Physics 102-001, Introductory Physics II

Fall 2007

MWF 1:00-1:50

Room 125 SCIC

Dr. Chris Fragile

Office: 127 SCIC

Office hours: Tu/Th 2:30-3:30

But come by any time

Phone: 953-3181



[ Tentative Schedule ] [ General Info ] [ Assumed Knowledge ] [ Class Policies ] [ Goals and Objectives ]


[ Homework and Quizzes ] [ Tests ] [ Grading Scheme ] [ How to Get Help ]

Tentative Schedule (Subject to change as we go.)

We will cover chapters 19-32 of the book this semester (with the possible exception of Ch. 24). Some chapters will be covered in more depth than others, and some sections will be omitted. Note, however, that there are only 14 weeks in a semester, so this works out to about one chapter per week. It is crucial that you keep up with material.

To be fair to all students planning travel during and after the semester, consider all test dates to be set in stone. If you think you might have a conflict with one of these dates, you need to talk to me ASAP.




22 Aug

Ch. 19, Electric Charges, Forces, & Fields

Electric Field Demonstrator
And another

29 Aug

Ch. 20, Electric Potential

DavidsonPotential Demonstrator
Potentials and forces

5 Sep

Ch. 21, Electric Current & DC Circuits

resistor circuits
rc circuit

12 Sep

Ch. 22, Magnetism

Magnetic Field Visualizer
Magnetism Physlets

19 Sep

Ch. 23, Magnetic Flux & Induction

Induction Physlets

26 Sep

Test 1, chaps 19-23


2 Oct

Last day to Withdraw!


28 Sep

Ch. 25, Electromagnetic Waves

E&M Wave
Doppler Shift
Retarded Fields

5 Oct

Ch. 26, Geometrical Optics

Interactive Optics demos

12 Oct

Ch. 27, Optical Instruments

Spherical Aberration

15-16 Oct

Fall Break!


19 Oct

Ch. 28, Physical Optics

Young's Double Slit Demo
Another version
A ripple tank applet
A graphical version

29 Oct

Test 2, chaps 25-28


31 Oct

Ch. 29, Relativity

Time Dilation and Length Contraction
Assorted Demos

7 Nov

Ch. 30, Quantum Physics

Black Body Radiation

Electron Interference

14 Nov

Ch. 31, Atomic Physics

Atomic Spectra
Doppler shifted spectra

21-23 Nov

Thanksgiving Break!


26 Nov

Ch. 32, Nuclear Physics

Radioactive Decay, half life
Isotopes Details
Chain Reaction

30 Nov

Test 3, chaps 29-32


3 Dec

Last class wrap-up


Wed, 12 Dec

Final Exam, 12-3 pm, SCIC 125



Syllabus Fine Print

Required materials:

  • The textbook Physics (3rd Edition) by James Walker
  • An access code for the Mastering Physics online course management system (which you will get from me)
  • A scientific calculator capable of computing trigonometric and exponential functions


Physics is a field in which we attempt to describe, explain and predict how things happen. A law in physics is a concise summary of a broad collection of observations. The primary tools in physics are observation and mathematics. The latter allows us to make simple yet concise statements of physical law. Our simple mathematical statements of law become a vehicle for precisely predicting the behavior of the physical world we live in. It is also important to be able to use words to describe and predict the behavior of systems.

If you have a question, please ask it. If you have a comment, please make it. Even an anonymous note under my door or in my mailbox is fine. Communication is the essence of the classroom experience. I am pleased to see you any time you can find me. I encourage you to use email, although it is tough to give detailed help with problems via email.

Assumed Knowledge:

You should be comfortable with math through algebra and trigonometry, with understanding and interpreting graphs, and with physics at a level consistent with Physics 101. Yes, we will still use the material from the first half of the book.


I expect you to have studied the relevant material for each day, such that you could answer simple questions about the material before it is presented in class. To encourage you in this regard, you will be required to take a short pre-quiz for each chapter. Assume that I may also give you a short in-class quiz at any time to help motivate you to be prepared. The best advice I can give you is come to every class, participate, take good notes, read the book, do the problems and keep up. The most common, and perhaps the deadliest habit is to postpone your assault of the material.

Bring your calculator every day!

Class Policies:

If there are any students in this class who have documented disabilities and have been approved to receive accommodations through SNAP Services, please stop by my office to discuss this.

Cellular technology: All cellular devices must be turned off during class unless you have a job that requires them to be on for safety (e.g. EMT or firefighter).

Cheating: Violations of the College of Charleston Honor Code (including cheating or attempted cheating) will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for adjudication. Examples of cheating relevant to this course include copying test or quiz answers, using cellular technology to communicate information during a test or quiz, or copying homework answers verbatim from an external source.


Attendance and participation is critical to the learning process and an integral part of this course. In general, I believe that absence is its own punishment; that is, you miss things you can't possibly get by going over a classmate's notes. You are still responsible for material covered that day. Failure to attend class on the day an assignment is given or due does not mean that you may turn it in late without penalty. There will be no makeup quizzes. If you have a catastrophe please contact the office of the Associate Dean of Students to get it documented. After I am notified by the Dean's office I will make a determination whether you get an excused absence or a zero for the late or missed material. I will not formally record attendance after the second week of class or so, but I do keep track of this in other ways.

Each student who attends class is expected to participate in a positive manner. This means being on time (so as not to disturb the learning of others) and making positive contributions to the learning environment. Students who disturb others will be asked to leave.


The goals for this course, in combination with the laboratory component, are to:

  1. Enable students to use the scientific method
  2. Develop students’ interest in science
  3. Enable students to make scientific measurements
  4. Enable students to practice effective reporting of data
  5. Improve students’ problem-solving skills
  6. Improve students’ computer skills
  7. Enhance students’ teamwork skills while encouraging individual development
  8. Increase understanding of natural laws by surveying the major areas of physics
  9. Connect physical concepts, principals, and laws to global and societal issues

After successful completion of this course, in combination with the laboratory component, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply conservation laws.
  2. Describe the nature of electromagnetic phenomena.
  3. Apply elementary physics and geometrical optics principles.
  4. Describe the nature of the universe on the atomic and nuclear scale.
  5. Describe the postulates of special relativity and their fundamental consequences.
  6. Provide a description of how to solve a problem, justifying their choices.
  7. Apply physical principles to novel situations.
  8. Provide different representations for a problem (verbal, graphical, with diagrams, or using equations).


Homework & Quizzes:

Homework will be assigned for each chapter through the Mastering Physics online system. Remember to keep a written copy of your solutions to the homework, as these will help you review for the exams. There will also be a “reading” quiz for each chapter, also administered through Mastering Physics. These quizzes will generally question you about material before it is discussed in class but after you should have read it on your own. These quizzes serve 2 purposes: First, they help you assess your comprehension of what you read. Second, they help me focus my lectures on the material the class found most difficult, as determined by the quiz results. We will also frequently have in-class quizzes and assignments. The reading quizzes and in-class assignments will mostly be graded on participation and effort; it’s critical that you do these assignments on time, but you shouldn’t be worried about “getting an A” when you do them. Conversely, the online homework will be graded based upon the validity of your answers, so you should be sure you have mastered the material before you attempt them. Late homework and quizzes will be penalized; in-class assignments can not be made up. I will, however, throw out the lowest homework and quiz scores at the end of the semester.


We will have three in-term tests plus the final exam. My tests tend to require you to solve problems, draw or interpret graphs, make sketches, and provide explanations. I generally do not have multiple choice or true/false questions. If you question your score on an exam you must bring it to my attention within 24 hours after the graded exams are handed out in class.

FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, 12 December, 12-3 pm


The grading scale for the course will be:



A -




























Your final grade will be based upon the following weightings:


Percentage of final grade

In-class assignments






Midterm exams (3)


Final exam





There are numerous resources available if you need help with the material:

  • Me (that’s what I have office hours for or you can schedule an appointment)
  • Your classmates
  • Private tutors (several of our Physics majors do this)
  • The Center for Student Learning (CSL) - 1st floor, Addlestone Library, 8:30am-9:00pm M-R, and 8:30am-5:00pm F.
  • The Math Lab (part of the CSL).