Syllabus and Protocols PHYSICS 272: Physics II

MWF 0830-0920 Spring 2004


Physics 272 is an introductory level, calculus-based, undergraduate physics course intended primarily for science and engineering majors. This is the second of three courses; the material this semester covers classical Electricity & Magnetism, and Light, as defined in the text below, Chapters 25-44. You are responsible for all material listed in the Schedule, whether it was covered in class or not. You must read the text as well as come to lecture.

TEXT ``Physics'', David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Kenneth Krane, 5th Edition, Volume 2, 2002.
PREREQUISITES UH Physics 151/151L or 170/170L and Math 242, or equivalent.
8:30 - 9:20 AM, MWF in 112 Watanabe Hall, Manoa Campus
Please do not arrive late.
The lecture hall should be a place for learning while respecting each other. Behavior which distracts others will not be tolerated. There will be no talking other than in public dialogue; cellphones and beepers should be switched off; no eating; no skateboards or scooters; no pets; no reading or sleeping; and no frequent leaving and returning to the classroom. Please, if you are not in class to learn physics, do not interfere with anyone else who wants to get an education. Questions are welcomed. If you did not understand something, chances are that others did not as well.
SEATING Please choose a seat for the rest of the semester. A sheet will be passed around so you can sign up for a given location. This will help the instructor (and yourselves) learn the names of class members.
RECITATION You may be called upon occasionally. While this is sometimes painful for people, it is an important part of your education to learn to think on your feet and overcome fear of speaking in public. People may occasionally be called upon to present problem solutions on the board. We endeavor not to embarrass people however.
OFFICE HOURS 9:30 - 10:30 MWF, and by appointment. In a pinch, just stop by. Please do not come to get the problem assignments or notes because you missed class: look them up on the web. Do come by to discuss the situation if you are having trouble, not just help on a particular problem. Although it would seem to be common courtesy, it appears necessary to ask some people not to call their professor at home, except in emergency.
PROBLEM SETS: Working problems is central to learning physics, a kind of mental calisthenics. If you do not think out the problems you are cheating only yourself. A set of problems will be assigned each day and will be due at the beginning of the next class unless specified otherwise. Papers should be stapled and folded in half down the middle. Print your name, social security number, and homework set number on the inside right hand corner of the first page and the outside right hand corner of the last page. Show all steps in solving your problem and place a box around your final answer. Solutions will be discussed in class. Therefore late problem sets will not be accepted. A student with a reasonable excuse may be forgiven a problem set. See the course schedule and the page on study tips and problem solving for more information.
MIDTERMS There will be two 50 minute midterm exams. Dates still to be decided. You must take ALL mid-terms. These will consist of problems similar to those occurring on the problem sets, though exams will be generally multiple choice.
FINAL Date and location not known yet.
Midterms 40%
Final 30%
Problems 25%
Classroom Participation 5%, but negative grade possible for obstructiveness
WWW The WWW Home Page for the course may be reached at
A computer account with access to the World-Wide-Web is required for reading the list of assignments and to carry out the computer exercises. We will collect email addresses for all class members in order to communicate news to you.
INSTRUCTOR Professor John G. Learned
office: 327 Watanabe Hall
phone: 956-2964
tutoring hours:
Fri 1:30-4:00 in Wat. 217
office: 217 Watanabe Hall
for homework gradesheet.

Last modified: 11 January 2004, jgl.