PY206 Introduction to Physics II

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PY 206 Introduction to Physics II


SP 2008 HO


Weigand, Jimmie L.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Chemistry  
MS Analytical Chemistry  

Office Location

Science Building

Office Hours

11:00-12:25, 1:40:3:00 MW,  10:00-12:25 F

Daytime Phone

816-587-8411 (Home)


Semester Dates

January 14, 2008 - May 9, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

1:50 - 4:40 PM


PY 205

Credit Hours



Fundamental of Physics, 7th edition, Halliday/Resnick/Walker, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005. ISBN varies with format. See   for hard-back and paper-back versions. Volumes 2-4 (paperback)

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Course Description:
A continuation of the calculus physics sequence. Topics include: wave motion, electromagnetic and acoustic waves, properties of waves, and electromagnetic theory. 4:3:5 Prerequisite: PY 205.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, problems, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings along with the lab experience. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Know when and how to apply the ideal gas law & non-ideal gas laws.
  2. Kinetic theory of gases and equipartition theory
  3. Identify and explain oscillatory motion and its application to the physical world.
  4. Explain and apply the concepts of electricity, magnetism and optics by: developing qualitative and quantitative descriptions of physical phenomena
  5. Predicting the results of physical occurrences based on physics theory and laboratory experiments.
  6. Outline and evaluate operation of electric circuits including the use of Kirchoff's rules.
  7. Develop knowledge of the atom and nuclear reactions.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Your final grade will be based on three (3) one-hour exams and a comprehensive final. (See dates under COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGN- MENTS. The dates of exams are on Tuesday.) Your grade will also reflect your lab performance (see separate syllabus for lab) and homework. (The material in lab is very important. Know what you do in lab – it may appear on exams.) Snow/tornado days – If there is no class due to inclement weather, the scheduled exam will be given the next class time. If the weather affects the final, check with the office or your email for an alternate date. This will most likely be the following day.

Hour Exams

I expect not only that you know something, but also to use what you know. You may not have been asked to do this before. Your future employer or research director is going to ask you to do this. In other words, you will have to use what you have learned. Think critically! This course will also stretch you analytical thinking skills

There will be three 50-minute exams during the semester. Exams will be based mainly on material studied since the last exam, but all previous material is also possible. It would be to your advantage to learn any questions you may have answered incorrectly from the previous exams. 

Make Up Exams

If you miss an exam and choose to make up the zero, an exam will be given the Thursday of finals week. This exam will count as the missed exam. This exam will be over any material I choose. You cannot miss more than one exam. Any exams missed over one will have a grade entered as zero. 

If you know you will be absent for an exam, see me, call, or e-mail to set up a time to take it before the class. You will have this privilege once during the semester. 


You are expected to read the assignment and work problems. The best way to learn physics is to work problems. Assigned problems will be given during the discussion of the chapters. Fully understand these problems and the worked out problems in the text, for a few may appear on exams in some form or another.

The problem set is due for discussion the class after the day we finish the chapter.


For the assigned problem-sets and exam problems you must show all work. You must show all steps to get to that answer that appears in back of the text if there is one. Box in the final result. Staple the pages. Be careful not to staple through problems. The grader will not struggle to try to read your work through a staple. Put your name on the top one. Failure to show all work will result in no credit for the problem.

·         Failure to box in the final answer will result in a deduction of ¼ problem credit.

·         Failure to staple the pages will result in a deduction of ¼ credit of the problem-set.

·         If you staple through written work, the grader will not struggle to try to read your work. Zero credit will be given for that problem. 

·         Failure to put your name on the top page will result in no one grading the problem set. 

Late Homework: You will be given a check mark for any homework late. This is a zero numerically.  

No Homework:    You will be given a zero. More than three zeros will result in a decrease of one letter grade for the course. More than five zeros will result in a decrease of two letter grades for the course. 

Official syllabus is at


Please read the safety information.


Notebooks will be inspected periodically and collected for grading October break and at the end of the semester (they can be returned).   Hand in your carbon copy.


After you have completed your experimental session you must complete a report using the data recorded in your notebook. (See instructions below.)

The report is due one week after completing the experiment. While you will collect data with a lab partner, reports and notebooks must be your own work! All tables, graphs, calculations and answers should be yours alone. Any material that appears to be a Xerox or re-print of your lab partner's data will score zero points.

Late Penalties:

If your report (due one week after you complete the lab) is up to 1 day late, you will have 10% deducted from your marks for that report, after the weekend (Monday) you will have 30% deducted, Tuesday you will have 50% deducted, Wednesday will be 75% deducted.

Waiving of penalties will only be made by the instructor for documented cases of illness, recognized religious holiday, job interviews or family emergency (must have proof of this).

All experiments must be completed by the last day of class. All notebooks, reports must be handed in by the last day of class.


(This section is where you list your course grading plan(s) for assessment measures. Your earned final grade is bases on you performance on three examinations, a comprehensive final examination, homework, and your performance in the laboratory no more stringent than according to the following:

Exams (3)               45%                       A                             86-100

Final                       20%                        B                             74-85

Lab                         20%                        C                             62-73

Homework             15%                        D                             50-61

                                                                F                              <50

Exams are on Wednesdays

Final 05 May, Mon. 1:00-3:00PM Cumulative and Chap 16, 17, 21-37, 40-43

The instructor has the right to change the syllabus during the semester.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

You will be given a check mark for any homework late. This is a zero numerically.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Remember, you are not the only one in class and we have a lot of material to cover. Ask questions, but do not monoplilize the class time. 

Purchase a stapler. All reports and papers must be stapled.  All pages should be identified - 1 of 4, 2 of 4, etc.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

: tentative –









Pendulums, Damped systems



Properties of waves, Superposition


Sound, Doppler Effect


Charge and conductors



Coulomb, quantization


Electric Field


Flux, Gauss’s Law



Electric Potential


Exam 1 (16, 17, 21, 22)


Potential calculations





Capacitors and circuits


Current and resistance



Ohm’s Law




Multiloop circuits



Multiloop circuits


Magnetic Field


Cyclotrons and synchrotrons



Magnetic Field, current


Exam 2 (23-28)


Solenoids and Toroids





Faraday’s Law, Lenz’s Law


RL Circuits



LC Os illations




Electromagnetic waves







Lenses and applications





Exam 3 (29-31, 33, 34)














Nuclear and Radioactive Properties (Chapter 40)



Conduction of electricity in solids


Nuclear Physics


Wrap up

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* Instructor has the right to assign a minimum of problems during class

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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