Spring 2016


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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Students with Disabilities


Richard Hallstein,
#1253 BPS Building, (517) 884-5509
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 3PM-4PM as of 2/23 1PM to 2PM on Wednesdays (no appointment needed during this time); or by appointment

Help Room Hours (BPS 1248)

Starting Jan. 19, the Strosacker help room 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 help room during any of its open hours but there will be appointed times when TAs specifically for PHY232/232C will be available.

I recommend that you spend at least one hour in the help room each week, preferably working with other students in study groups. The TAs for the course are there to assist you and aid you in working through our assignments. However, this does not mean the TAs are there to solve class assignments for you.

Online Lectures and examples

A reliable high speed internet connection is required, as is a computer with the ability to view flash video. The computer will need a current, supported operating system and a browser running HTML5 to use all the options available in the online lectures. There is an inconvenient bug that you would only encounter if you happen to have a Windows computer with a touch screen AND are using a browser other than Internet Explorer; in this case most of the controls (i.e. rewind, jump ahead, play double-speed, etc.) for the videos will not work in Chrome or Firefox. All controls will work if you use Internet Explorer on a touch screen windows machine. Tech Smith's Camtasia software is used to make these videos. Tech Smith is aware of this bug and hope to have it patched in the future.

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Last updated: January 11, 2016