PHYS:1702 Physics II

General Course Information

Professor Gregory Howes
Office 412 Van Allen Hall
Phone (319) 335-1221
E-mail gregory-howes {at} uiowa dot edu
Office Hours Wednesday 1:30-2:30pm
Thursday 9:00-11:00am
or by appointment
Catalog Description This calculus-based course is part of a four-semester sequence intended primarily for physics and astronomy majors and other physical science or engineering majors who seek an in-depth introduction to physics. This continuation of Physics I covers topics in fluid mechanics and electricity and magnetism, including Maxwell’s equations. Grades are determined by homework, midterm exams, a final exam, and performance in lab sessions. The three weekly lectures and one-hour discussion (problem solving) are given by the course instructor, and the weekly lab is conducted by a teaching assistant.
Lectures Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:30a-12:20pm, 70 Van Allen Hall
Discussion Thursday 12:30-1:20pm, 469 Van Allen Hall
Textbook Required: Halliday, Resnick, & Walker, Fundamentals of Physics , 11th edition, Volume II
Lab Textbook Required: University of Iowa, Experiments in Electricity, Magnetism, \& Light + Quantum Physics , 2019-2020 Academic Year edition.
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Exams Three Midterm Exams:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 11:30-12:20pm, Chaps 21-24
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 11:30-12:20pm, Chaps 25-28
Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 11:30-12:20pm, Chaps 29-31
Final Exam:
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 10:00am-12:00pm, Chaps 21-32
Grading Homework: 15%
Labs: 15%
Midterm Exams: 15% each
Final Exam: 25%
Reading Quizzes: extra credit