Course description 
The second of a twosemester series in general physics. This survey course will use algebra, trigonometry, and calculus and is recommended for chemistry and zoology majors. It also satisfies the requirements of medical and dental schools. The course is a continuation of PHYS 141, and covers waves, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. 

Prerequisite 
PHYS141 or equivalent. Students are expected to be comfortable and proficient in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. 

Corequisite 
MATH141 or MATH221 

Instructor 
Prof. Arpita Upadhyaya Office hours to be announced 

Website 
and go to the class page for 142. HW
assignments will be posted here. The syllabus and
schedule can also be found here: 

Books 


Credits 


Lectures 
Physics 1201, MWF Students are required to attend lectures, where homework assignments will be given and collected, exams will be announced and administered and the course material will be presented. Lectures will consist of prepared video presentation, calculations done on the chalkboard, live demonstrations and student participation. The video component of lectures will be available on this web site in Adobe pdf format on the day that the lecture is given. 

Sections 


Lab 
You will do a total of 11 laboratory assignments. Lab sections will be conducted by a Teaching Assistant. You are required to do the designated lab section each week and complete the assigned experiment. You should read the lab description beforehand. For each lab, you must give your TA a completed “check sheet” and written answers to the questions at the end of the laboratory writeup. Your lab grade will be based on these questions (maximum 20 points, equally divided into the number of questions). The TA will deduct points if your handwriting is illegible, or if your answer is hard to understand because of poor grammar. Each lab must be turned in before the end of the laboratory period. You will do all your work in class. If you cannot attend a session for an excusable reason you may attend another section given the same week with the permission of the Instructor. Or you may attend a scheduled makeup session. In general, it will only be possible to perform a single experiment during the makeup session. 

Discussion sections 
Discussion sections will be conducted by Teaching Assistants, and are a forum where students can ask questions about the course material and where problems will be worked with student participation 

Tutoring 
The Physics Department has a free tutoring service, the Slawsky Clinic, run by a group of retired senior
physicists. It is located in Room 1214 in the Physics building. The time
reserved for PHYS142 is 1011 and 121 Monday through Friday. However, you
can usually get help at any time they are open, from10 AM until 

Preparation 
Not all material will be directly covered in lectures.
Students are responsible for reading and understanding all material in
assigned chapters, whether or not this material is explicitly treated in the
lectures. 

Homework 
Homework assignments will be given in class, and will have to be done in writing and turned in at the start of class each Friday unless otherwise specified. I believe that the best way to learn physics is to sit down and work out problems on a piece of paper. The grading of the homework assignments will be done by
your TA. The TA will score all problems with a 1 or 0, depending on
whether the right final answer was obtained and work was shown (usually worth
10 points). One problem (worth 5 points) and one "miniessay"
question (worth 5 points) will also be randomly chosen to be graded in
detail. The total homework score will then be calculated out of these three
parts (maximum 20 points). To get full credit, you must show all your work. When answering the "questions",
please use complete sentences. If the question is a true/false, a multiple
choice, yes/no, or other similar question, explain why the answer you chose
is the correct one. Your TA will deduct points if your answer is hard to understand
because of poor grammar. Late homework is accepted only in exceptional
circumstances. If you turn in your
homework late, 2 points per day will be deducted from your score. 

Exams 
There will be three 50minute exams and one final exam. You may bring one 4x6 index card, with whatever you want written on it, to the first exam. You may bring the cards from the previous exams plus one additional card to each subsequent exam. The exam will include problems and conceptual questions. You are responsible for showing up on time with a working calculator. The exam sheets will contain any numerical constants you will need. Make up exams will be given only under extraordinary circumstances, and if arrangements are made with me ahead of time. 

Quizzes 
There will be a 10 minute quiz every week at the end of
class Monday on the material covered in the HW you turned in the previous
Friday. The quizzes will start at 

Final Grade 
The final grade will be based on the components below
The final grade will be set at the end of the semester after
all work is completed. In assigning the final grade, I will be guided by the · A denotes excellent mastery of the subject and outstanding scholarship. · B denotes good mastery of the subject and good scholarship. · C denotes acceptable mastery of the subject and the usual achievement expected. · D denotes borderline understanding of the subject. It denotes marginal performance, and it does not represent satisfactory progress toward a degree. · F denotes failure to understand the subject and unsatisfactory performance. I will decide where to put the dividing line for various grades after looking at the distribution of points in the class. 

Students with disabilities 
Students with disabilities should meet with the Prof. Upadhyaya at the beginning of the semester so that appropriate arrangements can be made to accommodate the student's needs. 

University Closure 
In the event of a University Closure the department will do its best to accommodate students by scheduling makeup sessions or revision of the lab schedule. 

Academic Integrity 
Along with certain rights, students also have the responsibility to behave honorably in an academic environment. Academic dishonesty, including cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any abridgement of academic integrity standards will be referred directly to the Assistant Dean and forwarded to the University’s Office of Judicial Affairs. Confirmation of such incidents can result in expulsion from the University. Students who are uncertain as to what constitutes academic dishonesty should consult the University publication entitled Academic Dishonesty. Of course, you must work by yourself on exams and quizzes. You are allowed to work with other students, the physics clinic, your TA and your instructor on your homework and on the labs. However, you should not just directly copy from them. Doing so is not only dishonest, it will hurt your ability to do the problems on the quizzes and the exams.
You should also be aware of the The Honor Pledge is a statement undergraduate and graduate students should be asked to write by hand and sign on examinations, papers, or other academic assignments not specifically exempted by the instructor. The Pledge reads: "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination." The pledge was adopted by the University Senate on 
Lecture Schedule 
Tentative Lecture Schedule (subject to change as the Semester goes on)

Lab Schedule 
The schedule of labs is as follows
