116B, General Physics (for Engineers)
2, Fall 2006 - Prof.
Volker E. Oberacker
Office: 6625 Stevenson Center
meetings: MWF, 9:10 - 10:00am, Stevenson
Center, Rm. 4327
hours: Mon 1:00-2:30 pm, Wed
4:00-5:30 pm, Thu 2:00-3:00 pm
course is intended for students in the school of engineering. Physics
116B is a continuation of 116 A, covering: electricity
and magnetism, optics, and modern physics (the basics of atomic,
nuclear, and elementary particle physics).
& Jewett, Principles of Physics, a calculus-based text, fourth
– Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA
Assignments and class attendance
is expected that reading assignments will be completed prior to the
class, so that we can concentrate on the more difficult aspects of
the course material.
strongly suggest that you attend class on a regular basis because the
lectures contain many examples, problems and exercises,
demonstrations, and computer graphics which are designed to help your
understanding. You will also benefit from questions and discussions
Getting help with homework and lecture
Desk schedule (updated!)
The Help Desk for all 3 sections of Phys-116B is now available. The
Help Desk is located on the 4th floor of the Stevenson Center in room
TA: Gilma Adunas (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
primarily for section 2, Professor
Monday 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Friday 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
TA: Vaibhav Janve (e-mail: vaibhav.a.janve@Vanderbilt.Edu)
primarily for section 3, Prof. Gabella
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
TA: Dustin Kavich (e-mail: dustin.w.kavich@Vanderbilt.Edu)
primarily for section 1, Prof. Haglund
Monday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
In addition, if you have any questions about the lecture
material, lecture demonstrations, or any topics covered in the
textbook, you are encouraged to talk to Prof. Oberacker during office
assignments appear on Webassign. To access Webassign, go to
you type your Vanderbilt username and password. Then click on Login.
You can either pay with a
credit card, or there are cards with a number you can buy at the
VU bookstore. You have 2 weeks to sign up; the grace period ends
on Wed. September 6.
After you have logged in, you
will find your homework assignments and a link to an instruction
manual. All students work the same problems; however, in many cases,
the numerical data will differ from student to student so that no
two answers are the same.
You are allowed to discuss
your homework with others; however, the homework you turn in must
be a fair representation of your own understanding of the lecture
material. Copying someone else's work is a violation of the Honor
Usually, a few days after you
have submitted your homework answers, I will post detailed
solutions on my Website. Please check the “Homework”
will be three in-class tests during the semester (50 min each) and a
final exam (2 hours).
will be responsible for the textbook material covered, assigned
assignments, problems and exercises discussed in class, and lecture
demonstrations. During the exam, you are required to work completely
independently and adhere to the Honor Code.
exam format will be (some or all of the following): multiple choice
questions, true-false / conceptual questions, and numerical problems
exams are closed-book, however I will provide you with a few of the
most basic physics equations and values for constants of nature. You
will be allowed to bring ONE 8.5"x11.0" REFERENCE SHEET with anything
you choose written on both sides.
In addition, please
bring a PEN and a POCKET CALCULATOR (not pre-programmed) for each
To help you prepare for the
exams, a few days before each scheduled test, I will post a
multiple-choice practice test with solutions on this
Website. In addition, please study my detailed homework solutions, and
the conceptual questions at the end of each textbook chapter (answer
available in the "Student Solutions Manual and Study Guide").
final exam (2 hours) is comprehensive, with a somewhat higher
emphasis on material covered during the second half of the semester.
The format will likely be multiple-choice only. I will offer both a
regular and an alternate final exam.
from exams / late homework
may arise during the academic year that merit the excused absence of
a student from a scheduled exam or an extension for turning in the
homework assignment. Examples include serious personal problems (e.g.
severe illness, death in the family) and participation in sponsored
University activities (e.g. basketball team). Conflicts arising from
personal travel plans or social obligations will not be considered
valid excuses. Students should notify Professor Oberacker immediately
if they need to be absent from an exam or need an extension on a
homework assignment. A missed test or homework counts as zero,
unless you present a valid excuse beforehand.
will be three in-class exams (50 minutes each) during the semester.
In addition, there will be homework, and a final exam (2 hours). Your
course grade will be a weighed mean of
your homework average (15%)
the three in-class exam scores
your final exam score (25%)
of the test or homework grades will be dropped. I will use the
following grade scale:
90 – 100%
80 – 90 %
70 – 80%
60 – 70%
below 60 %
actual grade may be slightly different (notice I have not put any
plus or minus grades in) depending on how everyone else does.