PHYS 1220-01: Engineering Physics II

– Electricity, Magnetism and Thermal Physics

Spring 2018


Office               E-mail                         Phone

Instructor:      Jinke Tang                  PS 216         5044328434




Teaching Assistants:

Amy Cavanaugh                     PS 118   

Dylan Kloster                          PS 111   

                             Josh Walker                            PS 120  


Lab Coordinator: Travis Laurance               STEM 165


Lectures:        TR 9:35 to 10:50 am,              CR 302


Office hours: MTWRF 11:00 am - 12:00 noon


Hours reserved for tests:      See schedule below

Required Materials


Text: Sears & Zemansky’s University Physics with Modern Physics, Vol. 2, UW edition (or 14th ed.), by Young & Freedman


Mastering Physics for homework: Log on to:

                        Go to University of Wyoming and class JTPHYS1220S2018


Poll Everywhere for interactive in-class activities and attendance: You need to register at  Under settings add your phone number, and then certify it to the United States (not US Educator).  In order to make your name visible to the instructor, go to Voter Registration on the left side under settings, register as a voter (at the bottom), and then put in the instructor's email address (see detailed instruction below).



Supplementary Reading Suggestions:


The Feynman Lectures on Physics, and

Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics by Serway


Goals:             This course is designed to give science and engineering majors instruction in the fundamental principles of thermophysics, electricity and magnetism



Grades of C or higher in PHYS 1210 (or equivalent), MATH 2200 and 2205 (Calculus I & II) and concurrent enrolment in MATH 2210 (Calculus III)


Topics to be covered:

1.                  Temperature and heat

2.                  Thermal properties of matter and ideal gas

3.                  The first law and second law of thermodynamics

4.                  Electric fields, Gauss’s Law and electric potential

5.         Current, resistance and dc circuits

6.         Capacitance and Dielectrics

7.         Magnetic field and its sources

8.         Electromagnetic induction

9.         Inductance, ac circuits and electromagnetic waves


Discussion Sections

Whereas the lectures will focus more on general concepts, the discussion sections will provide opportunities to review specific problems and interactive environment to exchange ideas with your peers.  Students will work in groups, and problems will be worked out in class with the assistance of your TA’s.  You will also see a lot of practical problems and their solutions with actual numbers.  Discussion attendance is mandatory and in your best interest: discussion problems and questions may be used on exams.



We will have a total of 6 labs.  A brief instruction for each lab is provided here (Labs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) along with the guidelines for the lab reports.  Participation in all labs is mandatory for the successful completion of this course.  If you have to miss a lab, it is your responsibility to contact your lab instructor so that you may attend another lab section the same week or make-up for the missed lab in the make-up lab week.  There is a make-up lab week scheduled for the semester.  In order to pass the course, you have to take part in ALL laboratory sections.  No lab grade will be dropped.



Homework and discussion problems will contain mostly quantitative problems, whereas lectures will deal with largely conceptual, multiple-choice questions.  Hence, the exams will contain both quantitative and conceptual problems.  The exams will be closed book and closed notes.  I will provide a "cheat sheet" with useful formulas and constants.  No make-up exams will be given.

Partial credit: Partial credit will be given to solutions of the problems that are partially incomplete, have minimal algebra mistakes, wrong sign, or units.  The steps in the solution must be presented, and no grade will be given to a problem showing a solution (such as a number) without showing the intermediate steps to get there.

All exams are mandatory and no grade will be dropped or replaced.

There will be three exams, each given after discussion on thermophysics, electricity and magnetism.


Exams dates and times:
    Exam 1 - Thursday, February 22, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Chapters17, 18, 19, 20     

    Exam 2 – Thursday, April 5, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Chapters 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26   

    Exam 3 – Thursday, May 10, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Chapters 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32


We use the Mastering Physics online homework system.  Students may work in groups to do the homework.  The online homework must be submitted by each student individually.


No homework grade will be dropped.


The deadline for each homework assignment is typically one week after it is assigned.  Be advised not to wait till the last minute for the online submissions.  It is your responsibility to submit your homework before the deadline. advice and information:

Reading Assignments

You are required to read each chapter before and after it is discussed in class.


Register your cell phone number at

We will use cell phones or laptops for Q/A and other in-class interactions/practices.  Register your cell phone or laptop.  We will interactively discuss conceptual topics, and you will be able to vote on the answers to questions using your cell phones (or laptops).  To register:

  1. Go to
  2. Create an account
  3. De-select "I am an educator"
  4. Select "United States" (not "United States - Education")
  5. Once your account has been created, register your cell phone number (ignore this if you will use a laptop).
  6. Go under "Settings" to add the number (with your area code).  Follow instructions to certify your cell number.
  7. Please allow me to see your name: Under "Settings" choose "Voter Registration".  Select "Register as a voter".  On the next page you should enter "".
  8. Bring your cell phone or laptop to each class.
  9. Standard text messaging rates may apply.


Regarding Disability

If you have a physical, learning, or psychological disability and require accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible. And contact University Disability Support Services in SEO, room 330 Knight Hall.



Academic honesty

Academic dishonesty is defined in University Regulation 802, Revision 2 as “an act attempted or performed which misrepresents one’s involvement in an academic task in any way, or permits another student to misrepresent the latter’s involvement in an academic task by assisting the misrepresentation.”  And there are rules and procedures to handle such cases, and serious penalties will be imposed.  Note that a student who copies and a student who let’s another student copy are both covered by the university rules.



                        Exams:  60% (3 exams – 20% each on thermophysics, electricity, and magnetism)
Homework:  20%
Labs:  15%
Attendance (lectures and discussion):  5%
Total: 100%

Scale: A: (> 90%) ; B: (80-90%); C: (70-80%) ; D: (60-70%) ; F: (< 60%)


General expectations


• Attend and participate in each lecture, laboratory, and discussions. 


• Live up to your responsibility to understand the material presented.


• Take notes during lectures as appropriate. 


• Complete reading/lab assignments and homework.


• Be ready for exams.


• Spend at least 10 – 15 hours per week on this course.  This estimate includes labs, discussions, lectures, and homework. 


• Work in compliance with the university’s code of academic honesty.


• Ask questions. There are no stupid questions.


• Have fun.




Lecture, Lab, Discussion, and Exam Schedule:








1      Jan 22


Ch 17

No discussion

 No lab


2      Jan 29

Ch 17

Ch 18


Lab 1: Specific Heat


3      Feb 5

Ch 18

Ch 19


 No lab



4     Feb 12

Ch 19

Ch 20


Lab 2: Ideal Gas Law



5     Feb 19

Ch 20

Ch 20


No lab


Exam 1    Feb. 22, 5-7 pm                                                   

6     Feb 26

Ch 21

Ch 21


No lab



7     Mar 5

Ch 22

Ch 22


Lab 3: Applied & Induced Charge Distributions



8     Mar 12




No Lab

 Spring break


9     Mar 19

Ch 23

Ch 23


No lab




10   Mar 26

Ch 24

Ch 24/25


Lab 4: Capacitance


11     Apr 2

Ch 25

Ch 26


No lab


Exam 2      April 5,  5-7 pm           

12     Apr 9

Ch 27

Ch 27


Lab 5: RC Time Constant




13     Apr 16

Ch 28

Ch 28


No lab



14     Apr 23

Ch 29

Ch 29


Lab 6: Magnetic Fields

15     Apr 30

Ch 30

Ch 31/32


Make-up lab week



If you miss a lab, it is your responsibility to

contact your lab instructor so that you may

attend another lab section the same week or

make-up for the missed lab this week. 

You have to schedule it with your instructor.



16     May 7






Final exam:

May 10, 10:15am -12:15pm




PPT Poll Everywhere questions

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 32

Chapter 33


Labs and Discussion Sections:





















































Tutoring is available for this class at the STEP Tutor Center.  Students who seek academic help in this class tend to perform 15-20% better than students who do not.  


STEP is open Sunday-Thursday from 5-9 pm and is located in Coe Library.  Sessions are drop in (no appointments) and are 30 minutes in length. 


Please visit the STEP Tutor Schedule for days and times:


Additional materials