Wright State University Lake Campus/2020-1/Phy 1120/Syllabus

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Principles of Physics 2: Phy1120 covers the fundamentals of charge, electric field, magnetism, optics and modern physics. Topics include electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, geometric and wave optics, optical instruments, relativity, quantum theory, and nuclear physics (4 credit hours.) Also required is the lab PHY2210L: Introductory-level laboratory problems (1 credit hour.)

Enrolled students may access all materials needed for this course through Pilot (https://pilot.wright.edu/d2l/loginh/)

The textbook is provided by OpenStax and is available online, as a downloadable pdf file. And it can be purchased for at a modest cost:

Supplementary materials might be taken from these old sites:

A collection of practice quizzes may be found on MyOpenMath. More details on accessing this resource will be placed on Pilot.

Approximate schedule[edit]

Here, M1.13 refers to Monday 1/13/2020

week Topic
16. Oscillatory Motion and Waves
1M1.13 17. Physics of Hearing
2M1.20 18. Electric Charge and Electric Field
3M1.27 19. Electric Potential and Electric Field
4M2.3 20. Electric Current, Resistance, and Ohm's Law
5M2.10 21. Circuits and DC Instruments
6M2.17 22. Magnetism
7M2.24 23. Electromagnetic Induction, AC Circuits, and Electrical Technologies
8M3.2 24. Electromagnetic Waves
9M3.9 25. Geometric Optics
10M3.16 26. Vision and Optical Instruments
11M3.23 27. Wave Optics
12M3.30 28. Special Relativity
13M4.6 29. Introduction to Quantum Physics
14M4.13 30. Atomic Physics
15M4.20 31. Radioactivity and Nuclear Physics
32. Medical Applications of Nuclear Physics

Grade assessment[edit]

20% Labs and lab reports[edit]

Lab reports are due on Pilot according to the following schedule.

  • Fri 24 Jan 2020
  • Fri 14 Feb 2020
  • Fri 13 Mar 2020
  • Fri 3 Apr 2020
  • Fri 24 Apr 2020

A lab report is due (for partial lab credit) even if you missed one or more labs. If you miss a lab, arrange to do a report on a related subject in order to obtain partial credit for that lab.. Under no circumstances may a report based on a missed lab be related to course exams or textbook problems. While you are strongly urged to finish these reports by Friday night, they will be accepted without penalty if turned in before the weekend is over. Details on what belongs in your report can be found at Wright State University Lake Campus/2020-1/Phy 1120/Labs.

65%-75% Exams[edit]

There will be approximately five exams (including the final exam). Your worst exam will be automatically dropped. The range (70%-80%) in the weight of your exams involves the fact that quizzes can be used to enhance your exam grade if you have trouble with exams.

5%-15% Quizzes[edit]

If you do well on the exams, unannounced quizzes count for only 5% of your grade. Your percentile rank in the class will be posted on Pilot, based on a weighting of 20-70-10 percent for labs, exams, and quizzes, respectively.

Office hours and calendar links[edit]

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Spring-2020 Academic Calendar         Fall Lake Campus final exams (tentative)

Getting help[edit]

Writing: Because writing is such an important part of a college education, the Student Success Center provides free writing support to all Wright State students, at any stage of your writing process and for any class. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of your writing, from research to revision. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrews Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.

Math: The Student Success Center offers free assistance to students enrolled in mathematics courses within the Wright State Catalog. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of math above DEV. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5 pm. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrew Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.

LTC: The Library & Technology Center provides free access to scholarly resources in all formats to all Wright State students. WSU students can also visit the LTC for assistance with creating or editing multimedia projects i.e. PowerPoint, Voiceovers, Website development, etc., free of charge. The LTC is temporarily located in 182 Andrews Hall. For additional information about the LTC and the services they provide please call (419) 586-0333, or visit the LTC M-Fri from 9am-5pm

Office of Disability Services: If a student has a disability that will require special accommodations, it is essential that he or she discuss it with the instructor and/or The Office of Disability Services (ODS) before or during the first week of the semester. ODS will work with these students on an individual basis to determine what services, equipment, and accommodations would be appropriate regarding their documented needs. Students who may qualify for these types of services should initiate contact with the instructor and/ or ODS as soon as possible to enable the university to meet their needs.  Please call Deanna Springer at 419-586-0366, email deanna.springer@wright.edu or visit ODS (Rm 182 Andrews) for more information.


A tentative schedule can be found in the class Notes