Physics 202


What you need to know to get through this class.

Last page update 1/10/11

General Information:
Lecture Room: Berndt Hall 610
Lab Room: Berndt Hall 640
Class Times: MWF 10:55-12:05

Charles L. Hakes
Office : Berndt 630
Office phone: 247-7242 (However, this is not the best way to contact me.)
Probable office hours:
e-mail: (This is the best way to contact me)

Web Site:

Class Information:

Catalog Description: An introductory course in physics covering the basic concepts of electricity, magnetism, and optics.  Phys 218 is required of engineering students and strongly recommended to all science majors.  This course includes an introductory physics laboratory with experiments in optics, electricity, electronics and magnetism.

Course Outcomes with corresponding ABET Criteria/outcomes:
Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics (criterion a1)
Ability to apply knowledge of physical science (criterion a2)
Ability to conduct experiments (criterion b1)
Ability to analyze data from experiments (criterion b3)
Ability to work collaboratively (criterion d)
Ability to communicate effectivley in writing (criterion g1)
Ability to continue learning scientific or technical material throughout my life (criterion i)
Knowledge of current scientific or technical issues (criterion j)
Ability to use computing technology in technical problems (criterion k)
Ability to think critically (criterion m)

Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers,  Fourth Edition, by Douglas Giancoli.  And Mastering Physics (online homework).  Additionally, some of the labs will be taken from Physics Laboratory Manual, by Norton and Gibbons, 3rd edition.  Although the lab manual is not required, some of you may find it useful.

Lab Requirement:  You MUST be concurrently signed up for one of the lab sections that meets on Thursday.  Your overall  grade will depend on your lab grade.  Your lab grade will count approximately 25%.  However, I will tie the grades together such that it will be hard to pass the class if you are not passing the lab. 

Math Requirement:  I assume you are comfortable with differential and integral calculus.

Homework Requirement:  This is a problem solving class.  You must know how to solve problems to pass the tests.  The only way to become proficient is to practice.  So... there will be homework from every chapter we cover in class.  The homework doesn't count as much as the tests, but you will find the tests rather difficult if you have not done the homework.  Homework problems will assigned on-line via Mastering Physics, unless otherwise specified.

Personal Response System - These are the "clickers" for remotely answering questions in class.  You must have one to receive credit for answering any of the in-class questions.  It is up to you to keep a spare set of batteries.  During the first week of class, you must provide me with your transmitter number.  Some of the questions to be answered using the PRS are for discussion (you can't get them wrong), but we will regularly have graded questions over the reading or previous lecture materials at the beginning of class.

Withdrawing from Class - The last day to withdraw from this class with a "W" is before the test on the 11th week of class, as shown on the schedule.  If you take that exam, I will assume you are completing the class.  

Academic (dis)honesty:  Any incidents of cheating on quizzes or exams will result in being reported to the office of academic affairs, and an F for the course.  (I may soften that penalty only if circumstances warrant it, at my discretion.)  I do encourage you to work together to discuss the homework, but your written answer must be in your own wordsDon't Copy!  Unacceptable collaboration on a homework assignment will result in a score of zero for the entire assignment.  Copying or directly paraphrasing answers from the textbook on a homework assignment will result in a zero for that question.  Answer in your own words in order to actually learn something!

Accessibility: Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements must register with  Disability Services, 280 Noble Hall, 247-7459.  If you qualify for services, bring your letter of accommodations to me during office hours as soon as possible.

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