PHYS 2B - Green Sheet

PHYS 2B - Fundamentals of Physics: Electromagnetism, Optics & Atomic Structure

Instructor: Dr. Ray Kwok
Lectures: Mon- Fri 9:00 am – 10:35 am (DH 318)
Office Hours: (SCI 310) MW 10:35 - 11:35 am
Office: SCI 310
Phone: (408) 924-5252
Textbook: College Physics, 7th ed., Serway, Faughn & Vuille (Thomson)

Course Description:

This course is the 2nd semester in the algebra-based introductory physics for biology, premedical, technical, and liberal arts majors. It covers electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, lenses, mirrors, wave optics, atomic physics and nuclear physics.


  • Physics, P.A. Tipler (Worth)
  • Principles of Physics, F.J. Blatt (Allyn & Bacon)
  • The Flying Circus of Physics, J. Walker (Wiley)


PHYS 2A & Algebra.

Tentative topics:

Tentative topics is listed in my web site under PHYS 2B. The list is intended to help students to prepare and review lectures, and not to encourage students to miss classes. Students are responsible for any material presented in lectures even though it might not be on the list.


Each student must enroll in one section of the Physics 2B Laboratory. The lab grade will be based on your lab reports and lab quizzes. You MUST pass the Laboratory to pass this course even though the Lab grade only counts 10% of the total grade here.


quizzes 15%, Lab 10%, 2 mid-term each 25%, final 25%

Final Letter grades will be assigned roughly according to the following percentage of maximum points earned as long as you pass the Laboratory section as well.

  • A 80% or above
  • B 65 - 80%
  • C 50 - 65%
  • D 35 - 50%
  • F below 35%

Academic Integrity Statement:

From the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development: "Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University, and the University's Academic Integrity Policy, require you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development." The policy on academic integrity.


mid-terms TBD
final exam: TBA

Honor Code:

"I have read the Honor Code and agree with its provisions. My continued enrollment in this course constitutes full acceptance of this code. I will NOT:

  1. Take an exam in place of someone else, or have someone take an exam in my place
  2. Give information or receive information from another person during an exam
  3. Use more reference material during an exam than is allowed by the instructor
  4. Obtain a copy of an exam prior to the time it is given
  5. Alter an exam after it has been graded and then return it to the instructor for re-grading
  6. Leave the exam room without returning the exam to the instructor."


If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities register with the Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) to establish a record of their disability.

College & Department Policies:

You are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops, academic renewal, withdrawals, incompletes, classroom behavior, and other policies described in the catalog. Please read your catalog thoroughly. We will review the evacuation plan for this classroom during the first class meeting.

For More Information, contact:

Ray Kwok at SJSU