PHYS208 Fundamentals of Physics II



[ghw] George Watson 
Sharp Lab 232
(302) 831-6677

Office Hours:

I will generally try to be available in my office on Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm and Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm; other times are possible by prior arrangement. Please contact me via e-mail to confirm that I will be available (especially for Wednesday evenings). I check my e-mail several times during the day and evening, so often a simple question can be answered without a visit.

My Instructional Philosophy

Course Objectives:

As a result of this course, I hope that you can better


Fundamentals of Physics, 5th ed. (Part 3), Halliday, Resnick, and Walker (John Wiley, 1997; ISBN 0-471-14855-5). [Referred to as HRW.]

Most recently I have taught from Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd ed., Tipler (Worth, 1991; ISBN 0-87901-430-x) 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  March 20, May 1
Final Exam 20% Friday, May 29, 10:30am-12:30pm

Fall'97 schedule for final grades

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 follow-up 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.


The approach of this course has been influenced by the Problem-Based 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 96-53663) for development of this course.
Last updated July 12. 2000.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1997.