Fall 2003

TEXT: Fundamentals of Physics, 6th edition, Parts 3 & 4, by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker

LECTURER: R. G. Bohn           Office: MH 5004

Hours: 9:00-10:00 MTWRF, and by appointment

Web Notes:

Phone: 419.530.2226           e-mail:

Prerequisite          Examinations           Grading Policy          Grades of W, IW, IN

Tentative Lecture Schedule



Physics 2140 will

·         introduce the student to the basic ideas and concepts of physics in the areas of  electricity, magnetism, and optics

·         lead the student to apply the ideas of physics to electric and magnetic fields, capacitors, circuits and their components, motors and generators, and optical systems

·         strengthen the student's conceptual understanding of physics by reinforcing intuitive ideas that are correct and by correcting perceptions that are incorrect

·         improve the student's ability to make predictions based on physical laws and models

·         strengthen the student's analytical skills and problem solving strategies

·         assist the student in recognizing those parameters that are important in the design of simple physical systems

PREREQUISITE for this course is PHYS 2130 


Friday, Sept. 5: Ch. 22-24                    Thursday, Sept. 18: Ch. 25-26            Thursday, Oct. 2: Ch. 27-28                               

Thursday, Oct. 16: Ch. 29-30              Friday, Nov. 7: Ch. 31-33                     Wednesday, Dec. 10: Ch. 34-37               

Final: Wednesday, Dec. 18: 10:15-12:15, Ch. 22 - 37  

NOTE: Exams (including the final) will be given only at these times, so be sure now that this will not create a serious problem for you.


Grades given are the traditional grades of A, B, C, D, F (including + and -).  Grades are based on the following:

Laboratory Grade                 10%

Classroom Grade                  20%      (Note: Attendance, work in class, and web assignments will be part of this grade.)

Tests 1-6                                50%      (Each test is 10% of the total course score.)

Final Exam                             20%

The laboratory is a required part of this course. A score of 18/30 or better in the laboratory is required to pass the course.  If you are repeating the course, and have a traditional grade (see above) in the previous course, you may use that lab score if you took Physics 2140 within one calendar year and have a score of 18/30 or better in the laboratory.  This must be confirmed with the instructor within the first two weeks of the semester!

“Students are expected to attend every class meeting of courses in which they are registered [1].”  Unexpected student absences are to be communicated to the instructor in writing or by e-mail.  Students are responsible for all material covered in the classes that they miss, even when their absences are classified as excused absences [1].  Missed examinations, homework, and quizzes are to be made up as soon as possible after the absence.

[1] The University of Toledo Missed Class Policy (1/22/02)


The latest date for withdrawing from the course is October 17, the end of the 8th week

The Academic Policy for Semesters has clarified the meaning and proper use of these grades. Official University Policy now defines these grades as follows:

W: The "W" is assigned for a course from which the student has formally withdrawn by the end of the 8th week. The grade of "W" will appear on the student's transcript.

IW: The "IW" designation is to be used by an instructor for students who have not been attending class, have done essentially no work for the class and made no arrangements for officially withdrawing from the course. This grade must be reported by the instructor by the end of the 10th week.

IN: This grade is assigned only in extraordinary cases where conditions prevent the student from completing the requirements of the course within the term of enrollment. It must be removed before the end of the following quarter.  In the adoption of these definitions, it is made clear that the IW and IN grades should not be used as substitutes for the F grade, and that students should not be allowed to withdraw at the very end of a course.

Under no circumstances will an IW grade be given to a student who has taken all of the hour exams.