PHYS 203 - Basic Physics III -
The topics covered in this course include
electric charge, electric fields, Gauss' law, electric potential, capacitance,
current, resistance, superconductivity, magnetic fields, Ampere's law, Faraday's
law, induction, electromagnetic oscillations, alternating currents, magnetism of
matter, and Maxwell's equations.
Magnetic Field of a Solenoid
● Textbook: Fundamentals of Physics, David Halliday,
and Jearl Walker, 7th Ed., John Wiley, 2005
● Instructor: David
R. Renneke, office - Science 119, phone - 794-3408
Office hours: MW - 11:30-1:00, Tues - 10:30 - 11:30,
appointment (send e-mail)
● Grade distribution: Test 1 - 15%, Test 2 - 15%, Test 3 - 20%, Lab - 20%,
Problems - 20%, Discussion - 10%
| Course syllabus |
● Augustana College |
| Astronomy |
Electricity Works |
Hyperphysics - E&M |
Science Daily |
Gutherie guard -
● Solving circuit problems using
● Monday, Apr. 26 - Test 2 (Chapters 26-29) -
Note the change of date.
● Help session - Thursday, Apr.
22, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Science 120, Gee
Please read the
to WebAssign for instructions on logging in and how to
proceed. Look at this
spreadsheet to check out the 1% tolerance of WebAssign answers.
In general, express answers to at least 3 significant figures.
Answers to selected even-numbered problems.
for submission using WebAssign
||1, 8, 16,
Apr. 8 at 11:00 pm
||1, 6, 11,
Apr. 12 at 11:00 pm
Apr. 15 at 11:00 pm
12, 22, 36, 39, 48
Apr. 19 at 11:00 pm
15, 31, 41, 43
Apr. 22 at 11:00 pm
- Write ups will be handed out in class on Monday of the week of lab.
Mar. 28-29, Apr. 8
Electric and Magnetic Fields
Resistivity of Play-Doh
Deflection of Electrons
Comments on Preparing for
● Review your notes,
the Class Activities Web notes, and the chapter summaries.
Look over your WebAssign homework.
● Equations and constants
will be provided, with some equation identification. You need to know what the symbols represent.
You need to remember prefixes - pico, nano, micro, milli, kilo, mega, giga,
● Types of questions: multiple choice, descriptive, numerical
problems with answers expressed to three significant figures
● Partial credit is given
for problem solutions if the physics is correct but mistakes are made
in the calculations
● Bring your calculator. You may not
use your textbook or any device that connects to the phone network or
You may use the handout explaining
how to solve a set of simultaneous equations using a TI-83 or TI-89
You can also use the classroom computer for
solving these equations using an Excel spreadsheet.
● Get a good night's sleep before the day of the test. Cramming the
night before seldom works.
● Specific topics to review: Kirchhoff's rules (set up the matrix
method), Ohm's law (2 forms), Joule's law, RC circuits,
superconductivity, batteries, Lorentz force
equation (2 forms - charge, current), Hall effect, Ampere's law, various
and left-hand rules, magnetic field around -
magnets, the Earth, long wire, circular loop of wire, solenoid, toroid.
Last update: April 22, 2010