Physics 105

Professor Schreve

Office: G066; Phone: x4704

Welcome to Physics 105, a continuation of Physics 100.  In this course we will try to cover most of the rest of your 100 text - Physics, Sixth Edition, by Giancoli.  We do almost a chapter a week; it is a fast pace and requires consistent hard work on your part.  The subject material is interesting and challenging.  We spend a lot of time on electricity and magnetism, then move on to optics and finally, during the last 3 weeks, we study the mind stretching physics of the 20th century – Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.

Your grade in this class will be calculated using the following weighting:

                  2 midterms and the final          10-15%, 15% and 15-20% = 45%

                  Homework                           14 x 1.5% = 21%

                  Quizzes                                3 x 3% =9%

                  Lab                                     25%


Lab meets from 1-4 M, T, W or Th.  There are 11 labs scheduled.  There is no lab the first week, but you will be given a worksheet that reviews basic data analysis skills from the first semester.  We will not have labs the weeks of exams.

Your lab grade will depend on your performance during lab and your lab notebook, and on lab specific questions included on the midterms and the final.  Information about how your work will be assessed and graded will be explained next week in lab.  If you have to miss a lab because of illness or a scheduled college activity, please let your lab instructor know as much ahead of time as possible.


Homework will normally be due every week on Friday at 9 am.  Normally, your HW will be graded by upper class physics majors, although I will probably grade some problems myself.  For the benefit of the graders, please make your HW neat and easy to read and show your work!  We can’t give you any credit for correct answers if you give no justification.  Underline or highlight your final answer so the grader can find it.

For the sake of the graders (and for fairness to other students) late HW is strongly discouraged and will be penalized: -20%/day starting the first day.  Solutions for the HW and new assignments will be posted on Friday or Saturday.  After solutions are posted, late HW will not be accepted.  I will be available to answer questions at the times shown below.


TUESDAY         10-12 am and 3-5 pm

WEDNESDAY   10-12 am

THURSDAY      2-5 pm

Other times by appointment

You are encouraged to discuss the homework problems with other members of this class.  This should involve a joint effort.  It is NOT OK to tell a fellow student how to do a problem or be told by a fellow student how to do a problem.  Be sure that the work you hand in reflects your own understanding. You may also use the Q-lit center as a resource.


We will have three quizzes, on Fridays of weeks 3, 8, and 13 that count for a small portion of your grade. They will be based on homework problems and class notes.


The two midterms will be given during weeks 6 and 11.  They will be given during the evening from 7-10 pm on days still to be determined.

The final exam will be cumulative and is scheduled for Thursday, May 12 from 2 - 5 pm.


Physics 105