University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 1202W.300

Introductory Physics for Biology and Pre-medicine II

Week 2
modified 19-Jan-2018 at 2:03PM by Thomas Walsh

This week we cover electric fields and field lines for configurations of charges--see SK 16.1, 16.2, 16.3, 16.4 and 16.10. (This refers to sections in the Sternheim and Kane book, "SK".) Also, look at 16.12 - Flux and Gauss' Law that we will touch on Friday.

For some background on atoms--see SK 27.3,27.4, 28.5

For the Thursday group meeting, you should read ahead a bit, on the Electric Field of a uniformly charged plate. Also make sure that you understand the Electric Field of a uniformly thin charged rod.

This week we have an orientation lab. The TAs should discuss what is expected of you: what a good lab notebook looks like and what a good lab report looks like. You will be taking a survey quiz, hosted on Canvas. So please have at least one person in your group bring a laptop or iPad.

Homework #2 is due Thursday and will be checked off by your TA. Remember to keep a separate homework notebook.

SK Chapter 16 problems 9, 13, 16, 22 and 45 (page 412+)
SK Chapter 16 problems 64 and 69 (page 416)

The solution manual for SK is posted at the class material link, but you should first try to do the problems before checking the solutions.

Week 1
modified 19-Jan-2018 at 3:27PM by Thomas Walsh

There is no lab the first week There is an orientation lab meeting the second week. Please download the lab manual, you will use it!

However, Thursday group problem sessions will meet the first week. You have to check your registration materials for the Thursday room assignments.

Office hours in the tutoring area will be posted later.

Please look thru the "Supplementary Material" There is useful stuff posted there.

The first week you should read the book sections on Coulomb's law, SK 16.1 (i.e. the text, Chapter 16, section 1) and also 16.2 on the electric field, before Thursday. I assume that you will read the SK section on the electric field, which we will cover in more detail next Monday.

There is homework for this week, it is the four book problems SK 16.1, 16.3, 16.4, 16.5 at the end of the chapter; read the syllabus--you need to keep a homework notebook, checked on Thursday.

In future weeks, I may post a few suggested problems not due Thursday. Wednesdays I post the Thursday group problem. Also, note that the solutions to the SK book problems are now posted in the Supplementary Material section

Week 1 Notes | Download posted 19-Jan-2018 at 3:27PM
Group Problem for this Week | Download posted 17-Jan-2018 at 11:21AM

Solutions - Quizzes, Group Problems and Other Material
modified 18-Jan-2018 at 3:31PM by Thomas Walsh
Week 1 Group Solutions | Download posted 18-Jan-2018 at 3:31PM

Tutoring and Office Hours
modified 18-Jan-2018 at 2:51PM by Thomas Walsh

Amy Fritz, Friday, 11:15-12.05
Jackson Olsen, Monday, 3:35-4:25, email:
Pro Sahu, Thursday, 3:35-4:25, email:
Ragnar Stefansson, Tuesday, 8:00-8:50, email:

My office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 3:20-4:10 (after class)

Supplementary Material
modified 17-Jan-2018 at 11:20AM by Thomas Walsh
1202 Lab Manual | Download posted 15-Jan-2018 at 1:11PM
Book Homework Solutions | Download posted 17-Jan-2018 at 11:19AM
List of Sections and TAs - as of January 16 | Download posted 17-Jan-2018 at 11:20AM
The Competent Problem Solver | Download posted 2-Jan-2018 at 2:02PM
Useful Sheet to Organize Problem Solutions | Download posted 15-Jan-2018 at 1:11PM
Writing a Lab Report Guide | Download posted 15-Jan-2018 at 1:16PM
Keeping a Lab Notebook | Download posted 15-Jan-2018 at 1:16PM
Sample Lab Notebook | Download posted 15-Jan-2018 at 1:17PM
Sample Lab Report | Download posted 15-Jan-2018 at 1:18PM