PHYSICS 221: UNIVERSITY PHYSICS, FALL 2000                                   


                                    GEOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY AND PHYSICS DEPARTMENT


Instructor: Cahit Erkal, EPS 222E, 587-7432,

Office Hours: 10:00-11:00 MTWRF plus open office hours at other times.

Classes/Labs:This class normally meets daily from 9:00 to 9:50 PM in EPS 119

Textbook: Fundamentals of Physics, David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker, John Wiley&Sons, Inc. This textbook was also used for P220.


References:  For a comparable alternative text see  College Physics, by Sears, Zemansky and Young; Principles of Physics, by Bueche; Physics by Giancolli.  For easy reading see Conceptual Physics, P. Hewitt, Sixth Edition


Course Description:

Physics 221, a 4 credit-hour course, is the second of a three-semester calculus-based physics sequence.  P220 and P221 are required for engineering and BS Chemistry majors at UTM.  It also provides the necessary background for the engineering students intending to transfer as well as chemistry and mathematics majors.  This course covers such fundamental topics as electric charge and field, electric potential, Gauss’s law, capacitance and resistance, electric circuits (AC and DC), magnetic field, induction, a synopsis of Maxwell’s equations, geometrical and physical optics.  The labs are included.



Mathematics 251 and Physics 220  are prerequisites for this course.  You are expected to be fluent in algebra and trigonometry and have a working knowledge of such mathematical operations as differentiation and integration.  See Appendix E and page A12 of the text.


Laboratory work –an integral part of this course—may include the usage of such methodologies as significant figures, error analysis and propagation, graphs and slopes, and linear regression.  The experiments are included in the course schedule attached to this document.   Laboratory reports will be collected and graded.  Usually the lab reports will be due week after the day of the experiment.

Laboratory work is scheduled in rooms EPS 224.  Since the room will not accommodate the entire class, we will operate on an “open lab” basis.  I will provide more information about the open labs and their operation.


Homework problems will be assigned during the lecture, and will be graded.  Due date for the homework will be announced in class.  Late homework will not be accepted without a valid excuse.


Five tests are scheduled during the semester ( Sept.6, Sept.26, Oct.16, Nov.13, Dec.6,

and Final examination on Dec.12, 7:45-9:45 am) .  The relative weighs for quizzes, laboratory and examinations and the scale for the course grade are provided below.

WEIGHTS: Quizzes 10%, Laboratory 10%, Homework 10%, Midterms 40%, Final 30%.

Grade Scale: 90-100=A, 80-89=B, 65-79=C, 50-64=D, < 50 =F

Elevator Policy:

In case there are physically disabled students in the class and both elevators fail to work in the EPS building, an alternate class meeting will be arranged only for the disabled students.  You may call me at my office number or the department office at x7430 and leave a message.  I will call you and arrange a special make-up session for you depending on the circumstances.





Week of

Chapter to read

Lab Topics(tentative)

Aug.  21,22,23,24,25

Quiz 1( Ch.22) on Aug. 25

Ch. 22 Electric charge

Ch.23 Electric Field


August 28,29,30,31, Sept. 1

Quiz 2( Ch.23) on Aug. 29

continue Ch. 23

Ch. 24 Gauss’s law



Test 1 (22,23,24) on Sept.6

Test 1 &

Ch. 25: Electric Potential

Demo/instructions for the lab, or exercises in class


Quiz 3(25) on Sept. 14

cont. 25 &

Ch. 26:Capacitance

Exp.1 :Electric Field Mapping

Sept. 18-22

Quiz 4( 26) on Sept. 21

Continue Ch. 26

Ch. 27: Current and Resistance


Sept. 25-29

Test 2(25,26,27) on Sept. 26

Ch. 28: Circuits


Oct. 2-6

Quiz 5 (28) on Oct .4

cont. 28&

Ch.29:Magnetic Field


Exp.2: DC Circuits

Oct. 9-13

Quiz 6(29) on Oct. 9

Ch. 30: Magnetic Fields due to Currents

start Ch.31


Oct. 16-18

Test 3 (28,29,30) on Oct. 16

Ch.31: Induction and Inductance


Mid term report Due

Fall Break

Oct. 23-27

Quiz 7(31) on Oct. 26

cont. 31 &

Ch. 32: Magnetism of Matter

Exp. 3: RC Circuit

Oct. 30,31

continue Ch. 32



Nov. 1-3

Quiz 8(32) on Nov. 2


Ch.33: AC Currents

Exp. 4: Magnetic force on a wire


Quiz 9(33) on Nov. 9

cont. Ch. 33&

Ch.35: Images

Exp. 5: AC Circuits


Test 4(31,32,33) on Nov.13

cont. 35&

Ch.36: Interference

Exp.6: Thin Lenses

Nov. 20-22

Quiz 10(35), Nov. 20

cont. Ch.36



Nov. 27-30

Quiz 11(36), Nov. 28

Ch. 37: Diffraction

 Exp.7: Diffraction

Dec. 4-7

Test 5(35,36,37), Dec. 6

cont. Ch.37, review and last TEST



FINAL Dec. 12, 7:45 am -9:45 am