University of Virginia Department of Physics

Physics 6060
How Things Work II -- 3 Credits

The home page and syllabus for PHYS 6060 How Things Work II for Spring 2017 is given below. Please read everything carefully and click on the SYLLABUS for more detail about the content. However, it is not final and subject to change. You have to purchase access to the electronic version of the 6'th edition of How Things Work by Bloomfield. The electronic version contains text, animations, exercises, and problems from which the homework assignments will be based. If you have taken PHYS 6050 in the Fall 2016, you will not have to pay again for access to the website. After you have registered I will email you the 6 digit course ID to get access to the electronic text at the website link Wileyplus.com.

An Online Physics Course for High School Physics and Physical Science Teachers
Semester Spring



Dr. Richard A. Lindgren, Research Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, University of Virginia
Professor Lindgren is very experienced in teaching online courses and has taught over a thousand students the past 10 years.
For information about the Instructor, click ral5q@virginia.edu

Dr. Louis A. Bloomfield, Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, University of Virginia
The demonstrator and lecturer on the video is Professor Louis Bloomfield, who has originated and developed the courses How Things Work I and II at UVa.

How Things Work II (HTW2) is a continuation of How Things Work I (HTW1). But it starts with a short review of HTW1 on the laws of motion in Chapters 1 and 2. It then jumps to Chapters 10 through 15 covering topics in everyday life involving electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, electronics, and modern physics. In particular, the material covers static electricity, xerographic copiers, flashlights, household magnets, electric power, radio, microwaves ovens, sunlight, discharge lamps, LEDS, lasers, cameras, optical recording, audio players, nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors, medical imaging and radiation. We will study the principles of operation of the devices mentioned above, study their history, and the scientific relationships to each another.

This course is organized around COLLAB, the UVa version of Sakai, which is a management system used by over 350 educational organizations. You will obtain access to COLLAB after you are registered for the course. COLLAB access is password protected. After you have activated your email address, you must obtain your username and password to use features of COLLAB at UVa. Click on the button called Log-in-Instructions to learn how to log onto COLLAB. Your UVa email address must be activated before you log onto COLLAB. We will use COLLAB to exchange information through the Discussion Board, to post Announcements, to post Comments and to provide additional learning Resources.

The first and second columns in the syllabus is the class day and date and the second column is a running number of the number of classes or sessions. The third column is the content title of the section number in the Wileyplus online text and the fourth column is the chapter and section number in Wileyplus. You are expected to read the text and view all the animations in each section. If you click on the section number, you will bring up a set of power point slides summarizing that particular section. Please read the power point slides until you understand the answers to all the questions. Columns 3 and 4 is the outline for the class and all homework material and exams will be based on the material in those sections in Wileyplus. The last column contains video lectures and demonstrations videotaped from an actual How Things Work course given by Bloomfield in 2008 using an earlier edition of the textbook. The organization of the lectures and material are similar to that in edition 6 but appear in a different order as you can see from the lecture titles. Nevertheless, these videos are a useful resource and you will enjoy watching the lectures and the demonstrations. Wileyplus online does not contain actual demonstrations. An index of all the demonstrations giving a short description and where they are on each lecture file can be obtained HERE. Click on the video title in the last column and the video will be launched in MP4 format. Click on Computer Requirements tab on the left of the page if you need help in reading the files.

All homework and exams are conducted and submitted through the online electronic text Wileyplus. This website is a complete learning and delivery system as you will see. You will easily learn how to find the assignments on Wileyplus. Problem Set 1 w1ll consist of 4 assignments on Wileyplus CH1A, CH1B, CH2A, and CH2B. For example, CH1A will be an assignment based on Chapter 1. The A signifies it will consist of numerical type problems. The B signifies it will consist of mostly conceptual multiple choice questions. Homework will be due every two weeks on Monday nights at 11:59 PM. You will submit them on Wileyplus as well. Grading of the assignments is done automatically and will be available on Wileyplus after the problem set is due. You may get help from myself or other students in the class by using the Discussion Board on COLLAB.

Homework   25%
Midterm       35%
Posting           5%
Final             35%

You must activate your UVa email since all correspondence will be through your UVa email address. Click on the button on the left called Log-in-Instructions to learn how to activate your UVa email address.

The recommended text is the online electronic version of How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life, sixth edition, by Louis A Bloomfield Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  You will have to purchase access to the electronic version at WileyPlus. The electronic version contains the entire text, plus animation videos, exercises, and problems from which the homework assignments and exams will be based. If you have taken PHYS 6050 in the Fall 2016, you will not have to pay again for access to the website. After you have registered for PHYS 6060, I will email you the 6 digit course ID to get access to the electronic text and purchase it. You may also purchase a soft cover bound version of the text (ISBN 978-1119-01384-6) or a loose-leaf version of the text, but neither are needed if you have electronic access. There are used older versions as well such as editions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 that are also available, but contain different content than edition 6. If you can pick up edition 5 at a good price, it might be worth it along with using the electronic version.