Course Syllabus


Study materials

Draft final equation sheet. 

Second Midterm:

Midterm 2 stats:

Mean 54
Std 18
mode 58
median 57
min (>0) 12
max 95


MT2 Solutions

Seating chart (room is Kane 130) Phys122B seating chart MT2.pdf

practice materials

Draft equation sheet

First Midterm:

Midterm 1 unofficial solutions.

Midterm 1 official long answer solutions.

Sample Midterm 1 

Sample Equation Sheet 1 

Results (All three classes):

Mean 47
Std 17
Median 47
Max 95
Min 0


Seating chart (room is Kane 130) Phys122B seating chart MT1 AUT16.pdf

Equation sheet (updated!) MT1_Eqn1_Au2016.pdf

Example midterm MT1_A11_Phys122AB.pdf . Note your midterm will also cover Electric potential and capacitors (this exam is from when there were 3 midterms, so covers less material). 


  • Miguel F. Morales (
  • Office hours: 2-3 Wednesday and by appointment, PAB C525

Required course textbooks :

  • Tipler-Mosca, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers", 6th edition (Custom edition for UW. However, some of you may find a cheaper/used copy of the standard version of the 6th edition and that is fine as well);
  • McDermott and Shaffer "Tutorials in Introductory Physics, 2nd ed.";
  • PHYS 122 Lab Manual.

 Required Equipment/Packages:

  • H-ITT Clicker (Not the same as biology and chemistry)
  • FlipIt Physics (Course ID c41041f3)
  • WebAssign

Lecture Instructor's Comments 

Welcome to PHYS 122 — electro-magnetism is one of the most beautiful and useful topics in physics. You are expected to attend all lectures and to come prepared by watching the FlipIt Physics videos and reading the textbook before class. (FlipIt clicker questions will encourage these good habits.) Physics is a lot of work, but it is deeply rewarding to really understand how the world works. We will talk about the best ways to study in class, but in general solving problems is the best way to get a deep understanding of the material. To that end...

Some words on how best to prepare

The best way to deeply understand physics is by solving problems. It is through problems that we move our understanding from general "it kinda works like this…" from the lectures/videos/text to a deep internal understanding of the world works. In addition to the homework assignments you should try to work on as many problems from the end of chapters as you can. In general, be careful of not looking at solutions before REALLY thinking hard about how to solve a particular problem. Spending 30 minutes struggling to solve a problem is much more effective than looking up the answer and following along. Every time somebody solves a problem for you, if you have not really challenged yourself to think hard about this particular problem, you will have missed an opportunity to learn something yourself.

Grading Policy, Exams, etc...

The final course grade is based on contributions from the exams (2 midterms and a final), lab-session grades, tutorial-session grades, lecture-related homework assignments (via WebAssign), FlipIt Physics (pre-lecture questions), clickers in-class questions with relative weights as indicated in the table: Grade weighting:

Midterms & Final (see note) 65%
Lab section 11%
Tutorial section 8%
Lecture HW 8%
FlipItPhysics 4%
Clickers in class 4%

note, the 65% comes from either of the below options, whichever gives you higher grade:

Option 1: count both midterms with each weighing 21.66% and final weighing 21.68% (downweight final)

Option 2: count best of 2 midterm with weight of 21.66% and final weighing 43.34% (drop lowest midterm)


Exam Composition: lecture lab tutorial
Midterms: 68% 12% 20%
Final exam: 60% 20% 20%

There will be Lab-related multiple-choice questions on each midterm exam and on the final exam. There will be one page of hand-graded tutorial questions on each midterm, and multiple-choice questions on the final exam. There will be one page of hand-graded Lecture questions on each midterm exam, plus additional Lecture multiple-choice questions. 55% of each Midterm Exam will consist of multiple-choice questions. The Final Exam is usually entirely multiple-choice. There will be no makeup exams, but the lowest midterm exam score is dropped. You must take both midterms. Each midterm will emphasize recent material, but may include questions dealing with topics from earlier in the course. You are NOT permitted to bring any notes. The exam sheet will contain a page with formulas that I will publish before the exam. Regular calculators are permitted, but graphing calculators are not. Cell phones, radios, etc. are not permitted. Laptop computers are not permitted, and the use of the text-storage capability now available on many calculators is not permitted. Exams are to be your own work; you are not permitted to collaborate with any other person. The Physics department reserves the right to ask for valid identification from any student during examinations. 

The lab section grade is based on scores for all 8 lab activities done in lab section, including pre-lab and post-lab exercises on WebAssign. Students who complete fewer than 6 of the 8 labs, or score less than 60% of the available points for the quarter, will receive a grade of 0.0 for the entire 5-credits! 

The tutorial section grade is based on participation in each tutorial session as well as completion of pretests, but the largest portion comes from scores on tutorial homework. 

Note that there will be no make-up exams in PHYS122, and you must take all three exams. Students with outside professional, service, or career commitments (i.e. military service, ROTC, professional conference presentation, NCAA sports, etc.) conflicting exactly with the exam dates must contact the intructor during the first 3 weeks of the quarter to establish alternate examination procedures. Students who miss an exam without making prior arrangements with the lecture instructor will, except for extreme circumstances, receive a final grade of 0.0.
Exam Re-grades: If you believe that the points on the examination were incorrectly totaled or if there is a gross error in the grading, you may return an exam for regrading. To do so, you must resubmit the examination within 2 working days after the exams are returned. You must write a brief note on the front page or attached to the front page of the exam explaining the possible error in the grading. Do not make any changes or marks on the other pages of the examination. Portions of each examination are scanned or photocopied. You should be aware that any request for a regrade may result in a regrading of the entire exam. Therefore your total score may increase or decrease. Your responsibility: Check your grades on the WebAssign system every week or two and report any problems to both, the lecture instructor and the relevant TAs (and/or lab faculty) immediately. Lab and exam grades should be recorded for your review within one week from the date that papers are submitted for grading. Grading problems that are reported in a timely fashion will be investigated and, if action is warranted, corrected. 

Points for FlipItPhysics, clickers and Webassign HW

Clickers: 5 pts for right answer, 4 points wrong (or Qs with all answers equal), truncated at 80% of maximum available score. 
FlipItPhysics: Equal points for prelecture as for checkpoints, zero for HW, truncated at 20/22 in 122. 
WebAssign HW: Roughly 9 assignments with a total of at least 70 problems for the quarter, and NOTHING is forgiven or excused. 48 hour automatic extensions cost 30% of the work done after the original deadline. This penalty may be discarded for medical or other legitimate excuses on a case-by-case basis.

The Physics Study Center 

Students are encouraged to gather and work cooperatively in small groups in the Physics Study Center located in room AM018 of the PAB. (to reach the Physics Study Center, go down the stairs that circle behind the Foucault pendulum and proceed toward the end of the hall). Teaching assistants will be available for consultation during many portions of the day if your study group needs assistance, but staffing levels will not support much individual attention. The Study Center is staffed from approximately 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on weekdays.


Course Schedule:

Phys 122 Autumn 2016
Week Day Date Lec# Lecture topic Text reading FlipItPhysics Tutorial Labs Lecture Notes
1 W 9/28/16 1 Charge & Coulomb's Law 21-1 to 21-3 1. Coulomb's law None None Phys122_01.pdf
  Th 9/29/16   NO CLASS DAY        
  F 9/30/16 2 Electric Field Vectors & Lines 21-4 to 21-5 2. Electric Field     Phys122_02.pdf
2 M 10/3/16 3 Electric Fields Act on Charges 21-5 to 21-6   Charge  Electrostatics Phys122_03.pdf
  W 10/5/16 4 E for Continuous Chg Distrib. 22-1 to 22-2 3. Electric Flux     Phys122_04.pdf
  Th 10/6/16   NO CLASS DAY        
  F 10/7/16 5 Flux & Gauss' Law 22-2 to 22-3 4. Gauss' law     Phys122_05.pdf
3 M 10/10/16 6 Gauss' Law Applied 22-4 to 22-6   Gauss' Law  Electric Fields Phys122_06.pdf
  W 10/12/16 7 Electric Potential Energy 23-1 and 23-6 5. Elec Potl Energy     Phys122_07.pdf
  Th 10/13/16   NO CLASS DAY        
  F 10/14/16 8 Electric Potential  23-1 to 23-2 6. Elec Potential     Phys122_08.pdf
4 M 10/17/16 9 E from V and V for Chg. Distrib. 23-3 to 23-4   Electric Pot. Difference DC Circuits I Phys122_09.pdf
  W 10/19/16 10 Equipotentials & Potl. Energy 23-5 to 23-6 7. Conductrs & Capacitance     Phys122_10.pdf
  Th 10/20/16   NO CLASS DAY        
  F 10/21/16 11 Capacitance & Energy 24-1 to 24-2 8.Capacitors     Phys122_11.pdf
5 M 10/24/16 12 Dielectrics & Combined Caps 24-3 to 24-5   Capacitance DC Circuits II
  W 10/26/16   Exam 1 review         Phys122_12b.pdf
  Th 10/27/16   Exam 1        
  F 10/28/16 13 Current, Voltage & Resistance 25-1 to 25-2 9. Electric Current     Phys122_13.pdf
6 M 10/31/16 14 Energy, Resistors & Kirchhoff 25-3 to 25-5 10. Kirchhoff's Rules Circuits III Capacitors & RC Circuits Phys122_14.pdf
  W 11/2/16 15 Multiloop & RC Circuits 25-5 to 25-6 11. RC Circuits     Phys122_15.pdf
  Th 11/3/16   Post exam review        
  F 11/4/16 16 Magnetic Fields & Forces 26-1 to 26-2 12. Magnetism     Phys122_16.pdf
7 M 11/7/16 17 Charges & Currents in B Fields 26-2 to 26-4 13. Forces & Torques Magnets & Mag. Fields Magnetic Fields & Forces Phys122_17.pdf
  W 11/9/16 18 Biot Savart Law 27-1 to 27-2 14. Biot-Savart     Phys122_18.pdf
  Th 11/10/16   NO CLASS DAY        
  F 11/11/16   HOLIDAY        
8 M 11/14/16 19 Gauss' Law for B, Ampere's Law 27-3 to 27-4 15. Ampere's Law Ampere's Law EM Induction Phys122_19.pdf
  W 11/16/16 20 Motional EMF 28-1 to 28-3 16. Motional EMF     Phys122_20.pdf
  Th 11/17/16   NO CLASS DAY        
  F 11/18/16 21 Faraday's Law, Lenz' Law, Eddy Currents 28-4 to 28-5 17. Faraday's Law     Phys122_21.pdf
9 M 11/21/16 22 Inductance, Energy & RL Circuits 28-6 to 28-8 18. Induction, RL Circuits None None
  W 11/23/16   NO CLASS DAY        
  Th 11/24/16   HOLIDAY        
  F 11/25/16   HOLIDAY        
10 M 11/28/16 23 Oscillating AC Circuits  29-1 to 29-4 19. LC and RLC Circuits Lenz' Law Electronic Devices Phys122_23.pdf
  W 11/30/16   Exam 2 review        
  Th 12/1/16   Exam 2        
  F 12/2/16 24 Driven AC Circuits 29-5 to 29-6 20. AC Circuits    
11 M 12/5/16 25 Resonance, Phasors, Transformers 30-1 to 30-2 21. Resonance LC Circuits Make-up Labs
  W 12/7/16   Displacement Current & Maxwell's Eqns 30-2 to 30-4 22. Dsplcmt Current & EM Waves    
  Th 12/8/16   Post exam review        
  F 12/9/16   Final exam review        

Course Summary:

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