboratory exercises and observation. Analyze simple experiments and discuss whether they support or confront a theoretical prediction.

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Teaching Methodologies/Activities

General Physics is taught as a formal lecture supplemented with some demonstrations and audio/visual materials. Questions are welcomed. Homework is assigned in lecture. The homework will be collected and graded for completeness but not for correctness. Problems that proved difficult will be solved in class.

The student is expected to read the text along with the lectures. The lectures will be easier to understand if you read the text first. There are also several supplements to the text that are available. In particular, the Student Study Guide & Selected Solutions Manual, 2/E, is recommended.

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Course Outline


19. Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields.

Electric Charge. Insulators and Conductors. Coulomb's Law. The Electric Field. Electric Field Lines. Shielding and Charging by Induction. Electric Flux and Gauss's Law.

20. Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy.

Electric Potential Energy and the Electric Potential. Energy Conservation. The Electric Potential of Point Charges. Equipotential Surfaces and the Electric Field. Capacitors and Dielectrics. Electrical Energy Storage.

21. Electric Current and Direct-Current Circuits.

Electric Current. Resistance and Ohm's Law. Energy and Power in Electric Circuits. Resistors in Series and Parallel. Kirchhoff's Rules. Circuits Containing Capacitors. RC Circuits. Ammeters and Voltmeters.

22. Magnetism.

The Magnetic Field. The Magnetic Force on Moving Charges. The Motion of Charge Particles in a Magnetic Field. The Magnetic Force Exerted on a Current-Carrying Wire. Loops of Current and Magnetic Torque. Electric Currents, Magnetic Fields, and Ampère's Law. Current Loops and Solenoids.

23. Magnetic Flux and Faraday's Law of Induction.

Induced EMF. Magnetic Flux. Faraday's Law of Induction. Lenz'e Law. Mechanical Work and Electrical Energy. Generators and Motors. Inductance. RL Circuits. Energy Stored in a Magnetic Field. Transformers.

24. Alternating-Current Circuits.

Alternating Voltages and Currents. Capacitors in AC Circuits. RC Circuits. Resonance in Electrical Circuits.


 14. Waves and Sound.

Types of Waves. Waves on a String. Harmonic Wave Functions. Sound Waves. Sound Intensity. The Doppler Effect. Superposition and Interference. Standing Waves. Beats.

25. Electromagnetic Waves.

The Production of Electromagnetic Waves. The Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves. The Electromagnetic Spectrum. Energy and Momentum in Electromagnetic Waves. Polarization.

26. Geometrical Optics.

The Reflection of Light. Forming Images with a Plan Mirror. Spherical Mirrors. Ray Tracing and the Mirror Equation. The Refraction of Light. Ray Tracing for Lenses. The Thin-Lens Equation. Dispersion and the Rainbow.

27. Optical Instruments.

The Human Eye and the Camera. Lenses in Combination and Corrective Optics. The Magnifying Glass. The Compound Microscope. Telescopes. Len Aberrations.

28. Physical Optics: Interference and Diffraction.

Superposition and Interference. Young's Tow-Slit Experiment. Interference in Reflected Waves. Diffraction. Resolution. Diffraction Gratings.


29. Relativity.

The Postulates of Special Relativity. The Relativity of Time and Time Dilation. The Relativity of Length and Length Contraction. The Relativistic Addition of Velocities. Relativistic Momentum and Mass. Relativistic Energy and E = mc2. The Relativistic Universe. General Relativity.

30. Quantum Physics.

Blackbody Radiation and Planck's Hypothesis of Quantized Energy. Photons and the Photoelectric Effect. The Mass and Momentum of a Photon. Photon Scattering and the Compton Effect. The de Broglie Hypothesis and Wave-Particle Duality. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Quantum Tunneling.

31. Atoms, Molecules, and Solids.

Early Models of the Atom. The Spectrum of Atomic Hydrogen. Bohr's Model of the Hydrogen Atom. De Broglie Waves and the Bohr Model. The Quantum Mechanical Hydrogen Atom. Multielectron Atoms and the Periodic Table. Atomic Radiation.

32. Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Radiation.

The Constituents and Structure of Nuclei. Radioactivity. Half-life and Radioactive Dating. Nuclear Binding Energy. Nuclear Fission. Nuclear Fusion. Practical Application of Nuclear Physics. Elementary Particles. Unified Forces and Cosmology.

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