James M. Lockhart

Office: TH 334

Phone 338-2451


Office Hours: M 2:10-3:00; T 11:10-12:00; W 3:10-4:00; F 2:10-3:00

Help Sessions  (in TH230): T 8:10-9:00; W 10:10-11:00; W 12:10-1:00; Th 8:10-9:00

 Text and Other Course Materials:

S. Lea & J. Burke, Physics: The Nature of Things (Brooks/Cole Publishing, 1997) is required. We will cover material from Volume 2, but your will need to have Volume 1 or the Combined Volume for reference.

The accompanying Student Solutions Manual is optional, but recommended.

A Course Performance System (CPS) electronic response unit is required. Purchase your response keypad from the bookstore; it comes with instructions. Follow the instructions to register on-line at the CPSOnline web site ( You will need to pay a fee of $12.50 via credit card to enroll with eInstructiion. Your keypad will be linked to your name so that you can get credit for your in-class responses. The class key for this class is F4523N976. Please get your pad and register before the first class meeting.

We will be using an on-line homework system called ilrn (web site There are two optional items available which may help you. There is a package containing a setup CD and a guide to ilrn; it is not required since the needed instructions are available on-line, but it can save you a lot of download time if you have a slow internet connection. Also available for sale at the bookstore is an access code which will allow you use the tutorials available at the ilrn web site. Again, this is optional; the required on-line problems are accessible at no cost, but the tutorials might be useful if you need help in problem solving.

Prerequisites: Math 227 with a grade of C or better and Physics 220 with a grade of C or better. (Note that C- is not "C or better.")

If you took the equivalent of Physics 220 (Physics with Calculus I Mechanics) or Math 227 (second-semester calculus) at another college, you will need to bring me a transcript copy.

Co-Requisites: You must take the accompanying lab course, Phys 232, concurrently (unless you already have credit for Phys 232). Physics/Astronomy majors should take Math 228 concurrently.

Assignments: There will be weekly required homework assignments. A minimum 50% average homework grade is required. You may discuss the homework problems with me and with other students, but the writeup of the problems must be done on a totally individual basis. Solutions will be handed out or posted, so no late homework will be accepted. We plan for most of the homework to be online. You will be able to find out right away if you have done the problem correctly, and can re-try problems that you get wrong. The site for the ilrn system is; the enrollment code for this class is E-4NJGB28HVH44W.

Exams and Grades: There will be two midterm exams, a final exam, and frequent quiz problems (based on reading). The quizzes will mostly use the electronic response system. Grades will be assigned according to the following approximate percentages: homework, 15%; in-class electronic response questions, 20%; midterms & quizzes, 35%; final, 30%.

Laboratory: You must enroll in a section of the accompanying laboratory course, Physics 232. You will need to purchase a laboratory manual and notebook; your lab instructor will provide the details. See the lab schedule here.

Discussion Sections: Optional discussion/help sessions will be held weekly at several different times to be announced.

Efficient Method of Study: Before the lecture, read at least the indicated text sections and study the examples. Read the sections again after the lecture. At the very least, attempt all the assigned problems and if at all possible, work through some additional problems. Try to work the homework problems from fundamental relationships rather than by using special case formulae. Compare your solutions to the posted ones. Ask questions in the lecture, after the lecture, in discussion sections, and in office hours. Finally, keep up with the material as it is covered. Each new section will build on the previous material, and you will lose much of the benefit of the lectures and assignments if you fall behind.

                    Learning Objectives:

To develop an understanding of electrical and magnetic phenomena, including the topics shown on the course schedule, and to develop the ability to apply this knowledge to the solution of problems.

Course Schedule for Fall 2004

Homework Assignments for Fall 2004

Lecture Notes:

Intro Lecture in PDF format

Lecture 1 (partial; PDF)

Lecture 2 (PDF)

Lecture 3 (PDF)

Lecture 4 (PDF)

Lecture 5 (PDF)

Lecture 6 (PDF)

Lecture 7 (PDF)

Lecture 8 (PDF)

Lecture 9 (PDF)

Lecture 10 (PDF)

Lecture 11 (PDF)

Lecture 12 (PDF)

Lecture 13 (PDF)

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Lecture 15 (PDF)

Lecture 16 (PDF)

Lecture 17 (PDF)

Lecture 18 (PDF)

Lecture 19 (PDF)

Lecture 20 (PDF)

Lecture 21 (PDF)

Lecture 22 (PDF)

Lecture 23 (PDF)

Lecture 24 (PDF)

Lecture 25 (PDF)

Lecture 26 (PDF)

Lecture 27 (PDF)

Lecture 28 (PDF)

Lecture 29 (PDF)

Prac. Midterm 2 Review

Lecture 30 (PDF)

Lecture 31 (PDF)

Lecture 32 (PDF)

Lecture 33 (PDF)

Lecture 34 (PDF)

Lecture 35 (PDF)

Lecture 36 (PDF)

Lecture 37 (PDF)

Lecture 38 (PDF)

Lecture 39 (PDF)

Homework Solutions (Solutions are also posted on Thornton Hall 1st floor)














Practice Midterm Solutions




Midterm Solutions



Equations Sheets

Eqn Sheet 3

Eqn. Sheet 2

Eqn. Sheet 1

Grade Ranges

Midterm 1 Grade Ranges

Midterm 2 Grade Ranges

Web site for simulations of RC and RLC circuits


Fall 2004 Final Exam and Course