Physics 230 Electricity and Magnetism
Th 0935-1050 TH 429
NOTE ROOM CHANGE
Dr. Susan Lea
This course is the second semester of Introductory Physics for
science majors, requiring the use of calculus.
Prerequisites: You must have passed Physics 220, Physics
222 and Math 227 (2nd semester calculus), all with a
grade of C
or better. (Note: C- is not a grade of C or better.)
Corequisites: You must be taking Physics
232 (laboratory) concurrently. . Physics/Astronomy
should also take Math 228 concurrently. Math 228
is recommended for everyone.
Please provide proof of prerequisites and corequisites to
Dr. Lea on or before February 10th. (Students who took both
Phys 220 and Math
227 at SFSU in Fall 2003 or earlier need not provide any proof, as the
now allows faculty to access this information. Courses taken in winter
will not be shown, and so you will need to provide your grade report
those classes.) The proof may be in the form of a grade report or an
transcript (for prerequisites)..
Proof of enrollment in Math 228 is not the same as a proof of passing
Please take these prerequisites seriously. In order to succeed in
this class you must be comfortable with the material in Physics 220,
especially vector math, kinematics, Newton’s laws and the conservation
laws, and with differential and integral calculus. We use a lot of
integration in this course!
After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Identify and discuss the important concepts from electricity and
any particular physical system.
Bring together ideas from prior physics courses and concepts of
theory to solve a problem.
Formulate a plan for solving a problem involving these concepts.
Complete the mathematical calculations (including use of calculus)
to solve the problem.
Discuss the methods used to solve the problem, and the significance of
Create a visual picture of electromagnetic fields (field line diagrams,
Describe the operation of certain technological devices that make use
of electromagnetic fields.
Physics: the nature of things. By Susan Lea and John Burke,
Brooks/Cole publishing Co.
We will be covering material in Volume 2, but you will need to make
constant reference to material in Volume 1, so you will need both
volumes, or the combined volume.
Laboratory Manual ( for Physics 232) available from the student
physics society at the first lab meeting.
CPS Course Response System. Purchase your response unit
from the book store, and register online at the CPS web site.
Instructions come with the CPS unit. The class key for this class
by the first day of classes.
Optional: Student solutions manual to accompany the
textbook. Contains complete solutions to some of the text problems.
The portable TA. Volume II. Andrew Elby. Prentice Hall.
You should come to class prepared. Please be sure you have done
the assigned reading, as listed on the class
prior to the class period. I shall be doing a minimal amount
of lecturing. A quiz on the assigned reading may happen in any class,
further warning. Please bring your registered CPS response unit and a
of loose-leaf notebook paper (not spiral bound!) to each class. During
class you will be asked to answer questions using your CPS unit, and we
may work on a class project. Your notes, your responses to
as recorded by the course response system, and quiz scores, as
appropriate, will form the basis for your class participation
As per national guidelines, be prepared to spend at least 9 hours a
week outside of class time on
The assigned homework problems are listed on the class
schedule. Homework is due every TUESDAY.
Please follow the instructions . You should
every problem. Help sessions will
announced during the first week of classes. During these sessions you
be able to obtain help with the homework. Also please note my office hours. (Check
often during the first two weeks of the semester for possible changes).
If you cannot
attend any of the posted office hours, then please make an appointment.
can also ask questions via e-mail. If you use e-mail, your questions
must be well-focussed and specific. You may NOT turn in your
homework via e-mail. You are also encouraged to form study groups,
but be sure that the work you turn in is your own. Homework is very
– you cannot learn anything without practice! Please take this
very seriously. Tutorials for
some of the assigned problems are available on my web site.
A minimum score of 50% on the homework is required for a
of C or better in the class.
There will be 2 mid-term examinations. All exams will be closed book.
The final exam will be a comprehensive, closed book exam. It will be
the assigned time as given in the class schedule---Tuesday May 25 at 8
Grades will be assigned according to the following algorithm:
An overall score of at least 50% is required for a grade of C or
better. In addition, an average score of 50% or more on
homework is required for a grade of C or better. A student
whose scores improve throughout the semester will receive a higher
grade than a student with the same numerical score overall whose scores
- Class participation: 15%
- Each midterm: 15% (x2)
- Homework: 15%
- Final examination: 30%
- Best of the above scores: 10%
The laboratory class (Physics 232) must be completed with a passing
grade in order for a grade to be assigned in Physics 230. In the event
that the lab is not passed, the requirements for 230 will not have been
completed, and a grade of INCOMPLETE will be assigned until the lab is
You may download a zipped copy of the
computer disk that accompanies the text book . If the programs
run, go to this web site
and download vbrun300.dll.
or try this link:
Students who would like the MAC version should bring me a blank
disk, labeled with your name.
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