College Physics II (PH202-1C) Course Information
Course Description: This second term of non-calculus-based physics will cover electromagnetic fields, electric circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, quantum systems including atoms, and nuclear physics.

Prerequisite: College Physics I, PH201

College Physics Lab II, PH202L (any session)
College Physics II Recitation, PH202R-E2 or PH202R-L2 (Other session is not allowed.)

Learning Objectives
  • To understand physics of electromagnetic phenomena, optics, selected quantum phenomena, nature of atoms and nuclei.
  • To develop the ability to apply the fundamental physical principles to explain physical phenomena. You should be able to:
    1. read a description of the problem and translate nonscientific prose into the language of physics
    2. set up figures or diagrams to assist in analyzing the problem
    3. identify key physical principles that leads to a solution
    4. find a relationship between the given information and quantities to be determined.
    5. carry out mathematical operations to reach a solution.
  • To gain the ability to collect, evaluate and communicate scientific information through laboratory experiments.
Expected Outcomes: Students successfully completing this course will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts in electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics and the ability to apply this knowledge and mathematical skills in algebra, trigonometry and vectors for quantitative reasoning and problem solving.

Day and Time: Lecture: Mon & Wed & Fri, 10:00AM-10:50AM
Room: CH301
Textbook: Cutnell and Johnson: Physics, 7th Ed. (Wiley, 2007), Volume II
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: Wed. 12:30-1:30pm
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Four midterm exams and one comprehensive final exam will be given. The final exam will be given on April 30, 2008 from 8:00AM to 10:30AM. No textbook nor notebook is allowed in the exams. One letter-size hand-written information sheet is allowed. You can write down mathematical formulae, laws and principles of physics, physical formulae, physical constants, and other concepts related to physics and mathematics on the information sheet. However, you are not allowed to write solutions of any problem including homework problems and example problems in textbook. A calculator may be used. If you could not take an exam due to unforeseen problems, a make-up exam may be given. You can make up only one exam. You must notify the instructor within a day or two of the exam day with a written reason for the make-up.


Quizzes will be frequently given during recitation without advanced notice. No make-up quiz will be given.


Homework are electronically processed by WebAssign: http://www/

In order to solve homework problems, you need Internet access and a web browser (Firefox is recommended.) Homework due is strictly enforced by computer. You are strongly advised to start homework as soon as it is assigned.


Successful completion of lab(PH202L) and recitation(PH202R) is required to pass the lecture course (PH202). Students who do not regularly attend lab or recitation will receive "F" regardless of their exam scores in the lecture course.

Course grade is determined based on the four midterm exams (10 pts each), final exam (30 pts), Lab (15 pts) and Homework (15 pts). Quizzes do not carry positive points. However, you loose two points for each quiz you missed unless a reasonable written excuse is presented. Only one excuse is accepted during the term.

Letter grades are determined based on total raw score (Max=100 pts). The following table shows a general guideline of the letter grades. The border lines may be adjusted depending on the class average and standard deviation.

Incomplete "I" is given to students who completed more than 70% of homework, lab, and at least four exams before the end of of the term (May 1, 2008).

Letter GradeTotal Score
A > = 90
B > = 80
C > = 70
D > = 60
F < 60

Withdrawal from the course

Last day to withdraw from the course with "W": March 6, 2008

Medical withdraw: If you developed serious medical problems during the term, you can withdraw from the course at any time before the end of the term. Consult with your adviser. If you have missed two or more exams due to major medical problems, you should consider medical withdraw.