GENERAL PHYSICS II WITH CALCULUS
PHY 2524 COURSE SYLLABUS
KENNETH W. BAGWELL: OFFICE F-9
TEXT: PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. Sixth Edition. Serway and
CREDIT: Four semester hours.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A calculus-based course emphasizing qualitative and
quantitative approaches to the fundamental principles and concepts of second semester
general physics, recommended for students majoring in chemistry, physics, mathematics
PREREQUISITE: PHY 2514.
STUDENT DISABILITIES: In requesting special classroom accommodations, a student
must follow the college policy as written in the Student Handbook and in the Guidelines
for Students with Disabilities Handbook. It is the responsibility of the student to provide
documentation and requests for accommodations to the Dean of Student Services.
EVALUATION PROCEDURES: There will be seven lecture quizzes, fourteen group
laboratory reports and a comprehensive final examination. The average of the lecture
quizzes will count 50%, the average of the group laboratory reports will count 25% and
the final comprehensive examination will count 25% of the final grade. The raw final
comprehensive examination grade will be counted in place of any and all missing lecture
quizzes and laboratory reports. Any questions concerning the lecture material should be
addressed before the quiz or examination date. Absolutely no help will be given the day
of the quiz or examination. There will be no “make-up” or “extra credit”. Calculators
will be required throughout the semester. The calculator will need to have basic
mathematical functions such as SIN, COS, TAN, et cetera. Programmable calculators
will not be allowed at any time. Any and all mathematical work turned in must show any
and all logical steps to solution to receive credit.
GRADING SCALE: The grading scale is as follows:
A = 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 70 – 79
D = 60 – 69
F = 0 – 59
MEDIA CENTER: The media center houses many instructional aids including cassettes,
filmstrips, booklets, computer discs and solution manuals. In addition, a science tutor is
available during posted hours
WITHDRAWAL: A student may withdraw by following the established procedure as
printed in the Student Handbook. Properly completed withdrawal forms become part of
the student’s record. To receive a withdrawal or audit, a student should consult the
current college catalog or student handbook for the semester in question and make
arrangements with the instructor and the Admissions Office to receive a “W” or an “AU”
on his or her transcript. Such arrangements cannot be used beyond the dates established
in the college schedule. A drop slip must be obtained from the instructor by the drop date
to drop the class, or a grade of “F” will be posted to the permanent record.
ABSENTEE POLICY: Because of the intensity of this course, absences are discouraged.
As stated in the college handbook, three tardies of less than fifteen minutes will count as
a normal absence. Five hours of absences during the semester for any reason will result
in an immediate drop from the class. Official absences for official college functions are
excused and are not counted. If a class must be missed, all assignments and notes should
be obtained from a classmate. There are no “make-up” sessions. Failure to follow the
lecture procedures will result in removal from lecture which will result in an absence.
STANDARD LECTURE / LABORATORY OPERATING PROCEDURES: Leave the
room exactly as found. Bring a textbook, syllabus, calculator, paper and a pencil. Food,
drink and tobacco products are not permitted. Cell phones, pagers and any other
unnecessary electronic devices are not permitted. Children, grandparents, cats, dogs,
birds, et cetera, are not permitted. Do not leave without permission. Do not round off
until the final answer. Programmable calculators are not permitted. Sleeping is not
permitted. Unnecessary conversations are not permitted.
LABORATORY OVERVIEW: Since physics is an experimental science, laboratory
experimentation is integral to the understanding of physical principles. Due to the nature
of the laboratory experiments, labs may not be made up. The raw final comprehensive
examination grade will be counted for any group laboratory report missed. Any member
of the group that leaves before the lab is completed will receive a zero for the lab grade.
Safety is of paramount importance in the laboratory. Sloppiness leads to accidents. It is
the responsibility of each lab group to keep the lab clean and orderly. Accidents lead to
injuries that are often the result of not following safety practices. If I have to clean up a
mess or look for equipment after the lab, I will deduct ten points from the lab group’s
grade. If I do not know which lab group is responsible, I will deduct ten points from
everyone’s lab grade. Failure to follow the laboratory procedures will result in penalties
up to and including removal from the laboratory which will result in an absence.