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College Physics II

Course Description: PHYS-202
The second semester of NEIU's algebra based introductory physics sequence. College Physics provides students with both a conceptual understanding of physics and problem solving skills. Topics include Electrostatics: electric charge, Coulomb's law, electric fields, electric potentials, capacitance and capacitors. Currents, resistance, Ohm's law, electric circuits. Magnetism: magnets, magnetic fields, and magnetic forces. Electrodynamics: induction, electromagnetic radiation. wave motion. Physical and geometrical optics, and an introduction to modern physics including atomic and nuclear physics. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required for this course. See also the department course description. The list of specific topics to be studied can be found on the syllabus page. 3.0 Credits.
Course Objectives
This knowledge base covered in College Physics II is an essential foundation for students seeking degrees in any science or science related field. Upon the successful completion of this course, students will acquire a conceptual understanding of the basic laws of electricity & magnetism, optics, wave phenomena, special relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic physics and nuclear physics. Students will gain the ability to apply this understanding to physical phenomena in the world around them. Students will learn to apply the problem solving skills developed in this course to physics and other fields. Additionally, College Physics II students will strengthen their facility in mathematics through the application of algebra and trigonometry in problem solving.
Dr. Greg Anderson, Office: 217C SCI, E-mail:, Phone: (773) 442-5753.
Office Hours
My schedule and office hours are posted here.
Required Textbook
Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics: Principles with Applications, 6th ed., Prentice-Hall, 2005.
Other Textbooks & Resources
Beiser, Arthur, Physics, 5th ed. Addison Wesley/Benjamin Cummings, 1991.
Cutnell, John D. & Johnson, Kenneth W., Physics, 6th ed. Wiley, 2004.
Giambattista, Richardson & Richardson, College Physics, McGraw-Hill, 2004.
Sears, Francis W., Zemansky Mark W., & Young, Hugh D., College Physics, 7th ed. Addison Wesley/Benjamin Cummings, 1991.
Serway, Raymond A. & Faughn, Jerry S., College Physics, 7th ed. Thompson Brooks/Cole, 2006.
Urone, Peter College Physics, 2nd ed. Brooks/Cole, 2001.
Walker, James S., Physics, 2nd ed. Prentice-Hall, 2004.
Wilson, Jerry & Buffa, Anthony, College Physics, 5th ed. Prentice-Hall, 2003.
SEC 02, MW at 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM, in BJB-233.
Regular class attendance is expected.
Problem Sets
Weekly problem sets are assigned here. Problem Sets should be completed by the following week, but will not be collected. A significant portion of the quizzes and midterms will be based on these problem sets. You are expected to be able to work the problems without the aid of the solutions. At times, solutions may be provided so that you can check your work after you have completed the problem sets. Problem set assignments and solutions (if available) can be found here.
Laboratory Sections
It is strongly recommended that PHYS-202 students enroll concurrently in PHYS-204. The Physics II Lab, PHYS-204, is run as a separate course. Please see the instructor for your lab section for further information.
The final grade will be based on the following system:
Two midterms (1/5) + (1/5) + Quizzes (1/5) + Final (2/5)
The final exam is cumulative. Your final grade will be based on the total points in this system.

Any student who achieves a percentile score of above 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% is guaranteed to receive an A, B, C, or D respectively. These percentile scores may be adjusted downwards based on a class curve and other considerations.

This course has two in class midterm exams and a two-hour final. The exams are largely based on material from lectures and problems similar to those found in the weekly assignments. Exam policies can be found on this page.
Short quizzes are administered once a week during class. Quizzes will be given every week, with the exception of the first week of class and weeks where there is a midterm or final. Quizzes are based on the previous week's problem set, conceptual material based on the previous weeks lectures, and assigned reading. The two lowest quiz grades will be dropped. Missed quizzes are counted as zero. There will be no quiz make-ups.
Missed Exams
Makeup exams will not be given, except under very very limited circumstances. Make-ups will only be allowed for circumstances clearly beyond your control. In addition, students are required to provide complete and verifiable documentation, and your instructor must be notified in advance. See also the NEIU student conduct code.
Regular weekly hours are set up in the library for tutorials. Tutors can be found in the learning center on the fourth floor of the library. Please note, these tutorials are intended for the 100 level general education courses, but tutors may be able to help physics 202 students on a second priority basis. The current schedule for our tutors can be found here.
Academic Integrity
The NEIU policy on academic integrity can be found here.
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