Physics 208

General Physics
Spring 1995

Prerequisites: Physics 207 or equivalent.  Algebra, trigonometry and 
     calculus will be used extensively.  

Materials Needed: Text: Serway, Physics for Scientists & Engineers with 
     Modern Physics, third edition (updated).  

     Lab manual: Rollefson and Richards, Laboratory Experiments in 
     General Physics

     Lab notebook: preferably hard bound with cross-hatched ruling.  
     Bring to your first laboratory meeting.  

     Calculator: preferably with trigonometric, exponential, and 
     logarithmic functions.  Know how to use it, and make sure 
     batteries are charged for exams.  

Lectures: 8:50 am MWF in 1300 Sterling Hall.  Prof. J. C. Sprott 
     (Office: 3285 Chamberlin Hall,, 263-
     4449).  The lectures supplement but do not substitute for the 
     reading.  Read the assigned material before lecture.  The Friday 
     lectures are optional except for exams and for honors students.  
     Everyone is encouraged to attend.  

Discussion sections: Your discussion section will be led by your TA who 
     will be your prime contact and source of assistance.  General 
     questions about the homework are allowed before it is due, but 
     don't expect your TA to work out the solutions for you in advance.  
     Quizzes will occasionally be given in your discussion session and 
     will count toward your grade.  

Laboratory: Follow the "General Instructions" in the laboratory manual 
     (pages 1-3).  The experiments are to be written up during the 
     laboratory period in the lab notebook.  Have your lab instructor 
     initial and date the work before you leave the lab.  The lab 
     notebook is not to be taken from the lab except with permission of 
     your instructor.  

Homework: The homework problems are assigned in the syllabus for each 
     week and should be handed in at the first discussion section the 
     following week.  Late problem sets will not be accepted.  Homework 
     will count toward your grade.  You may work with others on the 
     homework, but make sure the paper you turn in is not simply copied 
     from someone else.  The solutions will be discussed in your 
     discussion session and placed on reserve in the Physics Library 
     (4220 Chamberlin).  

Hour Exams: Exams will be given during the Friday lecture as follows: 

                      February 24, Chapters 23-30
                      March 31,    Chapters 31-37
                      April 28,    Chapters 38-43

     The exams will be closed-book, but you will be allowed one 8 1/2 x 
     11-inch sheet of notes.  The exams will be graded and handed back 
     in your first discussion session of the following week.  Solutions 
     will be discussed and placed on reserve in the Physics Library 
     (4220 Chamberlin Hall).  There will be no makeup exams.  

Final Exam: The final exam will be at 12:25 pm on Sunday, May 14 
     (room to be announced).  The exam will cover the entire course 
     (Chapters 23-47) with equal weight.  You will be allowed two 8 1/2 
     x 11-inch sheet of notes. 

Grading: The course grade will consist of the following components: 

                     3 hour exams           300 points
                     Final exam             200 points
                     Laboratory             100 points
                     Homework & discussion  100 points
                     TOTAL                  700 points

     Lab, homework and discussion grades will be assigned by your TA 
     and will be normalized to the distribution on the hour exams.  
     Letter grades will be assigned based on the total number of points 

Consultation Room: Room 2312 Sterling is staffed by TA's from Physics 
     202 and 208 during much of the week.  See the schedule card on the
     door.  You may ask questions of any of the TA's or come during the 
     hours that your TA is there.  You may also make an appointment 
     with your TA at any mutually convenient time and place.  

Alternate References: To see the same topics explained differently, try 
     the following (on reserve in Physics library - 4220 Chamberlin): 

            Halliday and Resnick, Fundamentals of Physics
            Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers
            Rusbult, Tools for Problem-Solving

General Advice: Physics is not something you read and memorize, rather 
     it is something you learn how to do.  Try the following study 

             1) Read the chapter prior to lecture, so that you 
             will know what it's about.  

             2) Listen carefully to the lecture and take notes.  

             3) This is crucial: Do not go back and read and 
             re-read the chapter until you "understand it."  Rather, 
             start working problems, going back through the chapter 
             to clarify points as they come up.  

PHYSICS 208 SPRING 1995 SYLLABUS References are to Serway, Physics, 3rd edition (updated). Lab manual is Rollefson and Richards. Week Reading Problems Lab 1/23 Ch 23,24 23:13,14,29,50,67,70; 24:8,12,26,44,53,56 no lab 1/30 Ch 25,26 25:9,11,32,41,42,54; 26:7,24,38,49,63,90 E1 2/6 Ch 27,28 27:8,21,38,46,53,59; 28:20,29,47,65,75,82 E2 2/13 Ch 29,30 29:3,20,27,35,49,55; 30:9,16,27,38,50,61 E3 2/20 Ch 31 31:14,23,38,42,53,60 E6 Exam (2/24) Chapters 23-30 2/27 Ch 32.33 32:13,24,39,50,62,83; 33:1,12,19,29,38,69 E7 3/6 Ch 34,35 34:2,20,30,34,42,53; 35:7,11,31,34,44,51 E8 3/20 Ch 36,37 36:10,25,30,42,49,77; 37:10,22,40,48,51,59 E9 3/27 Ch 38 38:5,24,30,50,66,69 E10 Exam (3/31) Chapters 31-37 4/3 Ch 39 39:3,14,18,30,42,47 L2 4/10 Ch 40,41 40:9,24,28,39,46,65; 41:4,18,20,31,51,58 L1 4/17 Ch 42,43 42:2,16,25,27,35,39; 43:1,10,14,23,29,35 L5,6,7 4/24 Ch 44 44:2,8,11,17,22,27 L8 Exam (4/28) Chapters 38-43 5/1 Ch 45,46 45:4,21,25,29,45,62; 46:6,9,15,21,30,33 N1 5/8 Ch 47 47:2,5,12,13,19,25 makeup Final (5/14) Chapters 23-47
Physics 208 Spring 1995 Special Friday Lectures 1/27 Richards - Electrostatic Accelerators 2/3 Tour of Nuclear Physics Laboratory 2/10 Richards - Atmospheric Electricity 2/17 Sprott - Fractals 2/24 Exam #1 (Chap 23-30) 3/3 Sprott - Plasma Physics 3/10 Tour of Plasma Physics Laboratory 3/17 Spring Break 3/24 Richards - Rainbows, Halos, and Glories 3/31 Exam #2 (Chap 31-37) 4/7 Sprott - Radio Communications 4/14 Good Friday holiday 4/21 Cameron - Biological Hazards of Radiation 4/28 Exam #3 (Chap 38-43) 5/5 Barschall - Development of the A-bomb 5/12 Review for Final
Physics 208 (Sprott) Lecture Demonstrations Spring 1995 Monday, January 23 Electric Fields Handouts Classical and Modern Physics posters Pith balls Rods and fur Wednesday, January 25 Gauss's Law Pith balls (again) Rods and fur (again) Overhead projector with E and phi pictures Toepler-Holst (or Wimshurst) with irregular conductors Electroscope Rubber ball Friday, January 27 Electrostatic Accelerators (Richards) See Richards for any demos Monday, January 30 Electric Potential Conductor with pith balls in and out Hair in E-field on overhead projector Van de Graaff generator and stool Rubber ball Wednesday, February 1 Capacitance and Dielectrics Sample capacitors Exploding wire Variation of voltage with plate separation Table of dielectric constants Jacob's ladder Friday, February 3 Tour of Nuclear Physics Laboratory No demos Monday, February 6 Current and Resistance Sample batteries Table of resistivities Ohm's law demo Light bulb and coil in liquid nitrogen Wednesday, February 8 DC Circuits Ohm's law board RC circuit with square wave on scope (exponential decay) Sample galvanometers Friday, February 10 Atmospheric Electricity (Richards) See Richards for any demos Monday, February 13 Magnetic Fields Classical and Modern Physics posters Field patterns of magnets on overhead projector Force on wire carrying a current Sample galvanometers (again) Magnet and CRT Wednesday, February 15 Sources of the Magnetic Field Oersted demo (current in wire and compass needle) Magnetic field of wires on overhead Force between parallel currents Friday, February 17 Fractals IBM PC and monitor 35-mm carousel projector Monday, February 20 Faraday's Law Magnet and solenoid with electrometer AC and DC generators Jumping ring Can Crusher Induction demo Eddy currents (with big electromagnet) Large Tesla coil Wednesday, February 22 Review for Exam #1 No demos Friday, February 24 Exam #1 No demos Monday, February 27 Inductance Overhead projector Sample inductors Big electromagnet (to show switch opening arc) RL circuit with square wave on scope (exponential rise) RLC circuit with square wave on scope (ringing) Wednesday, March 1 AC Circuits Light bulb with inductor and movable iron core RLC circuit with sine wave on scope (resonance and phase) Friday, March 3 Plasma Physics Overhead projector (front screen) Inner tube Plasma discharge tube Levitated ball Monday, March 6 Electromagnetic Waves Classical and Modern Physics posters Chart of EM spectrum Hertz experiment Small Tesla coil and oscilloscope with antenna Old radio set transmitter Microwave source with polarizers Radiometer Wednesday, March 8 The Nature of Light Classical and Modern Physics posters Table of indices of refraction Plane mirrors Candle under water Prism rainbow Light guides and fiber optics Total internal reflection Friday, March 10 Tour of Plasma Laboratory Inner tube Monday, March 20 Geometric Optics Plane, concave, and convex mirrors Convex and concave lenses Light source Optics board Box camera Eye model Magnifier Microscope Telescope Wednesday, March 22 Interference of Light Film loop showing water wave interference (Byron 8560) Young's double-slit experiment on optical bench Soap-film interference Newton's rings Optical flats with sodium lamp Friday, March 24 Radio Communications Demos to be determined (minimal) Monday, March 27 Diffraction and Polarization Optical bench with laser and apertures and gratings Polaroids Wednesday, March 29 Review for Exam #2 No demos Friday, March 31 Exam #2 No demos Monday, April 3 Relativity Overhead projector Wednesday, April 5 Relativity (continued) Classical and Modern physics posters Clock and meter stick 1-kg mass Flashlight Friday, April 7 Rainbows, Halos, and Glories (Richards) See Richards for any demos Monday, April 10 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics Blackbody curves on overhead Blackbody radiation Franck-Hertz experiment Photoelectric effect Line emission sources and hand-out gratings Wednesday, April 12 Quantum Mechanics No demos Monday, April 17 Quantum Mechanics (continued) Periodic table Wednesday, April 19 Atomic Physics Periodic table Table of atomic sizes and ionization energies He-Ne Laser (open for inspection) Fluorescence Phosphoresence (the big panel) with flash lamp Friday, April 21 Biological Hazards of Radiation (Cameron) See Cameron for any demos Monday, April 24 Molecular Physics and Superconductivity Molecular models Levitation of high-temperature superconductor Wednesday, April 26 Review for Exam #3 No demos Friday, April 28 Exam #3 No demos Monday, May 1 Nuclear Structure Overhead projector Geiger counter with radioactive sources Periodic table Wednesday, May 3 Nuclear Physics Applications Mousetrap chain reactor (?) Friday, May 5 Development of the A-bomb (Barschall) See Barschall for any demos Monday, May 8 Particle Physics and Cosmology Teaching evaluations Slides of accelerators Balloon Wednesday, May 10 Summary and Wrap-up Classical and Modern Physics posters Overhead projector (front screen) Friday, May 12 Review for Final No demos

J. C. Sprott