The full syllabus for the course (version 2, the version that was handed out on the first day of class) is available here: PHYS270_v2.pdf. The day-by-day schedule has changed slightly; see the SCHEDULE tab.

If you are just checking this out for the first time, note that you will not need to buy a textbook for this course -- we made an arrangement with the publisher to give you free access to the eBook version of the textbook we are using, "University Physics with Modern Physics" (2nd edition) by Bauer and Westfall, together with the McGraw-Hill Connect online service that we will be using for homework and self-study. Registration instructions will be distributed around the beginning of classes.

You will, however, need to purchase an account on the Learning Catalytics system that we will use for interactive segments of the lectures, and bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop to class to use it. The cost is $12 for the semester, which you should pay by credit card when you create a student account at . See the full syllabus for further details.

A day-by day schedule for the course--showing lecture topics, homework due dates, and exam dates--was handed out on the first day of class and is posted on this site. Click on the SCHEDULE link at the top of this page.

Course Overview

This is the third semester of the three-semester calculus-based general physics course designed primarily for engineering students. The course covers electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, special theory of relativity, and modern physics.

Physics is fundamentally an experimental science. The lab course, PHYS271, must be taken in the same semester and the grade for the courses will be combined into a single grade for both. To pass, students must complete passing work in both PHYS270 and PHYS271. See the full syllabus for more details.