Johnson County Community College
Course Syllabus
PHYS 221 -- Engineering Physics II
Division of Science, Health Care, and Math

Credit Hours: 5.0
Lecture: MW 6:00 to 6:55 CLB 103, TR 6:00 to 8:55 in ATB 125
Lab: MW 7:00 to 9:55 in SCI 117

Instructor: J. Douglas Patterson, SCI 105C, VoiceMail (913)469-8500 Ext. 5947,

Office Hours
: MW 5:00 to 6:00

Course Description: Selected topics in physics will be introduced including wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, and special relativity.

Prerequisites: MATH 242 & PHYS 220 or equivalent, (A.G. Calculus II & EngineeringPhysics I)

Text: Serway, Physics, 4th ed., vol. 3 & 4, Wiley, 1997

Supplies : 1" Three-RingBinder, Calculator with trigonometric functions, your brain.

Students who transfer to or from JCCC between semesters should be aware that the division of topics between Engineering Physics I and II may not be similar to the divisions elsewhere.

Course Objectives:

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish the following:

  1. Recall basic facts, laws, principles, and conventional usages employed in the area of physics covered.
  2. Distinguish correct from incorrect expression of physical laws and principles.
  3. Analyze, formulate, resolve, and interpret simple physics problems by applying principles studied.
  4. Apply basic mathematical modeling to physical situations and draw numerical conclusions from the analysis.
  5. Use care in the handling of units of measurement and express answers in correct and consistent units.
  6. Be able to apply familiar techniques of analysis and calculation in both familiar contexts and similar but unfamiliar situations.
  7. Demonstrate ability to utilize principles and methods studied in concrete exercises presented in hands-on lab sessions.

Course Requirements:


Students are responsible for material covered in lecture as well as in the text.
There will be ten quizzes given during thelecture periods during the semester. These quizzes will take about 20 minutes on average and will cover information and concepts currently being discussed. The quizzes may be a take-home assignment, an in-class small-group discussion of a phenomenon, or a traditional question-&-answer quiz. Quizzes will be unannounced, therefore, class attendance is imperitive. No make-ups will be allowed for missed quizzes.
Homework will be assigned and collected weekly. Doing homework problems is essential to success in this and any physics course. No late homework will be accepted.
There will be biweekly laboratory assignments. No makeups will be allowed for missed labs. A formal lab report will be due at the beginning of the next lab session. Late labs will be accepted up to two days past the due date at a penalty of 10% per day.
There will be five unit tests and a final exam. Unit tests will cover material from lecture, homework, lab, and the text. The final exam will be comprehensive.

Grading Standards

Grades will be based upon Homework, Labs, Unit Tests, and the Final Exam and will be computed in the following manner:

Homework and Quiz % x2200 pts.
Labs %100 pts.
Unit Tests(5x100)500 pts.
Final Exam200 pts.
Total1000 pts.

Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
65 - 79% = C
50 - 64% = D
below 50% = F

Academic Dishonesty Policy Statement:
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be subject to the appropriate penalties. Penalties may incluse, but are not limited to, a zero grade for the assignment, a failing grade for the course and/or expulsion from the college. Please make every effort to avoid the appearance of dishonesty in all course activities. All cases of academic dishonesty will be brought to the attention of the Program Director.

Disability Statement:
Any student in this course who has a disability that may prevent him/her from fully demonstrating his/her abilities should contact me personally as soon as possible to discuss accommodation necessary to complete the course requirements.

Science Resource Center
FREE tutoring is available at the Science Resource Center in SCI 205.

CASE Computer Classroom:
A computer lab has been set aside specifically for the use of students taking science classes. There you will find wordprocessing, spreadsheet, and various scientific programs. The CASE Lab is located in CLB112.

Tentative Course Topic Sequence:
Changes will be announced in advance.

SubjectReading and Test Schedule
Unit OneElectricity
Electric FieldsChapter 23 & 24
Electrical EnergyChapter 25
DC CircuitsChapter 26, 27 & 28
----------UNIT ONE TEST
Unit TwoMagnetism
MagnetismChapter 29 & 30
Electromagnetic InductionChapter 31 & 32
----------UNIT TWO TEST
Unit ThreeElectrodynamics
Alternating CurrentChapter 33
Electromagnetic WavesChapter 34
Unit FourWave Phenomena
Nature of LightChapter 35
Geometric OpticsChapter 36
Interference and DiffractionChapter 37 & 38
----------UNIT FOUR TEST
Unit FiveModern Physics
Special RelativityChapter 39
Quantum PhysicsChapter 40
Atomic PhysicsChapter 40
Nuclear PhysicsSuppliment
----------UNIT FIVE TEST

Final Exam Date: 6:00 to 8:55 on Thursday, July 29, in SCI 118