General Physics II, Physics 114 (Gary Wysin)
Kansas State University, 2007 -- 2018.

Copyright 2018 (Gary M. Wysin) as to the syllabus and all lectures, exams, and online notes. During this course students are prohibited from selling notes to or being paid for taking notes by any person or commercial firm without the express written permission of the professor teaching this course.

Gary Wysin, Office Hours: M 1:30 - 4:00 & appointment, CW 309. See me or your LAB or REC instructors for help.

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which includes all the information about the course schedule, homework assignments, etc.

You may want to try the following 7-question

(solution on the second page) to make sure you remember some basic concepts and ideas from General Physics I, that you will need in this course.

To get a list of tutors or see help room information, go to the physics department web pages related to teaching information.


The recommended text is the OpenStax College Physics text, which is available in several formats for free, click the link to find out more. A recommended reading schedule in this text is listed in the Spring 2018 PHYS 114 Course Syllabus . I also like to use the text Physics: Principles with Applications by D.C. Giancoli for reference. There are many others that would have similar explanations of the topics we cover in this course.

The homework is submitted online at www.saplinglearning.com .

A group-work problem on paper is being worked on and collected in each recitation class. See the syllabus and attend recitation for those details.

See the following Guide to Solving Physics Problems for some pointers on how to approach homework and exam problems: how to list the knowns and unknowns, see what concepts to apply, manipulate the equations needed, and generally, how to organize your solutions and get the right answers with correct units. Includes the basic outline of how to write out the "Show work" homework solutions that you will hand in during recitation classes.


Lecture Notes

Here I've summarized the main topics, formulas, and notes from each day's lecture.
Make sure you know what to do with the formulas, concentrate on the meanings of the symbols, etc!!
Try to understand the examples, they may help with the homework problems.

You can also refer to somewhat shorter summaries of the topics on the Phys 114 recitation web page.
But, you'll find much more complete explanations in the texts by OpenStax or Giancoli.

These lectures in CW 103 start on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and take place on Tuesday-Thursdays thereafter.
The exams take place on Mondays from 5:30-6:45 p.m in CW 101,102,103.
Chapter numbers from OS = OpenStax College Physics, Gi = Giancoli's Physics: Principles with Applications.

  1. OS18 (Gi16) -- Electric Charge and Force: Coulomb's Law
  2. OS18 (Gi16) -- Electric Field and Field Lines

  3. OS19 (Gi17) -- Electric Potential and Potential Energy
  4. OS19 (Gi17) -- Capacitance: Storing Charge and Energy

  5. OS20 (Gi18) -- Current & Resistance: Ohm's Law
  6. OS20 (Gi18) -- Electric Energy Units, etc.

    Exam 1 Equation Sheet, OpenStax Chapters 18, 19 & 20

  7. OS21 (Gi19) -- DC Circuits & Kirchhoff's Rules
  8. OS22 (Gi20) -- Magnetic Field and Forces

  9. OS22 (Gi20) -- Magnetic Applications: Solenoids, etc.
  10. OS23 (Gi21) -- Induced Electromotive Force (Faraday's Law)

  11. OS23 (Gi18 & 21) -- Generators, Motors and Transformers
  12. OS23 (Gi21) -- Inductors and Capacitors in AC Circuits
    OS23 (Gi21) -- AC Resonance and Oscillators

    Exam 2 Equation Sheet, OpenStax Chapters 21, 22 & 23

  13. OS24 (Gi22) -- Electromagnetic Waves
  14. OS25 (Gi23) -- Images by Reflection, Mirrors

  15. OS25 (Gi23) -- Images by Refraction, Lenses
  16. OS26 (Gi25) -- Optical Instruments and Vision

    Exam 3 Equation Sheet, OpenStax Chapters 24, 25, & 26

  17. OS27 (Gi24) -- Light Waves and Interference
    double slits: d=1.5 λ,   d=2.5 λ,   d=8 λ
  18. OS27 (Gi24) -- Rayleigh's Diffraction Limit; Polarization

  19. OS28 (Gi26) -- Relativity and Time Dilation
  20. OS28 (Gi26) -- Length Contraction; Mass & Energy

  21. OS29 (Gi27) -- Thermal Photons, Photo-electrons
  22. OS29 (Gi27) -- Photons & Matter Waves

  23. OS29 (Gi28) -- Quantum Mechanics and Uncertainty

    Exam 4 Equation Sheet, Openstax Chapters 27, 28 & 29

  24. OS30 (Gi27) -- Atomic Spectra & Bohr's Model

  25. OS30 (Gi28) -- Quantum Rules for Atoms; Periodic Table
  26. OS31 (Gi30) -- Nuclear Physics & Radioactive Decays

  27. OS31 (Gi30) -- Half-Life, Decay Rates and Activity
  28. OS32 (Gi31) -- Radiation Damage & Dosimetry

  29. OS32 (Gi31) -- Nuclear Energy, Fission, Fusion
  30. OS32 (Gi30 & 31) -- Review of Nuclear Physics

    Exam 5 Equation Sheet, OpenStax Chapters 30, 31 & 32

    Verify your KSU Final Exams Schedule


Spring 2018 Hour Exams
  Exam 1 - OpenStax Ch. 18, 19 & 20 ------------ Electric Fields, Potential, Current     Exam 1 Solution
  Exam 2 - OpenStax Ch. 21, 22 & 23 ------------ Circuits, Magnetism, EM Induction     Exam 2 Solution
  Exam 3 - OpenStax Ch. 24, 25 & 26 ---- EM Waves, Ray Optics, Optical Instruments     Exam 3 Solution
  Exam 4 - OpenStax Ch. 27, 28 & 29 ------------------Relativity & Quantum Physics     Exam 4 Solution
  Exam 5 - OpenStax Ch. 30, 31 & 32 --------------------Atomic & Nuclear Physics     Exam 5 Solution


Fall 2016 Hour Exams
  Exam 1 - Ch. 16,17 & 18A ------------ Electric Fields, Potential, Current     Exam 1 Solution
  Exam 2 - Ch. 18B,19,20 & 21 -------- Circuits, Magnetism, EM Induction     Exam 2 Solution
  Exam 3 - Ch. 22, 23, 24 & 25 --------------------- EM Waves & Optics     Exam 3 Solution
  Exam 4 - Ch. 26, 27 & 28 ---------------Relativity & Quantum Physics     Exam 4 Solution
  Exam 5 - Ch. 30 & 31 ------------------------------ Nuclear Physics     Exam 5 Solution


Fall 2013 Hour Exams
  Exam 1 - Ch. 16,17 & 18A ------------ Electric Fields, Potential, Current     Exam 1 Solution
  Exam 2 - Ch. 18B,19,20 & 21 -------- Circuits, Magnetism, EM Induction     Exam 2 Solution
  Exam 3 - Ch. 22, 23, 24 & 25 --------------------- EM Waves & Optics     Exam 3 Solution
  Exam 4 - Ch. 26, 27 & 28 ---------------Relativity & Quantum Physics     Exam 4 Solution
  Exam 5 - Ch. 30 & 31 ------------------------------ Nuclear Physics     Exam 5 Solution


Spring 2013 Hour Exams
  Exam 1 - Ch. 16,17 & 18 ------------ Electric Fields, Potential, Current     Exam 1 Solution
  Exam 2 - Ch. 19,20 & 21 ----------- Circuits, Magnetism, EM Induction     Exam 2 Solution
  Exam 3 - Ch. 22, 23, 24 & 25 --------------------- EM Waves & Optics     Exam 3 Solution
  Exam 4 - Ch. 26, 27 & 28 ---------------Relativity & Quantum Physics     Exam 4 Solution
  Exam 5 - Ch. 30 & 31 ------------------------------ Nuclear Physics     Exam 5 Solution


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Last update: Thursday May 10 2018
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