Spring 2013


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, special relativity, quantum physics, nuclear physics and a brief coverage of elementary particle physics and astrophysics.

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Richard Hallstein,
#1253 BPS Building, (517) 884-5509
Office Hours:  Tuesdays (Starting 1/15) Noon to 1:00PM in the Strosacker helproom (1248BPS) or by appointment in 1253BPS

Help Room Hours (BPS 1248)

The Strosacker helproom is in 1248 BPS and is open from 9:00AM to 9:00PM Monday through Thursday and from 9:00AM to 6:00PM on Fridays. You are welcome to go to the helproom during any of its open hours but there will be appointed times when TAs specifically for PHY232/232C will be available.

Strosacker help room staffed with PHY 232/232C TAs beginning Thursday, Jan.10 :

Wednesdays 9:00AM until 9:00PM

Thursdays 9:00AM until 9:00PM

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.

The closing time for each homework assignment along with the corresponding bonus questions will be the 11:59PM on Thursday night as shown on the calendar. Late homework and/or bonus questions will not be accepted:-- the closing time will be strictly enforced. Enter your solutions early to avoid computer/network woes 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 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.

There are bonus questions in the online lecture folders. You should be able to answer these after completing the assigned reading from the required text and watching the online lectures. These bonus questions are programmed to look like exam questions, as such, they are all multiple choice. In addition, some of these bonus questions are questions used on previous exams for this course and its traditional equivalent. Lon-Capa's feedback option is disabled, so unlike regular homework problems, Lon-Capa will not tell you if you have the correct answer until after the due date. In addition, the discussion board on these questions has been disabled. These questions are meant for you to work out yourself after having read the assigned reading and watched the online lectures. All points earned here will be added to your total homework points as a homework bonus (so, homework scores over 100% are possible). Note: since these problems are programmed to look like exam problems, Lon-Capa will report them in your grade summary as exam points -- they are *NOT* exam points.


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Last updated: January 4, 2013