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PHYS 1112 Spring 2017 Syllabus


PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II
Course Syllabus – Spring 2017

Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact 
the Disability Services Coordinator, Edgewater Hall 255, 678-466-5445, disabilityservices@mail.clayton.edu.

Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 1112 (CRN 20357)
Introductory Physics I

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours (3-0-3)

Catalog Description:

An introductory course which will include electrostatics, electric current and circuits, and electromagnetism, and may also include optics and modern physics. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Students must have completed Introductory Physics I and Introductory Physics Laboratory I (PHYS 1111 and PHYS 1111L). Certain life science students must be currently enrolled in Physics 1112L; others are not required to take PHYS 1112L. Consult your advisor if you are unsure whether or not you should be enrolled in PHYS 1112L.


Coulomb’s Law
Electric Field
Electric Potential
Gauss’s Law
Kirchoff’s Rules
Magnetic Fields
Ampere’s Law
Faraday’s Law
AC Circuits
Electromagnetic radiation
Snell’s Law
Lenses and Mirrors

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to


Software Requirement:

To properly access the course content you will need to download the following free software:

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using OutlookTM

Only use your CSU e-mail account to communicate academic information to your instructor.

  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
  • Able to use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.  Notebook computers will be used extensively in the co-requisite laboratory course, PHYS 1111L.  In this lab course, notebook computers are required for virtually all lab meetings.

Desire2Learn (Online Classroom):

On-line activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course.

You can gain access to Desire2Learn, by signing on to the SWAN portal and selecting: ”D2L” on the top right side.  If you experience any difficulties in Desire2Learn, please email or call The HUB at TheHub@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, your SWAN username, the name of the course that you are attempting to access, and your instructor's name.

Major Student Activities:

Reading and studying from the course text book.
Working assigned homework problems.
Taking notes during class.
Answering and asking questions during class.
Taking quizzes and examinations.
Watching and participating in demonstrations of physical principles.

Program Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The Clayton State University Core Curriculum outcomes (see Area D) are located on page 112 of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Biology outcomes:

PHYS 1112 is a required course in the B.S. degree program in Biology.  PHYS 1112 supports outcomes 3 and 4 of the biology major:

  • Biology Outcome 3:  Knowledge of physical science, mathematics, and statistics required to support an understanding of biology.
  • Biology Outcome 4:  Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear concise manner.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Course Outcome 1:  Be able to identify and describe the basic laws of classical mechanics and wave motion.
  • Course Outcome 2:  Be able to apply the basic laws of physics to the solution of conceptual and quantitative problems.


Spring Semester 2017

Instructor Information:


Dr. Bram Boroson
phone: (678) 466-4867
e-mail: BramBoroson@clayton.edu
internet: http://faculty.clayton.edu/bboroson


Lakeview Discovery Center, Room 235A

Office hours:

Monday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Other times by appointment

Class Meetings:


Lab Annex 107

Class times:

2:10 p.m. -3:25 p.m., Monday and Wednesday

Textbook Information:


Serway and Vuille, College Physics, 10th edition, Brooks/Cole, 2015.

Students are encouraged to use PriceLoch.com to comparison shop for textbooks.

Text Coverage:

Chapters 15-23


In-class examinations: 3 - 75 minute exams @ 100 points


Webassign homework, scaled to


In-class quizzes: 10 quizzes @ 15 points*


Final examination**




*Quizzes covering fundamentals of study assignments will be administered. Quizzes will be announced in advance. If fewer than 10 quizzes are administered, grades both with and without quizzes will be computed, and the higher grade will be recorded.

**The final examination will be comprehensive.



90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report:

The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued by February 27, reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on March 3. Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, March 3, 2017.

Course Schedule:

The course schedule for PHYS 1112, Introductory Physics I, is provided in the table below. Text chapter references are to Serway and Vuille, College Physics, 10th edition, 2015. Links for chapter numbers are to objectives, vocabulary and homework.



Lesson Topic

Text Chapter


Jan  9

Electric Forces



Jan 11

Electric Fields



Jan 18

Electrical Energy



Jan 23

Electric Potential



Jan 25

Capacitance and Dielectrics



Jan 30




Feb 1




Feb 6

dc Circuits I



Feb 8

dc Circuits II



Feb 13

Examination I



Feb 15

Magnetic Fields



Feb 20

Magnetic Force



Feb 22

Magnetic Force



Feb 28

Faraday’s and Lenz’s Laws



Mar 02

Self-Inductance and RL-Circuits


Mar 03

Last day to withdraw without academic accountability

Mar 6 - 11

Spring Break – No Classes


Mar 13

ac Circuits I



Mar 15

ac Circuits II



Mar 20

Review Session


Mar 22

Examination II



Mar 27

Reflection and Refraction I



Mar 29

Reflection and Refraction II



Apr 04




Apr 06




Apr 11

Wave Optics



Apr 13

Wave Optics



Apr 18

Examination III



Apr 20

Optical Instruments



Apr 25

Optical instruments



Apr 27


Final Examination

May 3

Final Examination


Course Policies:

General Policy
Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.  The Student Handbook is part of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook, which begins on page 6.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy
Attendance is expected for all class periods.  Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods.  Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority. 

Missed Work
Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed work.  If a valid excuse is provided:

  • Make-up quizzes will be given only if they are taken before quiz solutions are posted (afternoon of the day the quiz is given).  If the make-up quiz cannot be taken before the solutions are posted, the missed quiz will be counted as a quiz which can be dropped (approximately twelve to fourteen quizzes will be given in the course).  The highest ten quiz scores will be used to calculate the course grade.
  • Make-up examinations will be given only if they are taken before graded examinations are returned to students (next class period).  In the event that a make-up examination cannot be taken before exams are returned to other students, the missed examination will not count in calculating the course grade.  This means that other graded work will be

    responsible for a greater weight in determining the course final grade.
  • The final examination must be taken. Students missing the final examination should contact their instructor concerning the applicability of an Incomplete grade.

Academic Dishonesty
Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.  All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.  Judicial procedures are described beginning on page 19 in the section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook titled, Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions.

Plagiarism Detection Software.
Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. You should submit your papers in such a way that no identifying information about you is included.

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

More detailed descriptions of examples of disruptive behavior are provided in the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook starting on page 8.

Center for Academic Success

The Center for Academic Success (CAS) provides personalized one-on-one peer and professional staff tutoring in over 100 core subjects. The Center is located in Edgewater Hall Suite 276. The CAS also offers moderated study groups, informal study sessions, a comfortable study environment, a student study lounge, and it’s all free! Use the CAS if you need help; become a tutor if you don’t. For more information you can e-mail the center at thecas@clayton.edu

Other Policies

  • The use of simple calculators is allowed for all quizzes and examinations.
  • All examinations are closed book.
  • No student-produced "memory sheets" or note cards are allowed.
  • An instructor-produced reference data pamphlet will be provided for all quizzes and examinations.

Operation Study
At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items.  See the following site for details:


Last update: January 8, 2017