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
enrolled concurrentlyin 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 CourseSyllabus.Spring, 2016 Academic
Calendar. Final Exam Schedule. AnnouncementsLecturesQuizzesExams Homework is on the commercial website WebAssign. Access & registrationinstructions are here.WebAssign Course Key:ttu3649 4023.
Please get the version that is bundled with acess to Webassign! The bundle ISBN-13 number is9781305042308.Note: If you took Principles
of Physics I (Physics
1408) recently at TTU, you should already have this book. Publisher's Page for this book. The publisher & authors
versions of this
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.
on the publisher's Website. A search finds huge variations on the prices for this book. Given its cost,
you think that it would be worthwhile to READ IT?
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!
Topics, Level & Objectives
Topics: Selected topics from Chs. 23-38 of the
Detailed coverage will be announced as we go.
Course Level:This is the standard introductory, Calculus
Course Objectives:This is a survey of 2nd semester Calculus
Because of the large amount of material, the
pace must be very
(Some call it "Firehose Physics"
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 theSyllabus.PLEASE READ
Expected Learning Outcomes
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
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
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
enrolled concurrently in a Physics 2401 Lab Section
& a Physics 2401 Recitation Section. Here is a Lab Syllabus. PLEASE READ IT!!
A knowledge of Calculus
II (Math 1452) is assumed.
This assumes that you also knowCalculus I(Math 1451), Trig (Math
1320) & Algebra (Math 1321). This ISN'Ta math course! It isn't my job to teach you math!! I must assume that
problems students have with this course are the fast pace
& the math!
A knowledge of Principles of Physics I (Physics
1408) is assumed.
This ISN'Ta Physics I course!It isn't my job to teach you Physics I!! I must assume that
it! Some problems students have with this course are due to not knowing Physics I material!
classes as possible, come
to class prepared, do the homework.
the material BEFOREI
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
grade? (or to LEARN
& grades are correlated! Skipping class
the tuition/fees that you (or someone)
Withfor 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.
& Monday are class days, NOT
WHERE TO GO
help resources are available! Please take advantage of them!
Here is a Help
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
difficult & very
typical, to get a good grade, you should spend 2
hours per week outside of class studying this course for every hour in
to post updatesshortly
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,
than try to take notes on
everything in class, you can follow along on the printed Lectures, making notes on them.
Has some has some old Exams & Solutionsfor download.
I'll attempt to post new Exams/Solutions shortly
after each Exam. You
encouraged to form study groups to study for exams together! This
is how all professionals work!! Try
to solve old Exams BEFORElooking at the
LEARN PHYSICS BY COPYING SOLUTIONS!. Approximate exam dates and coverages are shown in theSyllabus. Exact dates & coverages will be announced well in advance. They'll be when
we've covered an appropriate amount of material.
EXAM is scheduled by TTU
for 4:30pm, Saturday, May 4!
It will beCOMPREHENSIVE!!
Homework is assigned & graded through the site WebAssign.
Read the explanation there about
homework scoring. Doing
problems is the most effective meansof learning physics,which is impossibleotherwise!! Homework will come (mostly)
end of chapter problems in the text. Once you
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 beDue
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!
Instructionsfor 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 atWebAssign.
May have old Quizzes & Solutions. To try to prevent large attendance decreases seen in previous
semesters, especially on Fridays, a short (5-6 min) Quiz will be given EACH FRIDAY, with simple questions on what recently happened in
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 theSyllabus. NOTE!! There will be NO make-up quizzes for any reason!! Allowing them would totally defeat the purpose of the quizzes! You
encouraged to form study groups to study for quizzes together!This
is how all professionals work!
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 REALresearch
project published in aREALscientific
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
5. Look at the Top 10 "most influential people"
of the last
You will find that 4 of the 10 were physicists. (Link
borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!)