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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

Physics for Engineers II PHYS-2426

  • Fall 2012 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_300

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/13/2012

  • Modified 11/26/2012

Meeting Times

Lecture, MW

Lab, MW

Room G231

10:35 -  11:50 AM

Room G231

12:00 – 1:15 PM

Contact Information

Instructor:  Dr. Lianxi Ma                                                        Email:

Office:  G202                                                                            Tel:  (979) 209-7451 (Office), 204-7370 (c)

Office Hours: MW: 10:00 – 10:35 AM; TR: 3:30 – 5:10 PM. (Or by appointment)

Course Web site:


A continuation of PHYS 2425. A calculus-based course in electricity, magnetism and optics, primarily designed for students majoring in engineering and physical sciences.


PHYS 2425 and MATH 2414


  • Calculate electric forces and fields due to discrete and continuous charge distributions.
  • Apply Gauss’s law to calculating electric fields in cases of symmetry.
  • Use the interrelationships between voltage and electric potential energy to each other, to electric fields and forces and for charge distributions.
  • Solve problems with capacitance, energy in a capacitor, conduction, resistance and power in circuits.
  • Analyze basic DC circuits including equivalent resistance, capacitance, currents and voltages.
  • Find the force on charges and currents due to magnetic fields, and the fields due to currents.
  • Solve electromagnetic problems involving Faraday’s law and Maxwell’s equations.
  • Solve problems of inductance, inductor and magnetic fields energy.  Analyze the transient behavior of RC, RL, LC and RLC circuits.
  • Apply the AC concepts of reactance, impedance and phase, and calculate the behavior of series AC circuits.
  • Solve problems involving electromagnetic radiation, including the plane-wave solution, polarization, intensity, radiation pressure and momentum.
  • Solve problems involving the reflection and refraction of light, and applications of spherical mirrors and thin lenses.
  • Solve problems involving interference and diffraction, including double-slit and thin-film interference, single-slit diffraction and diffraction gratings.


Textbooks and other materials

  • Required Textbook:  Young and Freedman, University Physics, 13th edition (Vol II).
  • Required Homework System:  Students must purchase an access key to MasteringPhysics, the textbook publisher’s online homework system.  This is bundled with the textbook at the Blinn bookstore.  Alternatively, the access key can be purchased online at; be sure to select the Young and Freedman text above to pair with MasteringPhysics.  The MasteringPhysics Course ID for this section is BLINN2426300FA2012.
  • Required Laboratory Manual:  Each student must print out a copy of the labs for the semester.  The lab manual is in the form of a single pdf file and can be found here.
  • Scientific Calculator:  Students must have a proper scientific calculator with them for every class.


Criteria for Grading:  There will be three major exams, a cumulative final exam, in-class assignments, labs, and online homework.

  • Exams:  All exams will be closed-book and closed-note exams. Formula sheet will be provided, however.
  • Quizzes  and Labs. 1 lowest quiz, and 1 lowest lab will be dropped. Up to 3 quizzes and 2 labs could be dropped for extreme cases of excusable absences. No make-up any of those.
  • Credit for Work: All work must be shown and clearly documented for any show-your-work problem. The starting point in problem solving must be some expression on the official formula sheet for the class. Memorized intermediate expressions will receive no credit unless their derivation is included.
  • Online Homework:  We will use the textbook publisher’s online homework system, MasteringPhysics.  Each assignment will have a due date.
  • Grading summary:  Exams (45%), Final (21%), Quizzes (10%), Labs (12%), Online homework (12%).

The grading system ofBlinnCollegeis as follows*:

A = 90 – 100  Superior

B = 80 – 89   Above Average

C = 70 – 79   Average

D = 60 – 69   Passing

F =       < 60   Failing

*from Board Policy Manual EGA(LOCAL), issued05/24/2004

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks.

Civility Statement

Civility Statement. Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy.  The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty

member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services.  The last day to drop this semester with a Q is October 8, 2012.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook, a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities.  Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

Final Grade Appeals Policy.  If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices.  All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

Problem Resolution:  If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try to resolve the problems or issues.  If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241,


Course Content and Schedule



Lecture Topic



8/27, Mo.

Intro & Chapter 21

Electric charge and field


8/29, Wd.

Ch. 21, 22, Lab 0.

Electric field, Gauss’s law, Lab 0: Graphing basics


9/5, Wd.

Ch. 22

Gauss’s law.  9/3: Holiday


9/10, Mo.

Ch. 22 and 23.

Electric potential.


9/12, Wd.

Ch. 23, Lab 1.

Lab 1: Electric Field


9/17, Mo.

Ch. 24. Lab 2

Capacitance and dielectrics. Lab 2: Electric potential and conductors


9/19, Wd.

Ch. 24, Ch. 25

Current, resistance, and electromotive force


9/24, Mo.

Review for Exam 1

Ch. 21 – 24.


9/26, Wd.

Exam 1.

Exam 1. 


10/1, Mo.

Review of Exam 1, Ch. 25.



10/3, Wd.

Ch. 26

DC Circuit


10/8, Mo.

Ch. 26, Lab 3

Lab3: Ohm’s law


10/10, Wd

Ch. 27, Lab 4

Magnetic field and forces. Lab 4: series and parallel circuits


10/15, Mo.

Ch. 27, Lab 5

Lab 5: Motion of charged particles in E and B fields


10/17, Wd.

Ch. 28

Sources of Magnetic field


10/22, Mo.

 Review for Exam 2

Ch. 25 – 28.


10/24, Wd.

Exam 2

Exam 2


10/29, Mo.

Review of Exam 2, Ch. 29

Electromagnetic induction


10/31, Wd.

Ch. 29



11/5, Mo.

Ch. 30



11/7, Wd.

Ch. 31, Lab 6

Alternating current, Lab 6: Induction


11/12, Mo.

Ch. 32, Lab 7

EM Waves, Lab 7: RC Circuits


11/14, Wd.

Ch. 33, Lab 8

The nature and propagation of light, Lab 8: The series RLC Circuit


11/19, Mo.

Review for Exam 3

Ch. 29 – 32. 11/16: last day to drop with “Q”


11/26, Mo.

Exam 3

Exam 3, 11/21 – 11/23: Holiday


11/28, Wd.

Review of Exam 3, Ch. 34

Geometric optics and optical instruments


12/3, Mo.

Ch. 35



12/5, Wd.

Ch. 36



12/10, Mo.

Review for Final, Lab 9

Ch. 21 – 36. Lab 9: Geometric optics


12/12, Wd.

Comprehensive final

 Wednesday, 12:45 – 2:45 pm, G231