PHYS208 Fundamentals of Physics II
Syllabus:
Instructor:
Office Hours:
I will generally try to be available in my office on
Monday 10:3011:30am,
Tuesday 1:302:30pm,
and Wednesday 7:008:00pm; other times are possible by prior arrangement.
Please contact me via email to confirm that I will be available (especially for Wednesday evenings).
I check my email several times during the day and evening, so often a simple question can be answered without a visit.
As a result of this course, I hope that you can better
 Appreciate the importance of physics in everyday life and its benefit to society and access the fundamental physics available for dealing with scientific and engineering problems.
 Understand selected physical concepts important in electricity and magnetism, especially fields (both vector and scalar), symmetry, superposition, and energy.
 Analyze and solve realistic problems, use mathematical techniques effectively in their solution, and reason accurately and objectively about the physical domain.
 Translate verbal and graphical descriptions of physical systems into appropriate mathematical models.
 Analyze and draw valid conclusions from experimentally obtained data.
 Apply spreadsheet or modeling software to organize data, perform calculations, and display results graphically.
 Communicate technical ideas effectively, both in writing and orally.
Textbook:
Fundamentals of Physics, 5th ed. (Part 3), Halliday, Resnick, and Walker (John Wiley, 1997; ISBN 0471148555).
[Referred to as HRW.]
Most recently I have taught from Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd ed., Tipler (Worth, 1991; ISBN 087901430x) so you may find it to be a useful supplement.
[Referred to as Tipler.]
Grading Schedule:
Laboratory 
20% 

Quizzes 
10% 
Each Friday except during exam weeks. 
Recitation 
10% 
Group projects and homework. 
2 Midterm Exams 
20% each 
October 10, November 14 
Final Exam 
20% 
Tuesday, December 16, 1:003:00pm 

Other Matters:
Any students with disabilities who seek accommodations in this course are encouraged to speak with the instructor to make appropriate arrangements.
UD's Academic Services Center should also be consulted.
Throughout the semester, you are invited to leave anonymous suggestions/comments for the instructor via the online form at our suggestion box.
When possible these notes will be posted to a followup area along with clarifying comments, as appropriate.
Rules and Responsibilities for students at UD includes good descriptions of what constitutes
plagiarism,
fabrication,
cheating, and
academic misconduct. I try to avoid academic improprieties and I encourage you to do the same.
You should also adhere to the Policy for Responsible Computing.
Acknowledgements:
The approach of this course has been influenced by the
ProblemBased Learning
community at UD and the
Institute for Tranforming Undergraduate Education,
which promotes active learning and effective use of technology in the classroom.
I would also like to acknowledge the financial support from the
University of Delaware and the
National Science Foundation (DUE 9653663) for
development of this course.
"http://www.physics.udel.edu/~watson/phys208/syllabus.html"
Last updated Sept. 8, 1997.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1997.