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RELLIS · Natural Sciences · Physics - PHYS

College Physics II

  • Spring 2020
  • Section 202 CRN-26349
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/21/2020 to 05/14/2020
  • Modified 01/21/2020

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, SCHW 298


  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, SCHW 270

Contact Information

Professor: Dr. Terrence Honan

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM, SCHW 430H
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:40 AM to 10:25 AM, SCHW 430H
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, SCHW 430H


3 lecture hours and 3 lab hours per week; 96 total contact hours. Credit: 4 semester hours.

Fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electrostatics, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, optics, and modern physics topics; with emphasis on problem solving. Lab activities will reinforce fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry with an emphasis on problem solving.


Prerequisites: PHYS 1401.

Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


  1. Solve problems involving the inter-relationship of fundamental charged particles, and electrical forces, fields, and currents.
  2. Apply Kirchhoffs Rules to analysis of circuits with potential sources, capacitance, inductance, and resistance, including parallel and series capacitance and resistance.
  3. Solve problems in the electrostatic interaction of point charges through the application of Coulombs Law
  4. Solve problems involving the effects of magnetic fields on moving charges or currents, and the relationship of magnetic fields to the currents which produce them.
  5. Use Faradays and Lenzs laws to determine electromotive forces and solve problems involving electromagnetic induction.
  6. Articulate the principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and superposition of waves.
  7. Describe the characteristics of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.
  8. Develop techniques to set up and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment.
  9. Demonstrate the collections, analysis, and reporting of data using the scientific method.
  10. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communication experimental results clearly in written reports.
  11. Solve practical problems involving optics, lenses, mirrors and optical instruments.



  • Required Textbook: James S. Walker, Physics, 5th Edition.  Options: Full version – Hardcover ; Vol II only – paperback; or e-text (via Mastering Physics website)
  • Current access to Modified Mastering Physics for the textbook listed.
  • Scientific calculator:  Non-graphing.  Non-programmable.
  • Physics 1402 Laboratory Manual is available as a pdf file on eCampus.




Course Requirements

There will be three major exams, several unannounced quizzes, labs, online homework and a cumulative final.

  • Major Exams and Final: The three major exams and final will be closed book/closed note tests. A formula list will be provided.
  • Quiz:The quiz grade will consist of 30 point quizzes.  There will be no make-up quizzes, for any reason. At least 20% of the quiz grades will be dropped. Quizzes will typically be open book / open note.  After dropping, all the remaining quiz grades will be added and rescaled to 100 points.
  • Labs: There will be no make-up labs, for any reason. Only students who attend laboratory may get credit for the lab.  At least 20% of the lab grades will be dropped. Lab time will be used to collect data. Students should expect to complete calculations and write-ups outside of class. Labs will be due the next class meeting.
  • Online Homework: We will use the textbook publisher’s online homework system, Mastering Physics.  Each assignment will have a due date. One assignment will be dropped, the one that gives the student the maximum benefit. Mastering Physics will not be reopened at the end of the semester; assignments must be completed by the due date for credit. The final point total for the semester will be rescaled to 100 points. 


Criteria for Grading

There will be 3 major exams, each worth 16%.  The quiz grade, the lab grade and the homework grade are each 10%.  The remaining 22% is the final.  An alternative method is provided to partially alleviate a poor performance on one major exam; half of the lowest (curved) exam grade is replaced with the curved final exam grade.  The final average is calculated both ways; the grade will be the higher of the two.





Three Major Exams

16% ×3

16% ×2 + 8%







Online Homework



Final Exam



The grading system of Blinn College is as follows*:


90 - 100



80 - 89

Above Average


70 - 79



60 - 69



< 60


*from Board Policy Manual EGA(LOCAL)

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Attendance Policy Reminder: Attendance will be taken each class. Not being in class when attendance is taken constitutes an absence. For classes that meet twice a week during the semester, two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped. 

Conflict Resolution: To resolve any conflict students must follow a chain of command.  First you should deal directly with your professor, then the Department Head (Ms. Rachel Sanchez [email protected]), then the Assistant Dean (Dr. Beverly Clements [email protected]) and finally the Dean (Dr. Elmer Godeny [email protected])

Eating and Drinking: Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms.

Laboratory Safety: It is the policy of the Natural and Physical Sciences Division that students must wear proper attire whenever in the laboratory.  This excludes open-toed shoes (or one-toed shoes with socks.)  Failure to do so will result in students being sent home from the laboratory with a zero on the resulting assignment. The Food and Drink prohibition will be enforced strictly. Any drink container even empty ones, cannot be visible; hide it in a bag.

Electronic Devices:  It is never acceptable to leave a class to answer a cell phone.  Texting during class is totally unacceptable.  Any use of a cell phone or other wireless device during an exam will be considered a major incident of scholastic dishonesty.

Credit for Work: On the major exams, final and all quizzes, 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 exam formula list for the class.  Memorized intermediate expressions will receive no credit unless their derivation is included.

Grading and Regrading: On the major exams, final and all quizzes, partial credit will typically be available for show-your-work problem. For each problem I find a grading scheme that is appropriate for that problem and then do my best to apply that scheme uniformly across all the exam papers.  It is a priority to maintain consistency across all test papers.  Inaccurate grading, relative to that scheme, will be regraded to maintain fairness. Any regrading requests must be made promptly (within two weeks) after a test is returned in class to be considered.


Tentative Schedule     








Lecture Material


Lab Material

Weekly Contact Hours
1 Mon  20-Jan Holiday - No Class (MLK Day) 6
Wed 22-Jan Syllabus & Start Chapter 19 Continue Chapter 19
2 Mon  27-Jan Continue Chapter 19 Group Quiz 1 6
Wed 29-Jan Finish Chapter 19 Lab 1 - Electric Fields
3 Mon  3-Feb Start Chapter 20 Group Quiz 2 6
Wed 5-Feb Finish Chapter 20 Lab 2 - Electric Potential and Conductors
4 Mon  10-Feb Start Chapter 21 Group Quiz 3 6
Wed 12-Feb Finish Chapter 21 Lab 3 - Ohm's Law
5 Mon  17-Feb Start Chapter 22 Review Quizzes 6
Wed 19-Feb Exam 1 (Chapters 19-21)
6 Mon  24-Feb Chapter 22 Lab 4 - Resistors in Series and Parallel 6
Wed 26-Feb Finish Chapter 22 Group Quiz 4
7 Mon  2-Mar Start Chapter 23 Lab 5 - RC Circuits 6
Wed 4-Mar Continue Chapter 23 Group Quiz 5

Mar 1 - 6   Spring Break

8 Mon  16-Mar Finish Chapter 23 and Start Chapter 24 Lab 6 - Charged Particles in Electromagnetic Fields 6
Wed 18-Mar Finish Chapter 24 Group Quiz 6
9 Mon  23-Mar Start Chapter 25 Review Quizzes 6
Wed 25-Mar Exam 2 (Chapters 22-24)
10 Mon  30-Mar Chapter 25 Lab 7 - Electromagnetic Induction 6
Wed 1-Apr Finish Chapter 25 and Start Chapter 26 Group Quiz 7
11 Mon  6-Apr Finish Chapter 26 and Start Chapter 27 Lab 8 - The Series RLC Circuit 6
Wed 8-Apr Finish Chapter 27 Group Quiz 8
12 Mon  13-Apr Start and Finish Chapter 28 Group Quiz 9 6
Wed 15-Apr Chapter 29 Group Quiz 10
13 Mon  20-Apr Start Chapter 30 Review Quizzes 6
Wed 22-Apr Exam 3 (Chapters 25-29)
14 Mon  27-Apr Chapter 30 Lab 9 - Geometric Optics 6
Wed 29-Apr Chapter 31 Group Quiz 11
Fri 1-May Last Day to "Q" Drop  
15 Mon  4-May Chapter 32 Lab 10 - Diffraction and Interference or Group Quiz 12 6
Wed 6-May Final Exam Review
16 Sun 10-May Alternate Review Assignment - Mastering Physics Final Exam Review 6
Mon  11-May Final Exam from 3:15-5:30 in SCHW 298

Total contact hours = 48. Note that in the Carnegie Mellon system, 50 minutes counts as 1 contact hour.