Contact Information

Instructor: Jim Crumley
Office: 107 Peter Engel Science Center
Phone: 363–3183
Office Hour:2:40 pm Days 26, noon Day 5 (or by appointment or just stop by)

Course Information

Lecture: 11:20 am, 1:00pm Days 246
Room: 173 Peter Engel Science Center
Textbook:College Physics, 8th Edition by Serway and Vuille
Web Site:


Welcome to Physics 106. This course is designed to give you the background in physics in order to better understand processes that you study in your field. Toward this end, we try to incorporate examples and lab activities which show you how the physics being studied can be applied in the “real” world. This course will move more quickly than Physics 105 since there is more material to cover.


Labs are an important part of learning physics. It is important that you come to labs prepared. This means you must read the appropriate sections from the lab manual and do whatever pre-lab work the manual describes before you come to lab. Proper preparation will help you understand the experiments that you are doing and complete the lab activities in the allotted time. More details on the labs are in the lab manuals.


The grades in this class will be based on 7 grades: lab grades, homework grades, 3 test grades, the final exam grade and a participation grade. Each of the 3 tests will be worth 13% of the overall grade, homework and labs will be worth 15% each, while the final exam will be worth 21% and quizzes will be worth 10%. The quiz will be based on participation in the practice group tests and other exercises in class.

Grades for this class will be curved at the end of the course. You will be given a rough curve after each test, so that you know how your performance on that test compared to the test’s difficulty.

Homework Problems

There will be a homework assignment online using WebAssign ( for each chapter and will be due the class day after we finish that chapter. There will also be one written problem for each chapter, which are listed in the schedule below.

Finally, there will be extra, suggested problems assigned for each chapter through WebAssign. These problems will be worth extra-credit. Completing all of the extra problems correctly would be worth 2% extra for your grade. These points will be added after the curve for the course has been set.


The tests will have two parts: an individual portion and a group portion. The individual portion of the tests will consist of multiple choice questions and problems. The group portion of the tests will consist of a more difficult problem that you will solve as a group and hand in one solution. Before each group test, there will be at least one practice group test so that the groups have a chance to learn to work together. The group test will take place on the class period before the regular test. The final test will be solely an individual effort. All of the tests will be closed book and closed notes. You will be given a sheet with all of the equations and constants that you need for the test, though you will have to remember how to apply them.

Course Schedule

Cycle Date SectionsTopics Tests Labs Written HW
1-2 T 1/12 14.1–14.8Sound None 14.64
1-4 R 1/14 14.9–15.3Sound and Charges
1-6M 1/18 15.4–15.6Electric Fields Practice Group 15.56
2-2W 1/20 15.6–16.3Conductors & Potential Elec. Instruments
2-4 F 1/2216.4–16.10Electric Potential 16.62
2-6 T 1/26 17.1–17.4Current Practice Group 17.56
3-2 R 1/28 17.4–18.1Resistance Resonance
3-4M 2/01 18.2–18.8DC Circuits 18.51
3-6W 2/03 14–18Review Group Test 1
4-2 F 2/05 14–18Sound and Electricity Test 1 Sound Waves
4-4 T 2/09 19.1–19.6Magnetism 19.69
4-6 R 2/11 19.7-20.1Magnetic Forces
5-2M 2/15 20.2–20.6Inductance DC Circuits 20.62
5-4W 2/17 20.7–20.8RL Circuits Practice Group
5-6 F 2/19 21.1–21.7AC Circuits 21.76
6-2 R 2/2321.8–21.12EM Waves Magnetic Fields
6-4 T 2/2521.12–22.4Reflection 22.54
Spring Break
6-6M 3/08 22.5–23.2Mirrors 23.62
7-2W 3/10 23.3Convex Mirrors Practice GroupAC Circuits
7-4 F 3/12 23.4-7Lenses
7-6 T 3/16 19–23Review Group Test 2
8-2 R 3/18 19–23Mag., Circuits, Light Test 2 None
8-4M 3/22 24.1–24.4Interference 24.68
8-6W 3/24 24.5–24.9Diffraction
9-2 F 3/26 25.1–25.6Optical Instruments Thin Lenses 25.59
9-4 T 3/30 25.7Interferometer Practice Group

Easter Break

9-6 T 4/06 26.1–26.5Special Relativity 26.39
10-2 R 4/08 26.6 –27.2Relativity, Blackbody Diffraction
10-4M 4/12 27.3–27.4X-Rays Practice Group 27.47
10-6W 4/14 27.5–28.2Dual Nature
11-2 F 4/16 28.3–28.7Atomic Physics Nuclear Rad. 28.46
11-4 T 4/20 24–28Review Group Test 3
11-6 R 4/22 24–28Optics, Relativity, QM Test 3
12-2M 4/26 29.1–29.4The Atomic Nucleus Assessment test 29.53
12-4 R 4/29 29.5–29.8Radioactivity
12-6M 5/03 14–29Review
R 5/6 14–291–3pm
Final Exam (choose 1)
F 5/7 14–2910:30–12:30pm
Final Exam (choose 1)