PHYS:1512 Fall 2020

College Physics II


Instructor:                     Y. Onel (

                                       153 VAN; 335-1853

Office Hours:                1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday (online through Zoom)

Students may confer with the instructor at other times only after making an appointment at the lecture.

Lecture:                         9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. MWF; Lecture Room 2, VAN (on-line- Zoom)

DEO:                             Phil Kaaret; Professor & DEO;

Text:                              Physics, Volume II, 10th edition, Cutnell & Johnson

Lab Manual:                "Experiments in Electricity, Magnetism and Light"


By Faculty & Staff, UI Department of Physics & Astronomy


Registration:                  Changes in course registration including adding, dropping, and changes in sections, will be made in Room 203 VAN between the hours of 8-12 and 1-5 Mon-Fri.

Course Description:     This course is intended for pre-medical, pre-dental, and other students who desire an algebra-based physics course (without calculus). This is a continuation of PHYS:1511 covering optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Numerical examples and lab experiments are chosen to illustrate basic physical principles. Course grades are based on quizzes, mid-term exams, a final exam, lab performance, and class participation. Each week three lectures are given by the course instructor and one three-hour lab is conducted by a teaching assistant. The Discussion Section is a problem-solving session conducted by a teaching assistant.

                                       Our course will meet virtually and in person. Live lectures and office hours are going to be via Zoom, Labs are going to be in person, quizzes and exams are going to be through ICON. You are required to register to the Zoom lecture before attending to any of the sessions. The links for lectures and registration are at the end of this syllabus.

Homework:                   Problems will be assigned in class but will not be collected nor graded.

There will be no Wiley Plus homework assignments in this course.

Laboratory:                  The labs will be held under the supervision of your TA, who will grade your laboratory reports. Discuss the grading of your assignments with your TA.

Discussion Sessions:     The discussion sessions will be conducted under the supervision of a TA (online through Zoom). "Check Your Understanding" questions in the textbook is not relevant. We suggest you come to lectures and discussion sessions.

Exams:                           The three exams and the final exam will be closed book. The final exam is comprehensive. The date of the final exam will be announced on the course website under:

Quizzes are pop-quizzes, and it has to be taken in class. There is no schedule and no prior announcement.


Exam I: September 23


Exam II: October 21

Exam III: November 18

Course Grade:

Exams: 15 % x 3


Final Exam: 25 %


Labs: 15 %


Quizzes: 15 %


TAs will be available for free tutoring in room 310 VAN during the hours posted (we expect on-line tutoring). Students are permitted to seek help from classmates in preparing their homework. While you are encouraged to seek help from TAs, do not expect them to do your homework for you.

Writing Service:

For services and programs please see:

Posting of solutions:

Homework solutions will be available on icon, a week after the assignment.

When to seek help from the instructor (office hours):

Homeworks: when you don't understand a solution that has been put on reserve.


Exams: Questions about grading (it is not encouraged that this practice become a habit).


Understanding of physical concepts, lecture topics, and textbook topics. Students visiting for these purposes will be most appreciated.


Feedback on your TA's performance.

Occasions to seek help from your section TA (rather than the instructor):

Homework: Questions about solutions to the problems, lecture and textbook topics. Laboratories: All questions

Course Web Page and Course ICON Site:

Homework assignments will be shown on the course webpage. The solutions to the homework problems and exams as well as other posted materials will be on the ICON site.





A. Electricity and Magnetism

Chapter 18

Electric Forces and Electric Fields

Chapter 19

Electric Potential Energy and the Electric Potential

Chapter 20

Electric Circuits

Chapter 21

Magnetic Forces and Magnetic Fields

Chapter 22

Electromagnetic Induction

Chapter 23

Alternating Current Circuits

Chapter 24

Electromagnetic Waves

B. Light and Optics

Chapter 25

The Reflection of Light: Mirrors

Chapter 26

The Refraction of Light Lenses and Optical Instruments

Chapter 27

Interference and the Wave Nature of Light

C. Modern Physics

Chapter 29

Particles and Waves

Chapter 30

The Nature of the Atom

If time permits:

Chapter 31

Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity

Chapter 32

Ionization Radiation, Nuclear Energy and Elementary Particles


Physics 1512 Lab Schedule

Fall 2020

Week of


August 24


August 31


September 7

E1: Charge Measurements

September 14

E3: Mapping Electric Fields using Equipotentials

September 21


September 28

E4: Parallel Plate Capacitor

October 5

E5: Ohm's Law, Series/Parallel Circuits

October 12

E7: E/M of Electron

October 19


October 26

OS1: Introduction to Oscilloscopes I

November 2

E11: RLC Circuits

November 9

OP3: Thin Lenses

November 16


November 23


November 30


December 7




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