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.


Monday, Wednsday and Friday, 12:00 - 12:50, PAIS 1100.


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

You will also need Mastering Physics access (Course ID = MPFIELDSSPRING2020).

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 MPFIELDSSPRING2020 Homework is due by 10pm ever class day. 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.

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:

  1. Mondays from 2-2:50pm in PAIS 1100.
  2. Wednsday from 1-1:50pm in PAIS 1100.
  3. Friday from 11am until class time in PAIS 1100.


Week/Lec.# Date Before Class Reading Homework Subject Demonstrations
01/20 (M) No Class Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/1 Wed. 01/22 Ch. 14.1 MP Introduction
Class Introduction and Review of Periodic Motion Movie Harmonic Motion and Rotation
1/2 Fri. 01/24 Ch. 14.2, 14.3 MP HW1, HW2
Simple Harmonic Oscillators Movie Pendula
2/3 Mon. 01/27 Normal Modes Simulation MP HW3
Coupled Harmonic Oscillators Movie Coupled Pendula
2/4 Wed. 01/29 Ch. 15.1, 15.2 MP HW4
Mechanical Waves Movie Wave tables, Longitudinal waves, and waves on a string
2/5 Fri. 01/31 Ch. 15.3, 15.4, 15.5 MP HW5
Wave velocity and the Wave Equation Movie Waves on a string
3/6 Mon. 02/03 Ch. 15.6 MP HW6
Boundaries, Reflection, Refraction and Superposition Movie Wave tables and waves on a string
3/7 Wed. 02/05 Ch. 15.7, 15.8 MP HW7
Standing Waves and Normal Modes Movie Standing Waves
3/8 Fri. 02/07 Fourier Transforms and Fourier Transforms MP HW8.HW9
Wave Pulses and Fourier Transforms Movie Waves on a string
4/9 Mon. 02/10 Ch. 16.1, 16.6, 16.7, 16.8 MP HW10, HW11
Interference, Beats and Doppler Effect Movie Ripple tank, Beats, Doppler ball
Wed. 02/12 Ch. 14 - Ch. 16
Exam 1 Mechanical Waves
4/10 Fri. 02/14 Ch. 32.1, 32.2 and Yale Lecture on Maxwell's Equations MP HW12
Maxwell's Equations Movie Standing Waves
5/11 Mon. 02/17 Ch. 32.3 MP HW13
Plane Waves and EM Waves in Matter Movie White board optics
5/12 Wed. 02/19 Ch. 32.4, 32.5 MP HW14
Energy in EM Waves and Standing Waves Movie Standing waves on strigs
5/13 Fri. 02/21 Ch. 33.1, 33.2 MP HW15
Rays, Reflection and Refraction Movie Wave tables, Water tank, and White board optics
6/14 Mon. 02/24 Ch. 33.3, 33.4 MP HW16
Total Internal Reflection and Dispersion - Rainbows Movie Water tank and prism
6/15 Wed. 02/26 Ch. 33.5, 33.6 MP HW17
Polarization and Scattering Movie Dipole antenae, polarization disks, and Brewster's angle
6/16 Fri. 02/28 Ch. 33.7 MP HW18
Huygen's Principle and Wave Fronts Movie
7/17 Mon. 03/02 Ch. 34.1, 34.2, 34.3 MP HW19
Geometric Optics 1 Movie Spherical Mirrors and White board optics
7/18 Wed. 03/04 Ch. 34.4 MP HW20
Geometric Optics 2 Movie White board optics
7/19 Fri. 03/06 Ch. 35.1, 35.2 MP HW21
Interference 1 Movie Laser with double slits, ripple tank
8/20 Mon. 03/09 Ch. 35.3 MP HW22
Interference 2 Movie Laser with double slits
8/21 Wed. 03/11 Ch. 35.4, 35.5 MP HW23
Interference 3 Movie Laser with double slits, Newtons rings, and Michelson interferometer
8/22 Fri. 03/13 Ch. 36.1, 36.2, 36.3 MP HW24
Diffraction 1 Movie Laser with single slits
1/1 03/16 - 03/20
Spring Break
9/23 Mon. 03/23 Ch. 36.4, 36.5 MP HW25
Diffraction 2 Movie Laser with multiple slits
9/24 Wed. 03/25 Ch. 36.6, 36.7 MP HW26
Diffraction 3 Movie Laser with holes
Fri. 03/27 Ch. 32 - 36
Exam 2 Electromagnetic Waves
10/25 Mon. 03/30 Ch. 37.1, 37.2 MP HW27
Gallilean Relativity and Special Relativity Movie
10/26 Wed. 04/01 Ch. 37.3 MP HW28
Space-time Diagrams Movie
10/27 Fri. 04/03 Ch. 37.4 MP HW29
SR Metric and Time Dilation Movie
11/28 Mon. 04/06 Ch. 37.5 MP HW30
Lorentz Transformations Movie
11/29 Wed. 04/08 Ch. 37.6 MP HW31
Lorentz Contractions Movie
11/30 Fri. 04/10 Ch. 37.7 MP HW32
Velocity Transformations and Relativistic Dynamics Movie
12/31 Mon. 04/13 Ch. 37.8
Conservation of Four Momentum Movie
Wed. 04/15 Ch. 37 Exam 3 Special Relativity
12/32 Fri. 04/17 Ch. 38.1, 39.5 MP HW33, HW34
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and the Photoelectric Effect Movie
13/33 Mon. 04/20 Ch. 38.2, 38.3 MP HW35
Compton Scattering and Pair Production Movie
13/34 Wed. 04/22 Ch. 38.4 MP HW36
Uncertainty Movie
13/35 Fri. 04/24 Ch. 39.1, 39.6 MP HW37
Matter Waves Movie
14/36 Mon. 04/27 Ch. 39.2, 39.3 MP HW38
Atomic Spectra Movie Line spectra and student gratings
14/37 Wed. 04/29 Ch. 40.1 MP HW39
Schrödinger's Equation Movie
14/38 Fri. 05/01 Ch. 40.2, 40.3 MP HW40
Trapped Particles Movie
14/39 Mon. 05/04 Ch. 40.4 MP HW41
Barrier Tunneling Movie Microwave tunneling
14/40 Wed. 05/06 Ch. 41.1, 41.2, 41.3 MP HW42
2D and 3D Potentials and Hydrogen Atoms Movie
14/41 Fri. 05/08 Ch. 41.4, 41.5, 41.6 MP HW43
Spatial Quantization and Electron Spin Movie
Fri. 05/15
Exam 4 and Final Exam

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