Spring 2017


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:  Wednesdays 2PM-3PM in the helproom BPS 1248 (or by appointment in my office BPS 1253)

Help Room Hours (BPS 1248)

Starting Jan 10, 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; in this case the must of the controls (i.e. rewind, jump ahead, 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 macine. Tech Smith's Camtasia software is used to make these videos. Tech Smith is aware of this bug and recently came out with a new version fixing it. As the semester progresses, the online lectures will be re-published so all functionality will work on the Windows-based touch screen systems effected by this bug. The republishing process is very time consuming, so your patience is appreciated. However, re-publishing will be done at least two weeks prior to the homework due date associated with that lecture.

Spartan Code of Honor and Academic Pledge

As a Spartan, I will strive to uphold values of the highest ethical standard. I will practice honesty in my work, foster honesty in my peers, and take pride in knowing that honor is worth more than grades. I will carry these values beyond my time as a student at Michigan State University, continuing the endeavor to build personal integrity in all that I do.

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Last updated: December 21, 2016