Physics 2401-003 (Principles of Physics II), Spring, 2016 
 Attention!! This course is finished!! I have no idea when I'll teach it again!
Class Meets: 3:00 - 3:50pm, Mon, Wed, AND Fri, Science Room 007.
You MUST be enrolled concurrently in Physics 2401 Lab & Recitation Sections!
This page & many of its sub-pages have recently undergone modifications!
They may undergo more changes as the semester progresses!!
Last Update, 2/2/2016
Course Syllabus.
 Spring, 2016 Academic CalendarFinal Exam Schedule.
Announcements Lectures  Quizzes  Exams
is on the commercial website WebAssign.
Access & registration instructions are here.  WebAssign Course Key: ttu 3649 4023.

Major Physics News
The LIGO Collaboration has detected Gravitational Waves!
This  was announced 2/11/2016 at a NASA-NSF News Conference & confirms a 1915 prediction of Einstein's General Relativity!!
Congratulations to TTU Physics Faculty members, Drs. Alessandra Corsi & Ben Owen, 
who along with several post-doctoral reseachers & students are part of this collaboration.
Links to stories about this:
 Press Releases:  TTU. American Physical Society. NASA-NSF.
News Stories: 
 BBCForbesLA TribuneNew Scientist.

Instructor & Contact Information
Dr. Charles W. Myles, Professor of Physics. Office: Science Room 18. 
Phone: 834-4563. E-mail:
Office Hours: 10:00am - noon + 4 - 5pm MWF, & by appointment.
My Webpage: 

An email distribution list will be developed. Here is an important email announcement!!
Please be sure that I have your correct email address and that you check your email often!

Physics For Scientists & Engineers with Modern Physics, by R.A. Serway & J.W. Jewett 
(Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2014). The 9th Edition of this book is REQUIRED!
Please get the version that is bundled with acess to Webassign! The bundle ISBN-13 number is 9781305042308. Note: If you took Principles of Physics I (Physics 1408recently at TTU, you should already have this book. Publisher's Page for this book. The publisher & authors produce other versions of this book (split into volumes; additional chapters; etc.). They also produce books for algebra-trig based Physics. Please be careful to buy the right book & package. A Google Search, finds 2,000,000+ websites about this book! Many offer it at prices much lower than the publisher's price. Many have Help Resources for students either for free or for a very low price. Its available from bookstores & on-line, new or used. A used version likely won't come with a Webassign access kit! If you buy it used, you may have to ALSO separately buy an access kit. These are available on the publisher's Website. A search finds huge variations on the prices for this book. Given its cost, don't you think that it would be worthwhile to READ IT?
I URGE YOU to shop around for the best book price for you!!
I also urge you to take advantage of the many Physics help resources available on the web!

Course Topics, Level & Objectives
Course Topics: Selected topics from Chs. 23-38 of the text.
Detailed coverage will be announced as we go.
Course Level: This is the standard introductory, Calculus Based Physics II.
Course Objectives: This is a survey of 2nd semester Calculus Based Physics 
(Electricity, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Waves, Light, & Optics). 
Because of the large amount of material, the pace must be very fast. (Some call it "Firehose Physics" because it goes so fast that learning something is analogous to drinking from a firehose!). Its purpose is to acquaint students with the basic laws of physics, to develop a better understanding of physical science, & to help prepare the student for upper-division science & engineering classes. To this end, the course will emphasize a mix of laboratory, conceptual understanding, & standard end-of-chapter homework solving skills. Course details, discussion of Exams, Homework, Quizzes, grading, etc. are in the Syllabus. PLEASE READ IT!!
Expected Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 
                              1. Understand & apply electromagnetic theory for electric & magnetic fields.
                              2. Understand &  manipulate the fundamental elements of basic circuits.
                              3. Use the laws of geometrical & physical optics.
Methods for Assessing Expected Learning Outcomes
The expected learning outcomes will be assessed through classroom discussion, through performance on the homework & the exams, through laboratory experiments & excersices, and through participation in the recitation sessions.
Core Competency Statement
Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to explain some of the major concepts in the Natural Sciences and should be able to demonstrate an understanding of scientific approaches to problem solving and ethics.

Laboratory & Recitation Co-Requisites
You MUST be enrolled concurrently in a Physics 2401 Lab Section 
& a Physics 2401 Recitation Section. Here is a  Lab Syllabus. PLEASE READ IT!!
Math Pre-Requisite
A knowledge of Calculus II (Math 1452) is assumed. 
This assumes that you also know Calculus I (Math 1451), Trig (Math 1320) & Algebra (Math 1321). This ISN'T a math course! It isn't my job to teach you math!! I must assume that you know it! Major problems students have with this course are the fast pace & the math!
Physics Pre-Requisite
A knowledge of Principles of Physics I (Physics 1408is assumed. 
This ISN'T a Physics I course! It isn't my job to teach you Physics I!!  I must assume that you know it!  Some problems students have with this course are due to not knowing Physics I material!

Attend as many classes as possible, come to class prepared, do the homework.
READ the material BEFORE I lecture on it, & keep up as we go along.
Attendance: I don't take roll & have no specific attendance policy. However, isn't it obvious that (unless you're a genius!) class attendance is REQUIRED to get a good grade? (or to LEARN SOMETHING!)?  Class attendance & grades are correlated! Skipping class also WASTES the tuition/fees that you (or someone) paid! With for a full-time (Texas) student, each meeting costs about $29. So, each time you skip, you're throwing away $29! After a while this adds up! My lectures may not be entertaining or brilliant, but I do expose you to the material.
NOTE: The weekend doesn't start Thursday or end Monday! 
Friday & Monday are class days, NOT weekend days!!

Many help resources are available! Please take advantage of them!
Here is a Help Resources document with links to Physics Help Webpages. A potentially useful Document is "How to Succeed in Physics by Really Trying"! The recitation sessions are devoted to problem solving. The will be Supplemental Instruction (SI) Sessions. Hints: This course is difficult & very fast paced! If you are typical, to get a good grade, you should spend  2 to 3 hours per week outside of class studying this course for every hour in class!

Announcements & Calendar Items See Announcements page.
I'll TRY to update it shortly after each class. Please check it at least 2 or 3 times a week!
Lectures, Exams & Quizzes 
COPYRIGHT: Lectures, Exams & Quizzes are copyrighted & owned by Charles W. Myles! 
No reproduction or use of them other than by students in this course  is allowed!
Lecture Page: Under construction!
Has some Lectures (Power Point) for download.
I'll attempt to post updates shortly before we cover the material in class. A good strategy is to download relevant ones BEFORE I cover the material in class. You can print them, several slides/page. Rather than try to take notes on everything in class, you can follow along on the printed Lectures, making notes on them.
Exams Page: Under construction!
Has some has some old Exams & Solutions for download.
I'll attempt to post new Exams/Solutions shortly after each Exam. You are strongly encouraged to form study groups to study for exams together! This is how all professionals work!!  Try to solve old Exams BEFORE looking at the solutions. You CAN'T LEARN PHYSICS BY COPYING SOLUTIONS!. Approximate exam dates and coverages are shown in the Syllabus. Exact dates & coverages will be announced well in advance. They'll be when we've covered an appropriate amount of material.
The FINAL EXAM is scheduled by TTU for 4:30pm, Saturday, May 4! 
On-Line Homework
Homework is assigned & graded through the site WebAssign.
Read the explanation there about homework scoring. Doing problems is the most effective means of learning physics, which is impossible otherwise!! Homework will come (mostly) from end of chapter problems in the text. Once you register on WebAssign, you'll be able to work on assignments. I'll ATTEMPT to post assignments about the same time as we start a chapter. Typically, assignments will be Due at 11:30pm about 5 days later. There will be several problem sets (+  quizzes!). You might find problem solutions elsewhere. If so, try to solve them first without looking at the solutions!! Copying solutions won't teach you physics!
Instructions for accessing WebAssign & for registering on it are Here.
Our Course Key is: ttu 3649 4023
Access instructions should also be in your Student Access Kit.
If you didn't get one with the book, please buy one ASAP at WebAssign.
Quiz Page: Under construction!
May have old Quizzes & SolutionsTo try to prevent large attendance decreases seen in previous semesters, especially on Fridays, a short (5-6 min) Quiz will be given EACH FRIDAYwith simple questions on what recently happened in class and/or with simple problems similar to those in Homework. These are averaged with Homework. The Quiz average counts equivalently to 1 Homework Assignment. So the Quiz grade is an extremely small amount of your course grade. See the Syllabus. NOTE!! There will be NO make-up quizzes for any reason!! Allowing them would totally defeat the purpose of the quizzes! You are strongly encouraged to form study groups to study for quizzes together!   This is how all professionals work!

Miscellaneous Course-Related Information.
(Attendance, Study Groups, Labs, Email, My Teaching Philosophy) 
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Miscellaneous Topics
1. Are you curious about Dr. Myles? Do you want to know about his education, experience, research, personal & family?
    See his Homepage, his Research Page, & his Personal & Family Page.
2. Are you curious about Physics? For up to date Physics News go to Physics Central (a website for the public).
   A more advanced link is Focus News from the American Physical Society.
3. To see that Physics Can Be Fun, click Here!
4.  If you want more fun with Physics & with other science as well, the following is for you!
I'm sure that you all have heard of the Nobel Prizes.Well, have you ever heard of the Ig-Nobel Prizes? These are real prizes, awarded each fall in a ceremony at Harvard U. to the most entertaining research published recent years in several areas. The research projects sound strange, but each is a REAL research project published in a REAL scientific journal. For the most part, researchers receiving an Ig Nobel are practicing scientists, some of them are really very distinguished & a few of them have also been awarded a Nobel Prize. The presentation ceremony streamed live on the internet. The Ig Nobel website has downloadable video clips of the ceremonies. The Ig Nobel presentations are always made by Nobel Prize winners. The Ig Nobels are awarded by the same people who publish the Journal of Improbable Research (JIR). There are two requirements for a research paper to be published in JIR: The paper must contain actual research that  A. Makes People Laugh and B. Makes People Think! These are also the two requirements for research to be considered for an Ig Nobel Prize. 
5. Look at the Top 10 "most influential people" of the last 1,000 years!
     You will find that 4 of the 10 were physicists. (Link borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!)

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