helmut g. katzgraber
  College Physics II
  202 (Fall 2012)

general information

The class will be held in room MPHY 204 (new Mitchell Physics Building) Monday - Wednesday - Friday at the following times
Sections 501 - 506 12:40 - 13:30 MasteringPhysics ID HGK202FS12
Sections 507 - 512 10:20 - 11:10 MasteringPhysics ID HGK202FS12

Instructor:  Helmut Katzgraber
Office:  MPHY 409
Phone: (979) 209 0207
Twitter: @katzgraber
E-mail: click here
Hours:  13:45 - 15:00 (after afternoon class) on MW or by appointment via email.
Before coming to my office please call to check if I am there!
Help Desk:  Monday - Wednesday (9 am to 5 pm), Thursday (9 am to 4 pm), and Friday (9 - noon) in MPHY 135
Text:  College Physics by Young (9th edition)
  Mastering Physics [instructions click here]
  Physics 202 Lab Manual [lab schedule click here, more info here]
Grading:  4 Tests (60%)
  Comprehensive Final (20%)
  Laboratory (5%)
  Recitation (5%)
  Homework (via Mastering Physics; 10%)
SI Leader:  Sara Ahmed (8 - 9PM in BLOC 110, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
TAs:  Dingli Hu (503, 507, 509)
  James Gerity (502, 511)
  Ross McDonald (506, 501, 508, 510)

Note: You must score 70% or higher in the Lab work to pass the course. Although homework, recitation and lab combined only count 20%, I highly encourage you to do the homework sets regularly. This will prevent surprises in the exams. If your grade in the final exam is higher than your lowest grade on the tests, the grade on the final will replace that one lowest exam grade in computing the course grade. The final exam grade does not replace a missed exam.

If you are repeating PHYS 202 and have 80% or better in the lab from before you do not have to redo the lab part of the course. The old grade will be used. However, you MUST come talk to me such that I can get the grade from you. Note that recitation is still obligatory. If you fail to fill out the lab transfer by September 15, 2012, you will not be allowed to use your old lab grade and you will be forced to take the lab portion of the course again. There are NO exceptions.

If you must miss a recitation and lab for a valid reason, the best thing to do is to attend another section that same week. It is best to attend one of the sections that belongs to your lecture, sections 501 - 506 or 507 - 512. Check the lab schedule above! Tell the lab TA where you attend which section you belong to.

For the homework, please only use Mastering Physics (course ID listed above). If you had an account from last term from, e.g., PHYS 201, that account should still be active and you can use it. Let me know if you have any problems with access to Mastering Physics. The Week 1 etc. assignments are there and consist of most of the problems (including the Multiple Choice Problems) that are listed for week 1, etc. on the syllabus. The homework should be done and entered on Mastering Physics weekly. The final due date for the homework covered on each exam is due at 09:00 a.m. on the day of the exam. After the homework final due date you can't enter any answers for those assignments. There will be no exceptions.

You have 48h after the test is returned to the students to contest any grading mistakes. After that time period I will not be able to change things any more. Therefore, always get your test in time and look over it!

I encourage you to use email as a means of communicating with me about any problems concerning the course: questions about the material from lecture, about the homework problems, or about the course administration.

In an effort to save some trees, there will be no printed handouts. The lecture notes will (usually...) be placed online the day before the class. All necessary information can be obtained online.

Important dates: On October 15 the mid-semester grades are due (make sure you do well in the tests...). November 02 is the last day to Q-drop.

Concealed weapons: Although the State Senate has passed a bill that allows people to carry concealed weapons to class, I will not tolerate this. Failure to comply will have severe consequences. Furthermore, office hours might be canceled depending on Texas A&M's position on this matter.

Recommendation letters: If you would like a recommendation letter from me, I expect you to obtain a class average of 96 and above. No exceptions.

syllabus & slides


The lecture slides for each class can be accessed by clicking on the title. Note that these are being prepared 'on the fly' meaning that the page will be updated periodically.

week date day topic book chapters
01 Aug. 27 Mon Introduction, Coulomb's Law [extra problems, summary sheet] 17.1 - 17.4
  Aug. 29 Wed Electric Fields [extra problems, summary sheet] 17.5 - 17.6
  Aug. 31 Fri Gauss' Law [extra problems, summary sheet] 17.7 - 17.8
02 Sep. 03 Mon Potential [extra problems, summary sheet] 18.1 - 18.4
  Sep. 05 Wed Capacitors [extra problems, summary sheet] 18.5 - 18.6
  Sep. 07 Fri Dielectrics [extra problems, summary sheet] 18.7 - 18.8
03 Sep. 10 Mon DC Circuits [extra problems, summary sheet] 19.1 - 19.3
  Sep. 12 Wed Resistor Networks [extra problems, summary sheet] 19.4 - 19.5
  Sep. 14 Fri RC Circuits [extra problems, summary sheet] 19.6 - 19.8
04 Sep. 17 Mon Review Chapters 17 - 19 17 - 19
  Sep. 19 Wed Test 1 [formula sheet] 17 - 19
  Sep. 21 Fri Magnetic Force [extra problems, summary sheet] 20.1 - 20.4
05 Sep. 24 Mon Magnetic Force and Torque [extra problems, summary sheet] 20.5 - 20.6
  Sep. 26 Wed Fields of Wires [extra problems, summary sheet] 20.7 - 20.10
  Sep. 28 Fri Induced emf [extra problems, summary sheet] 21.1 - 21.5
06 Oct. 01 Mon Inductance [extra problems, summary sheet] 21.6 - 21.9
  Oct. 03 Wed RL and LC Circuits [extra problems, summary sheet] 21.10 - 21.12
  Oct. 05 Fri AC Circuits [extra problems, summary sheet] 22.1 - 22.3
07 Oct. 08 Mon Power, Series Resonance [extra problems, summary sheet] 22.4 - 22.5
  Oct. 10 Wed Review Chapters 20 - 22 20 - 22
  Oct. 12 Fri Test 2 [formula sheet] 20 - 22
08 Oct. 15 Mon Electromagnetic Waves [extra problems, summary sheet] 23.1 - 23.6
  Oct. 17 Wed Reflection and Refraction [extra problems, summary sheet] 23.7 - 23.10
  Oct. 19 Fri Images by Mirrors [extra problems, summary sheet] 24.1 - 24.3
09 Oct. 22 Mon Thin Lenses [extra problems, summary sheet] 24.4 - 24.6
  Oct. 24 Wed Optical Instruments [extra problems, summary sheet] 25.1 - 25.3
  Oct. 26 Fri Angular Magnification [extra problems, summary sheet] 25.4 - 25.6
10 Oct. 29 Mon Interference [extra problems, summary sheet] 26.1 - 26.2
  Oct. 31 Wed Thin Films [extra problems, summary sheet] 26.3
  Nov. 02 Fri Diffraction [extra problems, summary sheet] 26.4 - 25.9
11 Nov. 05 Mon Review Chapters 23 - 26 [ optics equations, diffraction equations] 23 - 26
  Nov. 07 Wed Test 3 [formula sheet] 23 - 26
  Nov. 09 Fri Photoelectric Effect [extra problems, summary sheet] 28.1
12 Nov. 12 Mon Spectra, Bohr Model [extra problems, summary sheet] 28.2 - 28.4
  Nov. 14 Wed Wave Nature of Particles [extra problems, summary sheet] 28.5 - 28.8
  Nov. 16 Fri Atomic Structure [extra problems, summary sheet] 29.1 - 29.2
13 Nov. 19 Mon Nuclei [extra problems, summary sheet] 30.1 - 30.2
  Nov. 21 Wed Radioactivity [extra problems, summary sheet] 30.3 - 30.4
  Nov. 23 Fri Thanksgiving (no class)
14 Nov. 26 Mon Nuclear Reactions [extra problems, summary sheet] 30.5 - 30.7
  Nov. 28 Wed Review Chapters 28 - 30 28 - 30
  Nov. 30 Fri Test 4 [formula sheet] 28 - 30
15 Dec. 03 Mon Final Exam Review 17 - 30
16 Dec. 10 Mon Final Exam Sections 501 - 506 (10:30 am - 12:30 pm) [formula sheet]
  Dec. 11 Tue Final Exam Sections 507 - 512 (08:00 am - 10:00 am) [formula sheet]

Note: PDF versions of the slides with 4 slides per page can be found by clicking HERE.

Note: Movies of all lectures can be found by clicking HERE.

A detailed breakup of the exercises in the homework sets for each week/class can be found in the Mastering Physics course page. The make up exams for the tests are held between 7:00 and 8:00 pm in Room MPHY 213 on the following dates:
  • make up test 1: September 21
  • make up test 2: October 16
  • make up test 3: November 09
  • make up test 4: December 04
Be aware that if you do not have a (medical) excuse in accordance with university policies you will not be allowed to take the make up test.

The website of Dr. Ford [click here] has a list of exams from previous years. I recommend you look at these before each exam. Furthermore, there is a list of solutions of the even-numbered problems [click here] (might be incomplete).

If you would like to access the lectures slides (pdf) please send an email to the instructor and you might receive the username and password. Students can find the username and password on the slides in the first class. All material on this website is copyrighted by H. G. Katzgraber. No material shall be used for commercial purposes (e.g., A+ Tutoring and similar) without prior written consent from the owner of the material. Failure to do so will result in legal prosecution.


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