PHY-131 is the second part of a three-semester sequence in introductory
physics offered to engineering and other science and pre-professional
majors who have the appropriate background in mathematics. The
prerequisite for PHY-131 is the second semester of calculus, or, in
terms of its ASU course number, MAT-271; the third semester of calculus,
MAT-272, is a corequisite for the course. Since a working familiarity
with basic integral calculus will be assumed, the student who has not
had these courses or their equivalents should withdraw from the class.
Differential and integral calculus will be used regularly
throughout the course.
PHY-131 covers the subject of electricity and magnetism from the
electrostatics of Coulomb's law through electrodynamics, as contained
in Ampere's and Faraday's laws. Some DC and AC circuit analysis is done,
but only to illustrate the physical properties of simple circuit elements
and the concept of resonance in physical systems. The course concludes
with a discussion of Maxwell's equations and a brief introduction to
electromagnetic waves. A detailed list of topics can be found on the
Lecture Schedule which accompanies
The textbook is University Physics, by Young and Freedman,
13th Edition, (Addison-Wesley, 2012.) You may use either volume 2 only (for PHY131 only),
the full edition
(for PHY121 and PHY131), or Y&F with Modern Physics
(for PHY 121, 131, and 241, however your 241 instructor may choose not
to use Y&F).
Reading assignments are keyed
to this textbook. At the bookstore, the textbook should come packaged with
Mastering Physics. Mastering
Physics is required. If you buy a used textbook, then you must buy
Mastering Physics separately at the bookstore or online through our class
Blackboard page; this is the only online place to pay for a Mastering
Physics account for our class. Also required is a
transmitter (available at the bookstore) or Turning Point ResponseWare software. For our
online testing, a
WebAssign account is
required; this is most cheaply purchased with a credit card at WebAssign.
The full text of the syllabus is also available as a pdf file.