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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics  PHYS Physics for Engineers II PHYS2426

TR 1:25 PM  2:40 PM (Lecture, RM G231)
TR 2:50 PM  4:05 PM (Lab, RM G231)
Instructor: Rebecca Habas
Email: rebecca.habas@blinn.edu
Office: G234
Tel: (979) 2097495
Office Hours: MW 5:00 – 5:35 PM, TR 12:45 – 1:20 PM, and by appointment
Course Web site: https://www.blinn.edu/brazos/natscience/phys/rhabas
A continuation of Physics 2425. A calculusbased 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 planewave 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 doubleslit and thinfilm interference, single slit diffraction and diffraction gratings.
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 http://www.masteringphysics.com/. 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.
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 showyourwork 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 writeups. 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 
Quizzes 
10% 
Labs 
10% 
Online Homework 
10% 
Final Exam 
25.00% 
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 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. 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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.
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 email 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:
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 Districtmandated 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.
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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.
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)2097251. 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)8304157. Additional information can be found at www.blinn.edu/disability/index.html.
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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.
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).
Student Emails: All Blinn students have been assigned a Blinn email address that must be checked regularly for official communications and course information. This email account can be accessed at mail.live.com. Your email address (and Windows Live ID) is of the form Firstname.LastnameXX@buc.blinn.edu. (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 www.blinn.edu/acadtech/studentemail/.
Makeup work: Students will not be permitted to make up missed work except in extremely rare circumstances. Before any makeups 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.
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, dbohlmeyer@blinn.edu.
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 