PHYS 203 - Basic Physics III - Spring 2010

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.

A neodymium magnet experiences the
Meissner effect and "floats" above a
sample of high temperature
superconductor at a temperature of 77K.

● Textbook: Fundamentals of Physics, David Halliday, Robert Resnick,
   and Jearl Walker, 7th Ed., John Wiley, 2005
● Instructor:  David R. Renneke, office - Science 119, phone - 794-3408
   davidrenneke@augustana.eduhelios.augustana.edu/~dr
   Office hours:  MW - 11:30-1:00, Tues - 10:30 - 11:30,
                        by appointment (send e-mail)
● Grade distribution:  Test 1 - 15%, Test 2 - 15%, Test 3 - 20%, Lab - 20%,
   Problems - 20%, Discussion - 10%
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● Help session - Thursday, Apr. 8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Science 120, Gee Nguyen
Summer research (REU) - Note: Iowa State - Mech. Engineering - due Apr. 23

Class Activities - Click on the date to see the details.
Monday Wednesday Friday
1.  Mar. 8 2.  Mar. 10 3.  Mar. 12
4.  Mar. 15 5.  Mar. 17 6.  Mar. 19
7.  Mar. 22 8.  Mar. 24 Mar. 26 - No class - ISAAPT meeting
9.  Mar. 29 10.  Mar. 31 Apr. 2 - Good Friday
Tuesday, Apr. 6
Test 1 (Chapters 21-25)
11.  Apr. 7 12.  Apr. 9
 

Please read the Guide 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.

Set Chapter Problems Deadline for submission using WebAssign
1 21
22
2, 11, 24, 54
2, 6, 11
Thurs., Mar. 11 at 11:00 pm
D1 21
22
26, 29
4, 31
Mon., Mar. 15 at 11:00 pm
2 22
23
41, 51
2, 17, 21, 43 
Thurs., Mar. 18 at 11:00 pm
D2 23 16, 23, 39, 45 Mon., Mar. 22 at 11:00 pm
3 24 10, 15, 31, 39, 57   Thurs., Mar. 25 at 11:00 pm
D3 25 3, 8, 26, 36 Mon., Mar. 29 at 11:00 pm
4 26 1, 8, 16, 25, 35 Thurs., Apr. 8 at 11:00 pm
 
Lab Experiments - Write ups will be handed out in class on Monday of the week of lab.
Week  Experiment

Title

Mar. 15-18
Mar. 22-25
Mar. 28-29, Apr. 8
Apr. 12-15
Apr. 19-22
Apr. 26-29
May 3-6
May 10-13
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Electric and Magnetic Fields
Oscilloscope
Resistivity of Play-Doh
Circuits
Electric Power
Deflection of Electrons
Current Balance
AC Circuits

Comments on Preparing for Test 1

  ● Review your notes, the Class Activities Web notes, and the chapter summaries.  Look over your WebAssign homework.
  ● Equations and constants will be provided.  You need to know what the symbols represent.  You need to remember prefixes -
       pico, nano, micro, milli, kilo, mega, giga, tera.
  ● Types of questions:  multiple choice, problems, basic experiments with electric charge, electric field lines and
                                   equipotentials, describe things such as xerography, lightning and and an electronic flash
  ● 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 the Internet.
  ● Get a good night's sleep before the day of the test.  Cramming the night before seldom works.
  ● Read over the entire test before starting the first problem.  Your subconscious will start working on the latter problems.
          Express answers to three significant figures.
Last update: April 6, 2010