Physics 162 Syllabus, Spring 2014

Instructor: Professor Henry Greenside   919-660-2548     Physics 097
Teaching Assistant:   Emilie Huffman        Physics 294
Homework Grader: Victor Bai

Welcome      Time and Place      Prerequisites      What You Need      Class Policy     

Weekly Reading      Grading      Getting Help      Important Dates      References     


Time and Place


    Knowledge of Physics 161 material or its equivalent, and a solid understanding of a full-year of calculus at the level of Duke's Math 112L course. If you are not sure whether you have an adequate background, please make an appointment to see Professor Greenside no later than the end of the first week of classes.

    Note: if you got a 5 in the AP Physics C electricity and magnetism exam and have taken multivariate calculus or more advanced math courses, you should meet with Professor Greenside no later than the end of the first week of classes to discuss whether it will be worth your while to take Physics 162. The key issue is whether you will be prepared to take Physics 264L ("Modern Physics") if you don't take 162; 264 is too hard if a student knows only high school AP physics C and high school AP calculus. In the past, most physics and biophysics majors have found taking 162 quite worthwhile, even when they had a 5 on the AP Physics C electricity and magnetism exam.

What You Need:

  1. An iclicker 2 electronic polling device. Using these devices will be an essential part of the course, they will help everyone determine if they are understanding key ideas and they will be used to stimulate discussion during classes.
    Note: please bring your iClicker 2 device to every class and to every recitation, starting Tuesday, January 14. The device is small and light enough that you can keep it in your backpack or purse for the entire semester.

  2. The book Physics for Scientists and Engineers, a Strategic Approach, Third Edition by Randall Knight (Addison-Wesley, 2012). The Duke textbook store will be selling a special course package that includes just the chapters needed for the course (Chapters 20-36, corresponding to Volumes III and IV), and a card that gives you access to the online website MasteringPhysics which includes an electronic version of the full Knight text and access to resources such as homework assignments, demos, and physics applets.

    Note: please use the third edition of Knight rather than an earlier edition. This will make your life much easier since throughout the course I will be referring to specific pages, examples, and homework problems from the third edition.

  3. A computer with access to the Internet and a modern browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You will need to access email, the 162 webpage, the Duke Sakai website, the course Piazza website, and various websites and multimedia files as mentioned in class.

  4. A calculator that can handle floating point notation (for example, 1.2 × 10-5), and various functions like sin, cos, and exp and their inverses. A graphing calculator is not necessary but will be occasionally helpful. Your calculator will be needed mainly for your homework problems, nearly all quiz and exam problems will not require calculators since you will learn the skill of how to do approximate estimations without a calculator as part of this course.

Class Policy

Weekly Reading and Online Video Tutorials