PHYC 2310: Calculus Based Physics III


Prof. Douglas Fields
Office: PAIS 3220

Description of the class

This class is the third part of the three-semester sequence of calculus-based physics for scientists and engineers. In it, we cover mechanical waves, electromagnetic waves, special relativity and introductory quantum mechanics. This is a three credit-hour course. Class meets for three 50-minute sessions of direct instruction for fifteen weeks during the Fall 2023 semester. Please plan for a minimum of six hours of out-of-class work (or homework, study, assignment completion, and class preparation) each week.

Class Times and Lectures

Monday, Wednsday and Friday, 12:00 - 12:50, PAIS 1100. Videos of all of the lectures are posted below. You are required to watch these lectures BEFORE CLASS, and there will be clicker questions on them at the beginning of class. Be aware, time sensitive material in the recorded lectures should be ignored.


Textbook for the class
Young and Friedman, University Physics, 14th Edition, Pierson, Addison, Wesley.

You will also need Mastering Physics access (Course ID = fields89249).

Additional resources
Six Ideas that Shaped Physics: Unit R" for a good explaination of space-time diagrams and special relativity.

Office hours

Before or after class times, or during problem sessions (see below).


The grading in the course will be based on your performance in mastering physics homework, in-class clicker quizzes, four midterm exams and a final exam. The maximum grade will be 100 points, with the following distribution:

  1. Mastering Physics Homework: the best (n-1) scores of the n assignments will represent 10 percent of the final grade.
  2. In-Class iClicker quizzes: the best (n-1) scores of the n sessions will represent 10 percent of the final grade.
  3. Midterm exams: the average of the best 3/4 will represent 50 percent of the final grade.
  4. Final exam: will represent 30 percent of the final grade.

Mastering Physics Homework

You will need access to MasteringPhysics The class code for MasteringPhysics is fields89249. Homework is due by class start on the day shown below. Late assignments are reduced by 5 percent per hour.

Clicker Quizzes

You will either need an iClicker or use your phone with the REEF Polling app. To join the class, go to .

Problems class

Listed officially as Phyc 2311. There will be three times for problem sessions per week. You are strongly urged to attend at least one of these per week. Initially, I have set these times to be:

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  3. Friday after class for an hour in PAIS 1100.


Week/Lec.# Date Before Class Reading Homework Subject Demonstrations
1/1 Mon. 08/21 Ch. 14.1
Class Introduction and Review of Periodic Motion Movie Harmonic Motion and Rotation
1/2 Wed. 08/23 Ch. 14.2, 14.3
Simple Harmonic Oscillators Movie Pendula
1/3 Fri. 08/25 Normal Modes Simulation
Coupled Harmonic Oscillators Movie Coupled Pendula
2/4 Mon. 08/28 Ch. 15.1, 15.2 Ch 14 HW
Mechanical Waves Movie Wave tables, Longitudinal waves, and waves on a string
2/5 Wed. 08/30 Ch. 15.3, 15.4, 15.5
Wave velocity and the Wave Equation Movie Waves on a string
2/6 Fri. 09/01 Ch. 15.6
Boundaries, Reflection, Refraction and Superposition Movie Wave tables and waves on a string
Mon. 09/04
No Class, Labor Day
3/7 Wed. 09/06 Ch. 15.7, 15.8
Standing Waves and Normal Modes Movie Standing Waves
3/8 Fri. 09/08 Fourier Transforms and Fourier Transforms Ch 15 HW
Wave Pulses and Fourier Transforms Movie Waves on a string
4/9 Mon. 09/11 Ch. 16.1, 16.6, 16.7, 16.8
Interference, Beats and Doppler Effect Movie Ripple tank, Beats, Doppler ball
Wed. 09/13 Ch. 14 - Ch. 16
Ch 16 HW
Exam 1 Mechanical Waves
4/10 Fri. 09/15 Ch. 32.1, 32.2 and Yale Lecture on Maxwell's Equations
Maxwell's Equations Movie Standing Waves
5/11 Mon. 09/18 Ch. 32.3
Plane Waves and EM Waves in Matter Movie White board optics
5/12 Wed. 09/20 Ch. 32.4, 32.5
Energy in EM Waves and Standing Waves Movie Standing waves on strigs
5/13 Fri. 09/22 Ch. 33.1, 33.2 Ch 32 HW
Rays, Reflection and Refraction Movie Wave tables, Water tank, and White board optics
6/14 Mon. 09/25 Ch. 33.3, 33.4
Total Internal Reflection and Dispersion - Rainbows Movie Water tank and prism
6/15 Wed. 09/27 Ch. 33.5, 33.6
Polarization and Scattering Movie Dipole antenae, polarization disks, and Brewster's angle
6/16 Fri. 09/29 Ch. 33.7
Huygen's Principle and Wave Fronts Movie
7/17 Mon. 10/02 Ch. 34.1, 34.2, 34.3 Ch 33 HW
Geometric Optics 1 Movie Spherical Mirrors and White board optics
7/18 Wed. 10/04 Ch. 34.4
Geometric Optics 2 Movie White board optics
7/19 Fri. 10/06 Ch. 35.1, 35.2 Ch 34 HW
Interference 1 Movie Laser with double slits, ripple tank
8/20 Mon. 10/09 Ch. 35.3
Interference 2 Movie Laser with double slits
8/21 Wed. 10/11 Ch. 35.4, 35.5
Interference 3 Movie Laser with double slits, Newtons rings, and Michelson interferometer
Fri. 10/13
No Class, Fall Break
9/22 Mon. 10/16 Ch. 36.1, 36.2, 36.3 Ch 35 HW
Diffraction 1 Movie Laser with single slits
9/23 Wed. 10/18 Ch. 36.4, 36.5
Diffraction 2 Movie Laser with multiple slits
9/24 Fri. 10/20 Ch. 36.6, 36.7
Diffraction 3 Movie Laser with holes
Mon. 10/23 Ch. 32 - 36 Ch 36 HW
Exam 2 Electromagnetic Waves
10/25 Wed. 10/25 Ch. 37.1, 37.2
Gallilean Relativity and Special Relativity Movie
10/26 Fri. 10/27 Ch. 37.3
Space-time Diagrams Movie
11/27 Mon. 10/30 Ch. 37.4
SR Metric and Time Dilation Movie
11/28 Wed. 11/01 Ch. 37.5
Lorentz Transformations Movie
11/29 Fri. 11/03 Ch. 37.6
Lorentz Contractions Movie
12/30 Mon. 11/06 Ch. 37.7
Velocity Transformations and Relativistic Dynamics Movie
12/31 Wed. 11/08 Ch. 37.8
Conservation of Four Momentum Movie
Fri. 11/10 Ch. 37 Ch 37 HW Exam 3 Special Relativity
13/32 Mon. 11/13 Ch. 38.1, 39.5
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and the Photoelectric Effect Movie
13/33 Wed. 11/15 Ch. 38.2, 38.3
Compton Scattering and Pair Production Movie
13/34 Fri. 11/17 Ch. 38.4
Uncertainty Movie
14/35 Mon. 11/20 Ch. 39.1, 39.6 Ch 38 HW
Matter Waves Movie
14/36 Wed. 11/22 Ch. 39.2, 39.3
Atomic Spectra Movie Line spectra and student gratings
Fri. 11/24
No Class, Thanksgiving Break
15/37 Mon. 11/27 Ch. 40.1 Ch 39 HW
Schrödinger's Equation Movie
15/38 Wed. 11/29 Ch. 40.2, 40.3
Trapped Particles Movie
15/39 Fri. 12/01 Ch. 40.4 Ch 40 HW
Barrier Tunneling Movie Microwave tunneling
16/40 Mon. 12/04 Ch. 41.1, 41.2, 41.3
2D and 3D Potentials and Hydrogen Atoms Movie
16/41 Wed. 12/06 Ch. 41.4, 41.5, 41.6
Spatial Quantization and Electron Spin Movie
Fri. 12/08 Ch 41 HW
Exam 4
Fri. 12/16, 10am - noon
Final Exam

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