*** PHYSICS 104 HOME PAGE ***
Office Hours:
(in 5203 Chamberlin)
GENERAL INFO: Physics 104 is the second semester of a noncalculus introductory physics sequence. We assume that students are familiar with the material covered in Physics 103. The second semester course covers electricity, magnetism, light and optics plus topics in "modern physics".LECTURES: General lectures are held at 11:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Quizzes will be given the lecture period from time to time and will normally cover material from the previous homework assignment. The schedule of lecture topics and quizzes is given below.
DISCUSSIONS: Discussion sections meet every week on Thursday. Attendance at discussion is expected of all students, and role will be taken. The discussions will focus mainly on problem solving, and provide the opportunity for students to ask questions and participate.
LABS: Labs sections will meet every week except for the first week of the semester, and for occasional makeup weeks. Students are required to complete all of the 10 scheduled labs. Anyone who fails to complete any of the labs will have his/her course grade lowered by 1/4 grade point for each missed lab. If you need to miss a lab, it is your responsibility to contact your TA to arrange for a makeup time.
HOMEWORK: Homework assignments for each week will be given in the syllabus below. Homework problems from lectures of the previous week will normally be collected on Wednesday at lecture time. Homework is due by 11:00am. Homework will be checked and returned to you by your TA. The solutions will be posted on the web after the papers have been collected.
Students are permitted and encouraged to work together on homework assignments with the goal of learning from each other. However, the homework paper you hand in must represent your own work. Copying someone else's solution to submit as your own work is plagiarism.
LAB MANUAL: Physics 104 Lab Manual
LAB NOTEBOOK: Some kind of bound or spiral notebook, preferably with quad ruled paper.
CALCULATOR: Required for homework, lab and exams.
Grading:
Final course grades will be determined as follows:
Three midterm exams  100 points eachLAB GRADING: We consider the labs to be an important part of the course, and expect students to use the lab periods as a means to learn firsthand about physics. As long as you do the labs and work conscientionsly, you will get a good grade. Furthermore, since most of you will do the work as expected, the spread in the lab grades will not be very large. With all of this in mind, we adopted the following grading policy. Your TA will give you a numerical grade, on the scale 0 to 10, for each lab. Most students will be given a score of 8, with 9 or 7 possible for students who distinguish themselves in either a positive or negative way. Scores lower than 7 are possible for people who do only part of the lab work. In assigning the grades the TA's will consider a number of factors including questions you ask, understanding and insight you demonstrate, the accuracy of your results, the completeness and clarity of your lab notebook, and probably more. The TA's will review your notebooks, but the subjective factors will also carry significant weight.Final exam  150 points Homework  100 points Quizzes  75 points Lab  100 points Discussion  25 points
DATE  LECTURE TOPICS  READING  HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT (Problems in BOLDFACE are to be handed in) 
ASSG No. 
DUE DATE 
Sept. 6  Introduction  Electric Charge  Coulomb's Law  Ch15: 1, 3  Ch15: 1, 4, 8, 12,
14 
1  9/13 









Ch15: 9, 32(a), 33, 54  1  9/13 
Sept. 13  Gauss's Law 
Ch15: 9; Ch16: 1 
Ch15: 39, 42, 43, 53  2  9/20 









Ch16: 18, 56 


Sept. 20 
Capacitors  Stored Energy  Ch16: 69  Ch16: 22, 27, 30, 34, 43, 44 

9/27 

Dielectrics  Electric Currents  QUIZ #2  Ch16: 10; Ch17: 1, 2 
Ch17: 1, 7 

9/27 


Ch17:
38 
Ch17: 14, 19,
23, 32, 33, 38, 44,
55 
3 
9/27 





10/6 
Sept. 29  RC Circuits
 Magnets  Magnetic Fields 
Ch18:
58;Ch19: 12

Ch18: 30, 33, 38, 41 
4 
10/6 
Oct. 2  Magnetic Fields  Ampere's Law 
Ch19:
3, 7 
Ch19: 34, 38, 39  5 
10/11 
Oct. 3 
**** EXAM 1  5:45 pm **** 




Oct. 4 
NO CLASS 




Oct. 6 
Magnetic Forces 
Ch19:
4, 5, 6, 8 
Ch19:
2, 4, 9,
12, 18, 24 
5 
10/11 



Ch19: 31, 46, 47 
5  10/11 
Oct. 11 
Induction  Faraday's Law  Lenz's Law 
Ch20: 15  Ch19:
47; Ch20: 3, 6, 11, 16, 18 
6 
10/18 
Oct. 13 
Inductance  Stored Energy  QUIZ #3  Ch20:
6,8 
Ch20: 23, 25, 28, 34, 57  6 
10/18 




6  10/18 
Oct. 18  AC Circuits 
Ch21:
1, 4, 5, 7 
Ch21: 1, 2, 5, 6, 30 
7 
10/25 
Oct. 20 
Transformers  Resonances 
Ch21: 6  Ch21: 33, 34, 38, 42  7 
10/25 
Oct. 23 
Maxwell's Equations  EM Waves  Ch21:
810 
no additional problems 
7  10/25 
Oct. 25 
Properties of Light 
Ch21:
1112; Ch22: 1, 4 
Ch21: 49, 50, 51, 52, 63 
8 
11/8 
Oct. 27 
Refraction of Light  Snell's Law 
Ch22: 2, 3, 7 
Ch22: 4, 12, 16, 18, 20  8 
11/8 
Oct. 30 
Total Internal Reflection  Mirrors 
Ch22: 5, 6; Ch23: 1 
Ch22: 13, 22, 30, 38, 40  8 
11/8 
Nov. 1 
**** EXAM 2  5:45 pm ****  no class exam day 

Nov. 3 
Image Formation in Mirrors 
Ch23: 13  Ch23: 3, 7, 10, 11, 13  8 
11/8 
Nov. 6 
Lenses 
Ch23: 46  Ch23: 22, 23,
29, 31,
34 
9 
11/15 
Nov. 8 
Examples 
Ch23: 40, 50, Ray Diagrams  9  11/15  
Nov. 10 
Interference Effects  QUIZ #4  Ch24: 1,2  Ch24: 3, 8, 10, 12 
9 
11/15 
Nov. 13 
Thin Films  Diffraction  Ch24: 3, 4, 6, 7  Ch24: 15, 16, 20, 22, 29, 30  9 
11/15 
Nov. 15  Diffraction Gratings  Polarization 
Ch24: 5, 9  Ch24: 35, 36, 39, 53, 54  10 
11/22 
Nov. 17  Cameras  Vision  Eyeglasses 
Ch25: 1, 2 
Ch25: 3, 4, 12, 13, 16 
11 
12/1 
Nov. 20 
Magnifiers  Telescopes 
Ch25: 3, 5 
Ch25: 17, 18, 26, 28  11 
12/1 
Nov. 22 
Microscopes  Resolution 
Ch25: 4, 6, 7  Ch25: 22, 24, 25  12 
12/6 
Nov. 24  THANKSGIVING
BREAK 

Nov. 27  Blackbody Radiation  Photoelectric Effect 
Ch27: 1, 2, 5 
Ch27: 3, 4, 5, 8  12 
12/6 
Nov. 28  **** EXAM 3  5:45 pm ****  
Nov. 29 
NO CLASS 

Dec. 1 
Photon Properties  Atoms 
Ch27: 6; Ch28: 1, 2  Ch27: 14, 17, 30  12 
12/6 

Line Spectra  Bohr Model 
Ch28: 3  Ch28: 3, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 20, 25  13 
12/13 

deBroglie Waves  Energy
Quantization 
Ch27: 6; Ch28: 4, 5 
Ch27: 34, 35, 40, 41

13 
12/13 

Wave Functions  Atoms 
Ch27: 7; Ch28: 6, 7  Ch28: 33, 34  13 
12/13 

Electron Spin  Pauli Exclusion
Principle 
Ch28: 8, 9 
Ch28: 36, 37, 38

13 
12/13 

Properties of Nuclei 
Ch29: 13  Ch29: 10, 13 

Dec. 15 
Radioactive
Decay Law  Decay
Processes 
Ch29:
4, 5 
Ch29: 20, 23, 32, 34, 53  


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Consultation Room 
2331 Chamberlin Hall



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