Course Syllabus Fall 2015
PH 393 Physics II Lecture (3 Credits)/PH 395 Physics II Recitation (1 Credit)

Instructor: Dr. Chris Pettit
Office: SH 26
Phone: 341-5929
Office Hours: MTWRF 11:00 am - 12:00 pm or by appointment

Lecture: MWF 9:00 am – 9:50 am in SH 123

Textbook:University Physics (2nd edition), by Bauer and Westfall, Publisher: McGraw Hill, ISBN: 13-9780077409623.

Tools: Scientific calculator.

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the concepts of electricity, magnetism and optics.  Students are expected to know algebra and trigonometry as well as some calculus. 

Homework: Homework will typically be assigned on Monday of each week, and usually be due on Wednesday of the following week. You will be notified of any changes to this policy for specific homework assignments as necessary.

Exams:  There will be three exams and a final.  The three exams will be in class exams.  The final will be held during the final exam week and will consist of four parts.  The fourth part will be mandatory and be based on the material since the third exam.  Parts one, two and three of the final will be optional and are a means of improving the grade received on exams one, two and three respectively.  The exams are not cumulative, but you will be expected to be able to apply what you have learned to each successive section of material.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. The student will be able to evaluate situations involving Physics II topics by choosing the appropriate conceptual frameworks.
  2. The student will be able to recall relevant physical models and to successfully apply these models using techniques of symbolic and numerical analysis in order to generate solutions to problems involving Physics II topics.
  3. The student will be able to think critically by utilizing problem solving techniques to evaluate and analyze context rich, multi-step problems involving Physics II topics, selecting relevant information, selecting an approach to solving the problem and carrying out the analysis needed to generate and communicate solution(s).

Academic Honesty Policy: Academic dishonesty, a basis for disciplinary action, includes but is not limited to activities such as cheating and plagiarism (presenting as one's own the intellectual or creative accomplishments of another without giving credit to the source or sources).

Student Accommodations Statement: Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services and the professor will be strictly confidential.


Grading policy (tentative test dates)
Homework 36%

Exam 1 (9/18)

Exam 2 (10/23) 16%
Exam 2 (11/13) 16%
Final 16%
Grading Scale:
A 93.0% - 100%
A- 90.0% - 92.9%
B+ 87.0% - 89.9%
B 83.0% - 86.9%
B- 80.0% - 82.9%
C+ 77.0% - 79.9%
C 70.0% - 76.9%
D 60.0% - 69.9%
F 0.0% - 59.9%
Other links
Class participation and attendance will be considered for borderline cases.  
Scale may be lowered if necessary.
Grades will be available for viewing on Canvas.