PHYS 52 - Green Sheet

PHYS 52 - General Physics: Heat and Light

Instructor: Dr. Ray Kwok
Lectures: Mon, Wed & Fri 8:30 am – 9:20 am (SCI 258)
Office Hours: (SCI 310) MW 9:30 – 10:30 am, 5:15 - 5:45 pm (ENGR 383) TR 10:30 - 11:00 am
Office: SCI 310
Phone: (408) 924-5252
Textbook: University Physics, 11th ed., Young and Freedman (Addison-Wesley)

Course Description:

This course is the 3rd semester in the calculus-based University Physics for science and engineering majors. It covers Optics (describes the behavior and properties of light and its interaction with matter) and Thermodynamics (describes the macroscopic changes of physical systems as temperature, pressure or volume varies).


  • Physics, Halliday & Resnick (Wiley & Sons)
  • Mechanics, Heat & Sound, F.W. Sears (Addison-Wesley)
  • Optics, F.W. Sears (Addison-Wesley)
  • Lectures on Physics, Richard Feynman, (Addison-Wesley)


PHYS 50, PHYS 51 & Math 30/30P. Familiar with Newton's Law, Conservation of Energy and Momentum is essential.

Tentative topics:



Each student must enroll in one section of the Physics 52 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.


homework 10%, quizzes 10%, Lab 10%, 2 mid-term each 20%, final 30%

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 85% or above
  • B 70 - 85%
  • C 55 - 70%
  • D 40 - 55%
  • F below 40%



mid-terms (tentatively Oct 12 & Nov 16)
last class: 12/10
final exam: 12/17 (Mon 7:15 - 9:30 am)

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.

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