131 Syllabus    

Second Summer Session 2015

     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 this syllabus.

     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 Turning Point 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.   

Course Format and Policies
Textbook Information
Course Updates 8/05 Ungraded HW for 8/05
Lecture Schedule
Reading Schedule
Turning Point Information
WebAssign Information Tips
Practice Test Solutions: Test 1 Test 2 Test 3 Test 4
Definitions: Current and Resistance
Electromagnetic Spectrum PDF version
Sign-up Sheet Test 4 Sign-Up Now Closed
Equation Sheet

Help Study Physics Festivals in PSF-186
ActivPhysics Y&F's Interactive Web Site
Textbook Sites - practice tests and more
Online Tutorials - interactive instruction

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Note that grades are not listed in alphabetical order

HW <> Quiz <> Turning Point <> Test <> Overall

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