Physics 4B - Physics for Scientists & Engineers II - Info Sheet - Fall 2014

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PS 103 408-848-4881
Office Hours: Monday & Friday: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.; Wednesday: 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.; and by appointment.
Textbook: Fundamentals of Physics, 9th edition. Halliday, Resnick and Walker, authors. Any recent edition of the book will work just fine. The important thing is to have a book, read it, and do homework problems!
Prerequisite: Physics 4A with a grade of C or better is required.
Attendance: Regular attendance is highly recommended. It is the responsibility of the student to drop the course by obtaining a drop card from the registrar. When in attendance, turn off your phone and put it away out of sight.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity by turning in work that is entirely their own. Violations will result in disciplinary action that may include recommendation for dismissal.
Special Needs: Students requiring special arrangements because of a disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center.
Course Objectives
and Goals:
Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will possess an appreciation and understanding of the fundamental laws, rules and principles that control electricity and magnetism. A conceptual understanding of the course material is expected. However, proof of this understanding will require the appropriate set-up and solution of application problems using quantitative techniques. Problem solving is an integral part of Physics 4B.
Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade based upon the following:
  1. Laboratory. 15% of grade.
  2. Quizzes. 15% of grade.
  3. Three midterm exams. 45% of grade.
  4. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 25% of grade.
90% of the total possible points will be required for an A, 80% of the total possible points for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.
Doing homework daily is the most important part of this class. Successful learning will require doing homework daily and asking informed questions about problems you can't solve without assistance. Be honest with yourself about when you're looking up answers instead of learning how to solve problems. Problems will be assigned often and will include problems that both reinforce and extend the concepts presented and discussed in class. There will be quizzes, announced and unannounced (pop), based upon the homework; partial credit will be minimal. Make-up quizzes will not be given.
Exams: The three midterm exams will be given during the class period on the following Mondays:
September 15 October 13 November 10
Make-up exams will not be given. Mark these dates in your calendar. The best preparation for the exams is to do the homework. Exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework problems. All exams are closed book and closed notes. A scientific calculator with trig functions will be provided.
Laboratory: Laboratory projects will be assigned which highlight important topics discussed in lecture. Late lab write-ups will not be accepted.
Final Exam: Monday, December 8, 2014. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Room PS 102. Without exception!
Last update on August 23, 2014.