Course Outline
1. What is this course all about?

What Brock calendar entry says:

Charges and fields; electric currents and circuits, electromagnetic waves and wave nature of light, elements of modern physics.

What do I need to bring into the course?

The student should have passed PHYS 1P21/1P91 (Mechanics and Waves)or the equivalent. A good scientific calculator is required.

2. Lectures

Instructor: D. Crandles

Lectures: M DHOWES 11:00-12:00

Lectures: R,F TH247 11:00-12:00

Weekly Tests: Thursday (R) TH247 10:00-11:00 (except for Thursday 12 January when we will all meet for a 2 hour lecture in TH247); there is NO TEST on Thursday 12 January

3. Textbook

The textbook is College Physics, second edition, by Urone, Hinrichs, Dirks, and Sharma, published by OpenStax (Rice University), and available to download for free at A solution manual and other student resources are available at Some people like to have secondary sources to read in case they have difficulty understanding the primary textbook in some places. This is NOT required, but if you would like a secondary source, you might try PPLATO , borrow a book from a library, or buy an inexpensive used algebra-based textbook from your favourite used bookstore or internet source. Look for titles such as Physics or College Physics. If your major subject is Physics or a related field, and you would like a more advanced (say, calculus-based) textbook for reference, look for titles that include "for Scientists and Engineers." If you are considering buying a secondary textbook, and are not sure if it will be appropriate for you, send me an email message and I'll advise.

4. Homework

In lieu of paying for a textbook, you will need to buy access to three software programs so that your homework can be graded. The three software programs (Sapling, FlipIt, and REEF) are available as a package at Brock's Campus Bookstore.

Instructions for registering for the software are here.

Experience shows that coming to each lecture well-prepared accelerates your learning tremendously. To facilitate you coming to class well-prepared, a number of pre-lecture (FlipIt ) and post-lecture SAPLING tasks have been set up for you. You must sign up for SAPLINB from inside Sakai. Coming to class well-prepared allows us to make lectures much more interactive, which will also accelerate your learning, and we do this with the help of REEF software.

5. 1P92 Laboratories

Labs take place in Room MC H200, during alternate weeks, starting the week of Jan. 16-20. The Lab Manual is available for printing from Sakai. Everyone will be doing the same lab during the first week (1. Capacitance). However, in subsequent weeks, there will be four different labs occuring. To know which lab you are doing each week, check Sakai to find out what group you are in, and determine which lab you are doing. Be sure to read the Lab Outline before attending your first lab. Frank Benko (B210A, is the senior lab demonstrator, and should be contacted for all details.

An integral part of the labs is the use of computer-based data acquisition; you may wish to consult in advance. Under the "Get data" menu selection, select "demo" and click "go"; the demo mode allows you to try the tools without being in the lab.

To prepare for each lab, carefully read the relevant part of the lab manual before you attend lab. To make sure that you are well-prepared for your lab, you must score 100% on the pre-lab questions (there is a link to the questions in the left margin of this web page) before you attend lab; otherwise, you won't be allowed to perform your laboratory experiment.

Your lab report is submitted online via Sakai, and is used to check for plagiarism ; go to Sakai and read the instructions at the course front page for all the detailson performing experiments and submitting lab reports. The due date for submitting your lab report is near midnight six days after you perform the experiment. For example, if you perform your experiment on Thursday, then your lab report is due at 11:00 pm on the following Wednesday. Late submissions (either of the written lab report, or the submissions) automatically generate a zero grade for that lab; i.e. a 100% penalty. If you have a valid medical or compassionate excuse, contact the lab instructor as soon as possible.

6. Grading Scheme
Component PHYS 1P22 PHYS 1P92 Comments
Pre-Lecture Homework (FlipIt) 5% 4% Due 9 pm the evening before class. Late homework is not counted for credit.
In-Class Work (REEF) 5% 4% Done in class.
Post-Lecture Homework (Sapling) 10% 8% Due 11pm sundays. Late homework is not counted for credit.
Weekly Tests 50% 40% Each test may contain material discussed in earlier weeks.
Final Exam 30% 24% TBA you must pass the final exam (50% or more) to obtain a credit in the course.
Laboratory Work 20% Both attending the lab and submitting a written report (200 to 400 words) is required to complete a lab; completing all labs is required to obtain a credit in the course. You must score 100% on pre-lab questions before the lab to be allowed to attend the lab.

In calculating your overall test scores, your best 9 scores out of the 11 tests will be considered with equal weight. In this way, if you miss one or two tests because of illness, there is no need to obtain medical documentation. If you miss more than two tests, and you have a very good reason (documentation required), you will be excused from the missed tests with no academic penalty (i.e., you'll get a "no mark"). The weight of excused tests will be distributed proportionally to the other tests.

For all three categories of "homework" (that is, the pre-lecture (FlipIt) homework, the in-class (REEF) work, and the post-lecture (Sapling) homework), your final score will be increased by a factor of 1.1 if it is less than or equal to 83.33%, and your final score will be increased by "half the distance to the goal line" if it is greater than 83.33%. In this way, if you miss the occasional deadline or miss the occasional class (for a very good reason, of course) your grade will not be penalized, and there will be no need to obtain and send me medical documentation for each such unfortunate event. On the other hand, if you are sufficiently ill that you miss a significant portion of the course, then you should certainly contact me to discuss how to proceed.

If you miss the final exam for a very good reason (documentation required), then you will need to write a make-up exam to get a credit in the course, unless your situation is truly extreme. Final exam periods tend to be extremely busy, so there is no guarantee that it will be possible to write a make-up exam soon after the scheduled final exam; therefore, do your very best to stay strong and healthy so that this will not be a concern for you.

If you fail to obtain at least 50% on the final exam, and therefore do not obtain a credit in the course (regardless of your calculated final grade), I am compelled to report a final grade for you that is no higher than 45, according to Registrar's Office policy. In this case, your reported final grade will be either your calculated final grade or 45, whichever is less. In this case, should you desire a credit in the course, you would have to repeat the course.

7 .Withdrawal Deadline

The last date for withdrawal from this course without academic penalty is Friday 10 March 2017.

8. Sources of Help

Office Hours:D. Crandles MC B202 by appointment. Send me an email message at dcrandles at brocku dot ca and we shall set up a suitable time to meet. My telephone number, in case of emergency, is 905-688-5550 extension 3539.

Help Desk

Dr. D'Agostino operates the help desk M(13-15)/T(14-16)/W(13-14)/R(13-14) in MC E219.

Morning Daily Help Desk: 10-1:45 in MC H200 (1P92 lab room). One TA will be there to help.

Library Help Center session 1: tuesday 9-12 - ST231 One TA will be there to help

Library Help Center session 2: tuesday 4-7 - ST231 One TA will be there to help

Other sources of help

9. Expectations/Responsibilities

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is a serious offence. The principle of academic integrity, particularly of doing one’s own work, documenting properly (including use of quotation marks, appropriate paraphrasing and referencing/citation), collaborating appropriately, and avoiding misrepresentation, is a core principle in university study. Students should consult Section VII, “Academic Misconduct”, in the “Academic Regulations and University Policies” entry in the Undergraduate Calendar, available here, to view a fuller description of prohibited actions, and the procedures and penalties.

10. Course Schedule
Week Dates Lectures Test Test Dates
0 9 Jan.–13 Jan. Ch 16 No Test
1 16 Jan.–20 Jan. Ch 18 Ch 16 19 Jan.
2 23 Jan.–27 Jan. Ch 19 Ch 18 26 Jan.
3 30 Jan.–3 Feb. Ch 20 Ch 19 2 Feb.
4 6 Feb.–10 Feb. Ch 21 Ch 20 9 Feb.
5 13 Feb.–17 Feb. Ch 22 Ch 21 16 Feb.
20 Feb.–24 Feb. Reading Week No Test
6 27 Feb.–3 Mar. Ch 23 Ch 22 2 Mar.
7 6 Mar.–10 Mar. Ch 24 Ch 23 9 Mar.
8 13 Mar.–17 Mar. Ch 27 Ch 24 16 Mar.
9 20 Mar.–24 Mar. Ch 29 Ch 27 23 Mar.
10 27 Mar.–31 Mar. Ch 30 Ch 29 30 Mar.
11 3 Apr.–7 Apr. Review Ch 30 6 Apr.
11. Topics to be covered

As time permits, some topics not listed below may be added, while some other topics from the listed chapters may not be covered during lectures and tutorial sessions. The examinations will be only on the material covered in each term.

  1. Classical Particles and Waves
    • Oscillations and Waves (Chapter 16)
  2. Electrostatics (Chapters 18,19)
    • Charge: electrons, protons, atoms
    • Coulomb's law for point charges
    • Electric field and Force
    • electric potential and potential energy
    • Capacitors and dielectrics
  3. Electric circuits (Chapter 20,21)
    • Ohm's law
    • Energy/power in electric circuits
    • Series and parallel circuits; Kirchhoff's rules
    • Circuits involving capacitors
  4. Magnetism, induction, electromagnetic fields (chapters 22,23)
    • Magnetic forces and magnetic fields
    • Magnetism, magnetic materials
    • Magnetic force on an electric current
    • Magnetic fields produced by electric currents
    • Electromagnetic induction
  5. Light and Optics (Chapters 24, 27)
    • Electromagnetic waves; EM spectrum
    • Polarization of waves
    • Interference and Diffraction
  6. Quantum Physics (Chapters 29,30)
    • Light is also a beam of photons: photoelectric effect
    • Compton Scattering, Black Body Radiation
    • Matter Waves; Wave-Particle Duality
    • Particle in a Box
    • Structure of the hydrogen atom
    • Periodic Table