PHY 2049, Section 1
Fall 2016

Description of the Course

PHY 2049 is the second half of a calculus-based introductory physics course intended for science and engineering majors. It covers the subjects of electrostatics, electric current, magnetostatics, Faraday's Law and inductance, electromagnetic waves, geometric optics, and optical interference effects. A firm grounding in classical mechanics (physics I) and differential and integral calculus is essential for successful completion of this course.


Essential Prerequisites


Text Book

H.D. Young and R.A. Freedman
University Physics
Fourteenth Edition
ISBN 13:978-0-321-97361-0
ISBN 10:0-321-97361-5

Recommended Problem Solving Course PHZ 2103

Designed to help you learn how to solve PHY 2049 problems
U01-C(82591) PHZ 2103 Prob Solving Phy II, Wed 3:00-3:50
U02-C(82597) PHZ 2103 Prob Solving Phy II, Tu 9:30-10:20

Publisher's Website for Tutoring Help

Addison-Wesley Tutoring Center provides one-on-one tutoring help
Go here for the website

Course Links

Course Outline

Reading Assignments

Problem Set Closing Dates

Test Solutions

Using Mastering Physics


Grades will be based on the homework and three tests. The homeworks will count 15% of your total grade, the average of your two best tests will count 70% of your total grade, and your worst test will count the remaining 15% of your total grade.

A passing grade (C or better) will require approximately 50% of the total points possible; an A grade will require 85% of the total points possible.

All tests must be taken on the scheduled date. Makeup tests will not be given. If you miss a test for any reason, then you will receive a zero grade for that test.


Incompletes will be given only in the event of an emergency occurring immediately prior to the date of the last test. To receive an incomplete, a student must provide documentation to support the claim of an emergency. Students who do not have a passing grade at the time of the last test will not be considered for an incomplete under any circumstances. Incompletes normally have to be made up within one month of the end of the semester. They cannot be made up by retaking the course the following semester.

Homework Assignments

Homework assignments consist of a reading assignment and a problem assignment, both of which constitute essential parts of the course.

The reading assignment should be carried out before the corresponding material is discussed in lecture.

The problem assignment should be carried as soon as possible after the relevant material is discussed in class and will be graded using a web based homework system. To work on the problems you must first go to the website and register to use the system (if you are not already registered). There are various options for gaining access to the system, which are detailed on the website. The course ID number for this section of PHY 2049 is MAXWELLFALL2016. Once you have registered using this code, you will be able to access the problems in each homework set and submit solutions. There are a total of 11 problem sets. All sets are currently open, but they have different closing dates. After the closing date for a particular set, you will no longer be able to submit solutions for credit, but you can still access the problem set for review purposes.

Each problem set consists of two problem types: practice problems and end-of-chapter (EOC) problems. The practice problems carry no credit and are step-by-step problems that are designed to help you learn the concepts presented in the text and lectures and to test your understanding of these concepts. Even though these problems do not have any points associated with them, I strongly encourage you to look at them, especially if you are having trouble with the EOC problems. The EOC problems are identical to or very similar to the problems at the back of each chapter in the text and are the problems that will determine your homework grade for the course.

For some helpful hints in using the on-line problem system go here.