PHYSICS 2B03/2BB3: COURSE OUTLINE 20122014
2B03  ELECTRICITY
2BB3  MAGNETISM
Instructor: 
Dr. Neil McKay 
Office: 
ABB261 
Phone: 
9055259140 x24964 
Email: 
mckayn 
Office Hours: 
TBD 




Lectures: JHE/326H 
Monday: 9:30 – 10:20 

Tuesday: 10:30 – 11:20 

Thursday: 9:30 – 10:20 




Laboratory: BSB/B156 
Monday: L01 & L02: 14:30  17:20 

Tuesday: L03 & L04: 14:30  17:20 

(every other week) 


Technician: 
Kenrick Chin 
Office: 
BSB/B156 and NRB120 

9055259140 x24088 
Email: 
chin 
TEXTBOOKS:
Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics (Chapters
2535) by R. D. Knight (Pearson, 2nd or 3rd edition). This is
the required text of the course this year. This textbook was the required
one for Physics 1B03, so I assume that all of you already have a copy
of it. All the basic material covered in this course is contained in it.
I plan to supplement from other sources in class from time to time.
Iclickers: will be used in this course (can be purchased from
the bookstore).
LAB MANUAL: The lab manual will be posted on the course web
site  as a series of PDF files, which you must download and read.
The course aims to provide a firm understanding of the basic principles
of electricity, magnetism and electrodynamics. Our main emphasis is on
electromagnetism as an underlying theory of modern physics. A secondary
emphasis is on applied electricity and magnetism and its role in circuits,
electronics and laboratory instruments. At the conclusion of the course
the student should be comfortable with the use of Maxwell's equations
in integral form, and be aware of the differential equation form. The
associated laboratory will demonstrate some of the material covered in
the lectures, familiarize the student with electrical measurement techniques
and introduce new materials. With additions, the lectures will cover all
the chapters involving electricity and magnetism from Knight.
PREREQUISITES: Physics 1B03
COREQUISITES: Math 2A03 (or Math 2XX3) and Math 2C03
Problem assignments are an integral part of the course. They will be
closely correlated with the chapters in the textbook. Notices, solutions
to assignments and labs, etc., will be posted on the course web page on
Avenue to Learn.
COMPOSITION OF THE FINAL MARK: The final mark is determined by
a combination of the assignments, labs, tests and final exams. There will
be two midterm tests and two final exams. A course mark will be calculated
with the following weights:
Tests 
7.5% & 7.5% 
Term 1 and 2 Final Exams 
25% & 25% 
Assignments 
15% 
Laboratories 
15% 
Class activities 
5% 
If the laboratory experiments have not all been completed, then the course
mark will be F (fail). The instructors reserve the right to substitute
an alternative weighting scheme if this will increase the student's final
grade. The December examination will test all material in Term I. There
will be a makeup exam scheduled during reading week for anyone who misses
the December exam. The final examination in April will test all material
in Term 2.
CALCULATORS AND EXAMINATIONS: Only the McMaster University standard
calculator (Casio fx991) will be permitted at the midyear and final
examinations.
Academic Integrity
Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other
fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade
of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript
(notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty")
and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what does constitute academic
dishonesty . For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty,
please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity/
The following examples illustrate only three forms of academic dishonesty:
1. Plagiarism, i.e. the submission of work that is not one's own or for
which other credit has been obtained.
2. Improper collaboration in group work.
3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
In this course all students are expected to work independently. As
in all scientific reporting, the work submitted must be the participants'/individual's
own work. You are encouraged to discuss assignment problems with other
students, and to share ideas about general approaches to a solution. However,
each student should work out the final details independently, and write
up a solution without referring to any written solution or rough work
from any other source.
The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of
the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines
for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification
becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students
will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes.
It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email
and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.
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