Montgomery College – Takoma Park / Silver Spring Campus

Physical Sciences Department

General Physics for Non-Engineers Ii – PH 204

Summer Session II– 2012 Syllabus


Instructor:    Dr. Harold Williams, Office SN 106; Phone: (240) 567-1463; Physical Science Department: (240) 567-1332 Admin. Aid



Lectures PH204:  (CRN 10035) MTWR 9:00 – 10:35 AM, Room SN 103

Discussion PH204D:  (CRN 10178) MW 10:40 – 11:45 AM, Room SN 103

Laboratory PH204L:  (CRN 10034) TR 10:40 AM – 1:50 PM, Room SN 103


Course TextKnight, Jones, & Field, College Physics: A Strategic Approach with Mastering Physics, Second Edition, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 13: 978-0-321-59549-2. Student Workbook for College Physics: A Strategic Approach Volume 2 (Chs. 17-30), Second Edition Addison-Wesley, ISBN 13: 978-0-321-59633-8.
Access code to Mastering Physics,

Course ID: PH204SUM2012TPSS


Office Hours:  MTWR  8:00 – 9:00 AM or by appointment


Course Description (See Class Catalog)

Fundamental concepts and laws of physics with emphasis on principles and development of scientific methods applied to physical relationships. Less emphasis is placed on mathematics than in PH 161-262-263, and concurrent enrollment in calculus courses is, therefore, not required. This course includes topics such as mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics. Credit is given for the successful completion of PH 203 whether PH 204 is taken or not. (NSLD) PREREQUISITES: PH 203 for PH 204 and knowledge of trigonometry, or consent of department. Assessment levels for PH 203: EN 101/101A, MA 097/099, RD 099/103. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory/discussion each week.


General Education:

PH204 fulfills a General Education Program Natural Sciences Distribution with Laboratory requirement. 

Montgomery College’s General Education Program is designed to ensure that students have the skills, knowledge and attitudes to carry them successfully through their work and personal lives. This course provides multiple opportunities to develop two or more of the following competencies: written and oral communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, technological competency, and information literacy. For more information, please see .



Reading Quizzes (on assigned chapter every class at the begaining): 5%
Exams (4 of them):
Homeworks & Quizzes:
Labs (11 of them): 25%
Final (comprehensive): 20%

The Final Grade for this course will be assigned based on the following scales: (A>90%), (B >80%), (C>70%), (D>60%), and (F< 60%)


Exams (4 of them): Thursdays: July 19, July 26, August 2, & August 9


Final Exam: Thursday August 16, 2012  at 9 – 1:50 PM



  1. Makeup tests are not given under any circumstances.
  2. Online assignments must be submitted by the due date to receive credit. No exceptions!
  3. July 9, 2012: Last day to drop with a refund.
  4. ? ?, 2012: Last day to drop a class without a grade, change from credit to audit, or change from audit to credit. Audit to credit and credit to audit changes require instructor’s signature. Please see me before you make this change.
  5. ? ?, 2012: Last day to drop the class with a grade of W.


Course Goals:

Š        Students will acquire both a conceptual and a practical understanding of the fundamental physical principles associated with mechanics, properties of matter, heat, harmonic motion, and wave phenomena such as sound and light.

Š        Students will develop critical thinking skills to be able to analyze and solve problems through the application of physical principles and mathematical equations.

Š        Students will develop laboratory and communications skills to collect, analyze and interpret measured data, make calculations, and report results in a formal, written report.


Classroom Policies:

Attendance:        You are expected to attend all classes. If you have more than two unexcused absences during the semester, you may be dropped from the class. If you have more than two unexcused absences from lab, then you will receive an F for the course.

Student Code of Conduct:       You are expected to adhere to the Academic Regulations and the Student Code of Conduct which can be found in

Academic Honesty:       You are expected to be honest in reporting your laboratory results and when taking any kind of quizzes or tests. Any dishonesty in the classroom such as copying someone else's results or using notes or books during tests, will result in a zero grade and/or failure for the course.

Classroom Conduct:  You are expected to behave appropriately in an academic setting. Any use of inappropriate language in the classroom will be grounds for disciplinary action.

Student Email:  Student e-mail ( is an official means of communication for the College. It is expected that you check your student e-mail regularly and frequently, as you are responsible for information and announcements that will be sent to you from the College.  For this class, student e-mail will be used only for situations where timing is essential. Most information is discussed in class and all assignments will be turned in as hard copy during regular class times. If you contact me through e-mail, you must use your student e-mail account (rather than a yahoo account) so that I can recognize you as a student. If you e-mail me, please follow-up with a voice mail message using the following number: 240-567-1433.

Support Services:  There are several support services available to help you in this course. These are available at the Math Science Learning Center and the Library. A student who may need an accommodation due to a disability should make an appointment to see me during my office hours. A letter from Disability Support Services (DSS) authorizing your accommodations will be required. The DSS office is located in room 137 Student Services Pavilion and may be called on (240) 567-1475. Any student who may need assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation must inform the Disability Support Services Office; guidelines for emergency evacuations for individuals with disabilities are found at


Veteran Support: If you are a veteran or on active or reserve status and you are interested in information regarding opportunities, programs and/or services, please visit the Combat2College website at and/or contact Joanna Starling 240- If 567-7103/SV103 or


Cancellation of Classes:

You will be able to determine the College's operational status during inclement weather or other emergencies through the following means:

PowerPoints by Chapter

Summer Session – 2012

Physics 204 Schedule (subject to change)

Class Date
Reading Assignment
in Text before your instuctor lectures on it. There will be a reading test at the begining of class on the date listed.
Lab Assignment
Tuesday or Thursday
Thursday 9-10:40AM
Week 1 Optics Part V
Monday, July 9
Chapter 17: Wave Optics

Tuesday, July 10
Chapter 18: Ray Optics
1 Interference & Diffraction Grating
Wednesday, July 11
Chapter 19: Optical Instruments

Thursday, July 12 Review Chapters 1-19 physics is cumulative.

2 Ray Tracing
Week 2 Electricity and Magnetism Part VI
Monday, July 16
Chapter 20: Electric Fields and Forces

Tuesday, July 17
Chapter 21: Electric Potential 3 Mirrors and Lenses
Wednesday, July 18

Thursday, July 19

4 Electric Field First EXAM covering Ch.17-21 mainly.
Week 3
Monday, July 23
Chapter 22: Current and Resistance

Tuesday, July 24
Chapter 23: Circuits 5 Ohms Law
Wednesday, July 25
Chapter 24: Magnetic Fields and Forces

Thursday, July 26

6  RC Slow Decay Second EXAM covering Ch. 17-24, but mainly 22-24.
Week 4
Monday, July 30
Chapter 24: Magnetic Fields and Forces (rest)

Tueday, July 31
Chapter 25: EM Induction and EM Waves 7 Electron Charge to Mass (e/m)
Wednesday, August 1
Chapter 26: AC Electricity

Thursday, August 2

8 Spectrum
Third EXAM covering Ch. 17-25.2, but mainly 20-25.2
Week 5
Monday, August 6
no Reading quiz

Tuesday, August 7 Modern Physics part VII Chapter 27: Relativity 9 Oscilloscope

Wednesday, August 8

Thursday, August 9

10 lecture and demonstration with problem solving
Fourth EXAM covering Ch. 20-27, but mainly 25.3-26 and reading quiz chapter 27.
Week 6
Monday, August 13
Chapter 28: Quanatum Physics 

Tuesday, August 14
Chapter 29: Atoms and Molecules (Chemistry) Last lab 11 Photoelectric Effect
Wednesday, August 15
Chapter 30: Nuclear Physics ( SU(2) and SU(3) )

Thursday, August 16 Comprehensive final exam entire class period.

Final Exam covering everything, but mainly Ch. 17-30!

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