University Physics 2 -- Calculus Based
Course Information for prospective and future students
Welcome to Calc-Based Physics 2 at Madison College...!
This course is the second semester of a standard one-year
introductory calculus-based Physics course. The content covered will include
Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Optics.
Calc-based Physics 1 is a pre-requisite for this course. A tentative semester
shedule is available. The Spring 2020
syllabus may also be of interest.
Required class materials
- We will be using [Openstax University Physics][openstaxunivphysvol1].
This is an open text, free to download and read online. You may also
purchase a print copy if you choose.
- The Table of Contents is
available. We will cover all of Volume 2, and unit 1 of Volume 3.
- While this textbook is technically required for the course, you do not
necessarily need this precise book to get the material required. If
you choose to use another book, make sure it is intended for a
calculus-based course. You will be responsible for determining which
sections of your text are equivalent to the sections in the assigned
- Lab Manual
- The Physics 2 Lab Manual in under development for next semester.
- A printed version is available in the bookstore. You may either purchase
it or print from the pdf above.
- You will be required to turn in paper lab reports, so a physical copy
will be necessary.
- Lab Notebook: You must have a notebook dedicated for lab work. It can be any type of notebook.
- Scientific Calculator:
- It should have at least the basic trigonometric functions and
scientific notation, but no other features are required.
- You may use your phone, but it will not be allowed for use in exams.
- Online Homework:
- Weekly homework sets will be assigned at Mastering Physics.
- You will need to create an account there unless you already have one.
- To register, you will need an access code or you will need to purchase
access directly. An access code can be purchased at the bookstore either
with a textbook or independently. You may also purchase access directly
from Mastering Physics for about $70 (or $115 with unnecessary e-book
access). This will purchase access for 24 months.
-- Archie Paulson
Last modified: January 2020