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University Physics II

Instructor: Paulo Acioli

Spring 2009

Course Description
Electrostatics, Coulomb's law, electric fields, electric potentials, currents, Ohm's law, magnetism, magnetic fields, the forces on or due to moving charges, induction, electromagnetic radiation, wave motion, physical and geometrical optics. Introduction to Modern Physics. Prereq.: PHYS-201. Concurrent registration in PHYS-204 strongly recommended. course description. 3.0 Credits.
Knight, Randall D. Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 2nd ed., Addison-Wesley, 2008
Other Useful References:
Beiser, Arthur, Physics, 5th ed. Addison Wesley/Benjamin Cummings, 1991.
Cutnell, John D. & Johnson, Kenneth W., Physics, 6th ed. Wiley, 2004.
Giambattista, Richardson & Richardson, University Physics, McGraw-Hill, 2004.
Sears, Francis W., Zemansky Mark W., & Young, Hugh D., University Physics, 7th ed. Addison Wesley/Benjamin Cummings, 1991.
Serway, Raymond A. & Faughn, Jerry S., University Physics, 7th ed. Thompson Brooks/Cole, 2006.
Walker, James S., Physics, 2nd ed. Prentice-Hall, 2004.
Wilson, Jerry & Buffa, Anthony, University Physics, 5th ed. Prentice-Hall, 2003.
MW 2:00 - 3:15 PM, in SCI-S219.
Problem Sets
Weekly problem sets for are assigned here. Problem Sets should be completed by the following week, but will not be collected. 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.
Weekly quizzes are administered online through blackboard. Quizzes will be given every week, with the exception of the first week of class and weeks where there is a midterm. Quizzes are based on the previous week's problem set and material from the previous week's lectures. Missed quizzes are counted as zero. There will be no quiz make-ups. All the students are automatically registered in blackboard. You can access the Blackboard webpage through the address
This course has two one-hour 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 here.
The final grade will be based on:
Two midterms (25% each) + Quizzes (25%) + Final (25%)

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.

Office Hours
Posted here and by appointment in room 217C SCI.
Academic Integrity
The NEIU policy on academic integrity can be found here.
In addition to regular attendance students are expected to work at least 6 hours a week reading the materials and solving the assigned problem sets. Students are strongly encouraged to seek the tutors, attend the instructor's office hours, and form study groups to maximize the outcomes of this class.
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