Physics 2220 - Summer 2018

Physics 2220 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
Chris Stone

Course Information

Instructor: Chris Stone
     JFB B-4
     Office Hours: MWF, 10:15-11:15 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 - 9:50 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 $29.95 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 is specialized to the course with the course TAs.

Discussion Sections and Teaching Assistants

TA Discussion Section Time Room
 Taniya Tennahewa  2220-002  8:00-9:50 a.m. T H  WEB L110
 Mandefro Teferi  2220-003  8:00-9:50 a.m. T H  WEB L112
 Rohit Kumar  2220-004  8:00-9:50 a.m. T H  WEB L114

Exam Schedule

All midterms are in JFB 103 (map)

Exam 1 Friday, June 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Exam 2 Friday, July 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Exam 3 Friday, July 20, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

The FINAL EXAM is Friday, August 3 7:30-9:50 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 12:00 noon the day after their nominal due date (i.e., Tuesday homework will be have its last submission by 12;00 noon on Wednesday, Thursday homework by noon on Friday). 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 two homework scores will be dropped when we compute the homework score for the semester.. Your lowest two homework scores will be dropped.

Optional Homework Assignments
Each WebAssign homework set consists of eight 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 three examinations during the term (see Tentative Schedule). They will test you on both the information in the textbook and that discussed in class. You may use one standard sheet of paper (both sides) with notes and formulas during each exam. The lowest of your three exam scores will be dropped when computing your total points for the course. The final exam (for which you may use four note sheets), is on Friday, August 5 (7:30-9:45 a.m.) will be comprehensive, but weighted towards chapters 35-38, which will not have been covered on the previous three exams.

The total grade will be calculated as follows: 25% homework (minus 2 lowest scores), 45% for exam (minus lowest score) and 30% for the final exam for a total of 100%. The grading scores for the course will be approximately as follows (in percent):
 A  93    B-  78    D+  60
 A-  90    C+  74    D  54
 B+  87    C  68    D-  50
 B  81    C-  64    E  below 50

Important Dates

Adding and Dropping: Miscellaneous Courses (classes with irregular start and end dates): You may drop (delete) workshops, miscellaneous, and short term courses without tuition penalty according to the following schedule:

Classes 11+ days in length: Through the third day of class
Tuition payment due Tuesday, May 29


 Wednesday, July 4  Independence Day
 Tuesday, 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.

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