College Physics II (PH202-U4) Course Information

Course Description: This is the second of a two-semester introductory, algebra-based college physics sequence. Topics include: electric forces and fields, electric potential energy, electric circuits, magnetic forces and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, optics, selected topics in modern physics.

Prerequisite: College Physics I, PH201 with grade C or above

College Physics Lab II, PH202L
College Physics II Recitation, PH202R

General learning objectives:
  • Develop the ability to collect and evaluate information within the scientific methods (observation and experiments).
  • Understand the natural world through laws and principles of natures.
  • Apply quantitative reasoning to the naturally occurring phenomena.
Specific Learning Objectives:
  • To understand physics of
    • Electromagnetic phenomena
    • Ohm's law and electric circuits
    • Optics (mirrors, lenses, interference phenomena, etc.)
    • Selected topics from quantum phenomena and nature of atoms.
    • Selected topics from nuclear physics
  • To develop the ability to apply the fundamental physical principles to explain physical phenomena. You should be able to:
    • read a description of the problem and translate nonscientific prose into the language of physics
    • set up figures or diagrams to assist in analyzing the problem
    • identify key physical principles that leads to a solution
    • find a relationship between the given information and quantities to be determined.
    • 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: Tue. & Thu., 3:00PM-5:00PM
Room: CH301
Textbook: Cutnell and Johnson: Physics, 8th or 9th Ed. (Wiley)
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: by appointment
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Attendance Requirement

Lectures, lab, recitation and homework are all integral parts of the course. Attendance in lecture, lab and recitation is required and will be regularly checked.


Two midterm exams and one comprehensive final exam will be given. The final exam will be given on August 6 (Tue), 2013 from 4:15PM to 6:45PM. No textbook nor notebook is allowed in the exams. Calculators without physics, engineering, or information-storage modules may be used. However, cell phones, laptop computers, PDAs, tablets(iPads) and other electronic devices capable of computation, information storage, accessing Internet, and other types of communication, are not allowed. One letter-size hand-written information sheet is allowed. You can write down mathematical formulas, laws and principles of physics, physical formulas, 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. 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. No more than one exam can be made up.


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


Homework are electronically processed by WebAssign.

  • You must be able to access Internet using an appropriate web browser. See System requirement.
  • To begin with, you need to open an account using a class key uab 1757 8985.
  • Go to Login page and click "I HAVE A CLASS KEY" at the bottom of the page. Then, follow the instruction. If you are confused, see step-by-step instruction.
  • Once enrolled, you need to purchase the on-line homework within 14 days. There are several ways to purchase the access. See Purchase Instruction.
  • If you have general questions regarding WebAssign, go to Student Support.
  • If you need further assistance, contact Student Support

The due time of homework is strictly enforced by computer and no extension will be given. 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 course (PH202). Students who do not regularly attend lab or recitation will receive "F" regardless of their exam scores in the lecture part.

The course grade is determined based on the two midterm exams (15 pts each), final exam (35 pts), recitation (10 pts), Lab (10 pts) and Homework (15 pts).

Letter grades are determined based on total 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.

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 grade "W": July 5, 2013

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.

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