Physics 214  Fundamentals of Physics II   Spring (12) 2012



Instructor: Mark Taylor       Office: Gerstacker 118

Phone: 569-5241

email:   taylormp


Office Hours: MWF 4:15-6:30, Tues. 9:00-12:00, 1:00-2:00 Thurs. 1:00-3:00

 Sunday 3:00-6:00

Physics Study Session: Thurs. 6:30-9:30 in Gerstacker 123


Meeting Times: MWF 2:45-4:05; Colton 2


Textbook: Six Ideas That Shaped Physics,  Units E & Q, by Thomas Moore

Unit O by Paul DeYoung


Course Overview: Physics is a quantitative study of the world around us.  The science is based on experimental observation and measurement.  However, the underlying goal of the subject is to summarize or explain all experimental results with a small set of fundamental theoretical "laws".  Thus physics seeks to provide a simple and unified description of the world. In the realm of electric and magnetic phenomena such a unification was achieved by Maxwell, who combined and extended the experimentally based "laws" of Coulomb, Gauss, Faraday, and Ampere into a simple (and beautiful) form known as Maxwell's equations. One surprising prediction of these equations is that light is actually an electromagnetic phenomenon and thus optics naturally falls within the subject matter of this course.  A unified description of physical processes in the atomic and subatomic world is provided by quantum mechanics, developed by Heisenberg and Schrodinger in the early twentieth century.  Although the results of quantum mechanics are clear, and extremely accurate, the meaning and interpretation of this theory remain the subject of debate among both physicists and philosophers.


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Links to pdf files:


Course Information Sheet        Syllabus        Lab Reports    Lab Report Checklist    Flash Cards



Problem Set 01        Problem Set 07


Problem Set 02        Problem Set 08


Problem Set 03        Problem Set 09


Problem Set 04        Problem Set 10


Problem Set 05        Problem Set 11


Problem Set 06        Problem Set 12







Prelab #1  (Electrostatics)                  Prelab #7  (focal length of lenses)


Prelab #2  (Electric field mapping)      Prelab #8  (diffraction & interference)


Prelab #3  (Ohm's law)                      Prelab #9  (CD groove spacing)


Prelab #4  (RC time constant)            Prelab #10  (hydrogen spectrum)


Prelab #5  (e/m for the electron)         Prelab #11 (half life of Indium 116)


Prelab #6  (electromagnetic Induction)




Downloadable Programs (6 Ideas Web-page):


    Equipotentials for Windows      Equipotentials for Mac


    Newton for Windows               Newton for Mac


    Interference for Windows         Interference for Mac


    Spins for Windows                   Spins for Mac