Lecture: Section 1, MWF 8:15 - 9:20,
Room: Henkels 2060
Lab: Prof. Rodriguez, Section 11, Tues 8:50 - 11:50 AM. Section 12, Turs 1:50 - 4:50 PM,   Henkels 2060
Text: Cutnell and Johnson, Essentials of Physics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc ISBN 978-0-471-71398-2
Instructor: Dr. James Caffrey Daly   Office: Henkels 2059
Tel: 401-742-5759(cell) 239-867-4072(home)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org   (email read often)
Office Hours: MW 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Other times by appointment (Send email)
Course website:   jcdaly.com/phys212
Prerequisite: Math 150
Catalog Description: Thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and optics are essential aspects of classical physics. Topics include: temperature, heat and its transfer, the Laws of Thermodynamics, electric force, field, potential and current, capacitance, resistance, induction, circuits, and optics. (With Lab)
The objective of this course is to understand how physical laws are discovered and shown to be true and how thermal, electrical and optical phemonena are understood, predicted, and used.
After taking this course you will be able to;
Course outcomes support core program outcomes 8, 9 and 11.
- Describe the limitations of physical data.
- Predict heat transfer and losses from objects and buildings.
- Understand refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps.
- Understand the nature of electric and magnetic fields
- Determine the electric and potential fields produced by various charge distributions.
- Determine the magnetic field produced by various currents.
- Understand the circuit elements of resistance, capacitance and inductance.
- Calculate, currents and voltages in electric circuits.
- Understand how mechanical energy is converted into electrical energy.
- Understand the nature of electromagnetic waves.
- Conduct physical experiments, analyze and interpret data.
- Outcome 8: Students will demonstrate skills in performing mathematical operations and solving equations.
- Outcome 9: Students will demonstrate skills of careful scientific observation and data recording including 1) Hypothesis formation, 2) Recognition of dependent and independent variables, 3) Development of control experiments, 4) Proper experimental design including data analysis and 5) Ability to build on possible experimental results (logic tree building).
- Outcome 11: Students will evidence that they seek professional excellence, aspire to leadership and responsible citizenship.
Assessment and Evaluation:
Your final grade will be determined by your performance in the lab (15%), on exams (40%), the final (30%), homework (10%), and attendance (5%). We will have 5 exams. The lowest exam will be dropped leaving 4 exams. Each exam is worth 10% (4x10%=40%).
IF a student fails to write the final, THEN an F will be awarded as their final grade. The conversion to letter grades will be approximately of the form:
subject to discretionary adjustments. It is possible (and highly desirable) that everyone in the class will be rewarded an "A".
Each exam will consist of questions similar to homework and examples discussed in class. In solving a problem, the steps that lead to your answer must be shown to receive proper credit. Without intermediate steps, an otherwise correct answer may receive no credit. You may bring a reference sheet of your own devising (hand written) to the exams and final. There are no makeup exams. (Difficult situations may allow a missed exam to be dropped in the computing of your final grade).
Homework and Solutions:
Homework problems will be assigned and solutions will be posted on the course homework webpage. Your classmates or professors may assist you in mastering these exercises. Mutual assistance is to everyone's advantage.
|No.||Topic||Exam|| ||Homework Due|
|1.||Temperature and Heat||   ||1/15||12.5, 12.15, 12.31, 12.41, 12.49, 12.55|
|2.||Heat Transfer    ||Exam 1   (1/24)||1/22||13.1, 13.7, 13.11, 13.17, 13.21|
|3.||Ideal Gas Law||1/29||14.1, 14.7, 14.11, 14.15, 14.33|
|4.||Thermodynamics    ||Exam 2   (2/7)||2/5||15.1, 15.5, 15.13, 15.23, 15.33|
|5.||Electric Forces||2/12||15.41, 15.49, 15.59, 15.65, 15.71|
|6.||Electric Potential Energy||Exam 3   (2/21)||2/19||18.5, 18.19, 18.23, 18.39, 18.51|
|7.||Electric Circuits||2/26||18.52, 18.54, 19.5, 19.23, 19.31, 19.43|
|Spring Break||3/3 - 3/11|
|8.||Magnetic Fields||Exam 4   (3/21)||3/19||20.1, 20.11, 20.23, 20.33, 20.39, 20.55|
|9.||Electromagnetic Induction||3/26||20.61, 20.77, 20.85, 20.89|
|Easter Break||3/29 - 4/2|
|10.||AC Circuits||4/9||21.5, 21.15, 21.33, 21.51, 21.61|
|11.||Electromagnetic Waves||Exam 5   (4/18)||4/16||22.7, 22.25, 22.31, 22.49, 22.57|
|12.||Optics||4/23||24.1, 24.5, 24.11, 24.29, 24.35|
(best 4 of 5)
|40%||  Exams are based on homework and lecture examples.|
|Homework||10%||  Late home work is marked down 20%|
|Attendance||5%||  First two absences are not counted. Late for class counted as 1/2 an absence. (Do not come to class if you are sick.)|
|Final||30%||  Final is based on exams. It will assess course outcomes.|
We are happy to accommodate students with disabilities.
Everyone's behavior is expected to exemplary and, at a minimum, in conformity with the Honor Code.
The instructor reserves the right to change or modify this course and the syllabus for justifiable reasons, subject to appropriate and timely notice to the students enrolled in this class.