Phy106 Syllabus

PHY 106: General Physics 2 Summer 2, 2007

Days/Times M-Th 8:30 –10:05 (H 141) ; T & Th 10:15 –1:05 Lab (H 127); No class 7/4; make-up on 7/7

Dr. Richard Di Dio
O-237 | 215.951.1792 | ude.ellasal|oidid#ude.ellasal|oidid | Office: MW 10:10-11+ by appt.

Course Description
Physics 106 is a calculus-based introduction to simple harmonic oscillations and waves, elementary optics, electromagnetism and DC circuits.

Text & Resources

  • Halliday/Resnick/Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, 7th Ed., Wiley 2005 (Parts 2, 3, and 4)
  • Student Companion Website
  • Student Companion Text and Student Solution Manual on reserve in Connelly Library

Online Resources and Electronic Communication

  • Class wiki ( for syllabus, homework, past tests, lab schedule, & more…It is your responsibility to check the wiki daily!
  • WebCT for grades. Access WebCT via the mylasalle portal or the direct link on the course wiki.
  • When e-mailing, use PHY106 at the beggining of each subject line.

You must have a TI-84 graphing calculator or equivalent. Calculator functions must include graphing, tracing, zooming, and parametric equations. The calculator must be carried to class and to all exams.


  • Five Weekly Exams, each 10% of final grade
  • Final Exam worth 20% of final grade. Counted 30% and lowest weekly exam dropped if beneficial
  • Class Participation 5% (A mixture of attendance, asking, and answering questions.)
  • Lab, worth 25% of the final grade (See Lab Guidelines for the specifics of this grade.)

Note: Students must receive a passing grade (> 60%) in BOTH lecture and lab components in order to pass the entire course. If this requirement is met, the final grade is determined by:

<60 60 64 68 72 76 80 83.3 86.6 90 93.3
F D D+ C- C C+ B- B B+ A- A

Grade lowered one step for every two unexplained lecture absences or one lab absence

Exam Notes

  • Weekly exams will usually be given during the first 30 minutes of Thursday’s lab period.
  • Exams will be based on lectures as well as assigned readings/problems. Not all assigned material will be covered in class and questions based on this material may appear on exams
  • Calculator borrowing during an exam is not permitted
  • Plagiarizing/cheating during exams will result in an “F” grade in the course for all parties
  • Missed exams: 1 missed exam counts as a “dropped” exam, and the final automatically counts for 30%. Only 1 test may be dropped because of not taking an exam; 0 credit for > 1 missed. A valid reason for missing an exam must be presented as soon as possible.


  • Wk 1 Oscillatory Motion, Mechanical Waves
  • Wk 2 Mechanical Waves continued, Superposition
  • Wk 3 Electric Forces & Fields, Electric Potential
  • Wk 4 Capacitance, Current & DC circuits
  • Wk 5 Magnetic Forces and Fields, Reflection/Refraction of Light
  • Wk 6 Mirrors, Lenses, and Wave Optics
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