Physics 204 PR, PR2, PR3, PR4
Instructor: Prof. Hernán A. Makse, Steinman Hall ST1M-12
Class schedule: Tu Th 2:00-3:40 PM in NAC 1/103
Office hours: Tu 4:00--6:00 PM in Levich Institute, Steinman Hall ST1M-12
Textbook: Physics by Cutnell and Johnson. Any edition. Vol 1 and 2.
Suggested problem numbers refer to 8th edition posted in the website of
TA Abdelali Sajia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Reading assignment Suggested Problems
Numbering refers to 8th edition (7th edition)
Problems and solutions posted in website
Jan 29(Tu) CH 16: Waves CH 16: 14,26,29,28 (14,24,26,27)
Jan 31(Th) CH 16
Feb 5(Tu) CH 17
7(Th) CH 17: Superposition CH 17:8,7,29,33,41 (6,7,23,29,35)
12(Tu) College close. Lincoln's Birthday
14(Th) CH 18
19(Tu) CH 18: Electric Force CH18:21,72,35,37,71,25 (17,18,29,31,63,67)
21(Th) CH 19: Electric Potential CH 19: 19,21,27,39 (16,18,23,32)
26(Tu) TEST 1: CH 16-19 (To be confirmed)
28(Th) CH 20
March 5(Tu) CH 20: Electric circuits CH 20:6,43,55,64,66,65,71 (7,43,53,58,60,61,65)
7(Th) CH 21
12(Tu) CH 21
14(Th) CH 21: Magnetic force CH 21:1,7,15,23,78,39,47 (5,6,11,21,30,34,41)
19(Tu) CH 22: Induction CH 22:5,16,72,77,36,35,25 (5,16,18,23,30,31,69)
21(Th) CH 23: AC currents and CH 24: Electromagnetic waves
26(Tu) CH 25:
28(Th) CH 25: Mirrors CH 25: 38,5,23,37,40,38 (4,5,16,17,18,22)
April 2(Tu) CH 26: Refraction CH 26: 12,20,107,3 (11,18,27,28)
4(Th) TEST 2: CH 20-25 (to be confirmed)
9(Tu) CH 27: Interference CH 27: 55,9,25,27,32 (2,7,19,22,27)
11(Th) CH 27
16(Tu) CH 28 Special Relativity CH 28: 2,43,15,14,27,29,40 (2,9,12,14,24,27)
18(Th) CH 28:
23(Tu) SPRING BREAK (April 19-28)
25(Th) SPRING BREAK
30(Tu) CH 29:
May 2(Th) CH 29: Particles and waves CH 29: 47,11,48,49,40 (7,8,24,28)
7(Tu) Test 3. CH 26-29 (to be confirmed)
9(Th) CH 30: Atoms CH 30: 10,13,15,18,23,27,29 (10,12,14,16,21,23,26)
14(Tu) Final Review
16-22 Final Exam includes all the material covered in the lectures.
Course description: For majors in the life sciences (biology, medicine,
dentistry, psychology, physical therapy) and for liberal arts students. Fundamental ideas and
laws of physics including: waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity,
quantum mechanics and nuclear physics. Emphasis is on the basic principles and general
laws. Use of math is restricted to algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
Reading assignment: This is the text material that will be covered in
class each day. Students should read the indicated Chapters in the textbook
before coming to class.
Homework: The homework is optional and it will not be collected in class. It is
strongly recommended to do all the homework material. Problems and solutions are
posted in the website of the course.
Lab: All lab experiments must be done to pass the course. Labs take place in MR
407 N. Confirm the exact room and start date at the Physics Department.
Lab meetings start January 28th. There are meetings every week. Seven of those
meetings involve experimental labs. The rest are workshops. Attendance is requiered
at all meetings. The labs are all available here: https://physicslabs.ccnysites.cuny.edu/
Exams: There will be three midterm exams and one final exam (140 min).
The midterms exams and final exam will include only material covered in class.
You are allowed to bring a sheet of paper (only one) with equations to the exams
(midterms and final). This policy is subject to change during the semester and it could
be updated/cancelled at the discretion of the Prof. The lowest grade of the midterms
will be dropped.
No make-up will be given for any exam under any circumstances. If you miss an
exam, you automatically drop the missed exam.
Grades: Student’s final grade will be based on the following components:
Best Midterm 1 30%
Best Midterm 2 30%
Final exam 40%
Physics 204 PR, PR2, PR3, PR4