Physics 272: Honors Physics II
Spring 2017

Class News

The final is this Wednesday, May 10, from 12 to 3. For students with last names A - R, it will be in PLH on Busch. For S-Z it will be in SEC 210 on Busch. Bring #2 pencils, eraser, a calculator (no wireless connectivity), and your formula sheets -- 3 sides, 8.5x11", prepared by yourself. I recommend reusing your single-sided sheets from Exams 1 and 2 and adding one more single-sided sheet for the new material. The exam is 34 multiple-choice questions, with breakdown 22 questions on the last third of the course (starting mid Chapter 29) and roughly 6 questions each from the material on Exams 1 and 2 (but fluids will NOT be on the exam). I will have an office hour tonight from 6-7 in Scott 101 -- if there is a room change due to exams, I will post it on the door after we find a new room.

Last year's final exam, for practice, is available here. Answers are separate, here.

Exam 2 solutions are available here.

REMINDER: EXAM 2 IS THIS SUNDAY APRIL 9 6:10 PM - 7:10 PM + 15 minutes extra time if you need it. Last names A - R go to Physics Lecture Hall and S - Z to SEC 118. Bring #2 pencils, eraser, calculator, Rutgers ID and your single-sided self-prepared 8.5"x11.0" formula sheet. ALSO NOTE: NO CLASS ON MONDAY APRIL 10!

Here is Exam 2 from last year. Note two differences -- it included Chapters 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 only (our Exam 2 also includes Chapter 28 and the first part of Chapter 29). The format included some questions that had numerical rather than multiple choice answers. Here are the answers. For Chapter 28-29, study the relevant questions from last year's final: #1, 2, 9, 17, 25 (answers).

I have posted practice problems for Exam 2 -- see the link in the list above. Use the practice problems to help you make the formula sheet for the exam (single sided 8.5"x11"; more details on the practice problems page). I will also give you practice exam problems closer to the exam.

Exam 1 solutions are available here.

The practice exam for Exam 1 is now available here, with answers separately available here.

The syllabus is now posted at the link above. Note our upcoming common hour exam on Monday evening February 27, 9:40PM - 10:40 PM in ARC 103. We will use the class hour that day as an exam review.

Office hours are on Tuesdays 3:45-4:30PM in Serin 287 (Theoretical Physics Reading Room) on Busch and Sundays 6PM-7PM in SC 101 on CAC. It's very informal: we will work through either problems I select, or any questions/problems that students bring and want to discuss.

Please bring your clicker to class and have it out and ready to go at the beginning of the lecture.

our class key is

rutgers 5205 9048

Search for the course name: it is Physics 272 Spring 2017 and enroll in the class.
Do the practice quiz (#1) asking about your mathematics preparation.  This is for my information only; just put the truthful answer and ignore the message that tells you your score. In any case, the quizlets are not graded.
Then, visit the prelecture page for Monday's lecture and do the prelecture quizlet before the start of lecture on Monday.

No recitations in the first week of class. Recitations begin the week of January 23; the quizzes will start in the first recitation section.

Course Information

The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays 3:35-4:30 PM in the Physics Lecture Hall, with one recitation session per week.

The main goal of the course is to give students a solid grounding in fluids, waves, electromagnetism and optics at an elementary level, combining an understanding of the main principles and techniques, the ability to solve problems, and mastery of relevant mathematics appropriate to an honors level course. We will accomplish this through systematic study of the required textbook. Before each lecture, you will be asked to do a short focused reading and take an online quizlet. Lectures will focus on the key points in the material covered, with the assumption that students have attentively completed the prelecture material. Recitations will review the material in the previous two lectures, focusing on problem solving. At the end of each recitation, there will be a ten-minute quiz on the material discussed.
Homeworks will be assigned weekly in WebAssign. There will be two hour exams, scheduled as common hour exams outside of class, and a closed-book final exam. Grades are computed using 25% for homework (lowest 2 dropped), 15% for recitation quizzes (lowest 2 dropped), 15% for each hour exam and 25% for the final exam, and 5% for prelecture participation (lowest 5 dropped).

Necessary materials for the course are the same as those for Honors Physics I:
1) an Iclicker (for class participation)
2) a copy of the book Halliday, Resnick, Walker: Fundamentals of Physics (earlier editions are fine)
3) a license for the online homework software WebAssign (otherwise you will not be able to do the homework! )
Webassign class key is rutgers 5205 9048


Prof. Karin Rabe (lectures)
Serin 265
office hours:

Tuesdays 3:45-4:30PM in Serin 287 (Theoretical Physics Reading Room) on Busch and Sundays 6PM-7PM in SC 101 on CAC
recitation instructors:
Shraddha Dogra
Conan Huang
Nicodemos Varnava

This page is maintained by Karin Rabe.