Physics 2220 - Summer 2019

Physics 2220 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
Chris Stone

Course Information

Instructor: Chris Stone
     JFB B-4
     Office Hours: MWF, 9:45-10:45 a.m. or by appointment made with Dr. Stone
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Course Administrator: Mary Ann Woolf
     205 JFB
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Section 01:   M W F, 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.; JFB 103 - map, beginning June 6

(content subject to change)

Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers (with Modern Physics), 6th edition, by Raymond A. Serway and John W. Jewett, Jr. Homework will be from the book but handled through WebAssign . The actual assignments are accessed individually by each student when they enter the WebAssign website ( at a cost of $39.95 for homework. Students are responsible for their own WebAssign access on-line. Payment can be made with credit card purchase or using a checking account that is linked to a Paypal account. This is explained when you first log into WebAssign.

Prerequisites: PHYCS 2210, Math 1210, Math 1220

Additional help: Help Lab. The help lab (located in 209 JFB) is specialized to the course with the course TAs.

Discussion Sections and Teaching Assistants

TA Discussion Section Time Room
 David Ohlson  2220-002  8:00-9:15 a.m. T H  WEB L120
 Matt groesbeck  2220-003  8:00-9:15 a.m. T H  WEB L122
 Jonah Barber  2220-004  8:00-9:15 a.m. T H  WEB L110

Exam Schedule

All midterms are in JFB 103 (map)

Exam 1 Friday, May 31, 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Exam 2 Friday, June 14, 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Exam 3 Friday, June 28, 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Exam 4 Friday, July 19, 8:00-9:15 a.m.

The FINAL EXAM is Thursday, August 1, 7:30-9:45 a.m. in JFB 103

Course Description

The course covers most of Chapters 23 – 38 of the textbook, some sections in more detail than others. The lectures will follow the book fairly closely, but supplemental information may also be discussed in class, and you will be held responsible for it as well as for textbook material on the exams. Therefore, regular class attendance and participation are strongly encouraged.

To get the most from this course, it your responsibility to study your textbook and notes carefully until the material makes sense to you. If it still does not make sense, talk to one of the discussion TAs or to me. We will be glad to help you. Please seek assistance as soon as you have a problem, so as not to fall behind in a subject that is unavoidably cumulative in nature. You should read the relevant sections of your textbook at least once before we get to them (and again afterwards), as we shall not have enough time to discuss in class all the textbook material that is relevant to the course. Also, feel free to ask questions or raise points fo concern during the lectures. That way we can use our class time as efficiently as possible by concentrating on those parts of the subject that you find most difficult.

Homework and Exams

All homework is submitted within the WebAssign environment. Do not disregard the importance of the homework part of your course grade. Your final HW submission must be done no later than 11:59 p.m. of the day it is due. The purpose of the discussion section is to allow you to get all the assistance you need to help you submit finished and correct homework. Do not disregard the importance of the discussion part of the course. In general, students who attend discussion sections regularly, do better in the course. The actual assignments are accessed individually by each student when they enter the WebAssign website ( The lowest three homework scores will be dropped when we compute the homework score for the semester.

Each WebAssign homework set consists of seven problems, most often even-numbered ones. To understand the course material more thoroughly, I suggest that you also try as many additional odd-numbered problems as you have time for, since their answers are given at the back of the textbook. A list of recommended problems can be found at: Additional Problems.

There will be four examinations during the term (see Tentative Schedule). The examinations will test you on material in the textbook and the homework problems, and also that discussed in class. You may use one standard sheet of paper (both sides) with notes and formulas during each exam. The lowest one of your first three exam scores will be dropped when computing your total marks for the course. Your three lowest homework scores will also be dropped. The final exam (for which you may use four note sheets) is on Thursday, 1 August and will be comprehensive but weighted towards chapters 35 – 38, which will not have been covered on the previous three exams. The total for the term will consist of 20 per cent for homework, 54 per cent for the sum of the best three exams, 26 per cent for the final exam for a total of 100 percent.

After listing total scores in order for all members of the class, cutoff lines for grades will be decided by noting the natural gaps and groupings that nearly always occur. Based on past experience, the mean or median score typically corresponds to a grade of B –, and about 20 to 25 per cent of the class end up with grades in the A or A – range.
Additional Resource

Professor George Williams’s 2220 web page from the autumn term of 2010 has many useful past exam problems and solutions.

Important Dates

Last day to add without permisison code: Friday, May 17
Lasty day to add, drop: Wednesday, May 22
Last day to withdraw from classes: Friday, June 21
Tuition payment due Tuesday, May 29


 Monday, May 27  Memorial Day
 Thursday, July 4  Independence Day
 Wednesday, July 24  Pioneer Day

Students with Disabilities

The University of Utah provides equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you need accommodations in this course, contact the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Bldg, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for accommodations.

Personal concerns such as stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, cross-cultural differences, etc., can interfere with a student’s ability to succeed and thrive at the University of Utah. For helpful resources contact the Center for Student Wellness at (or phone 801-581-7776).

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