University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 1402V.006

Honors Physics II

Session: Spring 2015 (1/20-5/08)
Instructor: Paul Haines (e-mail: haines @ physics.umn.edu)
Time: 1220 Th
Location: BuH 123

This is the second of a three semester introductory course in physics for students in the University Honors Program. It is designed to prepare you for work in your field by: having a solid conceptual understanding of the way the real world works based on a few fundamental principles of physics; being able to solve realistic problems using logical reasoning and quantitative problem solving skills; applying those physics concepts and problem solving skills to new situations; and learning to effectively communicate technical information. This course requires you to understand the material in depth; it will go at a faster pace than Physics 1302W and at a higher mathematical level. The emphasis will always be on the application of physics principles to interesting situations, and problems will be designed to simulate such situations. 1402V will emphasize the application of the principles learned in 1401V to the electromagnetic interaction. Fundamental ideas will be applied to complex systems using abstract concepts such as vector fields. Students should have the ability and desire to use mathematics not yet introduced in math class. A laboratory is included to allow you to apply physical principles to the real world in a carefully controlled environment, and will also emphasize technical communications skills. A discussion section will give you the opportunity to clarify your conceptual understanding, and practice your problem-solving skills, by practicing working problems with other students.

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