Spring 2011

Physics 232c is the follow-up course to 231c. It is a non-calculus-based general physics class, recommended for a variety of majors, such as those pursuing a pre-med education. Topics include: electromagnetism, circuits, optics, quantum physics, nuclear physics and a brief coverage of elementary particle physics and astrophysics.

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Kirsten Tollefson,
#3247 BPS Building, (517) 884-5568
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 10:30PM - 11:30PM in the help room (BPS 1248) or by appointment (BPS 3247)

Help Room Hours (BPS 1248)

Monday through Thursday 9:00AM -- 9:00PM

Friday 9:00AM -- 6:00PM

The help room is staffed with TAs all day, Monday through Friday. TAs who are specifically assigned to help with PHY232 will be in the helproom all day on Wednesdays and most of the day on Tuesdays. A schedule for the specific TAs will be posted by the end of the first week of class. I recommend that you spend at least one hour in the help room each week, preferably working with other students in study groups.


The homework is to help you learn to do the type of problems that you will find on the exams. Don’t just copy someone’s answer without understanding it.

Questions about a specific homework problem should be posted using the "Post Discussion" located just below the homework problem. Using this option will allow others to benefit from your question and the subsequent response(s). Although sufficient assistance can be found on some of the less complicated problems using the "Post Discussion" option, better service is available by working with other students and the teaching assistants in the help room. Homework hints for some of the problems will also be posted in LON-CAPA in the Homework folder.

The closing time for each homework assignment will be the 11:59PM on Wednesday night as shown on the calendar. Late homework will not be accepted:-- the closing time will be strictly enforced. Enter your solutions early to avoid computer/network problems close to the deadline.

The course material, including: homework and recorded online lectures in the form of narrated powerpoint presentations with example problems are posted on the LON-CAPA website. A high speed internet connection (i.e. not dial-up) is required; as is a computer with the ability to view flash video. In addition, there is a required textbook for this course.


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Last updated: January 8, 2011