General Physics II
Feedback and Grades
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Swain West 119
Instructor: Jim Musser
Swain West 007
Instructor: Mike Berger
Douglas C. Giancoli, Physics 4th ed.
The lectures will cover chapters 16 and 25 inclusive. This material covers
electricity and magnetism, then geometrical and physical optics. (The topics
in modern physics: special relativity, atomic physics, nuclear physics,
condensed matter, physics and fundamental physics are covered in the course
P300. P300 is also an intensive writing class).
An incomplete will only be given for P202 if the work is substantially complete
but cannot be finished on time due to unavoidable circumstances. A withdrawal
from P202 with an automatic W must be complete before October 30 @ 4:00 pm.
Each homework assignment, given on the assignment sheet, will be collected
on Monday of the week following the assignment. Homework is
handed in by placing it in the appropriate slot in the bin @ the back of
SW 119 for Musser's class, or in SW 007 for Berger's class.
Handing a homework in after the beginning of class risks getting it
mixed up with homework from later classes, placing it in a state most
properly described as 'hopelessly lost'. Homework which have not been lost
in this way will be returned the following Monday in the bins outside SW 119.
LATE HOMEWORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Two of the problems, selected at random,
will be graded.
In order to receive credit you must show your work completely
We strongly suggest using pencil, and stapling the sheets together.
The time honored technique of bending the sheets together at the corner has
been shown to be an inferior means of attaching homework sheets ( not to
mention resulting in a stack of homework which is about 3 feet high at the
corner) - use it at your own risk. The homework score will provide 15% of the
total course score. The solutions to the problems will be posted in SW 246.
Any question about a homework score must be cleared up within one week of the
day the homework is returned.
The laboratory manual is changed often. Purchase one that has the P202 Fall
1996 cover. You are allowed to drop ONE
lab during the semester. If you need
to miss more than one lab, it may be possible to attend a different lab in
any given week. You must arrange that in advance with the laboratory
The lab score will count 20% of the total course score. All problems
involving the lab should be taken first to Mr. Krejci. If he can't work the
problem out with you, then and only then talk to us about it.
There will be four in term exams. They will each occur on a Friday. These
exams will take place during the class period in SW119 or SW007.
The chapters covered
on each exam are on the assignment sheet. The final exam will be 8:00 to 10:00
on Dec. 16. We will announce the room assignments for the final exam when we
Each of the first 4 exams will consist of 12 multiple choice questions. Only
the answer counts, no partial credit. No deduction for incorrect answers, so
make sure you answer all of the questions. The final exam will have 24
multiple choice questions.
The exams will be closed book. You may use one 3" x 5" card of information
for each. The final exam will count twice as much as any of the first four
exams. the five exams will contribute 65% of the total score. Makeup exams
will be allowed only under the most
extraordinary of situations. If you want
to take a shot at this you better be creative, because we've heard them all.
In determining the course letter grade, we look at two scales.
We use one of these or a combination of both depending on how the class
performs. As the class progresses you will periodically be given a
projected course grade. You can check your grades for the course by
going to the
Post'em grade reporting system.
The academic services office is in
Hours: 9:00 - 11:55, 1:00 - 4:00
A tutor room has been provided for students in P201/202 and P221/222. It is
in SW246 and is called the Physics forum. It will be staffed by graduate
students and faculty for about 30 hours each week. The staffing schedule will
be posted on the door. You are urged to make use of the room for assistance
with homework problems and for exam preparation.
WWW P202 home page
In this day and age, no endeavor would be complete without a world wide web
home page. The address for the page you are reading is
This page contains the syllabus, a place for student feedback, and eventually
exam results. Keep in
mind the recent law prohibiting profanity of any sort on the internet when you
post your feedback.
This page was created by Mike Berger and Jim Musser.