Physics 272: Honors Physics II
Spring 2016

Class News

Prelecture materials for Wednesday April 27 are now available here.

Exam 2 grades now posted on gradebook (see above). Don't panic! The class average was only 66.4. The cutoffs for letter grades will be correspondingly low (that is, generous) to produce a letter grade distribution typical for an honors course.

Exam II, on Monday, April 4, will cover Chapters 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27. Practice problems for Chapter 23-27 are listed here.
Last year's second exam is here (answers here).

No Sunday or Tuesday office hours next week (March 27 and 29) as I will be at the Materials Research Society meeting. Prof. Sevil Salur, who taught 272 last year, has kindly agreed to give the lecture on Monday.

Exam 1 solutions are here.
Gradebook is now active. Right now it contains only your Exam 1 grade. Please follow the link in the list above (or
here), make sure you can log in, and check that your exam grade is there.

Exam I will cover Chapters 14, 16, 17, 21 and 22. Practice problems are listed here.

Slides from the exam review class (including answers and the additional problems we did not have time to discuss) are here.

To help you with managing significant figures, you should read the following short and clear summary of the rule.
It might seem familiar, as it is a two page excerpt from an excellent high-school physics text by Serway and Faughn. Please remember also to make sure you are comfortable with vector addition (including drawing free-body diagrams and adding up contributions to the electric field from more than one particle), scaling, and the concept of a line integral.

The file for reading about sig figs is here.

Note: the due day for the homework is changed to Tuesdays at 11:59PM.

Note: I will have an office hour Tuesdays 3:00-4:00, Serin 2nd floor East tea room, opposite to Serin 273. (Serin East wing is the one closer to the PLH).

Note: the syllabus is now posted at the link above. The sections covered are subject to change as the semester goes on. The dates for the two hour exams, which are in class, are
Exam I: Monday, Feb 22 3:35-4:30pm in PHY-LH
Exam II: Monday, April 4 3:35-4:30pm in PHY-LH
For these exams, you may use a formula sheet: one side, 8.5"x11", which you must prepare yourself. You do not need to include constants, conversions and other information on the inside covers of the text; these will be provided as necessary.

UPDATE ON WEBASSIGN: I talked at length with WebAssign support. The publisher of the Halliday, Resnick and Walker text no longer issues multiterm access codes. There is nothing we can do to have the access code used in 271 carry over (note you can still access your 271 class through the end of course date 1/31/2016). So, if you already purchased an access code online to start the homework, you can stop worrying that you might have needlessly spent your money -- you are fine! Otherwise, you need to buy a new code, which you can do online.
If you bought a two-code package last fall, you should be able use the second code now. The book is the 10th edition: pricing is the same for 9th and 10th. If you run into any problems, please let me know ( and I will call WebAssign support to help sort it out.


Search for the course name: it is Physics 272
Enroll in the class. I will have to approve your registration: this is so only the students in our class can enroll, and I can use the statistics on the answers.
Do the practice quiz (#1) asking about your mathematics preparation.  This is for my information only; just put the truthful answer and ignore the message that tells you your score. In any case, the quizlets are not graded.

No recitations in the first week of class. Recitations begin the week of January 24; the quizzes will start in the first recitation section.

Course Information

The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays 3:35-4:30 PM in the Physics Lecture Hall, with one recitation session per week.

The main goal of the course is to give students a solid grounding in fluids, waves, electromagnetism and optics at an elementary level, combining an understanding of the main principles and techniques, the ability to solve problems, and mastery of relevant mathematics appropriate to an honors level course. We will accomplish this through systematic study of the required textbook. Prelecture videos (including mathematics) and online quizlets. Lectures will focus on the key points in the material covered, with the assumption that students have attentively completed the prelecture material. As often as possible, lectures will be enriched by discussion of more challenging problems and material beyond that explicitly covered in HRW.  
Homeworks will be assigned weekly in WebAssign. There will be two in-class hour exams and a closed-book final exam. Grades are computed using 25% for homework, 15% for recitation quizzes, 15% for each hour exam and 25% for the final exam, and 5% for participation, mainly as measured by iClicker records.

Necessary materials for the course are the same as those for Honors Physics I:
1) an Iclicker (for class participation)
2) a copy of the book Halliday, Resnick, Walker: Fundamentals of Physics (earlier editions are fine)
3) a license for the online homework software WebAssign (otherwise you will not be able to do the homework! )

Chat room at Sakai.


Prof. Karin Rabe (lectures)
Serin 265
office hours: TBA

Seyed Sabok-Sayr (recitations)

Christina Gay (recitations)

This page is maintained by Karin Rabe.