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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

Physics for Engineers II PHYS-2426

  • Fall 2012 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_302

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/13/2012

  • Modified 08/24/2012

Meeting Times

TR 1:25 PM - 2:40 PM (Lecture, RM G231)

TR 2:50 PM - 4:05 PM (Lab, RM G231)

Contact Information

Instructor: Rebecca Habas


Office: G-234

Tel: (979) 209-7495

Office Hours: MW 5:00 – 5:35 PM, TR 12:45 – 1:20 PM, and by appointment

Course Web site:


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


Course Prerequisites: PHYS 2425 and MATH 2414


Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this course students should be able to:

  • 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 field 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 comparisons to mechanical waves, 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.



  • Required Textbook: Young and Freedman, University Physics, 13th edition. The full two-semester e-book including Mastering Physics may be purchased for under $100 at the Mastering Physics link shown below.
  • Required Homework System: Students must purchase an access key to Mastering Physics, 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 textbook above (with proper edition) to pair with the Mastering Physics. The Mastering Physics Course ID for this section is: BLINN2426302FA12. When searching for the course, be aware that you MUST search for the Bryan campus, and it will look for the campus' zip code: 77805.

  • Required Laboratory Manual: Each student must print out a copy of the labs for the semester. It 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.


Course Requirements

There will be three 'midterm' exams, several quizzes (which may or may not be announced in advance), labs, online homework and a cumulative final.


  • Exams and Final: All exams will be closed book/closed note tests, however a formula list will be provided for each. These are NOT common exams, but may include a standardized assessment question. The final will include a multiple choice post test. Each exam, as well as the final, will be curved, if necessary.

  • Quizzes: The quiz grade will be a combination of shorter, individually worked quizzes and longer group quizzes. Typically, each question will be graded on a 10 point scale. The individual quizzes will be closed note/closed book exercises. The group quizzes will be between open book/open note, and you are encouraged to work in groups and ask questions. The lowest quiz will be dropped at the end of the course.

  • Credit for Work: On the major exams, the final, and all quizzes, all work must be shown and clearly documented for show-your-work problems. The initial starting equation must be clearly indicated. Memorized intermediate expressions will receive no credit unless their derivation is included.

  • Labs: Labs may be held without being previously scheduled. Students will work in groups of three, but each student must submit their own calculations and write-ups. Lab time is to be used for collecting data; students are expected to finish the analysis on their own time. The lowest lab grade will be dropped at the end of the course.

  • Online Homework: We will use the textbook publisher's online homework system: Mastering Physics. Students are encouraged to work in groups, but it is up to each individual to make sure that they understand the problem and the process to arrive at the solution. Please pay attention to the due date of each assignment; they are not necessarily due at regular intervals. The lowest homework grade will be dropped.



Three Midterm Exams

15% ×3





Online Homework


Final Exam




The grading system of Blinn College is as follows*:

A = 90 – 100 Superior

B = 80 – 89 Above Average

C = 70 – 79 Average

D = 60 – 69 Passing

F = < 60 Failing

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

Student E-mails:  All Blinn students have been assigned a Blinn e-mail address that must be checked regularly for official communications and course information.  This e-mail account can be accessed at  Your e-mail address (and Windows Live ID) is of the form  (XX = last two digits of Blinn ID.)  Your initial password is your Blinn ID number.  Additional information about accessing this account can be found at

Make-up work:  Students will not be permitted to make up missed work except in extremely rare circumstances.  Before any make-ups are permitted, students must provide the instructor with appropriate documentation.  Permission to make up work will be granted solely at the discretion of the instructor.

Laboratory Work:  Except for a few circumstances, you will have only one lab period in which to work on the laboratory experiments.  Additional class time for working on these experiments will be given solely at the discretion of the instructor.  This means that when you are working through the experiments, you should focus on making sure you have made all the required measurements and have recorded all the required data.  Only after this is completed should you spend class time working through calculations called for in the experiment.  If you do not complete the calculations in class, I expect you complete them outside of class.

Additional Items

Attendance:  Missing lecture or lab counts as one absence.  If a student misses both lecture and lab periods for a given day, this counts as only one absence.

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,


Day / Date

Material Covered

Tuesday, August 28

Review Syllabus, Start Chapter 21

Thursday, August 30

Chapter 21, Group Quiz 1

Tuesday, Sept 4

Finish Chapter 21, Start Chapter 22

Thursday, Sept 6

Chapter 22, Experiment: Electric Fields

Tuesday, Sept 11

Finish Chapter 22, Group Quiz 2

Thursday, Sept 13

Chapter 23, Group Quiz 3

Tuesday, Sept 18

Chapter 23, Experiment: Electric Potential and Conductors

Thursday, Sept 20

Test 1: Chapters 21 - 23

Tuesday, Sept 25

Chapter 24

Thursday, Sept 27

Chapter 25, Group Quiz 4

Tuesday, Oct 2

Finish Chapters 25, Experiment: Ohm's Law

Thursday, Oct 4

Chapter 26*

Tuesday, Oct 9

Finish Chapter 26*, Start Chapter 27, Experiment: Series and Parallel

Thursday, Oct 11

Chapter 27, Chapter 28, Group Quiz 5

Tuesday, Oct 16

Chapter 27, Chapter 28, cont., Experiment: charged Particles in Electromagnetic Fields

Thursday, Oct 18

Test 2: Chapters 24 - 28

Tuesday, Oct 23

Chapter 29

Thursday, Oct 25

Chapter 29, Group Quiz 6

Tuesday, Oct 30

Chapter 30, Experiment: Induction- Magnet through a Coil

Thursday, Nov 1

Chapter 30, Group Quiz 7

Tuesday, Nov 6

Chapter 31, Experiment: RC Circuits

Thursday, Nov 8

Chapter 31, Group Quiz 8

Tuesday, Nov 13

Chapter 32, Experiment: The Series RCL Circuit

Thursday, Nov 15

Test 3: Chapters 29 - 32

Tuesday, Nov 20

Chapter 33

Thursday, Nov 22

Holiday – No Class

Tuesday, Nov 27

Chapter 34, Group Quiz 9

Thursday, Nov 29

Chapter 35, Chapter 36

Tuesday, Dec 4

Chapter 36, Group Quiz 10

Thursday, Dec 6

Finish material, Review, Experiment: Geometrical Optics and Ray Box

Thursday, Dec 13

12:45 PM – 2:45 PM FINAL, Room G231