Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering PHY 2210

Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering
PHY 2210 – General Engineering Physics III
SYLLABUS – Fall 2007
INSTRUCTOR: Neal Wilsey, Ph. D.
OFFICE: Room 208, Bldg. B, Leonardtown Campus
TELEPHONE: Office, Voice Mail: (240) 725-5463 Direct Dial Line
(301) 934-7790 Ext. 5463 Charles County
(301) 870-2309 Ext. 5463 DC area
(410) 550-6199 Ext. 5463 Calvert County
EMAIL: [email protected]
Monday: by appointment
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m. (La Plata). and 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (
Wednesday: by appointment
Thursday: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday: by appointment
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is the third of a three semester, calculus-based course
sequence designed to introduce students to the general principles of engineering physics.
Specifically, the course covers the topics of electrodynamics, alternating current, Maxwell’s
equations, geometrical optics, physical optics, quantum theory, wave mechanics, atomic
physics, solid state physics, and nuclear physics.
A. Students should gain an understanding of:
Geometric and physical optics
Special relativity
Foundations of quantum theory
Quantum mechanics
Modern atomic, nuclear, and solid-state physics
B At the end of the course, students should be able to apply the course materials to a
variety of engineering and scientific problems.
PREREQUISITES: PHY 2200 and PHY 2200L. PHY 2210L must be taken in the same
CLASS SESSIONS: Section 59038, Tuesday and Thursday 6:50 – 8:15 p.m.
WEB ENHANCEMENT: Blackboard® is a convenient internet-based software package
(provided free of charge to the student) and one of many tools we will utilize this semester.
During the semester, the instructor will be using Blackboard to post bulletins, send and receive
email, post answer keys and occasionally post assignments. Blackboard is designed to
enhance the course, but it is not meant to substitute for class sessions. You are required to
attend class as usual. If you have any questions or concerns about Blackboard, please contact
the instructor as soon as possible.
TEXT: Physics for Scientists and Engineers - with Modern Physics by Raymond A. Serway and
John W. Jewett, 6th Edition (Required)
Study Guide and Students’ Solution Manual, Vol. 2 by Van Wyk, McGrew, Gordon, and Serway
CALCULATOR: Graphing Calculator (Required) TI-83, TI-83+ and TI 84+ Supported
PERFORMANCE EVALUATION: Student performance will be measured as follows:
3 unit exams (non-comprehensive – see attached schedule): 25 % each, 75% total.
6 quizzes (non-comprehensive, unscheduled). The lowest quiz score will be dropped.
2% each, 10% total.
Homework (selected homework problems will be graded). 10% total.
Class participation 5%. Students will be required to ask a question, answer a question
or present a homework solution at each class meeting.
Final grades will be assigned as follows:
90 – 100% A
80 – 89% B
70 – 79% C
60 – 69% D
Below 60% F
HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned in class. Successful independent completion of the
homework assignment serves as an invaluable aid in understanding the concepts presented in
the course. Students should be prepared to present homework solutions in class on the due
date. Selected problems will be graded by the instructor. See course outline.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance will be taken at each class session. Each student is
responsible for any and all announcements, assignments, lectures, materials, handouts, and
scheduled exams presented during the class session. Poor attendance will adversely affect the
class participation grade.
AUDIT AND WITHDRAWAL POLICY: Students are reminded to consult the College Catalog for
dates, procedures, responsibilities and impacts of changing registration status. November 5 is
the last day to withdraw from a course or change from AUDIT status to CREDIT status or from
CREDIT to AUDIT. Change from credit to audit status requires a written contract between the
student and instructor. The contract must be in place prior to November 5. Students who fail to
adhere to the terms of the contract will receive a grade of WD.
MAKEUP EXAM POLICY: Makeup exams will be allowed without penalty for legitimate reasons
if the instructor is notified in advance or if an emergency occurs. Quizzes will be available online
at the course WEB-CT site as scheduled by the instructor. All quizzes must be completed within
the time allocated. All makeup exams will be administered in the instructor’s office or in the
Testing Center and will be scheduled by the instructor.
STUDENT INTEGRITY POLICY: Students are expected to perform independently on exams
and quizzes without the use of unauthorized materials (unauthorized notes, etc.). Any violations
of the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook result in a score of zero for
the exam or quiz. The violation will be reported to the Director of Student Affairs and to the
College Judicial Committee for review and possible disciplinary action.
DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS: Students with disabilities who believe they may need
accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Services in the
Learning Assistance Department at 301.934.7614 as soon as possible to better ensure that
such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.
UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS: Unauthorized persons (children, friends, family members, and
any other persons not registered for the course) are not allowed in the classroom. Details of this
college policy can be found in the Student Handbook.
DEPARTMENT EXPECTATIONS: In order for you to be successful in your physics courses, the
mathematics, physics, and engineering faculty has developed the following common
expectations of all students in physics courses.
1. As a student, you need to take responsibility for your own learning. This includes, but is
not limited to:
Arriving on time for each class
Staying for the entire class and not leaving class early
Actively participating in class and not sleeping or putting your head down
Not engaging in other activities that detract from the classroom learning
Bringing the required materials to class. These might include textbooks,
notebooks, binders, pencils, pens, and calculators.
Taking care of all business (phone calls, bathroom breaks, getting food, drinks,
things from cars, etc.) before class starts.
2. You are expected to be an active learner in the classroom as well as out: to participate in
group discussion, ask and answer questions, and work problems at the board.
3. You are expected to study your textbook, not merely work problems from it. The best
way to do this is to read the section to be covered before the lecture is given, listen to the
lecture and take notes, and then study the text again before tackling the practice
problems. If this seems like a lot of work, remember that you need to allot 2 hours
outside of class for each hour in class. This time commitment increases for online,
web-hybrid, and computer-assisted classes.
4. There is no substitute for continued and ongoing studying and doing homework
problems. The best way to learn physics is to do physics.
5. It is your responsibility to keep your homework up-to-date. If you are having difficulty with
the course material, then you need to take action right away – do not wait until you have
lost all hope! There are several options to get assistance:
Talk to your instructor during office hours.
Visit the student success center on campus. Tutors and hours are available at
Use online tutoring available at
6. Realize that college level physics can be hard and is not always fun.
7. You are given the means to keep track of your grade and are expected to take
responsibility for knowing your grade status throughout the semester.
8. Learning physics is different from learning some other subjects. In a physics course, you
must be able to do four things:
Understand the material.
Process the material.
Apply what you have learned to solve a problem correctly, and
Remember what you have learned in order to learn new material.
9. Another reason that learning physics is different from learning other subjects is that it
follows a sequential learning pattern, which simply means that the material learned on
one day is used the next day and the next day, and so forth. This building block
approach to learning physics is the reason it is difficult to catch up when you fall behind.
10. College physics courses cover twice the material in the same time frame as do high
school physics courses. Faculty members have a certain amount of material to be
covered each semester. They have to finish certain chapters because the next course is
based on the information taught in this course. Improve your study skills so you can keep
11. Most of the exams and quizzes are timed and many students think that they will run out
of time. Most physics problems involve the application of the laws of physics and the
expression of these laws in mathematical terms. Students not only must understand how
to apply the physical laws but also must use mathematical principles well enough to
complete the problems with enough speed to finish the test.
12. During the first few days of class, do not take the attitude that “I already know this
material” and start to slack off by not taking notes or not completing homework
assignments. Good study habits start from the first day of class. Start practicing good
study habits now while the material is familiar to you. In that way, those habits will
already be a part of your routine when the material becomes more challenging.
13. Take pride in your work and never let yourself fall into the trap of believing that you
cannot do physics. Virtually everybody can, if he or she is willing to work hard enough.
Be persistent and determined in your work.
COURSE OUTLINE: PHY 2210 – Fall, 2007
Review of Electric and Magnetic Fields
8/28 & 8/30
Introduction to Electromagnetism
Faraday's Law: Faraday's law of induction;
Motional emf; Lenz's law; Induced emfs and
electric fields; Maxwell's wonderful
Review PHY 2200
Materials and
Reread Chapters
29 and 30 before
31.1 – 31.4
5, 7, 13, 15, 21,
33, 37, 46, 47, 57
9/4 & 9/6
9/6 & 9/11
Inductance: Self-inductance; RL circuits;
Energy in a magnetic field; Mutual
inductance; Oscillations in an LC circuit; The
RLC circuit
Alternating Current Circuits: ac sources;
Resistors in an ac circuit; Inductors in an ac
circuit; Capacitors in an ac circuit; Power in
an ac circuit; Resonance in a Series RLC
circuit; Filter circuits; The transformer and
Power Transformer
Electromagnetic Waves: Maxwell’s
equations and Hertz’s discoveries; Plane
electromagnetic waves; Energy carried by
electromagnetic waves; Momentum and
radiation pressure; Radiation from an infinite
current sheet; The production of
electromagnetic waves by an antenna; The
spectrum of electromagnetic waves
32.1 – 32.6
1, 3, 7, 17, 21, 29,
33, 35, 47, 57, 71
33.1 – 33.9
1, 5, 9, 11, 17, 19,
23, 25, 29, 32, 37,
45, 49, 55
34.1 – 34.4
5, 9, 15, 17, 25,
29, 33, 35, 51
31 – 34
Unit #1 Test
31 - 34
9 & 10
10 &11
9/25 &9/27
9/27 &10/2
The Nature of Light and the Laws of
Geometric Optics: The nature of light;
Measurements of the speed of light; The ray
approximation in geometric optics;
Reflection and refraction; Dispersion and
prisms; Huygens’s principle; Total internal
Geometric Optics: Images formed by flat
mirrors; Images formed by spherical mirrors;
Images formed in refraction; Thin lenses;
1, 3, 7, 11, 19, 29,
31, 32, 37, 47, 53,
55, 61,
36.1 – 36.4
1, 3, 9, 15, 19, 21,
27, 31, 37, 45, 45,
51, 63, 65,
11 & 12
10/2 &10/4
12 & 13
10/4 & 10/9
Interference of Light Waves: Conditions
for Interference; Young’s double-slit
experiment; Intensity distribution of the
double-slit interference pattern; Phasor
addition of waves; Change of phase due to
reflection; Interference in thin films; The
Michelson interferometer
Diffraction and Polarization: Introduction
to diffraction; Single-slit diffraction;
Resolution of single-slit and circular
apertures; The diffraction grating;
Polarization of light waves.
37.1 – 37.7
1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 15,
21, 29, 37, 41, 51,
38.1 – 38.4
1, 3, 13, 15, 17,
18, 25, 29, 33, 37,
45, 46
Review of Unit II
35 – 39
Unit II Test
35 – 39
16 & 17
10/18 and
18 and 19
10/ 25 and
20 and 21
11/1 and
Relativity: The principle of Newtonian
relativity; The Michelson-Morley experiment;
Einstein's principle of relativity;
Consequences of special relativity; The
Lorenz transformation equation; Relativistic
momentum and the relativistic form of
Newton's laws; Relativistic energy;
Equivalence of mass and energy; Relativity
and electromagnetism.
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics:
Blackbody radiation and Planck's
hypothesis; The Photoelectric effect; The
Compton effect; Atomic spectra; Bohr's
Quantum model of the atom; Photons and
electromagnetic waves; The wave
properties of particles
Quantum Mechanics: Double slit
Experiment; Uncertainty principle;
Probability density; Particle in a box;
Schrödinger Equation, Particle in a Well of
Finite Height; Tunneling Through a Barrier
39.1 - 39.9
1, 3, 9, 11, 14, 23,
31, 33, 35, 43, 49,
40.1 - 40.7
1, 3, 7, 9, 17, 19,
27, 31, 37, 41, 57,
41.1 - 41.7
1, 3, 5, 9, 15, 17,
23, 37
22 and 23
11/8 and
11/15 &11/20
26 & 27
27 & 28
28 & 29
11/27 &
11/29 & 12/4
12/4 & 12/6
Atomic Physics: Early models of the atom;
The hydrogen atom revisited; Spin magnetic
quantum number; Wave functions for
hydrogen; Other quantum numbers; The
Pauli exclusion principle and building the
periodic table; Atomic spectra; Atomic
Transitions; Lasers
Molecules and Solids: Molecular bonds;
Molecular Spectra, Bonding in Solids; Band
Theory of Solids; Free Electron Theory of
Metals; Electrical Conduction;
Semiconductor Devices
42.1 - 42.9
5, 11, 17, 49, 50
43.1 – 43.7
1, 3, 7, 11, 21, 35,
Nuclear Structure Some Properties of Nuclei,
Binding Energy, Models, Radioactivity, Decay
Processes, Natural Radioactivity, Nuclear
Reactions, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and
44.1 – 44.8
Applications of Nuclear Physics:
Interactions Involving Neutrons, Nuclear
Fission, Nuclear Reactors, Nuclear Fusion,
Radiation Damage, Radiation Detectors
45.1 – 45.7
Particle Physics and Cosmology: The
Fundamental Forces in Nature, Positrons and
Other Antiparticles, Mesons & Particle Physics,
Classification of Particles, Conservation Laws,
Strange Particles and Strangeness, Patterns,
Quarks, The Standard Model, Cosmology,
Problems and Perspectives
46.1 – 46.13
3, 29, 33
11, 19, 43
1, 13, 17, 27,
Review of Unit III, Unit III Exam Part 1
39 - 46
Unit III Exam Part 2
39 – 46
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