Section 004

General Technical Physics II

Spring 2011

LINKS: Syllabus, Class Style, Evaluation, Contact, Tests+Final, Homework

Instructor: Dr. Andrew P. White (High Energy Physics Group)

Office: Room 241, Science Hall, (817) 272-2812, or Room 348 CPB

Class schedule: Section 004, Monday, Wednesday, 5.30pm – 6.50pm, Room 103 Science Hall

Prequisites: PHYS 1443 and MATH 2325 or MATH 2425 or concurrent enrollment. You must enroll in a laboratory ($8 fee) unless you are exempt.

Textbook: Physics For Scientists and Engineers, Giancoli, Volume II, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall

Course Syllabus

This course will primarily cover the essentials of classical electromagnetism and light including the concepts of


- Electric field, electric potential

- Capacitance, electric energy

- Electric current, DC circuits

- Magnetism, magnetic fields and their sources

- Electromagnetic induction, inductance

- AC circuits

- Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves

- Reflection and refraction of light

- Lenses

- Wave nature of light, properties of light

Class Style

Traditional classroom setting with use of some teaching aids (overhead projection and possibly some use of interactive computer based exercises)

You are strongly encouraged to ask questions about the material of the course or its applications.

The only way to master the material of this course is to solve a variety of associated problems. Each class will have a set of related homework problems from the UT Austin Homework Web site. These problems will be automatically graded, and t is your responsibility to attempt these problem sets for each class. I will allow opportunities in class for you to ask questions/receive hints concerning each problem set.

Evaluation procedure


There will be three term tests plus a comprehensive final exam. The procedure I use to arrive at final grades is as follows:

      1. Look at the class performance on each test and the final and adjust the means as necessary to take out any variations in the degree of difficulty of each test.
      2. Take the best two term tests after step 1. These two tests will represent 35% of the final grade.
      3. The final exam represents 25%
      4. The Laboratory score represents 20%
      5. The Homework score represents 20%

Homework assignments

The course ID for the Homework Service is 20704

To read the Students' Instructions for the Homework Service,

and to obtain a UT EID (which you MUST have!) please see:

             To login as a student:

Contacting the Instructor

Office hours will be Mon, Wed 4.30pm – 5.30pm unless otherwise notified - or informally as you can find me.

You may Email me at


Note!! Sample tests and Finals are available at the
Science Learning Center


Other important information...below

Grade Replacement.  If you are retaking this class in order to replace a previous grade, you must complete the necessary form by census day (Jan 31).
The forms required are located at the Bursar's Office in Davis Hall. If you do not complete the forms by census day, the University will not honor the replacement.

Drop for non-payment of tuition. If you are dropped from this class for non-payment of tuition,you may secure an Enrollment Loan through the Bursar's Office. You may not continue to attend class until your Enrollment Loan has been applied to outstanding tuition fees.

Library Information. Mary Jo Handke is the Physics Librarian. She can be reached at (817) 272-3000 ext 4979, and by Email at
Other Physics information is found on the Web site

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