PHYC 1320: General Physics II

Prof. David Dunlap
Office: PAIS 2530

Description of the class

In this class we will concern ourselves with laws of physics that were discovered/formulated in the 1800's, and stand among the greatest achievements in natural philosophy in our modern age: thermodynamics and electromagnetism.


Homework 5 is available; it will be due this coming Friday 9/18. Exam 1 is on Monday 9/21. I have posted an old "Exam 1" for practice. I have also posted a "thermodynamics study guide" that has number of multiple choice questions about entropy and free energy. I have posted some do-it-yourself thermodynamics flashcards; The question is on the left, and the answer is on the right; Print out on 8.5x11 paper, put glue on the back of each sheet and fold longwise, sticking the back surfaces together and then cut horizontally with a pair of sissors to create each card; With a little practice, you should be able to run through all of the cards in the set in about 5 min.

For submitting your homework, please scan your answers (using the app called CamScanner) and upload it to Learn.


The graduate student teaching assistants for the lower-division physics classes will be offering free tutoring via Zoom. Follow this link to the schedule. You will have to log in with your UNM net ID.


Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00-10:50, via Zoom.


Wednesday, 3:00-3:50, via Zoom.

Zoom Links

Monday lectures:

Wednesday lectures:

Friday lectures:

Recitation (Wed. afternoon):


For thermodynamics we will follow class lecture notes:

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3.

Lecture 4.

Lecture 5.

Lecture 6.

Lecture 7.

Lecture 8.

Lecture 9.

Lecture 10.

Lecture 11.

--> For electromagnetism we will follow "University Physics" by Young and Freedman, chapters 21-31, 14th edition. (Any recent edition of the text, 12th, 13th, or 14th, will suffice.)

Office hours

Wednesday following recitation; 4:00-7:00 pm, via Zoom (same link as recitation).

Homework and Exams

Homework: This will normally be assigned each Saturday, to be passed in at the beginning of class the following Friday. The semester homework total will be worth 20% of the overall grade. No late homework will be accepted, but your lowest score will be dropped from the average. Homework assignments will be posted here:

Gnuplot Graphing

E-Text and Mastering Physics Instructions

Homework 1

Solutions to Homework 1

Homework 2

Solutions to Homework 2

Homework 3

Solutions to Homework 3

Homework 4

Solutions to Homework 4

Homework 5

Thermodynamics Flashcards

Practice for Thermodynamics

Solutions for Thermodynamics Practice

Solutions to Old Exam 1

Exams: There will be 3 in-class exams during the semester, to be tentatively held on the following Mondays: Sept. 21, Oct. 26, and Nov. 16. Each of these exams will be worth 20% of the total course grade. The remaining 20% of the course grade will be based on the final exam, which will be on Friday, Dec. 11, from 7:30 am - 9:30 am. Please arrange your schedules in advance so that you will be available to take these exams.

An optional comprehensive makeup exam will be offered one time only, on Wed. evening, Dec. 2, from 7:30-9:30 pm. You may substitute your score on this exam for your lowest score on any of the three regular in-class exams. This way you may compensate for having been absent for an exam. Please note, however, that there is no makeup for the final exam, nor is there a makeup date for the makeup exam.

Grades are based on percentages: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60 - 69) F (<60).


The first 1/3 of class wil be thermodynamics. Second 2/3 of the class will be electromagetism.


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