Kennesaw State University
College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Physics
Principles of Physics II
Professor Nikolaos Kidonakis
Office: SC 437
Phone: (470) 578-6607
Lectures: MWF 10:10-11:00am, ALC 1201
Breakout sessions: MW 11:15am-12:05pm Bagwell 119, F 11:15am-12:05pm University Hall 121
Office hours: after the breakout sessions or by appointment
Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, Serway and Jewett, 10th
PHYS 2212. Principles of Physics II. 4-0-3.
Prerequisite: MATH 2202 and PHYS 2211
This course is an introductory calculus-based course on electromagnetism, physical optics, and quantum physics. The student will be able to apply the concepts of electric field and electric potential to problems in electrostatics and with electric currents, describe the motion of charged particles in magnetic fields and induction, explain the origin of electromagnetic waves and properties of light, determine the behavior of light waves passing through single or multiple slits, and understand elementary principles of quantum physics.
PHYS 2212 is a calculus-based course on electromagnetism and modern physics. Problem solving will be emphasized. Homework is an integral part of the course. The course will cover electric forces and fields, electric flux and Gauss's law, electric potential, electric current, capacitors, direct current circuits, magnetic fields and flux, Biot-Savart and Ampere's laws, Faraday's law of induction, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, interference and diffraction, quantum physics, the photoelectric and Compton effects, wave-particle duality, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the Schrodinger equation, Bohr's model of the hydrogen atom, size and structure of nuclei, elementary particles and fundamental forces, quarks and leptons, the Standard Model of particle physics, and cosmology.
1. Analyze and solve electrostatic problems for discrete and continuous charge distributions using pictorial, graphical, physical, or mathematical representations (including calculus and vectors), and other representations as appropriate.
2. Analyze and solve magnetostatics and induction problems using pictorial, graphical, physical, or mathematical representations (including calculus and vectors), and other representations as appropriate.
3. Analyze and solve DC and AC circuit problems using pictorial, graphical, physical, or mathematical representations (including calculus and phasors), and other representations as appropriate.
4. Explain the nature of electromagnetic waves and predict the behavior of light waves passing through single or multiple slits.
5. Identify and describe the basic ideas of quantum theory, and apply its principles to simple systems.
Tests 60% (3 tests, 20% each)
Final Exam 25%
Grades: A >90%; B 80%-90%; C 70%-80%; D 60%-70%; F <60%
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is October 10.
Introduction; Electric forces and fields
Chapter 22: Sects. 22.1-22.6
Electric fields of charge distributions; flux and Gauss's law
Chapter 23: Sects. 23.1-23.4
Aug 28-Sept 1
Chapter 24: Sects. 24.1-24.6
Review; Test 1
Test 1 is on Sept 8
Chapter 25: Sects. 25.1-25.7
Current, resistance, and DC circuits
Chapter 26: Sects. 26.1- 26.6
Chapter 27: Sects. 27.1-27.5
Magnetic fields; Test 2
Chapter 28: Sects. 28.1-28.5
Test 2 is on September 29
Biot-Savart and Ampere's laws; Magnetic flux
Chapter 29: Sects. 29.1-29.6
Chapter 30: Sects. 30.1-30.6
Inductance; AC circuits
Chapter 31: Sects. 31.1-31.4
Chapter 32: Sects. 32.1-32.8
Maxwell's equations; Electromagnetic waves
Chapter 33: Sects. 33.1-33.7
Oct 30-Nov 3
Test 3; Wave optics
Test 3 is on Oct 30
Chapter 36: Sects. 36.1-36.3
Chapter 37: Sects. 37.1-37.3
Chapter 39: Sects. 39.1-39.8
Chapter 40: Sects. 40.1-40.3
Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Chapter 41: Sects. 41.1-41.7
Chapter 43: Sects. 43.1-43.4
Fall break; no classes
Nov 27-Dec 1
Particle Physics and Cosmology
Chapter 44: Sects. 44.1-44.11
Monday, December 11, 10:30am-12:30pm
Please note that any mobile device that transmits a signal is not permitted to be used in an exam. All mobile devices should be deactivated during exams. Final exam make-up is only for documented and excused emergencies or for scheduling conflicts with other final exams.
Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
Attendance & Participation
Students are expected to attend all lectures and recitations, take all tests and exams, and complete all homework assignments.