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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

College Physics II PHYS-1402

  • Summer I 2014
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-30070
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/02/2014 to 06/30/2014
  • Modified 05/29/2014

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 AM to 9:25 AM, G214


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:35 AM to 11:30 AM, G215

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Elaine Tennant

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (979) 209-8932
  • Website:

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, G202


A continuation of Physics 1401. Topics covered include fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, light and some modern physics.


Prerequisites: PHYS 1401

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


  1. Apply Coulomb’s law describing the electrostatic interaction between point charges and solve qualitative problems involving Gauss’s law.
  2. For discrete charge distributions, calculate the net electric field, net potential and the electric potential energy; solve problems involving relationships among electric fields, potential and potential energy.
  3. Analyze circuits involving resistance and capacitance, including equivalent resistance, equivalent capacitance, circuits with DC sources, and the transient behavior of RC circuits.
  4. Find the force on charged particles and current-carrying wires due to magnetic fields, and find the magnetic field due to currents.
  5. Apply Faraday’s law and Lenz’s law to problems involving electromagnetic induction.
  6. Analyze circuits involving resistors, capacitors and inductors for their transient behavior and the behavior when connected across AC sources.
  7. Solve problems involving electromagnetic radiation, including problems on such concepts as energy density, intensity, polarization, radiation pressure and momentum.
  8. Use the principles of geometric optics to solve problems involving reflection and refraction of light in applications such as plane mirrors, spherical mirrors and thin lenses.
  9. Use the principles of physical optics to solve problems involving interference and diffraction of light.
  10. Apply principles of modern physics to solve problems involving quantization of energy and momentum on topics such as blackbody radiation, the photoelectric effect and the Compton effect.
  11. Demonstrate techniques to set up and perform experiments and collect data; in a laboratory report, analyze the data, communicate results and draw conclusions.


Bryan: Textbook: James S. Walker, Physics, 4th edition (Vol. II).  Laboratory Manual: Physics 1402 Laboratory Manual: Available at the copy center on the first floor of the Bookstore Building on the Blinn campus.


Scientific calculator

  • Non-Programmable (non-graphing) scientific calculator.  Examples of acceptable calculators include the TI-30, TI-34, TI-36 and the Casio FX-250, FX-260 and FX-300.


Course Requirements




Criteria for Grading:  Grades will be based on exams, labs, homework, and quizzes.

  • Exams:  All exams will be closed-book and closed-note exams.  For any question in which you must do some calculation to get an answer, including multiple choice, you must show your work in doing the calculations in order to receive credit!
  • Labs:  There will be a lab exercise approximately twice per week.  Students’ lowest lab grade will be dropped.
  • Quizzes:  Every day at the beginning of class, some time will be spent working selected practice problems which may be collected and graded. All work must be presented in clear logical order to receive partial or full credit. Correct answers with little, no, or incorrect justification will be given no credit. Working in groups is allowed.  These will be open note and open book.

Students’ lowest quiz grade will be dropped.



  • Grading summary:  Exams 1-3 (15% each), Final (25%), Labs (15%), Quizzes (15%).


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

*from Board Policy Manual EGA(LOCAL), issued 05/24/2004


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. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

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

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 with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

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. 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)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

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

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. 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

On group quizzes, consultation with the members of your lab group is expected and, in fact, encouraged.  You may also wish to consult with your lab partners in preparing your laboratory report.  However, each student is expected to hand in his or her own lab report.  Also, in your lab reports, you are expected to be absolutely honest when presenting your data and answering questions about your results.  This means that you do not ever falsify, erase, white out, or otherwise alter your experimental results, nor do you ignore or exclude some data points when drawing conclusions about your experimental results without presenting a convincing argument stating why those data points should be ignored or excluded. Cell phones and graphing calculators are not allowed during tests and quizzes.  I will assume any student with a cell phone or graphing calculator out during a test or quiz is cheating.  Cheating on exams and quizzes will not be tolerated.  Any violation of these rules may result, at the very least, in your receiving a zero for any work affected by the violation.




Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes



June 2

Chapter 19

June 3

Chapters 20

June 4

Chapter 21

June 5

Chapter 21 continued

June 6

Exam 1

June 9

Chapter 22

June 10

Chapters 23

June 11

Chapters 23 continued

June 12

Chapter 24

June 13

Exam 2

June 16

Chapter 25

June 17

Chapter 26

June 18

Chapter 27

June 19

Chapter 28

June 20

Exam 3

June 23

Chapter 29

June 24

Chapter 30

June 25

  Chapter 31

June 26

Chapter 32

June 27


June 30

Final Exam  7:30-9:30 am G214