Physics 132-002 - Electromagnetism and Optics
Spring 2017
Professor: Dr. Chad A. Middleton

Class Room Escalante Hall 319
Class Hours 11-11:50 MTWR
Office Wubben Hall 228A
Office Hours MW 10-11, TR 9-10, F 12-1
Office Phone 970-248-1173
Email [email protected]
Web Page www.coloradomesa.edu/~chmiddle/132_02/


Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide you with a solid foundation in the physics of electricity, circuits, magnetism, and optics, for students of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering. Through this physics endeavor, you will obtain an increased conceptual understanding of physical phenomena and gain sharpened quantitative analytical skills, which will last with you long after you leave this course.


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
--Albert Einstein


From the catalog...

"Calculus-based introduction to classical electromagnetism and optics. Detailed coverage of electrostatics, electric circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, and wave optics. The mathematics of calculus and vectors is used throughout. For majors in the sciences and engineering. Requires a mastery of the foundations of classical mechanics as covered in PHYS 131.


Prerequisite: PHYS 131/131L, and MATH 152 or MATH 136 (either may be taken concurrently). A grade of C or higher in PHYS 131/131L is required.”
Source: 2016-2017 CMU Catalog, pp. 226


Course Requirements

Assignments Examinations

Required Text

Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach, Vols. 3 & 4 by Randall D. Knight; 3rd edition
ISBN: 9780321753175 & 9780321753168


Grading

Your grade for this course is based on the following activities, weighted as shown

Homework Assignments  30%
3 Exams45%
Final Examination25%


Grading Scale:

All graded work will be assigned a numerical score. You may estimate your letter grade by computing a percentage score and comparing it with the table below:
%Grade
100-87A
86-73B
72-59C
58-45D
44-0F


Accommodation for Students with Physical and Learning Disabilities

In coordination with Educational Access Services, reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified students with disabilities. Students must register with the EAS office to receive assistance. Please meet with the instructor the first week of class for information and/or contact Dana VandeBurgt, the Coordinator of Educational Access Services, directly by phone at 248-1801, or in person in Houston Hall, Suite 108.



Academic Integrity

• For CMU policy on such matters, please refer to 2016-2017 CMU Catalog, pp. 46.



Tutorial Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC is a FREE academic service for all Colorado Mesa University students. Tutors are available on a walk-in basis for many courses. Do you have a quick question? Do you need homework clarification or feedback on a paper? Are you reviewing for a test? Help is available at the TLC!

At the main campus, come to Houston Hall 113 to meet with one of our friendly peer tutors. We are open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am-6pm; Tuesdays from 8am-7pm, and Fridays from 8am-5pm. Tutoring at branch campuses is also available. Check out the website for schedules and locations at www.coloradomesa.edu/tutoring or call 248-1392 with any questions.



Factors for Success in this Course:

  1. Attendance: Regular class attendance is expected and strongly recommended. You are responsible for all material discussed in class. It is in your best interest to always attend class and arrive on time, this class begins promptly at 11:00 am!
  2. Reading Preparation: Topics discussed in class will, for the most part, closely follow the book. A reading of the text will help reinforce the physical concepts presented to you in class. The book also contains several example problems that may prove useful when doing the homework.
  3. Homework: A true understanding of physics is much more than merely memorizing equations. You must be able to do physics i.e. you must be able to solve physical problems. You should think of every problem as a test of your understanding of the material at hand. Solving the homework problems will help to prepare you for the exams and should not be taken lightly. You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with your classmates. Working problems with your peers can be an excellent learning method, however, anything turned in must be your own work.
  4. Tutoring: I am in my office and available to you everyday (see above schedule for times) to answer questions and assist you on any difficulties you may be having with your homework. In addition, CMU offers free tutoring. If you are having difficulty with course material, please see the Tutorial Learning Center.


Classroom Policies and Etiquette:

  1. Cell phones are NOT to be used during class!
  2. Be attentive and ready to participate in class.
  3. Avoid classroom distractions. This includes leaving class during the course time.


Course Calendar

This is a TENTATIVE course calendar ONLY! The actual course can (and most likely will) deviate from the calendar listed below!!

Date

Subject

Reading

Tue, Jan 17

Ch. 25: Electric Charges and Forces

25.1-25.3

Wed, Jan 18

Pre-Diagnostic Exam

 

Thu, Jan 19

Ch. 25: Electric Charges and Forces

25.4

Mon, Jan 23

Ch. 25: Electric Charges and Forces

25.5

Tue, Jan 24

Ch. 25: Electric Charges and Forces

 

Wed, Jan 25

Ch. 26: The Electric Field

26.1-26.2

Thu, Jan 26

Ch. 26: The Electric Field

26.3-26.4

Mon, Jan 30

Ch. 26: The Electric Field

26.5

Tue, Jan 31

Ch. 26: The Electric Field

26.6-26.7

Wed, Feb 1

Ch. 27: Gauss' Law

27.6

Thu, Feb 2

Ch. 28: The Electric Potential

28.1-28.2

Mon, Feb 6

Ch. 28: The Electric Potential

28.4-28.5

Tue, Feb 7

Ch. 28: The Electric Potential

28.6

Wed, Feb 8

Ch. 28: The Electric Potential

28.7

Thu, Feb 9

Ch. 28: The Electric Potential

 

Mon, Feb 13

Review

 

Tue, Feb 14

Exam 1 (Chapters 25-28)

 

Wed, Feb 15

Ch. 29: Potential and Field

29.1-29.2

Thu, Feb 16

Ch. 29: Potential and Field

29.3-29.4

Mon, Feb 20

Ch. 29: Potential and Field

29.5

Tue, Feb 21

Ch. 29: Potential and Field

29.6

Wed, Feb 22

Ch. 30: Current and Resistance

30.1-30.2

Thurs, Feb 23

Ch. 30: Current and Resistance

30.3

Mon, Feb 27

Ch. 30: Current and Resistance

30.4

Tue, Feb 28

Ch. 30: Current and Resistance

30.5

Wed, Mar 1

Ch. 30: Current and Resistance/ Ch. 31: Fundamentals of Circuits

 

Thu, Mar 2

Ch. 31: Fundamentals of Circuits

31.1-31.2

Mon, Mar 6

Ch. 31: Fundamentals of Circuits

31.3-31.4

Tue, Mar 7

Ch. 31: Fundamentals of Circuits

31.5-31.6

Wed, Mar 8

Ch. 31: Fundamentals of Circuits

31.7-31.8

Thu, Mar 9

Ch. 31: Fundamentals of Circuits

 

Mon, Mar 13

Review

 

Tue, Mar 14

Exam 2 (Chapters 29-31)

 

Wed, Mar 15

Ch. 32: The Magnetic Field

32.1-32.2

Thu, Mar 16

Ch. 32: The Magnetic Field

32.3-32.4

Mon, Mar 20

Spring Break – No Classes

 

Tue, Mar 21

Spring Break – No Classes

 

Wed, Mar 22

Spring Break – No Classes

 

Thu, Mar 23

Spring Break – No Classes

 

Mon, Mar 27

Ch. 32: The Magnetic Field

32.5, 32.7

Tue, Mar 28

Ch. 32: The Magnetic Field

32.8

Wed, Mar 29

Ch. 32: The Magnetic Field

32.9

Thu, Mar 30

Ch. 32: The Magnetic Field

 

Mon, Apr 3

Ch. 33: Electromagnetic Induction

33.1-33.2

Tue, Apr 4

Ch. 33: Electromagnetic Induction

33.3-33.4

Wed, Apr 5

Ch. 33: Electromagnetic Induction

33.5

Thu, Apr 6

Ch. 33: Electromagnetic Induction

 

Mon, Apr 10

Ch. 34: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves

34.5-34.6

Tue, Apr 11

Ch. 34: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves

34.7

Wed, Apr 12

Review

 

Thu, Apr 13

Exam 3 (Chapters 32-34)

 

Mon, Apr 17

Ch. 20: Traveling Waves           

20.5

Tue, Apr 18

Ch. 22: Wave Optics

22.1-22.2

Wed, Apr 19

Ch. 22: Wave Optics

22.3-22.4

Thu, Apr 20

Ch. 22: Wave Optics

 

Mon, Apr 24

Ch. 22: Wave Optics

 

Tue, Apr 25

Ch. 23: Ray Optics

23.1-23.2

Wed, Apr 26

Ch. 23: Ray Optics

23.3-23.4

Thu, Apr 27

Ch. 23: Ray Optics

23.5-23.6

Mon, May 1

Ch. 23: Ray Optics

23.7-23.8

Tue, May 2

Ch. 23: Ray Optics

 

Wed, May 3

Post-Diagnostic Exam

 

Thu, May 4

Review

 

 

**Final Exam:  Wednesday, May 10 at 10 - 11:50 am**

 

 

General Education Objectives:

This course is part of CMU's general education curriculum. Course content is designed to meet the following objectives of CMU's general education program:

 

1.      Understand the structure and discipline of mathematical thought and its use in problem-solving

2.      Have knowledge of the natural world and an understanding of scientific methods

 

Course Learning Objectives:

A student who has taken this course will demonstrate the ability to:

 

1.    Translate between verbal and mathematical descriptions of physical situations.  Apply mathematical reasoning, using algebra, trigonometry and calculus, to analyze these situations.

2.   Articulate the arguments, verbal and mathematical, used to analyze physical situations.

3.   Represent physical processes graphically and describe given graphical representations in physical terms.

4.   Use calculus to describe and analyze physical situations.

5.    Use the mathematics of vectors, vector algebra, products of vectors and vector components to analyze physical situations.

6.   Distinguish between and relate electric charge, forces, fields, potentials and currents.

7.   Distinguish between and relate magnetic forces and fields.

8.   Describe and use basic concepts associated with waves and the superposition of waves.

9.   Determine and use electric fields, electric potentials, electric forces, electrostatic energy, magnetic fields, and magnetic forces in various physical situations.

10.   Use the geometric picture of light to describe the properties of and propagation of light in various physical situations.

11.   Use the wave picture of light to describe the properties of and propagation of light in various physical situations, including interference and diffraction phenomena.

 

Program-Level Student Learning Objectives:

This course satisfies the following Physics-degree student learning objectives:

 

1.    Show fluency with the major fields of physics (classical mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical physics and quantum theory).

2.   Use mathematical representations to analyze physical scenarios. This requires translating back and forth between physical and mathematical problems and using appropriate mathematics to aid in the analysis of the scenario.