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Course Descripition

This course is intended for engineers and majors in mathematics and the physical sciences.


The course has a corequisite of Physics 231 and a Corequisite of Math 241

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Handler
Office: 504 Physics
Phone: 974-7820
Class Times: M_W_F: 8:00 am - 8:50 am
Office Hours: 9:00 am Monday (Or by arrangement)


Required Textbooks
Young and Friedman, University Physics, 13th Edition

Schaum's Outline of Beginning Physics I by Alvin Halpern - Mechanics and Heat
Schaum's Outline of Beginning Physics II by Alvin Halpern - Waves, Electromagnetism, Optics and Modern Physics
or any other similar physics problem solving book.


The semester grade will be determined from the following:

Hour Examinations - 65%

There will be three class exams, counting for 65%. No exam score will be dropped and ordinarily no make-up exams will be given. However, if there are documentable circumstances, a makeup will be considered. Exams will be closed book.

Packback - 10%

Exact details to be determined

Laboratory - 25%

While laboratory work will be graded by each Lab Instructor independently, an effort will be made to insure a uniform grading policy between different laboratory sections. Laboratory make-ups are entirely at the lab instructor’s discretion and arrangements for such must be made with the lab instructor.

Grading Scale

Your grade will be determined using the number determined from the above description. The grade boundaries are:

A 90 and above
B+ 88 and above
B 80 and above
C+ 78 and above
C 70 and above
D 60 and above
F below 60

All work submitted by a student is expected to represent their own work. Students are expected to perform all work in conformance with the University policies regarding Academic Honesty.

Examination Schedule

Examination Date Time Date Returned Solution
Test I:  Feb. 9  8:00 - 8:50        
Test II:  Mar. 9  8:00 - 8:50        
Test III:  May 4  8:00 - 10:00      

Dates for class exams are provisional and are subject to change as situations may warrant. Date changes will be announced in class, via email, and posting to the course site on Blackboard. It is the student’s responsibility to verify exam dates.

If you have any questions concerning the grading of a particular examination, you have one week from the time that the examination is returned. I will email when the exams have been graded and the scores posted to Blackboard. After one week, the grade is final!


Below you will find a list of the chapters from the textbook that will be covered this semester. Associated with each chapter is(are) PDFs representing displayed material presented in class. You should NOT solely depend upon these notes.

Readings / Lectures Subject Material Suggested Problems
Chapter 14 Lecture01
Periodic Motion
14.2, 14.4, 14.9, 14.17, 14.21, 14.27, 14.32, 14.35, 14.38, 14.45, 14.49, 14.67, 14.73, 14.83
Chapter 15 Lecture02
Mechanical Waves
Chapter 16 Lecture03
Chapter 32 Lecture04
Electromagnetic Waves
Chapter 33 Lecture05
Chapter 34 Lecture06
Geometric Optics
Chapter 35 Lecture07
Chapter 36 Lecture08
Chapter 37 Lecture09
Chapter 38 Lecture10
Photons, Electrons, and Atoms
Chapter 39 Lecture11
Wave Nature of Particles
Chapter 40 Lecture12
Quantum Mechanics
Chapter 41 Lecture13
Atomic Structure
Chapter 42 Lecture14
Condensed Matter
Chapter 43 Lecture15
Nuclear Physics
Chapter 44 Lecture16
Particle Physics

Problem Solving

If you have difficulty in solving problems, you can find some problem solving tips at

You can also avail yourself of The Physics Department's tutorial center located on the second floor of the Physics Building.

Disability Statement

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at 865-974-6087 in 2227 Dunford Hall to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.