Homework Problems

TextBook:  Any Calculus-Based physics text that deals with Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics; homework problems come from the third edition of the book listed below. However, Tipler, Serway,  & Ohanian are authors of other Calculus-based physics texts that have inexpensive old editions for sale.

Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition, Volumes 3 and 4

Vol. 3: ISBN-10: 0321753178  ISBN-13: 9780321753175

Vol. 4: ISBN-10: 032175316X — ISBN-13: 9780321753168

General Physics II                        Spring 2018

Overview of this Course:

Physics 123 is a calculus-based introductory physics course that focuses on electricity, magnetism, and optics. Because this is the second semester of general physics, I assume that everyone is familiar with differential and integral calculus, so the general mathematical level of this course will be more rigorous than in physics 121.

Flipped Classroom:

My sense in recent years is that many students do not work on homework problems outside of class in an effective way, or do not even do them. This is not a strategy that will allow you to learn physics well. Also, there is a fair amount of research that shows that students do not learn as much as professors would like to think from giving a lecture. Consequently, I will not be giving formal lectures in class this semester. Instead, I have provided two different sources of lectures for you to watch. It is my professional opinion that Walter Lewin’s physics lectures are the most engaging and well thought out, but I do not condone the personal behavior described here and here. I have also provided a link to lectures from Ramamurti Shankar (Yale University) so that you have a choice of lectures to watch. The syllabus provides a detailed timetable for study with suggested lectures from both physicists. 

I will assume that before class, you have read the text and watched the relevant lectures and I will focus class time on Tuesdays and Thursdays on concepts, problem solving and the clarification of important concepts in the text. I will likely start each class with a TopHat reading quiz to not so subtly urge you to prepare for each class. 

You must have passed Physics 121k (or its equivalent) in order to enroll in Physics 123k. This is a difficult class that will require you to work hard to succeed. Expect to spend at least 6-10 hours per week on homework in this class. 

Recommended Lectures to watch:

(1) Walter Lewin (formerly from MIT)

 8.02x - MIT Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (Lectures on YouTube; closed captioning is available)

8.02 Video Help sessions

(2) Ramamurti Shankar (Yale University)

Fundamentals of Physics II:

Main Course site

Also: Read these two handouts by Prof. Lewin: 

Faraday’s Law—Most Physics College Books have it wrong!

Non-Conservative Fields—Do not trust your intuition!

Extra Help ( room 250 Science / Physics Lounge)  

Emily: Tuesday 1:30 - 6 pm & Thursday (by appt) & Friday (by appt)

MacKenzie: Thursday 4 - 8pm

Mark: Wednesday 2:15-4:15 & Friday (by appt) 2:15-4:15

Kallee: Monday (by appt) 1:30 - 3pm, Wednesday 1:30 - 4:30pm, & Friday (by appt) 1:30 - 4:30pm

Kallee, Mark, and Mackenzie are also available by appoiontment on Saturdays.

Weekly LA Sessions:

Week 01                 Week 02                  Week3                 Week04

                                                                                           ( Week04_solutions )

 13 April 2018


Problems Sets:

Problem Set 1  (solutions)

In Class Problems:

Week3_Thursday    22-Mar-2018.pdf

Practice Exams:

Electrostatics           Selected Solutions   Problems 10-12 Solutions

Exam 2 Spring 2015   Exam 2 Spring 2015 Solutions

Exam 3 Practice Questions   Solutions