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 9 is due Friday April 10th. Exam 2 is on Monday April 13th. I have uploaded the first video to Learn - a video from a class 3 years ago where energy density in field was discussed. You might want to check to see if you can view this. [This week (3/23) and next week I will be making some Zoom-Meeting recordings of the next set of lectures. I will upload these to our class site on UNM Blackboard Learn. Once I do this, I will let you all know. Your semester doesn't begin unitl Monday April 6th - and so I won't force additional conten on to you over the next two weeks - you really will be gettting 2 additional weeks off as promised. I am pretty sure that I can conduct my Wed. recitation/office hours at the regular time using Zoom Meetings. For homework, I ask you to scan your homework (using the app called CamScanner) and upload it each week to Learn. I do not yet know what to do regarding administering the upcoming exams, but I will figure something out. Note that the next exam will be a week after you return from break.]


Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00-10:50, Regener Hall Room 184.


Wednesday, 3:00-3:50, Regener Hall Room 114.


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, Regener Hall room 114.

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 35% 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

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

Solutions to Homework 5

Homework 6

Solutions to Homework 6

Homework 7

Solutions to Homework 7

Notes on Work and Capacitance

Homework 8

Solutions to Homework 8

Homework 9

Thermodynamics Flashcards

Practice for Thermodynamics

Solutions for Thermodynamics Practice

Old Thermodynamics Exam

Solutionos to Old Thermodynamics Exam

Solutions to Exam 1

Electrostatics Study Guide

Electrical Flashcards Part 1

Electrical Flashcards Part 2

Electrical Flashcards Part 3

Electrical Flashcards Part 4

Exams: There will be 3 in-class exams during the semester, to be tentatively held on the following Mondays: Feb. 24, Mar. 30, and Apr. 27. Each of these exams will be worth 15% of the total course grade. The remaining 20% of the course grade will be based on the final exam, which will be on Friday, May 15, 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, May 6th, from 7:30-9:30 pm in RH 103. 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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