General Physics II PHYC 161 | Section 001 - Fall 15 - Dr. Roy

Course Information -- LAST MODIFIED 12/4/15

Lectures are on MWF, 10-10:50 am, Regener Hall 103

Students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to sign up for the Problems Class, PHYC 168 (CRN 25256) -- held on Mondays at 11-11:50 in Regener 114

The laboratory (Physics 161 L) is very relevant to the course and is recommended but is also not required.

This course is for physics/astrophysics, engineering, or science majors.

ANNOUNCEMENTS will be posted here...

Exam 1 Solutions now posted here
Exam 2 Solutions now posted here
Exam 3 Solutions now posted here
Review slides from Ch 25-30 now posted here

Office hours and tutoring help

In addition to PHYC 168 problems class, there are additional problems/discussion/help sessions available.

Instructors: Bibek Pokharel ( and Yaser Silani (

All SI sessions for our class, in RH 111, are in red. Extra times when Pokharel will be available in room 111 are in black.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  • 9-10:30 am
  • 10:30-12 pm
  • 5:30-7:00 pm
  • 10:30 - 12 pm
  • 2-3:30 pm
  • 11:30-1 pm

Problems class
PHYC 168 (Instructor: Roy):

  • M: 1100-1150 (in Regener 114)

Instructor Office Hours: W 1100-1300 in Regener 109 and by appointment

Here I list links where other important aspects of the course are described. Please go to these links and read their contents.

  • COURSE GRADE. This link contains information about how your course grade will be assigned.
  • CLASS SCHEDULE, READING & HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS. This link contains a tentative schedule of material covered in the course. It also lists your reading assignments and homework assignments and the dates they are due.
  • HOMEWORK and iCLICKER GUIDE. This link gives you a description of the types of homework that will be assigned. It also gives you a description of how your iCLICKER will be used and graded.

Class rules

Do not cheat. Any form of cheating behavior will be dealt with severely -- I will drop you from the class. I use the words cheating behavior because if you are looking in the direction of your neighbor's paper I can't read your mind and determine whether you are cheating. But I can tell what you are looking at. And there are many other examples. Use common sense about this. Do not wear a baseball hat or any thing that covers your eyes during a test. All cell phones must be turned off and placed out of sight. If I even see a cell phone during a test the owner will receive a zero. I will not tolerate this or other cheating behavior, period.

No food and drink in Regener Lecture Hall 103

Do not disrupt your classmate's learning in any way.

Turn off electronic devices and put them away during class or exams.

Student ID

Your Student ID is your banner ID. Use the Student ID on tests, etc. Due to privacy concerns, DO NOT write your social security number on anything you hand in.

Dropping the class

If you drop the course then please let me know. Sometimes this information does not get to me and this can lead to grade difficulties at the end of the semester. If you do not drop the class and stop attending, I will not know it and you will receive a WF at the end of the course! So, it is critical that you file the appropriate paperwork and let me know when you drop the course.

Text and other material

Mandatory Texts: University Physics by Young & Freedman, you may use the 13th or 14th editions.

Mastering Physics is required for completing the HW

Various text supplements are available and may be helpful but are not required. However, purchase and use of a clicker and Mastering Physics (MP) is required. MP comes free with new texts purchased in the bookstore. But if you bought a used text or obtained your text elsewhere you will have to purchase MP.

You will need a simple calculator with trig functions that you should bring to class regularly. You will need it for tests and homeworks.

Mastering Physics (MP) is the homework grading system. Your new book came with a MP package. If you have a used book you need to buy the Mastering Physics package from the bookstore or you can go on line with a credit card and buy it. To buy access online, go to, then click on the title of your textbook. Then click Buy Now and follow instructions.

Whether your MP package came with the text or whether you bought access from the bookstore or online, everyone must register on line and complete the first MP assignment and start becoming familiar with MP before class on Wednesday.

You can register simply by following the instructions available online at

Important notes for registering:

  • The UNM zip code is: 87131
  • Our Course ID is: MPROY161FA15
  • Student ID:You must use your UNM banner ID
  • Student Access Code: This is a six-"word" printed code supplied beneath the pull-tab inside your Mastering Physics Student Access Kit. It is valid for registering one student. If the tab in this kit has been pulled back, the code may no longer be valid. If you buy a secondhand textbook, any code supplied with it is probably not valid. In either case, you can purchase a Student Access Code online using a credit card or you can go to the bookstore and buy a mastering physics package. If you need help then click on the ? icon. There are more detailed Mastering Physics registration instructions at