University Physics II -- 2044

Physics attempts to describe nature with a minimal number of mathematical rules. With this set of rules it is possible to quantitatively describe and reproduce a rich set of things that we observe. The material covered in this semester was understood fully in the latter half of the 19th century, by Maxwell, Gauss, Faraday, and many others. This achievement made possible most of the comforts of modern life. Here is a picture of Mawell.

Physics remains a difficult subject which requires significant concentration. Only by carefully doing the homework in a quiet environment will you be able to master the material. I can not make it easy, but I will not throw curveballs. The material in the homework will consistently appear on the midterms and final.

Lecture Instructors:

Derek Teaney
Arkansas State University
PO Box 419
State University, AR 72467

Office: Lab Sciences East, 107

(870) 972-3313, Fax 3089

Course Organization

Grade Determination

The course will consist of homework, labs and quizzes, three midterms, and the final. The percentage each of these is worth is the following.

I will drop one midterm. For this reason there will be NO MAKE-UPS FOR MIDTERMS

Lab and Quizzes 10%
Homework 10%
Midterm I 25%
Midterm II 25%
Final 30%

The Homework

Homework is an essential part of the course and your grade.

The problems will be downloadable from the University of Texas website. To use this service one needs to do the following.

  1. First get a identification number from University of Texas called a UT EID number from this site. Please give this number UT EID to me though the password is yours and your responsibility.
  2. Next Logon at this site and register yourself as a student in our class which is Class Number 20441
  3. .
  4. Do the assignment.

Everyone has a moment in the semester that it is impossible to do everything. Therefore, I will drop the lowest homework. Often it is impossible to tell which homework is the lowest -- some may be worth more than others for example. I will try to come up with the most rational way of "dropping the lowest" homework and apply this uniformly throughout the class.


Class Meetings

The class meets Tuesday and Thursday in Laboratory Sciences East 308.

Office Hours

Please feel free to contact me at anytime. My official office hours are,

Other Items

The Text Book

The book is Physics for Scientists and Engineers, by Serway and Jewet. 6th Edition.

Getting Help

First one is welcome to come to office hours. There is also Student Support Services

Academic Honesty

My policy follows the recommendation of the University


Every effort will be made to accommodate students with disabilities. Please also contact the Office of Disability Services


You do not have to come to class. But, I will give quizzes so if you miss class you could get a zero. However, if you tell my one day before (email before 5:00p.m.) that you will not be able to make it to class, and we have a quiz, we will arrange for you to take a separate similar (but not identical) quiz. What is "similar" will be decided by me. I do not need to know why you want to miss class and will not ask.

Lecture Notes

I will scan the lecture notes and put them here.

Week 1 l1
Week 2 l2, l3, Efield, lab1
Week 3 coulomb1, coulomb2,
Week 4 gauss
Week 5 pot1, pot2
Week 6--Review review1, review2
Week 7 examgrades, capacitors, cap_form
Week 8 kirchoff.doc raw_form2.pdf current_form
Week 9 Ampere's Law Summary and problems
Week 10 Ampere's Law Summary and problems
Week 11-12 the problem on last exam and Chp 29.23 which we did in class. , Problems on Faraday's Law
Week 13 waves