PY206 Introduction to Physics II

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PY 206 Introduction to Physics II


SP 2012 HOZ


Weigand, Jimmie L.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Chemistry
MS Chemistry

Office Location


Office Hours

9-12 MWF or by arrangement

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

1-16-2012 to 5-11-2012

Class Days

Class: MTWR  Lab: Wed

Class Time

Class: 12:00 - 12:50 AM  Lab: 1:30-4:20 PM


Physics 205

Credit Hours



University Physics-Young and Freedman  ISBN-13:978-0-321-50121-9
Physics Laboratory Manual- David H. Loyd  ISBN-13:978-0-495-11452-9

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Course Description:
PY 206 Introduction to Physics II: A continuation of the calculus physics sequence. Topics include: Thermodynamics,  electrostatic and electromagnetic theory, circuits, and optics. 4:3:5 Prerequisite: PY 205.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructors educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on problem solving skills, examinations, and Laboratory performance. 

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Know when and where to apply ideal and nonideal gas laws.
  2. 2. Understand kinetic theory of gasses and equipartition  theory.
  3. 3. Identify and explain oscillatory motion and its application to the physical world.
  4. 3. Explain and apply the concepts of electricity, magnetism and optics.
  5. Predict the results of physical occurrences based on physics theory and laboratory experiments.
  6. 6. Evaluate operation of electric circuits including the use of Kirchoff's rules.
  7. 7. Understand the basic laws of optics and light scattering.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students are expected to read and study each chapter, complete assigned homework problems and laboratory exercises, and take tests on the assigned dates.  


Tests: 4 to 6 hour exams will be given during the semester.  The lowest grade will be dropped and the remaining average will count as 50% of the final grade.  The homework assigened will be graded and recorded with the lowest grade being dropped.  The average of the homework grade will be 10% of the final grade.  The laboratory work will be graded and will counted as 20% of the final grade with the lowest lab grade dropped.  A comprehensive final exam will count as 20% of the final grade.
The grading scale is as follows:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-90%
C = 70-80%
D = 60-70%
F =  <60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Homework and laboratory reports that is one class period late being turned in will be accepted for 2/3 credit.  Work more than one week late will not be accepted for credit except in extreme circumstances.  Laboratory work missed due to illness must be made up with in one week or it will be recorded as a zero.
Exams missed will be counted as a zero.  If you know that you will miss an exam due to scheduled conflicts you must contact me ahead of time and arrange to take the exam before the scheduled exam time.  Extentions in time may be granted for excused absenses.  Excused absenses are best acheived by notifying the instructor in advance of the class by email.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will conduct themselves in a manner which creates an atmosphere of learning in the classroom.  Few students reach this level without being able to do this.  Ask questions.  Questions about homework are best asked during office hours or by arrangement.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Homework will be assigned for each chapter as it is started.
Tests will be scheduled and announced a week in advance.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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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