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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

College Physics II PHYS-1402

  • Summer II 2013

  • Section SECTION_324 CRN-40303

  • 4 Credits

  • 07/09/2013 to 08/06/2013

  • Modified 07/08/2013

Meeting Times

Office Hours: MTWRF10:00 – 10:30 am.(Or by appointment)




Room   G214

10:35 -  12:30   PM

Room   G215

12:40 – 2:35 PM

Contact Information

Instructor:  Lianxi Ma                                 Email:

Office:  G206                                              Tel:  (979) 209-8594 (O); 204 – 7370 (C)


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. Solve problems involving capacitors with and without dielectrics.

4. Analyze basic DC circuits, including calculating equivalent resistances, equivalent capacitances, currents and voltages.

5. Analyze the transient response of circuits such as RC and RL.

6. Find the force on charged particles and current-carrying wires due to magnetic fields, and find the magnetic field due to currents.

7. Apply Faraday's law and Lenz's law to problems involving electromagnetic induction.

8. Solve problems involving combinations of resistors, capacitors and inductors driven by AC sources.

9. Solve problems involving electromagnetic radiation, including problems on such concepts as energy density, intensity, polarization, radiation pressure and momentum.

10. 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.

11. Use the principles of physical optics to solve problems involving interference and diffraction of light.

12. 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.


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.

Brenham: Textbook: James S. Walker, Physics, 4th edition.  Laboratory Manual: Physics 1401 Laboratory Manual:Wilson/Hernandez, Physics Laboratoyr Experiments, 6th edition

Course Requirements


Tests                                  48% of total

Quizzes                              14% of total

Lab                                    16% of total

Comprehensive Final         22% of total

(1 of lowest quiz and 1 of lowest lab will be dropped. No make-up any of those.)

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

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

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

Course Policies




Lecture Topic


1.   July 9 (T)  

Intro & Chapter 19

Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law

2.   July 10 (W)

Chapter 20, Lab 1

Electric potential energy   and potential, Lab 1: Electric field

3.   July 11(R)

Chapter 21, Lab 2

Electric current and DC   circuit, Lab 2: Ohm’s Law

4.   July 12 (F)

Chapter 22, and review for Exam   1

Magnetism, Review of Ch. 19   – 21

5.   July 15 (M)

Exam 1, Lab 3

Exam 1 (Ch. 19 –   21), Lab3: Resistors in series and   parallel.

6.   July 16 (T)

Chapter 22, Lab 4. Review   of the Exam 1

Magnetism, Lab 4: RC   circuit

7.   July 17 (W)

Chapter 23, Lab 5

Magnetic flux and Faraday’s   law of induction. Lab 5: Charged particles in magnetic and electric fields

8.   July 18 (R)

Chapter 24, Lab 6.

AC circuit, Lab 6:   Electromagnetic induction

9.   July 19 (F)

Chapter 25. Review for Exam   2

Electromagnetic waves. 

10. July 22(M)

Exam 2, Lab 7

Exam 2 (Ch. 22 –   24), Lab 7: Series RLC circuit

11. July 23 (T)

Chapters 25 and 26  

Electromagnetic waves

12. July 24 (W)

Chapter 26

Geometric optics

13. July 25 (R)

Chapter 27, Lab 8

Optical Instruments, Lab 8:   Geometric optics

14. July 26 (F)

Chapter 28

Physical optics

15. July 29 (M)

 Review for Exam 3, Exam   3

Exam 3 (Ch. 25 –   28), Last day of Q drop

16. July 30 (T)

Chapter 29, Review of the 3rd   exam


17. July 31 (W)

Chapter 30

Quantum Physics

18. Aug. 1 (R)

Chapter 31

Atomic Physics 

19. Aug. 2 (F)

Chapter 32

Nuclear Physics

20. Aug. 5 (M)

Review for Final

Chapter 19 – 32

21. Aug. 6 (T)


FINAL, 10:35AM,   G214